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Ohishi Kaito’s Cask Review

Ohishi Kaito’s Cask Review

Ohishi Kaito’s Cask is another sherried whisky from the Ohishi distillery and comes from a single sherry cask hand selected by Chris Udhe of GRC to celebrate the birth of his son Kaito Uhde. And Chris definitely knows how to pick ‘em so when I heard about it coming out I had to get my hands on a…

Fukano Sherry Cask Review

Fukano Sherry Cask Review

Fukano Sherry Cask is a game changer for me when it comes to the Fukano lineup. GRC brings in two different brands of Japanese Rice Whiskey – Ohishi and Fukano; of the the two I almost always prefer Ohishi’s elegant complexity to Fukano’s more rice driven delivery… until this came along. A combination of 3…

Ohishi Islay Cask Finish Review

Ohishi Islay Cask Finish Review

Ohishi Islay Cask Finish started out life as two ex-Brandy casks which were fully matured over several years before being transferred to a cask that previously held an Islay whisky. By which they mean it previously held a heavily peated whisky, the exact distillery the cask came from was never released, but that’s not overly…

K&L Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Review

K&L Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask Review

This particular Kavalan Sherry Cask is a single cask picked by K&L here in Hollywood and damn do the Davids know how to pick ‘em. Not only did they manage to get their hands on a single cask from one of the hottest distilleries in the world right now, but they did it with a…

Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Review

Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Review

This bottle comes from the second release of the Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt which is a continually changing project from Mad River Distillers. This means there’s no real consistency between batches, but when you’re goal is to make something interesting and different each year that’s not exactly a concern. In Mad River Distillers’ Words: Hopscotch Vermont…

Trail’s End Bourbon Review

Trail’s End Bourbon Review

Trail’s End Bourbon is a sourced bourbon that’s finished in Oregon Oak and cut with “glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood”. The sourcing is fully disclosed, so no issues there, but as always the question is who did they source it from? The two biggest distilleries to source from in KY are Heaven Hill and…

Tom’s Foolery Cask Strength Rye Review

Tom’s Foolery Cask Strength Rye Review

This Tom’s Foolery Cask Strength Rye is/was (depending on when you read this) a single barrel pick for K&L here in Hollywood and like everything else Tom’s Foolery does it’s great. They didn’t take any shortcuts in making this 100% rye whiskey, including in what details they give you about the whiskey on their site….

Orphan Barrel Entrapment Review

Orphan Barrel Entrapment Review

Before looking up the details of the Orphan Barrel Entrapment I said to myself “Self, this smells and tastes like Crown Royal with some oak extract dumped in it”. Lo-and-behold I was right… about the Crown Royal part. The oak is because it’s two-and-a-half decades old. In Orphan Barrel’s Words: Orphan Barrel Entrapment “Distilled in…

Samaroli 1997 Glenfarclas 17 Years Review

Samaroli 1997 Glenfarclas 17 Years Review

Samaroli 1997 Glenfarclas 17 Years is part of a premium advent calendar from Secret Spirits (link below) who create advent calendars for Scotch and Rum. I’ve never bought one, but I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of the boozy advent calendar. It simultaneously helps you deal with the stress of the holidays while adding…

Ohishi Tokubetsu Reserve Review

Ohishi Tokubetsu Reserve Review

Ohishi Tokubetsu Reserve is the first ultra-premium release from Ohishi and it is, in a word, awesome. The Tokubetsu Reserve is a blend of first-fill sherry casks that encompass nearly three different decades of distillation. 29% of the whisky comes from 27-year-old casks, 35% comes from 10-year-old casks and 36% comes from 7-year-old casks. This…

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