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Review #948 – Hyde 1938 Special Reserve Irish Whiskey

This is a blended Irish whiskey that contains 18 year old single malt and 8 year old single grain whiskey that has been finished in a sherry cask. The 1938 is important, as it signifies the year that Hyde because President in Ireland.

HYDE Single Malt Irish whiskey is made from 100% malted barley grain from one distillery source in Ireland. It is double distilled in a traditional Copper Pot Still to our very strict HYDE specifications.

Deanston Variety Show

Recently, a Deanston rep came to town, and I had a couple drams from their core line of products. Here are my thoughts.

About 20% of their produced spirit is used for their single malt releases and 80% goes out the door to be a blend component for brands owned by Diageo and William Grant & Sons. Their recent dive into the single malt market comes with a promise to never filter or color, and they recently boosted their ABV floor from 43% ABV to 46-ish% ABV.

Review #931 – Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin

“Barr Hill Gin is our ode to the hardworking bees of the Northeast. Each batch is distilled in our custom-built botanical extraction still. The juniper-forward botanicals are brought to a perfect balance by the floral depth of the raw honey. The results are distinctive and unparalleled. How do we extract such complexity from simple raw materials? Our secrets are kept in the hive.” – Caledonia Website

Review #929 – Ron Relicario Dominicano Supremo

This was a bottle that I tried blind and I reviewed live on the Whiskey Network Discord server, then got the reveal in order to fill in relevant details here.

This is a blend of 10 to 15 year old rums distilled and bottled in the Dominican Republic. They are not particularly great at explaining anything about their distilling process, or their distilling history, or whether or not they dose and color their products, so that’s about par for some courses here.

Review #927 – Kaniche XO Double Wood Rum

This is a Barbados rum that is aged in Panama and matured in two types of casks. It also appears to leave Barbados, bound for Panama, to see some time in a cognac cask as well.

Overall, this brand is pretty bad about communicating what is distilled and aged where, which isn’t surprising given the provenance of who owns it, but this expression appears to be a true Barbados rum that is shipped and aged in Panama before being shipped to France for bottling, or extra aging.

Review #926 – 1792 Full Proof, MC’s Package Store Selection

1792 Full Proof is typically a small batch, proofed release from Barton in Kentucky. Bottled at 125pf, it is hard to tell what the original barrel proof was for these releases, but all the same, 62.5% ABV isn’t a bad number to run with. This is very similar to Knob Creek’s Single Barrel Reserve, which is a release consistently diluted to 60% ABV and I like those all the way from fine to amazing. In this series, I’m comparing a variety of Single Barrel releases from the Full Proof lineup, selected by various stores, vendors and societies in the USA.

Review #893 – Edradour 8yr 2007 Grand Arome Rum Cask Finish

​Review #893 | /r/Scotch Review #300 – Edradour 8yr 2007 Grand Arome Rum Cask Finish The Schtick: This is a release from Edradour, who is owned by Sigantory Vintage. It is matured in Grand Arome rum casks (can’t say I’ve run into these before). Distiller: Edradour Bottler: Edradour (Signatory Vintage) ABV: 46% ABV Age: 8 Years Nose: Bredy, sweet. Loads of …