User Reviews-the Rabble Roundup (March, 2014)

User Reviews-the Rabble Roundup (March, 2014)


Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

Allan, Rating: 4.0

Sweet with some burn at first. At 90 proof it needs just a little water or a single ice cube . Then it becomes soft and sweet. Little to no char from the barrel and doesn't resemble your average whiskey. No dryness in the finish, almost like a brandy. I'm not a fan of Makers Mark but this is a wheat whiskey worth trying

Blanton's Bourbon

Muncher, Rating: 5.0

My birthday present to myself. Excellent. Has a hint of "muskiness" that's hard to describe, though I like it. Oak done just right too. Oaky without being too astringent and drying. The folks at Blanton's are truly skilled at their craft.

Bushmills 10yr Irish Whiskey

Muncher, Rating: 4.0

Pears. I smell and taste pears in my bottle of Bushmills 10. I didn't care for it at first but towards the end of the bottle my opinion really flipped. It really is quite good. I look forward to trying the 16.

Dalmore 18yr Single Malt Scotch

NeatPour, Rating: 4.0

4.5/5, it's a classy balanced all wine influenced scotch. Where it separates itself from the pack is on the smoothness, balance, and richness of the wine. Far less wood influence than macallan's 18, smoother and higher quality wine than bush mills 16 (a good wine whiskey I might add), and like a richer version of the 12. Pitfalls are on the finish and one dimensionality. If you like wine influence it's a must try even at the price

Four Roses Single Barrel 100pf Bourbon

Muncher, Rating: 3.0

It's just missing something. The nose is fantastic. Then I take a sip and I'm let down. Plenty of drying oakiness, but everything else fails to keep up with it. It's not bad but I probably won't buy another bottle.

Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

dmarlow, Rating: 4.0

If you're a fan of Jack Daniels, you'll enjoy this bottle. For a few bucks more than old #7, this is the way to go.

George Dickel Barrel Select Whisky

Muncher, Rating: 4.0

Underrated whisky. Has the "Tennessee" flavor without the nail polish like note that I get with the Jack whiskeys. And I can't believe Gentleman Jack is at the top of this category as it tastes like regular JD with too many ice cubes added to it.

Glenfiddich 12yr Single Malt Scotch

Muncher, Rating: 5.0

I've been avoiding this one because it's so mass produced and so common that I thought there's no way it's any good. My mistake. I guess there's a reason they sell so much of it. It's just as good, if not better, than any of the scotches that are similar to it (Glemorangie 10, GlenGrant 16, Tomatin, Glenlivet, Glengoyne, Old Pulteney.............) that I've had. I would bet that if you gave a glass of it blindly to any of the previous reviewers and had them try it without knowing what it was there would be quite a few more 5 star ratings.

Glenlivet 15yr French Oak Reserve Scotch

Muncher, Rating: 3.0

To me this is the scotch version of Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. I could sit and just nose it without ever taking a drink. When I do take a drink though, it's like the drying oakiness is playing at 11 and every other flavor is playing at a 4. Not nearly as good as the 18 year and not worth the price increase over the 12 imho.

Highland Park 12yr Single Malt Scotch

Allan, Rating: 3.0

I know this whiskey has generally been reviewed at 4 to 5 stars but I find it a bit hot and "thin" for a single malt and no higher abv% than it is. It is a little smoky with some sweetness but I find it a bit lacking compared to some of the more commonly known Highland Malts. A bit of ice mellowed the heat but seemed to kill the character; I suspect because of the average abv%. I like it, but I'm not so sure for the money that I couldn't have a better single malt.

Johnnie Walker Green Label Blended Scotch

NeatPour, Rating: 4.0

4.25/5, they are getting harder to find!  The gentle smokey quality really shines through without any of the typical islay character, briny, salty, peaty coastal flavors.  For me it is a hair behind double black but nearly even

Old Forester Signature Bourbon

Nurgle, Rating: 5.0

Fantastic bourbon.  The normal OF is my go to, this is better, but the price difference is noticeable over the regular.  To me this is a special occasion bourbon, neat or with a small splash of water.


Bird Dog Cinnamon Whiskey

flintquatch, Rating: 5.0

Picked this bottle up on a whim and was extremely surprised. I had not cared for the blackberry bird dog whiskey, but this was a saving grace for the company. I will definitely be trying more bird dog flavors after this one. Its Fireball with more true whiskey taste and less of the sweet flavor that can become too much after a few drinks. I would even call this one a worthy sipper. GET SOME.

Red Stag Spiced Bourbon

derkerderr, Rating: 2.0

I didn't like it. It's very sweet but the cinnamon flavor didn't taste right. Fireball or Goldschlager are superior to me.



Ciroc Vodka

StanMenTn, Rating: 4.0

A smooth vodka. I'd like to think that the grapes give it a bit of real personality compared to other vodkas. It has a nice round mouthfeel which is the main virtue I look for in a vodka.

Oryza Vodka

BeenAroundTheWorld, Rating: 5.0

I was in town for Mardi Gras and had dinner at Restaurant August, one of John Besh's place.  Our dinner party had a few cocktails and the P.Y.T. made with a local vodka, called Oryza, was the main liquor.  I haven't had many cocktails made with vodka, but this one was delicious.

