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Review #68 - Secret Santa Mystery Dram #3 - Ron Navazzos Palazzi 15 Year Cask Strength Oloroso Finish

Mystery Dram #3 Nose: Stewed plums, dark chocolate, toasted almonds, hazelnuts, vanilla, allspice, molasses, toffee, bitter orange Palate: Thick and sweet. Roasted hazelnuts, turbinado sugar, quince paste, vanilla, allspice, walnuts, dried fig. Finish: Oak, vanilla, dried nuts, touches of sea salt. Verdict: This is like rum and sherried scotch had a baby. This is delicious, rich, and complex. Strength is higher, maybe 100 proof? Sweet and sherried and woody and spicy. Would I buy this: Depending on price, absolutely. For under 150 bucks I'd be in. Would I order this in a bar: Yes, especially around Christmas time. This has a lot of holiday notes to me. Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Absolutely! Slainte! Rating: ★★★★

Review #67 - Single Cask Nation Fidencio Reposado Mezcal

SCN Fidencio Reposado Mezcal Nose: White grape, under ripe plantain, green mango, nectarine, celery, a hint of smoke Palate: Quite viscous mouthfeel. Lemon zest, white pepper, grilled peaches, green mango. Reminds me a bit of high quality olive oil, that sort of fruity peppery mix. Finish: Fairly long. Smoke, a little salt, a little sweet. Very pleasant. At the very end it's a bit mineral, that flat salt and stone flavor. Verdict: This is delicious. Nicely balanced, the vegetal agave comes through but is really in harmony with the spice and fruit notes brought in by the time this spent in a Wild Turkey barrel. I'm not usually one for aged mezcal, but this is really damned good. Would I buy this: I would. I kind of wish I had a whole bottle. Would I order this in a bar: Yes, definitely. Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Absolutely. Get the copitas! Rating: ★★★★