EP 120: Old Pulteney

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Old Pulteney Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7.8/10

 

“It’s smokier than [last weeks whiskey]. I like it.”

Alex8/10

“It’s got a harder, deeper flavor. Something a bit different to it, which I like. Not a standard scotch. I would drink this again.”

EP 119: Deanston

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Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Deanston Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7.5/10

 

“It’s a god scotch. Smokey is not super there. There’s not a whole lot to it. I don’t want to say it’s bad, but it lumps itself with generally good scotches.”

Alex6.8/10

“It’s a scotch. It’s a burny scotch, very since. I find it a bit too hard, it really punches you on the face, but doesn’t give me anything after that.”

EP 118: Lone Hawthorn "Craft Beer Batch"

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Iirish Whiskey

Lone Hawthorn Distillery?

The Verdict

Geoff 8.5/10

 

“It's really easy to drink, has a nice subtle burn. It has a strong flavor.”

Alex9/10

“I really really like it, it's super sweet, something really different. It's fruity! It's solid.”

EP 117: Eschenbrenner "Bill"

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Single Malt German Whisky

Eschenbrenner Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8.5/10

 

“It's nice and powerful, it really smacks you in the face. It has a nice, real scotch burn that goes down slowly. Lots of flavor. I'm digging it.”

Alex8.5/10

“I've liked it a lot. It is powerful. This does have a bit of a scotchy flavor to it. It's a little bit smokey, but not super smokey.  You can taste a bit of rum in there. I really like it.”

EP 116: Benriach - 10 Years

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Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Benriach Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

“The flavor is there, it’s got a lot of flavor. It’s got a lot going on. There is a very little trace of smoke.”

Alex8.2/10

“I really like it, it’s got a nice sweet flavor. For the price it taste way better than it should.”

EP 115: Bulleit 95 Rye

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Straight American Rye Whiskey

Bulleit Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

“Tasty rye, so good. I’m getting [the sweetness], some maple syrup at the end. It’s more leaning into the spice. A very subtle burn. Shelf worthy.”

Alex8/10

“Man, it is so spicy. It’s really really spicy, a lot going on but still pretty smooth. I’m not getting the sweetness I usually get with rye. I think it’s really interesting and different.”

EP 114: Aberlour

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Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Aberlour Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

“It’s incredibly smooth, easy to drink. It’s so easy to drink you could wind up drinking more than planned.”

Alex8.6/10

“I gotta say, it’s good, it’s very very smooth, not smokey at all, but I really really like it.”

EP 113: Basil Hayden's

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Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Beam and Suntory Inc.

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

“It’s good. It’s pretty pretty good.”

Alex8.3/10

“I can now officially say I do like bourbon. I find this really nice, it’s got that typical bourbon spice, it goes down really really smooth with that sweetness. I like that combination. It’s lovely in my mouth hole.”

EP 112: Smokehead

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Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Gladstone Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7.6/10

 

“I like it. I’ve drank quite a bit of it. It’s nice to have a smokey whiskey.”

Alex7.9/10

“I like it a lot. It’s a bit sweet and smokey. I'm surprised you like it!”

EP 111: The Gladstone Axe

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Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Gladstone Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7.8/10

 

“It’s got a strong smell - I like it. It's a tough one for a score. It's a good, but standard scotch. Nothing too special about it. If you're not a huge smokey fan, then this might be your jam. Shelf worthy.”

Alex7.8/10

"It's got a sweet flavor to it. It's pretty smooth...it's got a nice burn. There is nothing unique about it. I would put it a tick above a standard scotch, but it's not very smokey. The details of the bottle are really fun.”

EP 110: The Chita

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Single Grain Japanese Whisky

Suntory Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 9/10

 

“It's gorgeous. There is a lot of interesting flavors going on. It's really good.”

Alex9/10

“I really like it a lot. It's a bit sweet, but not in a rye way. It goes down incredibly smooth. It has superior drinkability. You can't go wrong with Japanese whisky.”

EP 109: May Loag

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Irish Whiskey

May Loag Spirits

The Verdict

Geoff 9/10

 

“It's good, it's really good. I would go so far to say, it's not your typical whiskey in terms of flavor.”

Alex8.5/10

“I really like it. Really strong flavor at first, then it gets sweet at the end. Very warming...very smooth. I don't know what it is, but it's a nice flavor. There's something extra in there.”

EP 108: Auchentoshan

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Auchentoshan Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7/10

 

“It’s got a little bit of smoke, nothing major. If you sat down at a friends place you would drink it all night. It’s middle of the road.”

Alex6/10

“It taste like a scotch, not anything more, not anything less. It’s mild. I don’t dislike it, I don’t love it. It is smooth, so I’ll give it that.”

EP 107: Eagle Rare

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Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

"It really grew on me. Good burn. It’s really hitting all the notes. 8 means a damn good thing."

Alex8/10

"I really like it. Maybe we’re bourbon people now. It’s sweet, it’s really nice and has that bourbon aftertaste. It’s very whole, a wholesome flavor."

EP 106: Glenfiddich IPA Experiment

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glenfiddich Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

“I really dig it, there is something peculiar in a good way. There’s a sharp kind of spicy taste. It’s something different, a difference I enjoy."

