Jameson Caskmates - Stout Edition
Nose - Light, fruit, hoppy aroma
Taste - Milk cocoa notes, vanilla with a creamy finish and mild pepper lingers at the end. Delicious!
Nose - Floral, light sherry
Taste - vanilla, sherry, heavier on the pepper finish than Caskmates.
Jameson Black Barrel
Nose - Light oak, heavy spice (maybe a white pepper)
Taste - Smooth, vanilla forward, mild spice flavor.
Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year
Nose: Light red wine and floral
Taste: Creamy, sherry and nutty
Tullamore D.E.W. 14 Year
Nose: Very apple forward on the nose with hints of vanilla
Taste: Does not disappoint with layers of fruit and vanilla, oak and a slight cinnamon taste. Amazing how this whiskey would go great with your favorite apple pie recipe.
Tullamore D.E.W. 15 Year - Trilogy finished in three oak casks Oloroso sherry, bourbon and golden rum.
Nose: Tropical creamy
Taste: Starts with mild oak, creamy flavor with a very mild pepper finish.
Honestly can't say that I have a favorite. Each whiskey has a very unique smooth taste that I can't choose just one! Depending on the day, or my mood, each will have its place in my whiskey collection.
Medusa, American Whiskey
80 proof 40% alcohol
Whidbey Island, Washington
Just North West of Seattle, one can take a ferry to Whidbey Island that has a variety of very special things. One, that I am most fond of is a whiskey distillery by the name of Cadee. I had the honor of being one of ten people to taste Medusa before it was offered to the public and now I can share my notes with you.
Nose: Sweet on the nose with an array of spices and the smell of the sea.
Taste: Medusa has a tantalizing palate that will bring you through a ribbon on flavors that will keep you wanting more. My tasting started with oak from the barrel on the tip of the tongue. Then she presented a warm mixture of island spices (mild cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg) and the taste of the sea. Her finish is smooth and sweet with caramel/toffee flavor that glides past the back of the mouth. It is a wonder how a whiskey can be that complex and refined all at once. I highly recommended that you check out this delicious whiskey and enjoy the enticing flavors presented by Cadee.
Aged: Not disclosed
Batch: Special Bottling
On the nose: Very fruit forward from the wine, so sweet you will not be expecting the proof behind this one.
Taste: Pepper starts in the beginning and tappers off in the middle of the mouth. The sweetness of the wine cask filters in behind the pepper to soften the proof, but you will still taste signs of the wood and vanilla flavors. Great sipping bourbon!
Aged: Minimum of 1 year
80 proof 40% alcohol
First Irish style whiskey for Colorado.
On the Nose: Floral with a hint of vanilla bean and oak.
Taste: Chef Matthews uses his grandfather’s recipe for moonshine. The key process for this is to have a low and slow run on the still. This allows for a very smooth flavor and puts the warming of the alcohol in the back of the throat, allowing one to taste the sweetness of the Irish style whiskey on the tongue. Definitely compares to some Irish whiskeys that I have tasted. The silky smoothness of the floral, vanilla and oak flavors have traveled through the nose and landed right on the palate. Delicious! Cheers!
Aged: Barrel aged at least 1 month
88 proof 44% alcohol
On the Nose: Vanilla and oak are strong on the nose with a very earthy scent. Almost similar to a garden. Strong leafy vegetables, tomatoes and peppers.
Taste: Mild tobacco and Anaheim pepper flavor. The oak is present but the pepper is more pronounced and hits the tongue right away. The sweet flavor lands about half way through the tasting. I am wondering with more barrel time if it would produce more of a sweetness from the corn. Not bad for a young bourbon at all, and great with sweeter cocktails.
Please note: My taste of tobacco may be different than others. I think of the leafy plant not an ash tray. The leafy plant makes it more pleasurable to taste.
Aged: 6 months.
86 proof 43% Alcohol
On the Nose: Honeysuckle, hints of lemons and mild sugar sweetness
Taste: For this high rye the first thing I taste is anise with a strong wood flavor. The rye is mild with a subtle pepper finish that coats the entire tongue to let you know it is there. This is a perfect rye whiskey to introduce to someone that wants to try a rye for the first time.
Disclaimer: 10th Mountain makes one of my favorite rye whiskeys. The rye whiskey that I prefer is aged longer than 6 months. (this is all I had available to me in our neighborhood liquor store for this review, which quite possibly means I might have drank all the longer aged bottle that we purchased from the distillery). Please check out all of their aged ryes and do a side by side comparison to find your favorite. Cheers!