Lunazul Tequila Anejo 40%

A 100% agave añejo tequila from Tierra de Agaves. Lunazul is part-owned by bourbon-producer Heaven Hill. Aged in ex-11 year old Elijah Craig barrels for 12 to 18 months.

Tasted: Feb 2018

A pungent agave nose with plenty of pepper. The oak is very subtle and adds hints of vanilla and milk chocolate. With time it becomes very peppery and slightly mentholated.

The palate is pleasantly rounded and soft with pungent agave and pepper. Slightly mentholated with subtle Bourbon oak, coffee and milk chocolate on the middle. Long and peppery finish with a touch of wood smoke.

 

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Kinahan’s Small Batch Blended Irish Whiskey 46%

Matured for at least 6 years.

37.5% Grain aged in 1st Fill Bourbon, 37.5% Grain aged in 2nd Fill Bourbon and 25% Malt aged in 1st and 2nd Fill Bourbon casks.

Tasted: Feb 2018

The nose displays plenty of toasty vanilla oak with hints of pepper, orange, apricot and barley. There is a crisp, hard-ish grain note in the background but the oak is quite dominant.

The palate is slightly oily with like the nose suggests, plenty of toasty oak. A touch of sweet spice, barley and apricot follows. The oak is fairly dominant but the grain comes through well on the finish, as does a little bitter, almost chocolaty spice.

Three Rivers Gin 40%

Botanicals: Juniper, oats, orris, coriander, almond, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, orange peel and black pepper.

Tasted: Feb 2018

The nose is full and creamy with oats and vanilla. Slightly earthy and smoky juniper follows, along with a slight perfumed citrus and cardamom.

Like the nose, the palate is full and creamy with oats and vanilla to begin with. Subtly spiced with coriander and cinnamon coming through on the middle. Good length with a cardamom, orange and black pepper finish. Lovely progression.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Benriach 1990 (27 year old?) 49.8%

Bourbon Hogshead 2640/ Dist: 1990 Btl: Jan 2018/ Tasted: Jan 2018

A mature, woody and earthy nose with dark-ish spice, coffee, straw-like barley, turmeric and a touch of butter. Although it is very woody, the spirit is not overwhelmed and shows mature, honey coated fruit.

The palate is dry and woody, but like the nose, balanced by the mature fruit, honey and vanilla. Hint of straw, apricot and barley follow, along with some wonderfully subtle, creamy vanilla. Long and mouth-wateringly citric finish.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Mannochmore 1990 (27 year old) 42.5%

Bourbon Barrel 7431/ Dist: Jun 1990 Btl: Jan 2018/ Tasted: Jan 2018

A slightly taught, mature and straw-like nose, but it also displays a wonderful fruitiness – melon, apple and apricot with a touch of honey, vanilla cream and fills out well. Late sawdusty oak.

The palate is taught and subtly spiced with apricot, unsweetened pineapple, apple and a touch of vanilla cream. Hints of straw and barley come through on the middle as does the oiliness of the spirit. Lovely intensity with a subtle citrus and rose petal finish. Superb combination of maturity and freshness.

The English Drinks Company Cucumber Gin 40%

Distilled at Langley’s in Birmingham

Botanicals: Juniper, coriander seed, orange peel, angelica root, cassia bark, orris root, lemon peel, liquorice root, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Tasted: Jan 2018

The cucumber is very noticeable on the nose (which is good I suppose!) However it doesn’t dominate and hints of juniper, cassia, sweet lemon and coriander can be detected.

The palate opens with a pleasant combination of sweet and spritzy lemon with cucumber and juniper. Very lemony on the middle with a touch of cassia and coriander. Long and remaining fresh and citric.

The English Drinks Company Pink Gin 40%

Botanicals: Pomegranate, chinchona bark, juniper, coriander seed, orange peel, angelica root, cassia bark, orris root, lemon peel, liquorice root, nutmeg and cinnamon

Tasted: Jan 2018

A pleasant, fresh and citric nose with slightly sweet juniper and hints of berry and pomegranate fruit, , rose petal and pink grapefruit-like notes.

The palate is like the nose, fresh and citric with juniper, pomegranate, cassia bark, rose petal and dusty spice. Good intensity and sweet/ sour balance. Long, slightly peppery spice finish.

Dam Raider Gin 40%

Botanicals: juniper, angelica root, coriander, lemon peel. liquorice bark, orange peel and orris.

Tasted: Jan 2018

A heavy, oily nose with subtle juniper, citrus and earthy notes. There’s an almost cardamom-like note and a good degree of wheaty spirit.

The palate is quite oily and wheaty with plenty of sweet, spirit character. Hints of juniper, orange, earth, coriander and barky spices follow. Long, slightly bitter finish with lingering spice.

Smooth Ambler Old Scout American Whiskey 49.5%

Whiskies from Indiana and Tennessee. Partly aged in re-fill barrels.

Tasted: Jan 2018

Aromas of cereal, herbal rye, malt and nutty/ caramel oak.

Raw cereal on the palate with toasty, caramel oak and hints of sweet cinnamon rye. Lightly herbal but the youthful cereal notes dominate. Lightly citric and coffee’d finish with lingering cereal. For 50 odd pounds I’d want a bit more complexity.

 

Bower Hill Reserve Rye 43%

The bottles of this small batch rye say they are distilled and aged in Louisville, and then selected and bottled by Bower Hill Distillery in Silverton, Ohio. However, no producing distillery is named.

Tasted: Jan 2018

A youthful nose of toasted cereal and subtle herbal rye. Quite fresh but simple with late violet notes.

Young, oily and cereally with a touch of feints. Raw, spicy rye on the middle with hints of green pepper. Short and feinty with lingering cereal notes. Certainly not worth it’s £77 price tag!

Roughstock Montana Spring Wheat Whiskey 45%

Is made using locally grown white spring wheat. Double-distilled, it is finished for a few months in heavily toasted French oak.

Tasted: Jan 2018

Dark and wheaty aromas with hints of what feels-like oats and corn notes. Quite earthy and egdy with oily and slightly feinty spirit notes.

The palate is very oily and a little feinty with wheat and corn notes. Very subtly oaked and a bit simple with lingering cereal, violets and heavy oils. Personally I think it could have done with more than just a few months in oak!