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Chivas Regal Mizunara

Chivas Regal Mizunara

A usually-boring scotch label tries out an exciting concept for a brand extension. Surprise! It’s still boring.

Overall Rating: ★☆☆

John Barr Blended Scotch

John Barr Blended Scotch

I’ve had better, but I’ve certainly had worse. Compelling if you can find it cheap!
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

NOY 10 Armenian Brandy

NOY 10 Armenian Brandy

Another Armenian brandy today. Buckle up for a coke-versus-pepsi comparison I think is rather apt!
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Beluga Vodka

Beluga Vodka

The claim is that all vodka tastes the same. What if I told you that a lot of it is also marketed the same way?
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Redemption Bourbon

Redemption Bourbon

Redemption is fine. Not fine as in “a fine spirit,” but “fine” in the sense of being perfectly adequate on all levels without ever managing to astound.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Cazadores Reposado Tequila

Cazadores Reposado Tequila

Great in a margarita, and offers decent enough value, but it’s one of those tequilas that you won’t be in a rush to enjoy straight.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆


Ancient Age Bourbon

Ancient Age Bourbon

There's value here to be sure. But if you're the kind of person who can afford an extra topping on your pizza, Ancient Age is hard to recommend on merit alone.
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: ★☆☆

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: ★☆☆

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: ★☆☆

Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin

Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin

Say, that's a real pretty color you got there. It'd be a real shame if people was to know it was, how should we say, not the genuine article.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Balvenie Doublewood

Balvenie Doublewood

The Doublewood is one of the few single malt scotch whiskies I actually dislike. Chalk it up to a mix of personal taste and overexposure I'll explain in more detail.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

 

El Dorado 5 Rum

El Dorado 5 Rum

A fair mixer and a serviceable sipping rum if you're not paying too close attention. The rum rub: you can get a lot better than the ED-5 for not very much more.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Mars Iwai Japanese Whisky

Mars Iwai Japanese Whisky

As everyone goes gonzo for Japanese whisky, the market adjusts to provide supply to match demand. Yes: this is Japanese, and it is whisky, but it might not be what you expect.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Espolón Blanco Tequila

Espolón Blanco Tequila

A "meh" product from a distillery that does pretty good work. Here, Espolon tries to gun for two flavor profiles at once and I don't think they pull it off.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Stolichnaya Vodka

Stolichnaya Vodka

Stoli? We're doing regular-ass Stoli? You bet we are. Let's see how Roger Sterling's drink of choice holds up under some serious scrutiny. 
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Luksusowa Vodka

Luksusowa Vodka

A challenging vodka to spell and pronounce, and an equally challenging vodka to enjoy an entire glass of. A good study in how temperature can drastically change the taste and character of a spirit. 
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Wild Geese Rare Irish Whiskey

Wild Geese Rare Irish Whiskey

I hope I'm not going to bore you with a history lesson, but I think it makes for a good story. Or at least a better story than the one Cooley's trying to sell you with this bottle. Overall Rating: ★☆☆