Alex8.7/10

"It doesn’t taste like a typical Glenfiddich, it’s not super smoky. There is this sharp taste. It goes down really smooth, pretty mild actually."

EP 105: Signal Hill

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Canadian Whisky

Signal Hill Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8.5/10

 

"There's nothing bad I can say about any Canadian whisky. I love the simplicity of it"

Alex9/10

"I find it super smooth, a bit sweet, it goes down easy. It's bold, it's deep, it taste good in my mouth."

EP 104: Jura

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Jura Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7.8/10

 

"It's a solid whiskey, very solid scotch, its got that smokeyness but not too much. The burn is there and gone.  If it had a burn, I would enjoy it more. It's a bit too easy to drink for a scotch."

Alex8/10

"It's a good balance between smokey and sweetness. I find it smooth and easy to drink.  I feel there is some layer that is missing, whatever that means. It taste a bit light."

EP 103: Yellow Rose

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Rye Whisky

Yellow Rose Distillers

The Verdict

Geoff 8.5/10

 

"You know how I know I like it? I asked for another splash 10 minutes into the episode. The flavor changes as you're drinking it and I love every level of it."

Alex8/10

"I really like it. I don't find it as smooth as other rye's but the flavor it really really there.  It is sweet and has a warm flavor, nice burn going down."

EP 102: Ayrer's Angelique

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German Whiskey

Ayrer' Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 5.5/10

 

"Normally I wouldn't drink this whiskey, but when in certain moods in winter, like a christmas market. I just don't find it refreshing because it's thick and sweet."

Alex6/10

"It taste like a mix. It's honey, it's a little fruity, its sweet, but it's not a whiskey I would drink very often I don't think. Maybe you could mix it. It taste like there is sugar in there. Good drink, not a great whiskey."

EP 101: Glenmorangie

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glenmorangie Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7.8/10

 

"When I first sipped it at the beginning I found it kind of strong, now that strength is gone and I’m used to it. It's good."

Alex8/10

"I find it really smooth and easy to drink, it’s not super smokey. I’m getting some fruitiness in there. I really like it."

EP 100!: Green Spot: Léoville Barton

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Irish Whiskey

Mitchell and Son Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 9.5/10

 

"It continues to be good. The spots have never failed me."

Alex9.5/10

"There’s a bit of fruitiness in there. It goes down easy. It’s green spot but that much better."

EP 99: Laphroaig - Select

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Scotch Whisky

D. Johnston & Co., Laphroaig Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7.8/10

 

"It has a nice burn. For the price, I think it's what you'd expect (from Laphroaig)."

Alex8.374/10

"It's good. It's really good. It's smokey, has a really nice flavor. The flavor dissipates a bit quicker than I'd like, especially for a scotch. For the price I don't think you can get a better whisky."

EP 98: Tamnavulin

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Tamnavulin Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7/10

 

"It's a solid whiskey, nothing special, but something that is very drinkable and gets the job done. The price to quality ratio is perfect."

Alex7/10

"It's nothing incredibly special, its pretty standard, but I have been drinking it throughout the episode non-stop. It's a light and easy scotch."

EP 97: Mimori

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Japanese Pure Malt Whisky

Mimori Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8.5/10

 

"Super flavorful. Good burn. Japanese Whiskys never fail."

Alex8.7/10

"It’s really good. It’s got a nice flavor, a bit of a nutty flavor. Pleases my pallet."

EP 96: Glengoyne 10 Years

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Highland Single Malt Scotch

Glengoyne Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

"It's a nice...winter, by the fire kind of whisky. I like it and for the price, it's fine."

Alex8/10

"So, it's got a really interesting flavor that I do like a lot. It's warm...it's got a lot gong on for it."

EP 95: Ayrer's PX

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German Whiskey

Ayrer's Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

"It’s got a spicy flavor. It really hangs in there, it goes down slow with a nice aftertaste."

Alex8.5/10

"I like it, it’s got a nice burn, a nice spice, goes down pretty easily. I like it a lot"

EP 94: WhistlePig

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Rye Whiskey

WhistlePig Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 9/10

 

"This is one of those times I wish I had more of because it’s so damn good. That slow burn massages you down your throat."

Alex8.7/10

"I love the sweetness of the rye and it’s also got the spiciness."

EP 93: The Singleton

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Scotch Whiskey

Dufftown Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7.5/10

 

"I’ve been enjoying it. The burn for me is mild, I wish there was more of that. I’m liking what it’s giving to me but it goes away pretty quick. It’s not very smokey. Shelf worthy"

Alex7.5/10

"I do like the flavor a lot. It’s more complex than the last whiskey. There is still some weird thing that I don’t like about. It, don’t know what it is. I do like it for the price."

EP 92: Cardhu

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Scotch Whiskey

Cardhu Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 6.5/10

 

"For 24 euro this is a fine whiskey, it’s nothing you’ll write home about."

Alex6/10

"I find it mediocre and neutral. It’s a basic whiskey. It taste like it’s a bit watered down. It’s not bad."

EP 91: Bull Run

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Bourbon Whiskey

Bull Run Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8.5/10

 

"It's a lovely bourbon. Super Tasty."

