It’s not what I would be looking for when I come home from a long day, but as an after dinner dram / digestif it’s really quite good. The sweet and grainy youth in the nose and palate being tempered by it’s time spent in the port barrels has made it soft and palatable, but I’m missing those woody caramel and spice notes that come to mind when you think of the word #Bourbon. Being a young corn based #whiskey the flavor and aroma currently have more in common with other young corn whiskies like the Balcones Blue or Mellow Corn than they do a Buffalo Trace or even Jim Beam white. That all said, it’s definitely tasty for what it is and I’m looking forward to seeing what a few more years in the barrel do to this one. I have a feeling it’s going to be great.
The Trader Joe’s 23 yr. Speyside is strange, unbalanced, cloying and a bit over oaked. Drinking it is like being hit with a barrage of odd flavor combinations and I simply do not like it. I’m sure these casks weren’t super cheap, which is why it was $40 a bottle, but I definitely feel like I overpaid here. There is a host of whiskies I would prefer over this one for the same $40 and it’s a shame really. I was hoping I had found the deal of the century, but it turns out this deal was indeed too good to be true.
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This is a “set it and forget it” #whisky. It’s the kind of cheap dram you keep around the house for when you’re doing chores and your only requirement is to not have something terrible in your glass. It’s also good for cocktails or when you’re having guests over who like #Scotch, but don’t LIKE Scotch, if you know what I mean. So all in all, not a bad #SingleMalt, especially for the bargain basement price of $20.
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It’s actually quite good. I’m not a huge gin fan and there are aspects of it that remind me more of a gin than a #rye #whiskey, but unlike gin there isn’t a huge wallop of juniper berries plodding it’s way through the nose and palate. The botanicals in here come across more like a mix of baking spices and cider spices giving it a great dessert quality that makes it feel right at home as a digestif or cocktail base. Which, for me, makes it’s more of an every-now-and-then-to-mix-things-up kind of drink and not something I want to come home to everyday.
It’s not a bad #whisky, but it’s not a particularly good whisky either. The aroma is rather nice and the finish is pleasant enough, but it feels a little muddled and uninspiring on the palate. Though if we’re talking about it on a value scale it would fall flat on it’s face. Despite it’s good aspects I can’t help but feel that it’s way over priced and I would rather have The Balvenie any day of the week. Though all said and done it’s definitely worth trying and tasting for yourself, but I’d recommend trying it at a bar or friend’s house first (which is exactly what I did) before plopping down the cash for a bottle.
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It’s a little more lively than it’s 8 year counterpart and there is a deeper range of aromas and flavors. I’m not straining to pick up flavors and scents like with the 8, but there is still an essence of one-noted “muddled mess” about it. I’m happy that this is an improvement over it’s younger sibling, but it’s still incredibly light, airy and, while good, not exactly what I would call great. It’s still not something I want as a daily drinker because it’s a little boring for my tastes. However, it’s light and sweet character would work very well in simple and refined cocktails and that’s definitely nothing to frown at.
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