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The Macallan No.4 Scotch Whisky

The Macallan No.4 Scotch Whisky

It’s always a challenge to get people to pay big bucks for a Scotch without an age statement, and if you do it wrong people will remember. Here’s a good case study of when things go right.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Knob Creek Bourbon

Knob Creek Bourbon

I thought I could handle it, I really did. In this review, I climb back on an old horse older and wiser only to be thrown off once again.
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Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon

Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon

Quite honestly, a product in search of a reason to exist. If there’s a niche it fills, I’m not savvy enough to detect it.
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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: ★☆☆

Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

It ain't bourbon or scotch, that's for sure. This is a very good thing in my book, and I hope it holds true for you as well.
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:   ⃠

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: ★☆☆

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: ★★☆

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: ★★☆

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: ★☆☆

Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila

Tres Generaciones Añejo Tequila

Tres Generaciones is wisely positioned to be a little bit cheaper than Patron or Don Julio. What makes it incredibly appealing is that I think it's just as good, if not better than what the ultra-premium names have to offer. Overall Rating: ★★☆

El Dorado 15 Rum

El Dorado 15 Rum

Supposing that you're a brown liquor drinker with a bit of a sweet tooth, I don't think you're going to find too many rums that are flat-out better than this. And the cost? Well, sometimes life is full of unexpected surprises. Overall Rating: ★★★

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey

What if I told you that what people widely promoted as the most manly, ass-kicking kind of spirit was actually formulated to be rather sweet and gentle? You might think you're getting Motorhead, but you're actually getting REO Speedwagon.  Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Hornitos Reposado

Hornitos Reposado

The reposado from Hornitos isn't a bad product, per se, but it's an underwhelming mixer I think can be partially explained by its production process.  Overall Rating: ★☆☆