Alex7.5/10

"There's not many bourbons that I drink like I would drink a rye or scotch, but I keep sipping and drinking it. I really like it."

EP 90: Tomatin

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Scotch Whisky

Tomatin Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

"Whats nice is it's smokey peatiness, but really subtle, but you still know it's a scotch. When you smell this, you smell some butter, its insane."

Alex7.8/10

"I really like it. The weird thing that gets me is I 100% taste the butter in there, which is really weird.  Definitely one of the most interesting scotches we have ever had."

EP 89: Hardenberg Club

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German Rye Whiskey

Hardenberg Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7/10

 

"It’s a good rye, less sweetness and more of a burn and some spiciness. Shelf worthy."

Alex7.5/10

It’s definitely a nice rye, it’s not as sweet as other rye's are. It’s got a bit of spiciness in there. I wish I was a bit smoother, like it, don’t love it."

EP 88: Jameson Black Barrel

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Irish Whiskey

Jameson Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

"I definitely taste that nuttiness. Lovely."

Alex8.5/10

"I like it, you definitely taste that spiciness, has a nice aftertaste. It also has that Jameson signature flavor, but with a little bit extra."

EP 87: Slane

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Irish Whiskey

Slane Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

"It's got a nice burn. Not huge, but it's there. It's extremely affordable. For the taste to cost ratio, I gotta give it an 8."

Alex8/10

"It's good. The thing is, this is one of those examples where I drink a lot during the episode. If I am drinking it this easily and this much, it's good. It's got a nice flavor. Solid Irish"

EP 86: Ardbeg Scorch

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Scotch Whisky

Ardbeg Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

"It's smoky man, but I'm okay with this - even though its pushing my limits, I still consider it a good amount of smokey. There's a lot more depth to the flavor than just a smokiness."

Alex8/10

 "It's not only smoke. This is smokey but has a nice after taste to it. It's smooth with a bit of a sweet undertone at the end in the aftertaste."

EP 85: SKI-HI Rye

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Straight Rye Whiskey with Apple Cider

Wollersheim Winery & Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 6/10

 

“As a whiskey, it’s not something I’m going to go back to. Not because it’s bad, but just not my 'deal'. It’s good for what it is.”

Alex:  7/10

“It’s definitely something unique and different. I’m glad we had this. I’ll give it some extra points because it’s creative, it tastes good, but doesn’t have really a whiskey flavor to it.”

EP 84: Jameson - Distillery Edition

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Irish Whiskey

Jameson Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 9/10

 

“It’s got tons of flavor. There’s a lot going on. I've had three or four non-standard Jameson and they’re all good.”

Alex8.5/10

“It’s really good. Tastes good in my mouth. Incredibly smooth. I really missed Irish. [Jameson] is always consistent and good.”

EP 83: Laws

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San Luis Valley Straight Rye Whiskey

Laws Whiskey House

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

“That’s very tasty. It’s got a good burn.  The aftertaste sticks with you a while. The very first sip I had at the beginning of the episode I was like, yeah, that’s an 8.”

Alex8/10

“It’s got a lot going on for it. It’s got a spicy flavor to it. I would prefer it to be a bit sweeter and smoother. The flavor is really there and I’m enjoying it.”

EP 82: Military Special

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Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Atlantic Distillers

The Verdict

Geoff 2/10

 

"It’s an old cola. They should be happy I’m even giving it a 2. It came in a bottle and it’s labeled whiskey. It has a flavor, it just doesn’t taste like whiskey."

Alex3/10

“When I first took a sip I was like, it’s not that bad, I expected paint thinner. It’s easy to drink, surprisingly smooth. It taste like warm water with Splenda and a drip of vodka. I’ll give it 2 points for the bottling and label. Out of all the flavors in the world, this is one of them.”

EP 81: Various Cocktails!

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No New Whiskey Review This Week

This week we drank three different delicious whiskey cocktails - made from an amazing mixologist using whiskeys we have previously had on the show.

Cocktail 1: Whiskey Sour

Cocktail 2: Old Fashioned

Cocktail 3: Whiskey High Ball

                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 80: Shackelton

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Blended Malt Whiskey

Mackinlay & Co. Blenders & Distillers

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

"It’s different from most scotches...which I like. This will keep you warm at night."

Alex8/10

"It’s interesting. I’m really enjoying it. This is a really good relaxation whiskey, for someone who wants a scotch, but not something too hardcore. It's something that’s really tasty. It’s an expedition in my mouth."

EP 79: Bulleit 10 Year

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Bourbon Whiskey

Bulleit Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 8/10

 

"Every thing I've had from Bulleit so far has been good. It's very shelf worthy for the price. Super tasty, great amount of burn. It's not a rye, but it's in that direction."

Alex8/10

"I've been liking this the whole time, it's got a deep flavor to it, kind of sweet, but incredibly smooth. I really like it, I'd like to buy a big bottle of it at some point."

EP 78: Bud Spencer - The Legend

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German Whisky

St. Kilian Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff 7/10

 

"Beyond the smokeyness there isn’t a ton there. It’s got a good burn of course. If you remove the smoke there is not a ton going on, what else do you have left? Not a lot. It leaves some to be desired at least for me."

