Category Archives: Whiskey Dreams

WHISKEY DREAMS – Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Have you ever heard of Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey before? It was a new one on me, and whenever I see a new Irish offering I have to get it, even if the price is $65 for an unknown offering. In Irish, Drumshambo is “Droim Seanbhó”, which translates to “ridge of the old huts”.

The first thing I noticed was how light this whiskey is. It is a very soft yellow.

The nose is equally soft. I would describe it as a single note of honey and hay with just a touch of vanilla that ends with just a hint of butter cookies. It is nice, but muted.

The mouth feel is clean with just a touch of oil. The front of my tongue is all sweet honey and vanilla but it quickly turns to more acid an oak on the mid tongue and finish. That finish is what really cost this whiskey points for me. There is just a lot of acid that isn’t balanced out by anything else.

At the end of the day, Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey scored a 62/100, way under performing its price point.

Let me know if you agree in the comments.

Pros

  • Who doesn’t love to try new Irish Whiskey?
  • If you like strong cereal notes mixed with honey and vanilla you will like these flavor profiles.

Cons:

  • Way overpriced at $65 bucks.
  • Too many sharp edges on the finish. Some of them are funky, and not in a good way.
  • For this price I expect more butter cookies in the flavor profile. Isn’t that why I drink Irish Whiskey?
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish Irish Whiskey

Tullamore Dew is always a safe bet. If I’m not sure what I want, I now a bit of Tullamore Dew, regardless of the type will be good straight up or over the rocks, and since I’m on a journey to try every whiskey that Tullamore offers, I picked up this Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish Irish Whiskey when I saw it.

So far this is my Tullamore Collection:

Tullamore Dew Collection

The color of this Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish is a deep straw color.

The nose is sweet with a bit of ethanol. It is nice, but not overly complex.

The mouth feel is fresh and clean and the flavor really changes as it moves over the tongue. The front of the tongue is all sweet vanilla that transitions into very soft butter cookies on the mid tongue and then fishes with oak and rum. The finish is really where the time in the rum casks really shines.

This Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish really shines as a smooth, affordable sipper. This is a very Sip Worthy offering and scored a 72/100. It is not overly complex, but it is very tasty, and worth the $30 to $35 that I’ve found it at.

Pros

  • Affordable when found near the $33 mark.
  • Lovely sweet vanilla on the opening and finishes with oaky rum.
  • You can’t go wrong with Tullamore.

Cons:

  • The first sip has a little roughness that rapidly goes away.
  • If you are a purest and don’t like ice or a touch of water you won’t be able to appreciate this whiskey as much.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Pops McCann

Pops McCann is available in a small number of states at the moment and offers several different offerings. I actually picked it up by accident because the little liquor store I found it in had put it with the Irish Whiskey and I thought I’d found a new Irish Whiskey offering.

At least I’m 99% sure it’s not Irish Whiskey based on my reading of Irish distilling laws. Those laws state:

  • Must be distilled in Ireland
  • Must be aged for a minimum of 3 years in Ireland
  • Must be aged in barrels.

Based on my reading of how they make Pop’s McCcann Whiskey it is distilled in Dundalk, County Louth and shipped to Michigan in vats, called totes. Once in the states it is bottled, labelled, and shipped to a few select states. It says it is finished in Bourbon barrels but there is no age statement, and the bottle says “…Recipe of Irish Tradition & Heritage”.

Please correct me if I’m wrong in the comments, but this isn’t Irish Whiskey.

Okay, so now that I’m done with the research, let’s crack it open and try it.

The first thing of note is that this is a very light straw color.

The nose is also very light and mostly alcohol. It’s not strong, but it is also not that memorable. There is something there that hints at some Irish heritage, but to me the nose is more Corn Whiskey than Irish Whiskey.

That mix of flavors continues on the sip and just kind of slides from the front to the back without changing or shifting. It is kind of a one note flavor. I can taste some of that Irish Whiskey heritage (maybe) but for the life of me this tastes like Titos’s Vodka, which is really just corn whiskey as far as I’m concerned.

