Category: spirits

Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace

This is the Tom Petty or Dave Matthews band of bourbon. It might not be anyone’s favorite, but if you pull out a bottle, everyone will be happy. This is rumored to be 9.5 years old with a mash bill likely under 10% rye. 

It smells of caramel, honey, orange, orange peel, hint of cherry, and a hint of red apple. When poured neat you taste caramel, oak, and lots of cherries. The taste rounds out with orange, apples, and vanilla.

Instantly likable. Instantly placeable. You should always have a bottle of this on paw for sipping neat or pouring into a cocktail. 

45% abv

Frankfort, Kentucky, USA

Plymouth Gin Navy Strength

Plymouth Gin Navy Strength

If you ask me, this is the benchmark for Navy Strength gins! Why is it Navy Strength? Well, at this proof, you could safely store it on the boat with the gunpowder and even if the gin spilled on the gunpowder, the gunpowder would still ignite! Plus, sailors like to get hammered.

You can definitely smell the oily alcohol on this gin, followed by juniper, citrus, and some cucumber skin. The taste is very thick and viscous, with sweet lemon, orange rind, citrus pith, juniper and some turpentine.

Cool fact – there used to be 4 main styles of gin, named after the main ports for the Navy – London, Plymouth, Bristol, and Liverpool. Only London and Plymouth styles remain!

57% abv

Plymouth, ENGLAND

Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof

Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof

This barrel proof bourbon clocks in at a whopping 66.7% alcohol, so I figured I should put my hardhat on. You might want to, too.

This 12-year old, non-chill filtered b518 batch is made from 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley. When you smell it (and do it gently so you don’t fry your nose) you’ll pick up vanilla, orange peel, oak, caramel, and burnt caramel.

The taste starts honeyed, then moves to caramel, then burnt caramel, with the oak and vanilla coming through as well. 

I suggest letting it sit in your glass for about 15 minutes before you drink it, or add some water or ice. Here’s some great, big full-bodied no frills bourbon without breaking the bank!

66.7% abv

Bardstown, Kentucky, USA

Napue Gin

Napue Gin

Oh hello. You caught me here with my bottle of Finnish Gin from Kyrö Distillery Company. This one is made from rye and has, well, a great nordic taste to it. 

You’ll smell peppery sourdough, winter forest, Douglas fir, bramble, and of course, juniper on the nose. The taste is more juniper, fir tree and forest with some lemon as well. I thought this mixed up a great G&T!

46.3% abv

Isokyrö, FINLAND

Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon

Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon

I’m standing at attention and enjoying a great bourbon to honor our fallen. To those of who have lost a loved one in service, you are owed an unpayable debt of gratitude. 

This bourbon has a herbaceous, medicinal note that I’m used to with Willet bourbons. I also pick up corn, sugar, sugary cereal, peanut, and cedar closet.

The juice tastes of butterned corn, cedar, oak, white pepper, caramel, and some herbs and trees. 

47% abv

Bardstown, Kentucky, USA

The Macallan 12 Years Old Sherry Oak Cask

The Macallan 12 Years Old Sherry Oak Cask

Yeah, I’m a classy pup, so I’m settling into my favorite chair with some Scotch. Not just any scotch, but a Macallan 12 year. I’m smelling vanilla, ginger, apple skin, white wood, and sherry notes. 

Take a sip and you’ll get apple, pear, vanilla, cashews, marmalade and once again, sherry. 

Stay classy, San Diego (and everywhere else)!

43%

SCOTLAND

Mezcal Margarita

Mezcal Margarita

Happy Birthday to ME! It’s Suki de Mayo, y’alls! 

I’m celebrating with a Mezcal Margarita from my friends at Employees Only in NYC!

Cheers!

Old Ezra 7 Year Old

Old Ezra 7 Year Old

I gathered by best friends for this bottle because bourbon is all about friends, especially when it is to finish a bottle of a discontinued bourbon! This bourbon, distilled by Heaven Hill and bottled by Luxco is great on its own or with a cube. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a bottle of this in your cabinet already, you might not be able to find it. 

If you do find it, you’ll have a bottle that is 78% corn, 12% malted barley and 10% rye. You’ll smell notes of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, maple syrup, nutmeg, and brown sweet spice. On the nose you’ll taste brown sweet spice to start on the top of your tongue, followed by oak, vanilla, and a bit of heat carried through by rye spice. This is a bourbon that is great neat or with a cube! Whatever makes you happy is fine by me!

101 proof / 50.5%

Kentucky, USA

Old Ezra 7 Year Old

Old Ezra 7 Year Old

I gathered by best friends for this bottle because bourbon is all about friends, especially when it is to finish a bottle of a discontinued bourbon! This bourbon, distilled by Heaven Hill and bottled by Luxco is great on its own or with a cube. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a bottle of this in your cabinet already, you might not be able to find it. 

If you do find it, you’ll have a bottle that is 78% corn, 12% malted barley and 10% rye. You’ll smell notes of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, maple syrup, nutmeg, and brown sweet spice. On the nose you’ll taste brown sweet spice to start on the top of your tongue, followed by oak, vanilla, and a bit of heat carried through by rye spice. This is a bourbon that is great neat or with a cube! Whatever makes you happy is fine by me!

101 proof / 50.5%

Kentucky, USA

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

Why do I have this smirk on my face? Well, because I’m sitting outside on my patio, drinking a G&T, made with this sweet gin designed by PJ Rigney! The distillery opened in December of 2015, so this stuff is still pretty new! You’ll smell anise, cardamom, tea, citrus, and juniper. The taste starts with citrus and anise, then moves to the tea and cardamom and ends with a drying note of juniper and tea. 

This gin is made with GUNPOWDER (tea) SO BE CAREFUL! BOL. This is a great gin for really anything – G&T, martini, aviation, or just sipping on its own! Plus, when you finish the bottle, wash it out, remove the label, and you’ve got a great bottle to use as a vase or for whatever you like. That’s what I did!

43% abv

Drumshanbo, IRELAND