Personal Review

Personal Spirit Review: Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece

Personal Spirit Review: Jim Beam Distiller’s Masterpiece

Agnostic of price, the Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece is a tasty sherry finished bourbon. The deep sherry notes with good rye spices, tea, oak, etc is complex and well executed. But I can't get behind a $199 MSRP (I bought it for $180) bottle when I know there are other finished bourbons out there that cost less and taste just as good or if not better.

Personal Cigar Review: ACID Plush

Personal Cigar Review: ACID Plush

The ACID Plush provided its normal aromas that you would expect from an ACID, but once lit, it started out average and then the flavors presented went a bit downhill. Construction was also a disappointment and didn't help things out. This would definitely not be my first choice when looking to smoke an ACID and I couldn't really recommend giving it a try.

Personal Spirit Review: Orphan Barrel Barterhouse

Personal Spirit Review: Orphan Barrel Barterhouse

The Orphan Barrel Barterhouse is not the best and certainly not the worst of bourbons on the market. What is most intriguing is the uniqueness of having a 20 year aged bourbon at a fair price of $75. So high praise for the rarer opportunity, but right dab in the middle in terms of the overall flavor profile.

Personal Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Connecticut Generosos

Personal Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Connecticut Generosos

While the Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Connecticut Generosos had a good start, it became fairly average by the middle of the second third. I'd be interested in trying this again in hopes of a better draw to see if that improved things. If you're a Connecticut fan, give this a shot, just know that there may be some elevated strength.

Personal Beer Review: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Personal Beer Review: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

Some have called this the quintessential Oktober Fest Märzen style beer release. I definitely enjoyed it, and there's no question that the flavor profile solidly ticks traditional Festival beer styling. I think the Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen is very nuanced and is best served warmer.

Personal Spirit Review: Lagavulin The Distillers Edition

Personal Spirit Review: Lagavulin The Distillers Edition

Lagavulin The Distillers Edition is a smoky, spicy, sweet flavor combination that has a satisfying oily mouthfeel anchoring everything together. The question here is whether you would pick a Lagavulin 16 over The Distillers Edition. I would personally go for the Lagavulin 16 first, but I didn't hesitate to add this bottle to my collection.

Personal Beer Review: Parallel 49/Last Best It Came From the Mash Tun!

Personal Beer Review: Parallel 49/Last Best It Came From the Mash Tun!

Parallel 49/Last Best It Came From the Mash Tun! was the last beer I poured in the assorted pack. I enjoyed this particular release, it struck a nice balance between being a saison and adding other interesting aspects of citrus and sweetness outside of the style.

Personal Spirit Review: Aberlour 15 Year Old Hand Filled Bourbon Cask

Personal Spirit Review: Aberlour 15 Year Old Hand Filled Bourbon Cask

The Aberlour 15 Year Old Hand Filled Bourbon Cask was an enjoyable experience, and quite approachable. For a 15 year old whisky I do expect more depth of flavors. The saltiness on the finish starts out as a great accent to the other flavors, but becomes more pronounced over time.

Personal Spirit Review: Foursquare Rum Distillery Port Cask Finish

Personal Spirit Review: Foursquare Rum Distillery Port Cask Finish

The Foursquare Rum Distillery Port Cask Finish is a prime (yet rare) example of having a stellar nose, but a tasting experience that failed to deliver. I expected the tasting to match the wonderful nosing of the port and bourbon finishings, while still preserving the integrity of the rum. Instead, what I received was thin flavors and overall lack in depth and body.

Personal Cigar Review: Davidoff Complexion Toro

Personal Cigar Review: Davidoff Complexion Toro

The Davidoff Complexion Toro is a solid release that has an enjoyable flavor profile and a great strength and body level. I do feel the cigar would have performed much better if the first third profile was more present in the second and final, in particularly the second third, but that was not the case.