Maker's Mark Private Select Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedCrazy good! Carmel apple, vanilla, citrus, cherry, spice and a heavy dose of smooth oak is on the menu. Remarkably easy to drink, it handles the high proof marvelously. Mine comes from Total Wine & More Wisconsin, is at 108.4 proof, and contains Baked American Pure 2, Seared French Cuvee, Maker's 46, and Rosted French Mocha. Wonderful way to end the week!
Bulleit Bourbon Blenders’ Select No. 001
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATastedVery rich and smooth with a great mouth feel. Peanuty, vanilla, with dark cheery. Spicy long finish. Far less smoky than the other offerings from Bulleit.
Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedBeyond the typical bourbon flavors, which are in abundance here, there is a noticeable amount of citrus. Lots of spice on the back end as well. A bit of water or ice opens this one up nicely. It's a perfectly decent bourbon, but I don't see what all the hype is about.44.0 USD per Bottle
Booker's Bourbon Batch 2020-01 "Granny's Batch"
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedPeanutbrittle, roasted peanuts, burnt salted caramel, a significant citrus finish with a ton of smooth heat. Very strong and hot and a bit harsh. Full, but not coating or oily, average mouth taste. I don't care for the finish which is bitter. It's not one of my favorites, but this is a matter of personal taste more than a criticism of the quality of the bourbon itself.
Blanton's Original Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedA very full and oily bourbon with a great mouth feel. It has standard bourbon flavors consisting of caramel, vanilla, and spice. Bit of orange and chocolate too. Incredibly smooth, but, nothing outrageously unique. It would be an amazing everyday bourbon if it was more available. Well worth the $60 MSRP, and a great gift due to the cool packaging. Unfortunately the secondary market prices are getting out of hand.
Jefferson's Very Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedVery smooth with all of the right bourbon tastes. No specific taste really jumps out for me, but it's an all around very decent bourbon.
Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea Voyage 3
Bourbon — USATastedMy review is for Voyage 17 It's massively spicy yet smooth and had a unique flavor profile that I can't quite put my finger on. I want to say briny but that may just be my imagination. (my wife swears she can smell the sea!) The sweet spice carries the flavor profile and finish neat, but a bit of water opens up sweet vanilla as well. Overall, it does have a unique flavor profile that I'd like to add to my full time collection, but the price is a bit steep compared to overall quality.70.0 USD per Bottle
Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedVery hot, and harsh. Overall it's a pretty simple and basic tasting bourbon at a high proof. I couldn't really identify any uniqueness to it or interesting flavors. While it's less expensive than other cask strength bourbons, it's still not worth the price. Neither complex, nor full flavored, it's just more alcohol in this case. It's not horrible, but there are far better bourbons at the price point, and less.44.0 USD per Bottle
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedWoodford was one of the first bourbons that got me into this, so I had to give their Double Oaked a try. I was skeptical though, given the $50 price tag. I taste the difference though. Great taste consisting of chocolate and cherries with toasted marshmallow at the end. More full than regular WR and more "woody", double woody to be exact! It's incredibly smooth. Almost TOO smooth for my tastes. I'd prefer a bit more bite. I enjoy this bourbon, but I really think it would benefit from a full barrel proof version.48.0 USD per Bottle
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedIn the same vein as Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare, Taylor clearly tops them both. The mouth feel is the first thing that jumps out at me, far more rich and oily. Coats the glass and your throat. Taylor has a, long lingering finish with tons of spice on the back end. I couldn't identify any specific favors here, but it's a good solid bourbon. Unfortunately it's ridiculously over-priced and difficult to find like much of what comes from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Well worth the MSRP, but not worth the secondary market prices.70.0 USD per Bottle