Alex7/10

"It is really smokey, but I’m really digging it. The problem is, a lot of the flavor is only smoke, there’s not a lot else going on for it. It’s got a nice flavor; I do like it, I don’t love it."

EP 77: Templeton Rye

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Straight Rye Whiskey

Templeton Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff6.5/10

 

"It’s not amazing. It’s not a bad rye. I think for the price, it’s not shelf worthy. The balance of the alcohol flavor hitting you vs. the other flavors is a bit too much. In general, it’s drinkable."

Alex6.5/10

"I agree, it’s a decent rye. I think for the price you can get a better rye, to be honest. There’s a bit of sweetness in there, but it’s not coming through hard. There’s a burn, but not a lot. There’s almost everything there, but not enough."

EP 76: Lambay

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Irish Blended Whiskey

Lambay Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

 

"I'm diggin it. I like a whiskey with a lot going on; it's spicy, it's fruity, it doesnt have a huge burn but enough so it keeps me going. For 30 euro it's pretty exciting."

Alex9/10

"It's got a lot of cool flavors going on. It's got a nice burn, but not too much, I prefer a but more to be honest. It's sweeter, fruity with a spicy aftertaste. Shelf Worthy."

EP 75: Glenfiddich 15 Years

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English Single Malt Whisky

Glenfiddich Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  8/10

"It’s tasty. It’s not blowing me away...it’s good though. This is a good definition of a scotch. Absolutely shelf worthy - 40 bucks for a 15 year, solid scotch."

Alex:  8/10

"I like it a lot. It’s really smooth. It’s got a lot of flavor. This is a scotch. This is a great after-work-drink."

EP 74: Cotswolds Founders Choice

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English Single Malt Whisky

Cotswold Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7/10

"I love a good burn, but this thing is like an endless burn. The [flavor] is there. It's a good whisky; it's a good flavor, but it's overpowered by the amount of alcohol in it. I don't want to say it's bad."

Alex6.5/10

"It's too strong. I am not really enjoying it because every sip I take is like, 'woah Nelly.' This would be great in winter. There is a nice sweet aftertaste that I really enjoy. I'm not gonna say it's a bad whisky."

EP 73: Ayrer's Ruby

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German Whisky

Ayrer's Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7.5/10

"It’s got a good burn that I like. For such a young whisky, it’s good. It’s really interesting. I enjoy this."

Alex7.5/10

"I like it. It has a bit of a sweetness to it, but it’s also spicy as well. It’s got interesting flavors. It’s not boring, it’s complex."

EP 72: Bowmore 18

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Bowmore Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8.5/10

"This is not too Smokey. For a beginner 'smoker', if you will, this is good for you. It gives you enough of that strong scotch flavor, but doesn’t hit you in the face too hard."

Alex9/10

"It’s a very stereotypical, delicious, classic scotch. It’s a little more mild, but still a good strong flavor. This is a classic whisky to have on your shelf. Totally shelf worthy."

EP 71: The Balvenie - Caribbean Cask

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The Balvenie Distillery Banffshire

The Verdict

Geoff7.5/10

"It's not amazing, but it's quite good. If you want something different from a normal scotch, it's the place to go. You can definitely taste those 14 years.”

Alex8/10

“I think it's really good. It's not as smokey as I usually like, but I like that sweetness from the Caribbean casks that you can definitely taste.”

EP 70: Willett

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Bourbon Whiskey

Willett Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff9/10

"It’s good! It has tons of flavor. It’s smooth.”

Alex9/10

“This is a bourbon that I love. It’s got a lot of sweet, delicious flavor. This is the most I have drunken a bourbon during an episode.”                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 69: Dingle

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Single Malt Irish Whiskey

County Kerry Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“It’s just tasty. The aftertaste is very sweet. At the very beginning it’s quite strong for an Irish. Very smooth. I’m really enjoying it.”

Alex8.5/10

“It’s very tasty, I like that sweetness that comes with it. Not a huge burn, but I don’t really miss it because it’s so tasty and smooth.”

EP 68: FEW

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Rye Whiskey

FEW Spirits Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“It's herby. There's a lot of different flavors going on.  It's got the burn...it's a bit spicy but smooth like a typical Rye. Very very good, what can I say.”

Alex8.5/10

"FEW Rye has more than a few flavors that I'm tasting. I like the spiciness, I think its smooth. It's got a really nice burn to it. It's a very full flavor.”

EP 67: Sourland Mountain Spirits

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Double Oaked Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Disch and Sons Distillers

The Verdict

Geoff8.5/10

“I am digging this bourbon, baby. It’s spicy...some heat to it. There are very few bourbons that tickle my fancy, [this one] is tasty.”

Alex8/10

"There’s a really strong burn. The more you drink it, the easier it gets. It’s spicy, but also with a deep sweeter flavor. I really like it. I’m surprised how much I like it.”

EP 66: Penderyn Myth

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Single Malt Welsh Whisky

Penderyn Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7.5/10

“It’s good. If we need more before the review comes, it means we like it. It’s subdued, but what’s there is really good.”

Alex7/10

"It’s smooth, a different type of flavor. It’s not crazy strong in any direction. Not a huge burn - a bit, but it’s enough. Shelf worthy.”

