The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

Offensively bad at the price, made altogether worse by being positioned as a capable stand-in for a much better product. A total skip.
Overall Rating:   

Angostura 7 Rum

Angostura 7 Rum

There's a glut of good rums on the market that lie beyond most of the familiar names. Here's one more that's shelfworthy.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Glenfarclas 21

Glenfarclas 21

We toss the word complexity around a bit without ever really going into it. Now's as good a time as any to see what all the fuss is about!
Overall Rating: ★★★

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

Is it downright awful? No. That said, it's hard to reward what I feel is the taste of resting on centuries-old laurels. 
Overall Rating:   ⃠

Evan Williams White Label

Evan Williams White Label

Evan Williams' White Label is most everything good about bourbon. It's buttery, sweet, cheap, and enjoyable enough to have every day. It's one-note, sure, but it's a good note.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Rittenhouse Rye

Rittenhouse Rye

It's always something of a backhanded compliment if you recommend a particular bottle for cocktails. Truth is, Rittenhouse is always a right answer when it comes to any drink that calls for whiskey.
Overall Rating: ★★★

 

Chopin Potato Vodka

Chopin Potato Vodka

Potato vodka: turns out it's a hell of a lot like regular vodka. This stuff is serviceable, but it certainly isn't in the upper echelon of fine spirits.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Dewar's 12-Year Blended Scotch

Dewar's 12-Year Blended Scotch

This one snuck up on me. You guys know I'm a sucker for a focused, well-considered flavor profile, and this is a direct hit. Value-minded drinkers may find a new favorite.
Overall Rating: ★★★

Cragganmore 12 Scotch Whisky

Cragganmore 12 Scotch Whisky

A great bottle of scotch that's commonly available. Don't miss the forest for the trees here: it's not a "craft" presentation, but it's stunning nonetheless.
Overall Rating: ★★★

Bloom Gin

Bloom Gin

Bloom is a very pretty gin with a subtle and unexpected mean streak. Like a lot of the pretty ones, I suppose.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum

Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum

Not as bad as I expected. Still not great, but when we're talking about Bacardi, even a backhanded compliment is a reason to celebrate.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Oak Cross

Oak Cross

A direct hit when it comes to a company telling you what they want to do, then going out and doing exactly that. If you've never heard of Compass Box, start here.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Casamigos Blanco Tequila

Casamigos Blanco Tequila

You have a right to be skeptical. The betting man would put George Clooney's side project tequila down as a flop. Surprisingly, this is quite good stuff.
Overall Rating: ★★☆ 

High West Rendezvous Rye

High West Rendezvous Rye

A solid, distinctive, and well-made "high" rye. However, I think the story of how this product comes to be is something worthy of some attention.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

Brash, aggressive, and as subtle as a punch to the mouth. All that said, Wild Turkey 101 is a well-made bourbon and is totally worthy of a purchase even for a sissy boy like myself.
Overall Rating: ★★☆ 

Broker's Gin

Broker's Gin

Before you go home with another fifth of Sapphire, consider this bottle instead. Broker's is a fun, hard-working gin that can make for a superlative mixer, depending on the night you have planned.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Reyka Icelandic Vodka

Reyka Icelandic Vodka

Reyka is a lot like Bjork: Icelandic and bizarre. If you don't know anything about how they make this stuff, it's definitely worth a read.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Tullamore DEW

Tullamore DEW

An underachieving whiskey for sure. If you're wondering if the alternative to Bushmills and Jameson is any good, it really isn't.
Overall Rating:   

Ballantine's 12 Scotch Whisky

Ballantine's 12 Scotch Whisky

As if the world didn't have enough reason to care about age-stated blended scotches. In a word: Ballantine's 12 is overcomplicated.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Kirk and Sweeney 23-Year Rum

Kirk and Sweeney 23-Year Rum

Aged rum can be stupidly cheap. However, an age statement of more than two decades carries some hefty expectations, regardless of price. In this respect alone the Kirk and Sweeney falls short.
Overall Rating: ★★☆