My selection for this week is Chestnut Farms Straight Kentucky bourbon. Check back tomorrow to see how it ranks.
I’m not sure if this is a national brand or one created for Total Wine & More. I’ve never seen Kavanagh anywhere else, but that could just be me.
The whiskey is made by Kilbeggan on contract before getting the Kavanagh brand name on the bottle.
I’m always interested in trying new offerings, so I grabbed this bottle of Kavanagh Single Malt, and opened it when a friend stopped by yesterday.
I poured two glasses, sipped mine, and practically slapped the glass out my friends hand before she could take the first sip. She’s not a regular whiskey drinker, and I didn’t want her first taste of Irish Whiskey to be something so poorly representative of Irish Whiskey overall. I rinsed her glass out and poured her a glass of Tyrconnel Single Malt instead, which she enjoyed.
Kavanagh has a bit of nose burn and chemical smell that is hard to place. My son works in a warehouse, and I asked him to sniff it. He said it smelled like the chemicals they use to clean the concrete warehouse floors.
I can honestly say this is one of the few bottles I poured out. I can’t imagine drinking it in mixed drinks, or any other way. It scored a 3/100 because it took 3 sips to make my final decision. Don’t waste your money, its Just Bad.
- My sink enjoyed it.
- The holiday seasons are coming up. Gift it to someone you really don’t like.
- I poured a $25 dollar down the drain.
- I gave it 3 points because it took me a full 3 (small) sips to decide this wasn’t drinkable.
This weekend’s selection is Kavanagh Single Malt. Check back tomorrow to see how it fairs against its peers…
I’ve read several rave reviews of Stranahan’s Single Malt, and was looking forward to a wonderful experience drinking this American Bourbon.
This is different, it is essentially an American single malt scotch made in Colorado. The nose on this whiskey is sweet vanilla on top of marshmallow. With its clean, sweet nose, without any alcohol burn, this whiskey begs to be sipped.
This is where things fell apart a little for me. I have to be honest, I’m not huge fan of Scotch. I don’t enjoy smoky, oily alcohol. I love bourbon and Irish Whiskey however. Stranahan’s Single Malt isn’t peated, so I wasn’t expecting this to have such strong burnt notes. Stranahan’s Single Malt has a blackened, burnt marshmallow flavor that is just a little oily, and which coats your palate. If you like Scotch, you might find this whiskey to be quite enjoyable, for me, that burnt flavor killed the experience.
For me, this was a 27/100. I will finish the bottle in mixers, but I wouldn’t buy something this expensive to make Manhattan’s with.
- Who doesn’t want to try an American Single Malt?
- If you like burnt marshmallow, you will love this whiskey.
- The char on this whiskey is super strong. It brings up blacked, burnt marshmallows and the flavor is super clingy.
- The char is hard to escape, it is really overpowering the sweet vanilla.
This weeks bottle is Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Come back Sunday to see how it holds up to its peers.
According to the Powers website, this Irish whiskey received its name from the Powers family coachmen. To keep warm in the harsh Irish winters, the three coachmen would each take a swallow from their hip flask. Thus was born Powers Three Swallow Whiskey.
Thank you coachmen, I’m sure you enjoyed the whiskey as much as I did.
Powers Three Swallow is just about everything you want, and honestly can have at this price point. Like everything else in life, there is a diminishing return. Sure, you can spend more, but at $38 at my local mega liquor mart, your not going to find a better value. This Powers Three Swallow has the sweet honey I love in Irish Pot Still Whiskey that finishes with just a bit of spice.
If you want a great Irish Whiskey, that is affordable, approachable, and deserves to be in every whiskey drinkers cabinet, you can’t go wrong with Powers Three Swallow, which is why this has earned a very respectable 87/100.
- Punches above its weight for a $38 whiskey.
- Full flavored and robust.
- Perfect mix of smooth, honey, and spice.
- This is not helping my drinking habit.
Everyone tells me I need to try this Powers Three Swallow, so now I am. Come back on Sunday to see how it ranks.
This Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon hales from Sonoma Country, California, and is apparently named in honor of an actual redwood tree named “Pipedream”.
According to FamousRedWoods.com its the 14th tallest tree in the world.
I guess this bourbon has a big repetition to live up to.
Which probably explains the big bold flavors that this Pipe Dream bourbon brings to the table. From the first scent, to the first sip, this is a strong, flavorful bourbon.
The nose is mildly sweet, full of toasted wood and char. Don’t let the nose fool you, the moment you take the first sip this bourbon fills your mouth with a swirling, complex flavor profile. It is wood char with a little sweetness under it, which finishes on a strong nuttiness that quickly turns to black pepper.
This is not a bourbon for the weak hearted.
I did enjoy sipping this Redwood Empire Pipe Dream and can see myself wanting more in the future. It’s not a dram I’d drink as a casual sipper, but on those occasions I want something full flavored and strong, this will absolutely be a go to, which is the reason this scored an 81/100.
- Wonderfully complex bourbon.
- Mildly sweet opening that instantly becomes woody char and black pepper.
- Deep and flavorful.
- May be too much for new bourbon drinkers.
- Flavors may be too much for some.
- The bottle is really tall. No, seriously, it doesn’t fit onto the shelf with my other bottles. I had to put it on a different shelf because its so tall.
This weekend I get to try this Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon. Check back Sunday to see how it stands up to the competition!!!
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey has a lot of credentials. It won a Double Gold Medal at the 2015 San Francisco Spirits Competition, another Gold Model in 2017, and wasin the Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Spirits in 2019.
This Glendalough was first aged in American oak barrels, then finished in Spanish oak Oloroso Sherry barrels.
With all those credentials I was excited to crack the bottle open.
The nose is burnt oak mellowed by sweet vanilla. It was hard to pick which one hit me first. Each time I breathed in this Glendalough I picked up different notes.
The mouth feel was smooth and creamy that coats the back of your throat in spice as you swallow. Just like the nose, I found that each sip brought out a different aspect of this whiskey. At times the spice was almost overwhelming, with the oak and spice turning to black liquorice on the swallow.
Glendalough Double Barrel is stilled using a column still. From what I can find, they use a Coffey Still, which was on of the first commercially available continuous stills.
Why does that matter? This Glendalough Double Barrel is shooting for pot distilled flavors and notes, but you just can’t get there without using a pot still, which retain more flavors. Column stills tent to produce higher alcohol content, lighter flavored alcohols. Which is where this Glendalough Double Barrel comes in. It is trying to be a budget pot still in flavor, and actually does a decent job of getting there, but not all the way.
There are hints of deeper flavors from the time spent in the sherry casks, but the oak notes burn across a lot of the more subtle flavors.
I will absolutely order a dram of this if I’m out and about, and it is clearly in the Sip Worthy category, but for me it didn’t make it into my Whiskey Safe which means I won’t be keeping an unopened bottle on hand to enjoy after the Zombie Apocalypse has started.
For me this Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey scored a 74/100.
- The nose has depth and complexity.
- Strong oak and toasted wood. If you like your whiskey on the stronger side of the flavor profiles, this might be for you.
- Subtle sweetness that vies with the oak and sherry to be tasted.
- Never quite achieves the butter cookie notes I love in other Irish Whiskeys.
- The toasted/burnt oak can really overpower the other tastes.