EP 65: Stork Club Full Proof Rye

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German Rye Whiskey

Spreewood Distillers

The Verdict

Geoff9/10

"They make rye that rivals American rye. Good Lord, it’s lovely. Quite tasty."

Alex9.3/10

It’s delicious. It’s got a really nice burn. It has a heavy flavor, which I like."                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 64: Flaming Pig

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Irish Whiskey

Flaming Pig Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

"It’s a tasty Irish. The aftertaste is nice and slow, a lot going on. This is the definition of shelf worthy. Affordable, tasty, interesting.“

Alex8.3/10

"It’s really good, I really like it. I love the creamy taste to it. It’s got a nice burn, not too hard, the flavors aren’t super in your face anywhere, but very tasty.

EP 63: Belgian Owl

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Belgian Single Malt Whisky

Belgian Owl Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“For a three year old whisky, this is quite good. It’s tasty.”

Alex8/10

“There’s a lot of flavor there. It tastes good. I wouldn’t say it’s anything crazy special...it’s something I would drink again."

EP 62: Säntis Malt

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Swiss Alpine Whisky

Locher Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff6/10

It’s interesting. It just does not fit my pallet and what I like. I’m glad I tried it. I’d rather have this than something without a lot of flavor. Somewhere out there, there is somebody who would really enjoy this, it's just not meant for me."

Alex4/10

“This is something if I had it a few more times I could learn to like. The more I’m drinking it the more I like it, but I don’t like it...yet. It doesn’t taste like a bad whiskey. It just has flavors I don’t like. My tongue is like naaah.”

EP 61: Nestville

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Slovakian Whisky

Nestville Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7.5/10

“It’s good. It’s a stronger flavor. There’s a little bit [of burn]. It’s interesting...”

Alex7/10

“I like it. Especially for the price, it’s amazing. It’s got a nice sweeter flavor that I like.”                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 60: Hammer Head

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Single Malt Czech Whisky

Pradlo Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8.5/10

“It’s tasty. Has a nice smoothness; easy to drink. Has a bold flavor. It’s got a uniqueness to it.”

Alex8.5/10

“I’ve been enjoying it throughout the episode very much. It’s very tasty. It’s incredibly smooth; goes down super easy.”

EP 59: Vina - The Italian Whisky

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Italian Whisky

Puni Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff6.5/10

“It doesn’t really stand out. Not a remarkable whisky. There is very little burn, very subtle. I would put the bottle on your shelf - not necessarily to drink it.”

Alex6/10

“It’s definitely smooth and easy to drink. It’s not giving me a lot of flavor generally. The flavor there is good, but it lasts a second and it’s gone.”

EP 58: Adnams

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Triple Malt English Whisky

Copper House Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“There’s flavors in here that I’m not used to and I’m digging it. The burn is not big, but it’s there. It’s got a bold flavor.”

Alex8/10

“I find it really really smooth. 'Bold' is a good way to put it. For 50 €, it’s worth the price.”

EP 57: Armorik

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Single Malt French Whisky

Warenghem Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7.5/10

“I have been enjoying what’s going in my mouth. I have been enjoying sipping this. My expectations were low, but it exceeded my expectations.”

Alex7.5/10

“I do like it. It has this interesting fruity flavor. It's nothing crazy, but it has this special, 'how you doing' there. Clearly, the French can make liquids. I like it a lot.”

EP 56: Paul John

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Single Malt Indian Whisky

Paul John Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“I like it, it’s good. It clears the sinuses. It’s got a stronger burn. It’s a flavor that slaps you in the face. It’s tasty.”

Alex8.0/10

“It’s strong, but I like it. Definitely not a beginners whisky. It tastes like a really strong scotch.”                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 55: Roe & Co

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Blended Irish Whiskey

Roe & Co Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“I am a big Irish whiskey fan. This is a good Irish whiskey. It’s got a good burn - it’s smooth. It’s got this flavor, I can’t put my finger on it. It’s not present in a standard Irish whiskey. Good substitute for a Jameson.”

Alex8.2 (8 for Geoff's Mom)/10

“This whiskey gave me a very good first impression. It’s got a sweet fruity flavor that I’m really enjoying. I did not expect this.”

EP 54: Dalwhinnie - 15 Year

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Dalwhinnie Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7/10

“There’s nothing amazing about this whisky. It’s a diet scotch, scotch light. It’s a solid standard whiskey that I’ll go to, that I’ll drink. Nothing sets it’s apart from the other 53 whiskeys we’ve had.”

Alex7/10

“I wish there was more “scotch flavor” to it, it’s not smokey at all. It’s average.”

EP 53: Glenfarclas - 12 Year

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glenfarclas Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“It does have a little bit of smokiness, a little bit of the burn, and a little smoothness. From the first sip I knew it was an 8. It’s a very tasty scotch at a very good price.”

Alex8.5/10

“I really like this whisky. It just tastes like a really good scotch. It’s warm and it’s got a decent burn. Smoky, but not too smoky. Really, really solid whisky.”

EP 52: Enso

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Pot Still Japanese Whisky

Enso Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7/10

“It’s pretty dull, flavor wise. Having said that this is a beautiful whisky, it tastes good. Other Japanese Whiskies we’ve had are better. Has little to no burn at all. I don’t think this is worth 40 Euro.”

