Glenmorangie – Lasanta 12 Year- Highland Single Malt Scotch

Glenmorangie -Lasanta 12 Year – Highland Single Malt Scotch
Bottled at 86 Proof and Distilled at The Glenmorangie Distillery in Coy Tain, Ross-Shire
This one is matured in ex-bourbon casks  and then finished in Oloroso & PX Sherry Casks for 2 years.
Pretty common in MA have it seen range from $45 – $55.
Nose – Sweet Honey, Fruit and Caramel
Taste – Smooth, Orange, Caramel, Sherry and Spices
Finish – Medium to Long with Sherry and Oak
Value – If you enjoy Sherry finishes then this definitely one to try!

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Suntory Whisky – Toki


Suntory Whisky – Toki
Bottled at 86 Proof by Beam Suntory
This bottle is a blend from 3 different Suntory Distilleries.  Chita (produces grain whiskies,) Hakushu (produces malt whiskies,) and Yamazaki (produces malt whiskies.)
Just started seeing in locally the last 6 months pretty common now in MA for $38-$45
Nose – Fruity and Sweet, Green Apples and Honey
Taste – Sweet up front, Green Apples, Vanilla, Mint, Oak and Earthy Tones
Finish – Gentle, Smooth with a bite of Ginger at the end
Value – Went in with mixed feelings on what I heard about this one.  Mainly because they said they use it as a mixer for drinks, but I actually really enjoy this one neat.  Great Nightly Sipper!

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W. L. Weller Special Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey

W. L. Weller Special Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled at 90 Proof Distilled by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY
Hard to find, but I have had a lot success lately with my local shops in MA for $18.99
Nose – Sweet Caramel, Vanilla, with a touch a Oak
Taste – Very Smooth, Honey, Vanilla, Little Oak comes through,
Finish – Warm, Sweet and then a quick Burn appears
Value – Can’t beat it for the price! One of the better values bourbons out there.  Great to sip neat or on ice. If you can find it on the shelf well worth to give it a try.

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Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye

hochstadters-slow-low-rock-and-ryeHochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye
This one isn’t a straight Rye Whiskey.  It’s more of flavored whiskey made with straight Rye Whiskey. They consider it a premixed cocktail in a bottle
No Age Statement on the bottle just says “made with aged rye,”  Hochstadter’s Rye Whiskey is normally blended with Rye Whiskey aged between 4-15 years.
Bottled at 84 Proof in Pennsylvania
I see this one here and there (usually on the bottom shelf) in liquor stores in MA runs from $15-$20
Nose: Very Potent Orange Zest
Taste: Sweet, Smooth, Honey and Citrus over powers your mouth
Finish: Medium lots of Orange Zest still lingers with some Spice from the Rye
Value:  Is it something to go out of your way to get? I’d say no, but if your looking for something sweet drink over ice I’d say you can’t go wrong for the price point on this one.

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Corsair Small Batch Triple Smoke – American Malt Whiskey

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Corsair Small Batch Triple Smoke – American Malt Whiskey
Bottled at 80 Proof at the Corsair Distillery in Nashville, TN
Have not seen this one too often in MA the few times I’ve spotted it been between $45-$55
Nose: Smokey/Peat, touch of Oak
Taste: Upfront with some Oak, Sweet, Smooth, Cherry
Finish: Long Lasting perfect amount of Smokiness
Value:  Pretty unique, Sweet like American Whiskey, but lots of smoke like an Scotch.  Really good neat!

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Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2016

old-forester-birthday-bourbon-2016Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2016
Bottled at 97 Proof at the Brown-Forman Distillery, in Louisville, KY
Each year they release this 12 year old Bourbon on September 2nd in honor of the founder George Gavin Brown.  Thought tonight was appropriate to crack it open and review it on Nov. 2nd to honor a great friend of mine’s Birthday Sully! Orange was it favorite color and this year’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon ribbon just so happened to be orange, quite fitting for the occasion!
Pretty rare in MA was told only 42 bottles made it this year and nearly half of those bottles were allocated to restaurants.  If you see it on a shelf pick it up!
Nose – Strong oak, Citrus and Cinnamon (once you let it breathe a bit)
Taste – Spice from Rye, Sweet, Citrus, Cloves and Oak
Finish – Long and Lingering Fruit and Peppery
Value –  Pick this one up for a special occasion or someone who really appreciates bourbon!  Cheers Big Guy!

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Hibiki – Japanese Harmony – Suntory Whisky

hibiki-harmony-japanese-whiskyHibiki – Japanese Harmony – Suntory Whisky
This is a blend of Yamazaki, Hakushu  and Chita whisky
Bottled at 86 Proof by Suntory in Japan
Pretty common in MA, but I’ve seen prices vary drastically from $52-$85
Nose – Floral, Oaky, Rosemary and Honey
Taste – Smooth, Sweet, Fresh, Honey, Citrus, Vanilla, and Smoke
Finish – Long, Sweet and Soothing with some  Orange Zest
Value –  This one is pretty smooth and refreshing!  Makes a great sipper to enjoy on Summer nights.

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Four Roses Single Barrel OBSF – Private Selection aged 11 years 9 months – Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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Four Roses Single Barrel OBSF – Private Selection aged 11 years and 9 months – Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bottled at 110.8 Proof by Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY
The normal Four Roses Single Barrel OBSF isn’t too hard to find, but this one was a store pick by Wollaston Wine & Spirits in Quincy, MA.  So that’s the only place you will ever be able to find this bottle from Barrel (81-4 P) while supplies last for $62.99.
Nose – Medium Oakiness, Light Vanilla, Maple Syrup, Hint of Medicinal (until some air opens it up)
Taste – Robust, Vanilla, Toffee, Brown Sugar, Pepper, Touch of Sweetness from Cherries
Finish – Big Spice comes through from the high rye, Hint of Mint Lingers until you take your next sip
Value –  Amazing! The extra proof in this one really brings out the flavors and holds up well on the rocks.  Highly recommend picking a bottle up if your passing through Quincy!

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Wild Turkey Rare Breed – Barrel Proof – Kentucky Straight Bourbon

wild-turkey-rare-breedWild Turkey Rare Breed – Barrel Proof – Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bottled at 112.8 Proof by Austin, Nicholas Distilling Company in Lawrenceburg, KY
Not common, but can be found with a little effort in MA for $35
Nose – Spicy, Little bit of Oak and Vanilla
Taste – Definitely some burn as expected it to be from the high 112.8 proof, but it’s from the Rye, once you get past that you pick up Citrus, Vanilla and Toffee
Finish – Long, Dry, Oak and Caramel that slowly fades away
Value –  Quality smooth barrel proof bourbon at an inexpensive cost!

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