A few weeks ago a Total Wine opened less than a mile away from my apartment complex. Prior to this development I was on the fence about whether or not to renew my lease this fall. Needless to say, I’ll be here for at least another six months. No one can accuse me of not having priorities.

I made my daily weekly trip to Total Wine today.  After sampling all the wines available for the weekend tasting and a hard root beer, I decided that I was in the mood for some whiskey. Because naturally that followed. I meandered over to the Bourbon/Whiskey aisle and after careful review of the selection -and my budget considering wine have only cost me $10 – I decided to try a rye whiskey.  Specifically, Darby’s Reserve Small Batch Rye Whiskey.

I drink whiskey often, but I am not a connoisseur and admittedly I usually stick to the varities that you find behind the average bar:  Maker’s Mark, Jefferson’s, Knob Creek, Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels.  *begin sidenote* For the record, I know I listed mostly bourbons, but bourbons are whiskeys.  Just not all whiskeys are bourbons.  You’re welcome. *end sidenote*

I say all this to say that I found this South Carolinian whiskey to be enjoyable, but not necesarily one that I would make my go-to.. It has a sweet smell that reminds me of maple syrup. My guess is that an experienced whiskey drinker would be slightly turned off by it; however it is smooth and has some spicy notes that make it an easy-to-drink whiskey. And it’s only $21.99 a bottle – easy on your palate and your wallet.