From St. George Distillery, Alamada, CA. 86 proof, $33
I was never good at picking out different flavors in wine. I'd read a review on a bottle and see that it tasted like dark chocolate, cherry, apricot, whatever blah blah. All I could taste was red wine - sometimes outstanding, sometimes good, sometimes rather unpleasant.
My bourbon/rye reviews will not contain any pretentious bullshit, only what I can actually taste. So if I tell you that I smell vanilla, it's because that is what I am smelling. I will try and avoid using phrases like "notes of" or "hints of." I will try and only review a bottle after I have consumed at least half of it. Unless otherwise stated, I am drinking these neat in a brandy snifter.
Okay, down to business:
Nose - I can actually smell banana cream on this, and some honey. Smells like dessert!
Taste - Good spice and considerable burn for an 86 proof whiskey with little alcohol coming through. The banana cream comes through on the tongue, and a bit of cinnamon type flavor though very subtle.
Overall this is a solid whiskey. I did cheat a little as I have only gone through about 1/3 of the bottle. I would probably pick this up again, though there are many better bottles under $33.
Score - 85/100