Peabody jones Organic Vodka

TimOverton, Rating: 5.0

This is one of the best vodkas available! At $20+ it's not once a great buy but also makes a terrific cocktail. My personal preference is a couple of ounces in a glass with a nice cube! Once you try it you WILL understand.

Platinum 7x Vodka

thom1028, Rating: 5.0

This is the best vodka for the price there is. I fooled 5 friends into thinking they were drinking grey goose and all the time it was Platinum 7x I loved it cause two of them are goose snobs and swear they can tell the difference in taste.

Vermont Spirits Gold Vodka

shanksmd, Rating: 5.0

Wow. How in the world is this rated at 499? The worlds best vodka. Period. Distilled from maple sap, VT Gold is smooth with an ever so slight sweetness thats probably more the tremendous aroma than lingering sugars. I snag a bottle whenever I can. Great straight over ice.

[Editor's Note: the score used to be higher but the vodka hasn't been submitted for review since 2011... 3yrs ago on the day of this review and growing. Our algorithm gradually diminishes the effect of older scores so until the vodka "proves itself" again it'll continue to drop until it becomes "recently silent." In this way, we make sure producers maintain their quality instead of riding some long-ago score.]


Benedictine Liqueur

scrollings, Rating: 5.0

A wonderful and favorite liqueur for Winter. Sweet, and complex, similar in many respects to Chartreuse though significantly more subtle. Most importantly, its the savior of many a questionable Brandy investment.

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur

dmarlow, Rating: 5.0

Try this and you'll never want to go back to the traditional Irish creams. Not only dose it give you what you'd expect in a cream liquor, it delivers a slight hint of that Kentucky bourbon that we all love.

Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

Njkaanibal, Rating: 4.0

If you don't like the liqueurs with a sweet taste,go away;but if you do,prepare yourself for an unbelievable experience of pleasure and happiness! It's also recommended with coffee:delicious!


Tanqueray Gin

Dakota, Rating: 2.0

Awful, its clear why gin is the least popular spirit. Everytime I taste this I want to throw up. Overpowering botanicals and terrible after taste. What all premium liquors have in common is smoothness, zero burn, and no hangover. This fails at all of that. This product cannot hold up against the cheapest whiskeys tequilas vodkas or rums. I would be embarrassed to serve to this guests. If this is supposedly 1 of the best gins then the gin industry needs a overhauling into the 21 century I can name hundreds of different liquors that beat this senseless this truly is a terrible product. I don't care about the reviews or that's it's the number 1 imported gin Jose Cuervo is the number 1 imported tequila doesn't mean it's any good. Bottom line why would u ever buy this let alone display it as a premium gin I swear if I served this to girls, which is the ultimate test, they'd never let me pour them a drink again it's a buzzkill and makes every other liquor look like gold.


Brugal Extra Viejo Gran Reserva Rum

StanMemTn, Rating: 3.0

Pleasantly light with a dusty sweetness. A dry rum, it doesn't saturate the palate as much as I prefer in a sipper though in a flight of rums it really stands out. It would be interesting to experiment with in in cocktails that benefit from a dry, light approach.

Old Mill Gold Rum

Druk, Rating: 4.0

Currently one of my favorite spirits. I picked it up at the local liquor store after recognizing the name, I grew up down the road from the owner and decided to give it a try. This was the first rum I had tried since deciding I didn't like rum after trying a big name brand's dark rum, which was horrid.It's great for sipping or for making a Dark and Stormy (with a gold rum I guess it would be more of an Overcast and Stormy), in a Dark and Stormy, the vanilla notes of the rum really pop. At just over $20 a bottle it's a great deal for a really good rum. I'm almost empty on this bottle and will be buying it again for sure.


1800 Coconut Tequila

flintquatch, Rating: 3.0

I consistently say that 1800 is one of the better tequilas i have tried and this is no exception. Flavored tequilas are strange but this works. I could see making a strange pina colada with this.

Siete Leguas Reposado Tequila

Quetzal, Rating: 5.0

Siete Leguas is simply one of the best, most respectable lines of tequila out there, and this might be the best they have to offer. It reminds me quite a bit of El Tesoro's reposado (one of my favorites), but with its own unique characteristics (such as a minty element). The nose has oak, brine, agave, cinnamon, and some slight fruit. This carries into the taste, along with faint spearmint, and turns into a long-lasting, savory finish. This stuff is hard to find, but pick it up if you do! The last bottle I got cost me $44.


Del Maguey San Luis Mezcal

Quetzal, Rating: 4.0

(4 out of 5). One of Del Maguey's many excellent mezcals. Not my favorite (that would be either their Chichicapa or Tobala) but still excellent. Due to the percentage, I generally add a few drops of water before sipping. Has a nose of agave, plant smoke, citrus and other fruits, and a mineral element. The taste manages to be smoky, salty, minerally and sweet at the same time. If you're new to the brand, I would get the entry level Vida or the Chichicapa, but this mezcal shouldn't be missed. Worth it if you can come across it! Not available where I live, but I bought this at B Town Wine and Spirits in Boulder (a great store that's currently expanding its mezcal selection!) for $69.99.

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