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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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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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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I.W. Harper – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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I.W. Harper – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled at 82 Proof, Aged at Stitzel-Weller Distillery contains whiskeys distilled at the current Bernheim Distillery,  but Distilled in Tullahoma, TN
NAS (No Age Statement) on the bottle, but it’s at least 4 years
Pretty common to find on the shelves in MA usually range $30-$35
Nose – Sweet, Banana Fosters
Taste – Smooth, Light, Sweet, Big Caramel, Vanilla and Short Bread
Finish –  Short, Dry, Oak with a touch of spice and Almond
Value – Huge fan of this one! Definitely one of my top 5 favorite noses for a whiskey.  A great nightly sipper and you can’t beat the price.

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Old Fitzgerald Prime – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Old Fitzgerald Prime – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled at 80 Proof, Distilled at Heaven Hill in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY
I have never seen this bottle on a shelf in MA, but a buddy got me a bottle from Illinois for $13.99
Nose – Very Sweet, Dried Cherries and Oak
Taste – Still Sweet, bit a wheat upfront, Caramel, Vanilla, with a touch of cinnamon
Finish – Dry, good amount of oak stays for awhile and honey
Value – If you’re a fan of Maker’s Mark I highly suggest giving this a try.  For the half the price you can’t go wrong with it.  I wish I could find this in MA because it’s pretty decent neat or on the rocks.  I would definitely keep it in my cabinet to have on hand for a  wheated bourbon.

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1792 – Port Finish – Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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1792 – Port Finish – Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bottled at 88.9 Proof, Distilled at Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, KY.
Aged 6 years in New Oak Barrels and then another 2 years in old Port Barrels for a total of 8 years.
I have not seen this locally near me in MA, but found a bottle on a trip to NH for $45
Nose – Let it open up a bit and it reminds me of Fall Spices, Cinnamon, Sweet Apple and Oak.
Taste – Sweet fruit upfront, Vanilla, Dried Cherries, and Cinnamon.
Finish – Warm Oak, Cinnamon and Caramel
Value – If you want a really different bourbon this one will surprise you. A bit sweet, but refreshing. It’s worth it!

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Elmer T. Lee – Single Barrel Bourbon

ElmerTLee.jpgElmer T. Lee Single Barrel – Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bottled at 90 Proof, Distilled at Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, KY
No Age Statement on the bottle, but it’s said to be aged for 12 years
I seem to find this one locally pretty often every few weeks.  Paid $30 have seen it as low as $28 and as high as $50 in MA.
Nose – Honey, Vanilla and Clove
Taste – Honey, Raisins, Pepper and Cherries
Finish – Long and Warm, Burnt Sugar, some Oak,
Value – There is a lot of hype about this bottle!  If you can find for $30-$35 I’d say give it a shot if you’ve never tried it.  It’s a single barrel bourbon that is supposedly aged 12 years so that’s a great price.  Personally I still can’t seem to like this one.  A lot of people I know love it, but to me it’s just not there, it’s missing something.

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Henry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel Bottled in Bond

20160817_213520_wmHenry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel Bottled in Bond
Aged for 10 Years and is sourced from a Single Barrel (just what the name says!)
Bottled at 100 Proof by Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY
Not easily found in MA, but the few times I’ve spotted it ranges $32-$35.
Nose:   If you let it open up a bit sweet cornbread, fresh new leather and some rye.
Taste:  Smooth, little bit of pepper and oak up front, then a splash of citrus and vanilla
Finish:   Great long finish, cherries, brown sugar, toffee and rye.

Value:  At sub $35 for a 10 year single barrel bottled in bond this stuff is amazing!  If you see it on a shelf buy a bottle for yourself and one for you best friend.  They will thank you!

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