At the end of the day I didn’t really enjoy this Pops’s McCann Whiskey and I’m sad to say I think this is a bottle to go Down The Drain as it scored just a 29/100.

Pros

  • It’s not widely available, and I like to try new things.

Cons:

  • The flavor’s were a mix of American and Irish and they just didn’t work for me.
  • This is did not sit well in my stomach.
  • I wasted $35 bucks on a bottle I only got two drams out of before I couldn’t take it anymore.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – REDBREAST Cask Strength 12 YEAR OLD

I live out in the sticks and I have to drive at least a half hour, and more like an hour to hit a real liquor store, so I’m not sure if my liquor “finds” are abnormal compared to someone who lives in a more metropolitan area. I say that because I’ve been looking for Redbreast Cask Strength 12 Year for about a year, and only just found a bottle. I was actually with my brother when I saw it, and he was shocked/appalled at the $100 price as he’s not a whiskey snob (that’s what my wife calls me) but I had to get it when I saw it. I should have gotten two bottles, because now that I’ve tried it, I know I’m going to want more.

This Redbreast Cask Strength is an award winning Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey that is aged for 12 years in a mixture of Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry Casks.

The nose on this Redbreast 12 Cask Strength is deep and rich. There is a hint of malt just under rich dark fruits which is perfectly balanced against the vanilla from the bourbon barrels.

The mouth feel is crisp and clean. The front of the tongue is hit by the sweetness that immediately turns to dryness and fruitiness that finishes with the bourbon finish that coasts to a very subtle smokiness. It is complex and lovely. It is not for new drinkers, or at least I don’t think most new Whiskey drinkers will appreciate it, but I could be wrong.

This cask strength Redbreast is all the goodness of Redbreast 12 but concentrated and powerful, but if a refined, balanced way that really just hits it out of the park.

This Redbreast Cask Strength is all the things I love about Redbreast 12, without the overly wooded notes from Redbreast 15, on steroids.

Redbreast Cask Strength scores a 97/100, making it the all time best whiskey I’ve ever had, and it earned every point.

Pros

  • Nose full of fruits and vanilla that is balanced perfectly by the oak from the bourbon.
  • If you like Redbreast 12 this is going to nock your socks off.
  • Perfectly balanced flavors that make for easy sipping.

Cons:

  • Can you find it!
  • If you are on a budget, these bottles can hurt your wallet.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – The Dubliner 10 Year

I’ve had this bottle of The Dubliner 10 Year in the back corner of my Whiskey Shelf for a few months but it finally cycled to the top of the list, and I am very happy it did.

The Dubliner is a Single Malt, traditional copper pot still Irish Whiskey that is aged in Bourbon Casks for 10 Years. I am super excited to try this Single Malt after thoroughly enjoying its blended brother The Dubliner.

The nose on this 10 Year Old Irish Whiskey is a treat. It is full of malt, vanilla, and honey that has notes of fruit and spice all around its edges. It is lovely, complex, and swirling.

The mouth feel is clean and crisp. This is a very Sip Worthy, smooth whiskey. When I reviewed The Dubliner blended version I was impressed. That version scored an 80/100 at a very affordable price point of around $30 bucks.. The Dubliner 10 Year takes the goodness from the blended version and adds several layers of lovely complexity. The front of the tongue sings with honey and malt that rapidly turns to woody vanilla on the mid tongue that just as quickly turns to dark fruits and dry oak that comes from all those years in the Bourbon Casks.

The Dubliner Single Malt earned every point of its 89/100 points.

Pros

  • Lovely, swirling, complex nose.
  • Deep, clean, rich flavors that highlight the time spend in those Bourbon Casks.

