Dram Review: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Years Old (Bottled Circa 2014)

[45.2%・20 Years Old・Bottled in 2014・Buffalo Trace Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: A complex nose, an intensely rich dose of brown sugar drenched walnuts with an orange zing.  Hearty doses of cinnamon spices, leather and smoked sandalwood with some vanilla, thick toffee, dark chocolate and raisins.  The char is sweet and mesmerizing.. Palate & Finish: Big charred oak…

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Dram Review: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac (Fall 2009 Release)

[69.5%・7 Years Old・Distilled in 2002・Bottled in 2009・Buffalo Trace Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Big peppery nose at first, then cinnamon, Chinese hawthorn, charred oak, orange and tanned leather.  Eye watering pungent spices. Palate & Finish: A thick maple sweetness first appeared on the palate, a couple of lemon twists to lift the body as the caramel and…

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Dram Review: George T. Stagg (2007 Release)

[72.4%・15 Years Old・Distilled in 1992・Bottled in 2007・Buffalo Trace Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: The nose comprises of sticky walnuts, cinnamon, brown sugar and burnt toast. Homey but heavy. Palate & Finish: Condensed brown sugar sweetness on the palate with the spices being rather overwhelming.  Such power displayed from the grain and oak. The spiciness stays on for…

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Dram Review: Sazerac 18 Years Old (Spring 2015 Release)

[45.0%・18 Years Old・Bottled in 2015・Buffalo Trace Bottling・Limited Release] Nose:  The nose is real attractive, cherries with a polite splash of cinnamon and perfect almond of buttery sweetness, freshly baked almond cookies, wholesome vanilla, brown sugar and this fine Horween leather note giving this fine satisfaction like a generous bosom. Palate & Finish: Green apples, apricots…

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Dram Review: Stagg Jr. Batch 1

[67.2% • NAS • Bottled in 2013 • Limited Edition] Nose: Cinnamon and hot spices. Dark chocolate, charred oak on a barbecue giving that but of oiliness. Raisins, brown sugar and vanilla. The nose has been maxed out with flavours. Palate & Finish: Brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins. Woove, a masculine hit of spices to the…

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