Alex8/10

“I really like it. Has more of a sweeter flavor. Smooth maybe to a fault. You can definitely get a better whisky than this. It is missing something, but the flavor it gives me, I like.”

EP 51: Heaven's Door

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American Straight Rye Whiskey

Heaven's Door Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“It’s a rye. It’s good. I can’t say it’s an extremely special rye. It’s a solid quality rye. I can’t really fault it. It's very good. I enjoy drinking it.”

Alex8.5/10

“It doesn’t have this usually sweeter taste, but I do like the taste. It has that bite to it, it’s got a nice burn. My brain keeps putting it to my face.”

EP 50: Blackforest Wild Whisky

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German Single Malt Whisky

Franz Wild Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“It's hard to describe, I can't put my finger on what this whisky is. I drink it and I like it. There's a lot going on for like 5-10 seconds and I like that.”

Alex8.5/10

“I really like it, I didn't expect it to be this good. It's sweeter, not a lot of burn to it."                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 49: Writer's Tears - Copper Pot

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Aged Single Pot and Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Walsh Whiskey Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7.5/10

“I find it very good, very comforting. Smooth Whiskey. For 25 Euro, I feel this is 40 Euro worth of whiskey flavor.”

Alex7.5/10

“For 25 Euro I recommend this to everybody. The flavory is nothing crazy. I wouldn't say it's full bodied. It's got a decent flavor and a decent burn, but for 25 Euro it's very good."

EP 48: Elsburn Wayfare Cast Strength

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German Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Hercynian Distilling Company

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“Very strange flavor for whiskey. It’s much sweeter than any whiskey I have ever had. Definitely a winter whiskey. It’s not the standard whiskey flavor, but I really like what it’s giving me. I like that it’s different.” 

Alex8.5/10

“One of the most interesting whiskeys we have ever had. This would be a really good after thanksgiving whiskey. One of the most unique whiskeys we have ever had."

EP 47: Aberfeldy 18 Year

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Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Aberfeldy Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff9/10

“Very interesting color. It's really good. In my mind, it does not taste like a 100 euro whisky - it's a really good whisky, doesn't blow me out of my seat." 

Alex:  9.5/10

“I really do like this fruity taste that I'm getting. I can't give a reason its not a 10. It's perfect. It's a really, really, really fantastic whisky.”

EP 46: Talisker Skye

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Isle of Skye Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Talisker Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7/10

“I like it. Nothing to write home about, but it’s good. It’s a good faithful scotch." 

Alex:  7.3/10

“I’m liking this a lot. I find it exceptionally smooth. Not super smoky, not super anything. Whiskey I would order at a restaurant.”

EP 45: Starward Single Malt Australian Whisky

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Single Malt Whisky

New World Whisky Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7/10

“There’s nothing special about it. It’s a good 'have in your hand keep refilling' type of whiskey. Above average. I enjoy it." 

Alex:  7.7/10

“I could use a little bit more. Really nice after taste that lingers in my nose. Nothing incredibly mind blowing.”

EP 44: Kyrö Malt Rye Whisky

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Finnish Rye Whisky

Kyrö Distillery Company 

The Verdict

Geoff9/10

“I dig it, its super good. It's like I'm sipping a waffle. This is a winter whisky." 

Alex 9/10

“I'm really really surprised. Kyrö, amazing. It's so different.”

EP 43: Stork Club Smoky Rye

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German Rye Whiskey

Spreewood Distillers

The Verdict

Geoff9/10

“It's not reminiscent of any whiskey I have ever had. It's on its own." 

Alex 9/10

“Stork are too consistent. I like it, it pleases my tongue, my whole body is enjoying it right now.”

EP 42: Bunnahabhain 12

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Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Burn Stewart Distillers

The Verdict

Geoff8.0/10

“Is that a bit sweet? Very interesting burn. I'm liking what it's giving me." 

Alex 8.3/10

“I'm picking up what it's putting down. It's a super super solid whisky.”

EP 41: Nikka Miyagikyo

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Single Malt Whisky

Miyagikyo Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“This is plenty complex. That's a good whisky. It has a nice slow burn." 

Alex 8/10

“A very different flavor from what we've had recently. It's good whisky.”

EP 40: Lagavulin - 16 Years

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Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lagavulin Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“It's really good. if I had to make a list of my top 5 scotch, I would probably put it on there." 

Alex 8/10

“Wish there was a bit of sweetness...this is like really smooth. You know what, maybe I'll have it tomorrow, and it'll be a ten.”

EP 39: Redbreast - 12 Years

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Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

The Midleton Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff9/10

“That's a whiskey. This has the bite and it's very smooth as well. From that first sip it was really tasty." 

Alex 9/10

“I'm going to enjoy drinking this. It's exceptionally smooth...this one is a higher price, but the flavor really reflects that price”

EP 38: Mack by Mackmyra

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Swedish Single Malt Whisky

The Gravity Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff5/10

“The thing is it's not bad, there's just really not a lot going on here. It's just as you drink it, it just leaves you wanting...it just needs a little bit more." 

