Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

Still trying to get over corn flavors in bourbon, but there’s nothing offensive or “plastic” about the corn notes here. The dominant rye character and skillful maturation make this a very tasty dram, although one you’re certainly paying for. Worth a try if you see it at a bar.

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St. George Single Malt American Whiskey (Lot 10)

Very tasty malt, unlike anything else in style, although it seems similar (to me) to an American rye. A little fruit, a little spice, and a lot of chocolate make this an intriguing dram with a lot to discover, and no obvious faults.

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K&L New Wednesday Whisky Tastings

Despite the restrictions, it was a pleasant tasting of something I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten a chance to try. With some luck and if the tastings become popular, I can see them attracting larger distributors with even better whisky. I will certainly be back for future Wednesdays!

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Glenglassaugh 26 year

I would have rated these higher, but for $26 for a 200ml bottle, you can do much better. If you have an opportunity to taste them, however, it’s an education in new-make Scotch, which is rare outside of distillery visits.

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Glenglassaugh Clearac and Fledgling XB

I would have rated these higher, but for $26 for a 200ml bottle, you can do much better. If you have an opportunity to taste them, however, it’s an education in new-make Scotch, which is rare outside of distillery visits.

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Amrut Single Malt

Betrays its age with the burn, and its inexperience with the heavy banana notes. Nevertheless, it’s an impressive dram for an upstart distillery in a challenging climate. I wouldn’t pay more than $30 for it, though, as I’m not partial to banana flavors in my malts.

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Glenmorangie Signet

If you want a big, luscious special-occasion highlander, and can handle the splurge, you will not be disappointed. If not, keep an eye out for a dram at a high-end bar. It’s an experience.

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Deconstructing Whisky

Link to an article about a researcher who is deconstructing Scotch whiskies using a fractionating vacuum evaporator.

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The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve

It seems to me that The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve has all the boxes ticked. A robust, ultra smooth and luxurious malt that can complement any quality cigar.

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Laphroaig 18

Wherein I discuss Laphroaig 18, and the situation that arises when I can’t formulate a full review based on a partial tasting.

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