My tasting notes and observations on various bourbons and whiskies.
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1792 Small Batch - 93.7 proof from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Very caramel-heavy sweet nose. Strong on the tongue but flavorful. Even burn with slight edge finish. Pleasant oak aftertaste ... leans rye but carries some sweetness. Bold heat with a pleasant flavor. Well done. (Disclosure - Client)
Lakan is a coconut based distilled spirit (think vodka) from the Philippines in the Lambanog category of spirits. I had it mixed in a cranberry cocktail to compare it to vodka since it's closest and how I drink vodka. It's smooth and sweet with a nice kick. It doesn't have the propane-ish taste vodka has at first touch. So it's better than vodka!
Elijah Craig 23-year Single Barrel. 90 proof. Extremely hot nose. Milder taste. Very oaky. Warm and smooth. Nice vanilla hint. Rim finish with lasting warmth. Not as good as 18, so save several bucks. But quite nice as a novelty sip. I think Elijah's sweet spot is between 12 and 18. Older versions aren't as good. But still good.
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage. 86.6 proof. This one barreled in 2004 and bottled in 2013. Warm oaky nose. Smells hot but sweet and flavorful. Tastes much more strong than 86 proof. Sweetness is overpowered by an even burn. After tastes of vanilla and an almost barley flavor. Nice to sip on. But more hot than I'd prefer in a lower proof. Tastes 90+.