Alex 6/10

“This is kind of like a...decent Irish whiskey that you put ice in that has now warmed up [and you've let that ice] melt. It kind of tastes like a watered down Irish whiskey. But, I don't hate it.”

EP 37: The Dead Rabbit

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Irish Whiskey

The Dublin Liberties Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff7/10

“For what it is, and the price it has, I enjoy it. It’s a good whiskey. I’d be happy to have it on my shelf." 

Alex 7/10

“While recording, I’ve been drinking this like I’ve been drinking a beer…this one’s been super easy [to drink].”

EP 36: Elijah Craig - Small Batch

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Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Heaven Hill Distilleries

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“It's super satisfying. The burn is just enough, not too much. I really enjoyed this." 

Alex:  8/10

"I think that's the first time I had a bourbon where I really enjoyed the first sip. Definitely the favorite bourbon I've had.” 

EP 35: Sazerac Rye

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Straight Rye Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff9/10

“As the episode went on and the more sips I had...my mouth is telling me, this is pretty damn good. As far as rye's go, this is in the top." 

Alex:  8.5/10

"I really like it. I would recommend people buy it, and the bottle is gorgeous.” 

EP 34: Amrut - Fusion

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Single Malt Indian Whisky

Amrut Distilleries Pvt. Ltd. 

The Verdict

Geoff8/10

“If you're a non-smokey whisky guy, you'll be OK with this. This is a solid whisky and I really enjoy it." 

Alex:  8.5/10

"I got to say though...I'm really enjoying it. It's got this initial smokiness, then you get this sweetness after. It's kind of like a smokey rye.” 

EP 33: Laphroaig - 10 Year

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Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

D. Johnston & Co., Laphroaig Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  9/10

“This might be my top smokey whisky. It's very acceptable for someone who doesn't like smokiness that much." 

Alex:  9/10

"That is smokey. And it is definitely a rich flavor like the bottle suggests. That's really good.” 

EP 32: Jameson Crested

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Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey

New Midleton Distillery (Irish Distillers)

The Verdict

Geoff:  8/10

“That’s really tasty. It’s not that much more [cost] than standard Jameson, but you’re getting a lot more." 

Alex:  8.5/10

"That’s really good. I’m really digging it…it’s better than I thought…” 

Matt (Guest):  9/10

“This to me, man...it reminds me of that old school kick...if it were wearing a suit and a tie and trying to charm me for the night.”

EP 31: Speymhor

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Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speymhor Distillers Company

The Verdict

Geoff:  5/10

“I wouldn’t voluntarily pick this off of a shelf. I’m not even going to continue talking about this." 

Alex:  5/10

"This is one of the few whiskeys, the more I drink it, the less I like it. There’s a really weird aftertaste…I’m not enjoying this.”

EP 30: Woodford Reserve Bourbon

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Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Woodford Reserve Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  7/10 or 8/10 (on a "good day")

“Out of all the bourbons I’ve had this is probably in the top 3." 

Alex:  8/10

"I can still confidently say I’m not a bourbon person, but this is one I would drink…on the regular.”

EP 29: Stork Single Malt

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German Whiskey

Spreewood Distillers

The Verdict

Geoff:  8/10

“It's very smooth actually. I'm loving the delayed burn." 

 

Alex:  9/10

"It said on the bottle 'crisp and fresh' and my first sip, I'm definitely getting the crispiness...I'm liking it a lot.”                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 28: Red Spot

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Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Mitchell & Son Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  11/10

“This is punching you in the face in the best possible way. This is my dream whiskey...that is what I’ve been looking for my whole life." 

Alex:  11/10

"Oh my god, it tastes so good. It’s perfect...tt’s as smooth as it gets. We gave the ‘Yellow Spot’ a 10 out of 10 - this is better.”

EP 27: Canadian Club - Classic 12

Canadian Club Whisky

Small Batch Blended Canadian Whisky

Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  6.5/10  (Neat) or 8/10 (cocktail mixer)

“It’s good…I can just sense this would be a good mixer. I think like this Canadian Club and a standard bottle of Jameson - I think anybody should have in their liquor cabinet just as something to pull out and make a drink with”. 

 

Alex:  6.5/10

"It’s ’s a totally fine Canadian whiskey, but that’s it….there’s not a lot of big flavours coming at you and the burn comes at a weird time.”

EP 26: The Ardmore

The Ardmore Whisky

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The Ardmore Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  7/10

“I’m liking it so far and I’m not a big scotch guy…what’s in the glass, I wish there was like 15% more of it.”

 

Alex:  7.5/10

“Smokey…It’s sweet smokiness…but there’s no aftertaste and it goes away rather quickly.”

EP 25: Peaky Blinder

Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey

Blended Irish Whiskey

Sadler's Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  6/10

“It’s a very standard...you put it in my hand…OK that’s a whiskey. It’s not doing a hell of a lot for me.”

 

Alex:  6/10

“My first impression was kind of like Ryan’s. I was kind of like, “meh”…but I’m kind of liking this one.”

Ryan (Guest):  6.5/10

“I would also give it a 6, but I’m going to give it an extra .5 for the British connection.”

EP 24: Glenfiddich - 12 Years

Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

William Grant and Sons

The Verdict

Geoff:  7/10

“Yeah, that’s a good scotch. It’s the definition of what is a solid scotch.”