Cons:

  • I haven’t seen another bottle in my local stores, and now I have to add it to my “must buy” if I see it list.
  • New Irish Whiskey drinkers will really enjoy this, but maybe start them on the blended The Dubliner version and build up to this more matured version.
  • I know prices vary widely from state to state, and even from store to store, but if this comes close to a bottle of Redbreast 12, well, I have to go with the Redbreast 12.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey

Whenever I see a new Irish Whiskey, I grab it, even if it is only $25 bucks, which is how I ended up with this John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey. The marketing team went all out, making this boxer inspired bottle “The Sporting Man’s Whiskey”.

The Sporting Man’s Whiskey

The nose on John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey hints at malt but its subtle and is mixed with a bit of ethanol.

The first sip has a few rough edges, but it also has a nice muted malt on the mid tongue that turns to Granny Smith apples and vanilla oak that slides into its finish.

There are rough edges, and the nose and flavors are relatively basic, on the other hand this is a dirt cheap bottle and does sip easily. That is giving this points on the value side, offsetting some of the rough edges, which is why John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey earned a 72/100 and I will grab another bottle when I see it. It’s not going in my Whiskey Safe, but for those times when I’m watching a bad movie and eating pizza, this is a great Budget Whiskey.

Pros

  • Dirt cheap.
  • Sips easy.
  • Great value for the dollar.

Cons:

  • There are a few rough edges, but at this price what do you expect?
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – REDBREAST 15

I’ve been looking for Redbreast 15 for over a year, so when I saw it, you better believe I picked up a bottle.

The nose on this Redbreast 15 is a beautiful thing. The base is all malt and rich dark fruits that ends with a bit of nuttiness. Compared to Redbreast 12, this is stronger, richer, but very similar.

The mouth feel of this Redbreast is slightly different than Redbreast 12. It has a dryer mouth feel, which I think is caused by the extra time spent in the barrel? Those extra years in oak gave imparted a bit more astringency that leads to a dry, slightly acidic finish. It’s not overpowering, and it is balanced by malt, vanilla, and a touch of pepper. Underneath all that is the lovely butter cookies I love so much in Redbreast 12.

Redbreast 15 is a very enjoyable dram. It may seem strange that I’m giving this a lower score than Redbreast 12, but those extra years in the barrel change some of what I love about the original. Don’t get me wrong, a 91/100 still puts this Irish Whiskey well above almost every other bottle I’ve tried, but it doesn’t unseat my all time favorite Irish Whiskey, which is of course Redbreast 12. Will that change? I don’t know, but so far nothing has come close.

Pros

  • For the well trained Whiskey Lover this is a complex dram with a deep flavor profile.
  • Amazing nose.
  • I got to check something off on my bucket list.

Cons:

  • This hard to find, so if you do love it, you might not be able to find it.
  • At $100 bucks, the price to value drops off a bit.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Breaker MANHATTAN

Breaker whiskey scored a 29/100 as a Sipper, so it was punching way under its weight when it costs $55. It has sat lonely and untouched on a shelf until I was desperate and didn’t have a lot of other options, and decided to make a Manhattan with it.

So how was it?

Well, it did help the base whiskey, but the end is still really rough.

Vermouth didn’t help this Breaker much, and only added 6 points to its overall score, giving this Breaker Manhattan a total of 35 points, meaning it didn’t break out of Just Bad territory.

BottleScorePriceType
Manhattan - Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Blade And Bow90$55 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan-Death's Door74$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Fistful of Bourbon80$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Basil Hayden's88$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Wild Turkey73$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Legent75$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan Agitator49$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan Stillhouse50$25 / 750mlManhattan
Old Fashioned On The Rocks Knob Creek83$13 / 750mlOld Fashioned

BottleScorePriceType
Manhattan - Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Blade And Bow90$55 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan-Death's Door74$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Fistful of Bourbon80$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Basil Hayden's88$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Wild Turkey73$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Legent75$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan Agitator49$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan Stillhouse50$25 / 750mlManhattan
Old Fashioned On The Rocks Knob Creek83$13 / 750mlOld Fashioned

WHISKEY DREAMS – Tullamore D.e.w. 14 Year

One of my sons (who is an adult) gave me this wonderful bottle of Tullamore D.E.W. 14 Year Old for fathers day. I drank half of that night and saved the other half to enjoy in a more relaxed manner. This is my fourth Tullamore offering, all of which I’ve enjoyed. Plus, who is going to turn down a well aged Single Malt that has been aged in Sherry Casks, Bourbon Casks, Madeira Casks, and Por Casks?

