Watershed Distillery Bourbon-Barrel Gin
Barrel-Aged Gin — Ohio, USATastedFilling out a taste review for previous adventures. I'm shocked this didn't earn over an 87 on the app. This is a perfect upgrade to the four peel gin with soft, oaky tannins and vanillins from the bourbon barrel. I drink this straight with a bad cold. Mix it to be more sophisticated.
Watershed Barrel-Finished Nocino
Nut Liqueurs — Ohio, USATastedFilling out a delayed review from a 2019 purchase. This is exactly what you'd think. Walnut liquor with walnut tannins. I'm sure there are mixed drink usages for it that are amazing but don't drink it straight too often.
Bourbon — Ohio, USATastedFilling this out from tour and bracket days years back... When I was a novice, I thought this was a 4.5* whiskey. It is smooth, forgiving, leathery, strong in vanilla and oak tannins. Now that I've rounded out my first hundred, I can see this is well done local still job but not my top shelf. Appreciate it as such. Drink local and make this one into one hell of an old fashioned. [10.22.20] As a side note, I'm drinking this whiskey set in a cabernet barrel for secondary aging after Watershed's 1st "garage sale". Fantastic and I'll have trouble ever buying the original again.40.0 USD per Bottle
Watershed Four Peel Gin
Distilled Gin — Ohio, USATastedFilling out a review from tastings years ago. If you want a gin, these folks are the place to go. And this is their foundational gin. Try it and if you like gin, you'll buy another.
Watershed Apple Brandy
American Brandy — Ohio, USATastedReview today for a tour years back. 3.5/5 is the best I'll allow a brandy to go. But if you're going to buy an apple brandy, this is about as good as you can do.
Unflavored Vodka — Ohio, USATastedEntering a review today but this vodka has been a staple in our house since a COSI on Tap event years ago. Mix with blueberry lemonade and never look back.
Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted[05.12.20] <- Or at least that's what they tell me. Happy COVID Everyone! It's the time in life where the days blur by, little brothers become expert bartenders, and daydrinking professors write ambitious exams. We've done a number on my liquor cabinet so we're down to opening new bottles. Bought this back in 2013 or 2014 when in Louisville for NAILE. Great price, high proof, and bottle-in-bond. Couldn't go wrong? This is so smooth. First out of the bottle it was sweeter corn, a hint of leather, and cherry smoker chips. As it opens up, the oak, vanilla, and leather gain power and the spicy pepper shows up in the finish. Easy drinker with a high proof that doesn't make you pay the price. All the flavors are mild and I generally like something to take hold but today this is just what I needed.
I.W. Harper Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted[3.25.2020] Welcome to the new era, where the word "Coronavirus" enables daydrinkers 24/7. I'm loving it. We're starting to clean out my liquor cabinet and I found this beauty from a few years back. Believe it or not, I paid about $20 for it (don't hate me). So I felt shameless about dedicating it as the Old Fashioned bottle when my little came home from Madison. But not before snagging a sip... This whiskey is predictable and I like it. Wasn't surprised to find out it's in the Weller family when I went to enter the review. It feels rich/full-bodied on the tongue and I pick up more sweet leathery flavor than the pro reviewer - almost like sniffing a brand new deerhide wallet. I don't find it spicy but I've also eaten Jalopenos for breakfast. Harper's is an easy, smooth sipper that you shouldn't be ashamed to mix in an old-school drink because it is a steady staple for anything you want to make.19.99 USD per Bottle
FEW Single Malt Whisky
American Single Malt — Illinois, USATasted[12.15.2019] I've been drinking the for a few weeks but haven't had the time to post it. Bought it in the Windy City on a work trip 4 years back for a friend whose wife promptly put a retroactive hiatus on his habit. Kept waiting for a change but gave up after a bad week at work. Sweet, malty, smooth and easy at 93 proof (surprised me and I had to go back to the bottle!), this would be a go-to if it weren't for the price. As it stands, this is a mild mannered, palette pleaser overpriced in a market saturated with novelties. Best this about it is the uncut flavor and proof, complete with a malty taste u bastardized with synthetic smoke. If you need a bottle to complete a decorative set, pay me the shipping and I'll send it empty.
Basil Hayden's Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted[11.16.2019] Went to the local Liquor Barn in Louisville last week in lieu of a distillery tour. We were down for NAILE and couldn't peel away from the charming Cottswalds and Southdowns for longer than a booze run. Luckily Basil's was running a tasting that afternoon. And boy, what a crowd that place can draw on a Saturday afternoon! This whiskey has everything I like about the Basil with all the bonuses of Rye. Wouldn't own the original but I would've bought a bottle of this if it weren't for the line at the register. Peppery without a harsh spicy bite, this is more like the pumpernickel version of rye and less like the white dog stuff I can buy at home. The extra time in oak barrels gives this a raw oak, woody, tannin flavor that adds complexity to what most other places would just run out as a decent rye whiskey.Liquor Barn