 

Alex:  8/10

“Very smooth. A super-duper solid scotch.”                                                                                                                                                                                            

EP 23: Nikka Whiskey From The Barrel

Nikka Whisky From The Barrel

Japanese Blended Whisky

Miyagikyo and Yoichi Distilleries 

The Verdict

Geoff:  7.5/10

“There is a very slight smokiness. This is just enough where I love it.“

 

Alex:  75/100

"That first sip is very strong…it tastes good. The more I’m drinking it, I’m liking it.”                                                                                                                                                                   

EP 22: Kavalan Classic

Kavalan Whisky

Taiwanese Single Malt Whiskey

Kavalan Distillery 

The Verdict

Geoff7.5/10 

“That’s tasty…it’s smooth and then it turns into this long burn, which is interesting.”

 

Alex:  76/100

“Whoop, there it is…it’s something that tastes different from anything that we’ve had. I like it.”                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 21: Bain's Cape Mountain Whiskey

Bain's Whisky

South African Single Grain Whiskey

James Sedgwick Distillery 

The Verdict

Geoff:  8/10

"Thats...that’s a thing. Especially in the beginning it is quite sweet and then the bite comes, and it goes away rather quickly.”

 

Alex:  8/10

"That’s surprisingly good! This is really exciting, I’m excited right now…it’s kind of like a Rye.”                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 20: Slyrs - Single Malt

Slyrs Whiskey

German Single Malt Whisky

Lantenhammer Distillery 

The Verdict

 

Geoff:  6/10

“Don’t take this the wrong way, any Slyrs fans, there’s not a whole lot going on.”

 

Alex:  6/10

"Very mild. It kind of tastes like an Irish…it’s solid, but it’s not something I’d sit down and go 'wow'."                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 19: Teeling - Single Batch

Teeling Irish Whiskey

Irish Whiskey

Teeling Distillery

The Verdict

 

Geoff:  8/10

“I'll be hard pressed to say anything bad about this whiskey. It's a fricken solid whiskey.”

 

Alex:  8/10

 

"Exceptionally smooth...not boring."                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 18: Lot No. 40

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Canadian Rye Whisky

Hiram Walker Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  8/10

“It’s really doing it for me…it’s a strong flavour, but not overwhelming.”

 

Alex:  A-

"Oh yeah, I’m a rye guy. I’m a big fan of it."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

EP 17: Glenrothes - Select reserve

The Glenrothes Whisky

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glenrothes Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  7/10

“It’s well balanced. It’s just enough of everything.”

 

Alex:  7/10

"It’s really tasty and it’s one of these ones I can probably drink all night. It’s very smooth and light."                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 16: 1776

1776 Rye Whiskey

Straight Rye Whiskey

James E. Pepper Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  8/10

“I’m a rye guy. I wish I had a t-shirt that says, “I’m a rye guy”…it’s really easy to drink.”

 

Alex:  9/10

"It’s a little spicy and it goes down really smooth…full bodied."                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 15: Four Roses - Single Barrel

Four Roses Whiskey

Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Four Roses Distillery

The Verdict

 

Geoff:  6/10

“I’m getting like a sweet, syrupy maple kind of flavour…It’s enjoyable to drink, but not what I’d grab first.”

 

Alex:  6/10

“I don’t dislike it..bourbon is not my top choice."

EP 14: Nomad

Nomad Whiskey

Blended Scotch & Spanish Whiskey

Gonzalez Byaas Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  7/10

“It’s very solid and I enjoy it.”

 

Alex:  7/10

“The more I drink it, the more I like it. It’s getting sweeter by the sip."                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 13: Yellow Spot

Yellow Spot Whiskey

Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Mitchell & Son Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  10/10

 

“Oh man. That’s just so good. Too easy to drink. You feel every moment as it goes down, in a good way.”

 

Alex:  Six Thumbs Up

“It’s delicious. I want to give it six thumbs up.”                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 12: Pike Creek

Pike Creek Whisky

Canadian Whiskey

Pike Creek Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  8/10

"Beautiful Whiskey. I’m super satisfied and I can smell pancakes in the bottle." 

Alex:  9/10

"It tastes like Canada. This was a curveball pick but it’s fantastic. I want to drink this all night."                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 11: Suntory

Suntory Toki Whisky

Blended Japanese Whiskey

Yamazaki, Hakushu, & Chita Distilleries

The Verdict

Geoff:  8/10

“It says silky on the bottle and that’s the perfect description of what’s going on in my mouth.”

Alex:  8/10

“There is no smokiness to it. I very much enjoyed it throughout the episode.”                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 10: Tullamore Dew

Tullamore Dew Whiskey

Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Tullamore Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  7/10

"It’s good. It doesn’t overwhelm me. Maybe because I had higher expectations."

Alex:  6/10

"I like it but had better in comparison. I’ll definitely drink it though."                                                                                                                                                                 

EP 9: Highland Park

Highland Park Whisky

Single Malt Scotch

Highland Park Distillery

The Verdict

Geoff:  5/10

"Average. Good but nothing new."

Alex:  5/10

"Pretty standard Scotch. Nothing more, nothing less."