Age Statement

I have to say this is one of those rare whiskies where I can actually appreciate all those finishes.

As you can see, I demolished this bottle in just two sittings…

The nose on this Tullamore D.E.W 14 is a swirling complexity to delight your olfactory senses. The first thing that hit my nose was the wonderful maltiness of the Single Malt, a bit of alcohol, and then it quickly shifts as the multiple finishes vie for your attention. The time spent in the Port, Sherry and Madeira casks give the nose a wonderful fruitiness which is nicely balanced by the sharper vanilla from the bourbon casks.

I sat here with a snifter for a good ten minutes appreciating this Tullamore D.E.W 14’s nose. It is worth picking up a bottle just to sample all those well balanced finishes.

The mouth feel is crisp and clean. The front of my tongue is hit by the malt that turns to a touch of vanilla as I start to swallow. The finish is all dry Sherry, Port, and Madeira which also gives this whiskey a nice fruity finish. It is well done, but this is the one area there might be just a bit of a clash of flavors as the different finishes vie for first place.

Overall, this is an excellent Irish Whiskey which scored an 81/100, making it Sip Worthy. Thank you Ty and KT!!!!

Pros

  • This was an amazing, awesome gift.
  • Masterfully blended finishes. This is a perfect masterclass for those who want something with a bit more complexity.
  • Easier to find than some other bottles at this quality and price point.

Cons:

  • Has some complexity that may not be for the beginner.
  • In my area, this is the same price as Redbreast 12, and for that money, unless I am thirsty for the complex finishes this Tullamore D.E.W 14 gives, I’d most likely end up buying the Redbreast 12.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength97$99 / 750ml
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Rum Cask Finish72$35 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Pops McCann29$35 / 750ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY PLACES – Telford Inn

The Telford Inn is located in Mantua New Jersey and we celebrated one of our boys 21st birthdays there yesterday. The food was amazing. I highly recommend starting with the pretzel bites, which we ordered, then got a second order because they were so good. The main course was the Prime Rib, which was the perfect mix of fat, lean, and so tender you could almost break it apart with your fork. The au jus was so rich and decadent that we joked about drinking it with our straws – but we remained civilized and only dunked our mashed potatoes in it.

So, I highly recommend The Telford Inn for the food.

Since I was driving, I was only able to have one cocktail, and guess what I chose? Exactly, a Basil Hayden’s Manhattan…

Basil Haden’s Manhattan

Of all the Basil Hayden’s Manhattan’s, this took top place. I think the bartender must put a little bit of cherry juice in the mix, because the bourbon and the vermouth had this really nice cherry finish as you sipped. It was a first class Manhattan.

This is where life gets hard. The food was amazing and the Manhattan was first class, but, the overall selection of bourbon and Scotch was not huge.

Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Selection

Still, the combination of the food and the Manhattan were so good I can’t really take that many points off for not having a huge whiskey menu.

The Telford Inn scores a 95/100.

PlaceLocationScorePrice Scale
The Telford InnMantua, NJ95High
The Irish Whisper National Harbor, MD90Moderate to High
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks National Harbor, MD80Moderate
Cadillac Ranch National Harbor, MD70Moderate
Creekside InnWoodstown, NJ65Lot to Moderate
The Brass Tap National Harbor, MD25Moderate

Cost Scale

Up to $30 per person – Low Cost

$31 to $50 per person – Moderate Cost

$51 and above per person – High Cost