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  1. Rebel Yell Straight Rye

    Rye — USA

    Tasted October 16, 2019
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    This is the same mash(95/5) from MGP as many other notable ryes such as Templetons, Bulliet, Redemption,James Pepper, George Dickell, etc. It is only aged two years but seems lively and fresh testing imo. Nose is typical rye and dill, its upfront and intense. Rye spice carries to palate, not mild this is pumpernickel rye bold in its youth. Light sweetness in the background but dill and rye dominate. Finishes medium, dry with more rye trailing off. Overall this is a bold raw whiskey, its not as refined as some but should rye be. Its a great change of pace from the sweetness of bourbon with its own attributes. Plus I got it on sale for $19 - Its solid 78/100
    19.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Jim Beam Original

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted October 16, 2019
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    Figured it was time for a recheck on this one. Past memories are of subpar verging on lighter fluid. Neat, has chicken legs but nose is pleasant enough. Caramel, light vanilla ,cinnamon, dusty oak, little yeasty/doughy. Was expecting some harsh alcohol fumes but its very mild, noses almost like a wheater for me. Quite thin on the palate with not a lot of flavor (seems like its cut with water already). Some mild caramel/vanilla, Beam spice, moves to toasted(not charred) oak with slight astringency. Short finish to dry bitter raw corn cob aftertaste. I didn't get the Beam burn or really any burn for that matter. Its easy drinking but as many others have said there isn't much going on. Still, it is a Kentucky bourbon which makes it better than most spirits imo. Its priced right for a daily driver and is not offensive in any way. For me the dryness isn't my favorite but some may approve. Id have no issues drinking a bottle if it was gifted. 75/100 C Im not much of a mixer but Im sure this works fine in that regard.
    17.0 USD per Bottle
  3. Old Forester 100 Proof Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted October 16, 2019
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Had my eye on this one for a while. Went on sale for $22 so I pounced. Poured neat,nice thick legs. Nose has sugar daddy, black cherry, cinnamon and rye spice. Very little wood and even at 100pr almost no ethanol. Heavy mouthfeel brings a blast of caramel, cinnamon and spice transitioning to oak. Very robust with strong heat(not burn though) Finishes medium long with drying oak and cinnamon with warming sensation all the way down. This bourbon is deep and rich and swings a heavy bat, huge improvement over regular 86pr. I think it represents superb execution of a standard bourbon profile. Its sweet but not too so, oak dryness but not bitter. It has plenty of heat but is not harsh. Most palates will deviate to individual preferences but OF Sig is kinda like the baseline imo, only cranked up several notches(this one goes to 11) There are others that I prefer for sure but at this price point it is elite. 88/100- will happily purchase again
    22.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted October 16, 2019
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Ok so this gets a lot of bad reviews all over the web. People say its harsh for 80proof and bottom shelf swill. I find it very enjoyable for what it is. Nose gives caramel, buttered cornbread and a bit of maraschino cherry but its a mild delivery. Has thin legs and mouth feel but is soft on the tongue. Palate has some oak,raw cinnamon spice and lite vanilla with minimal heat. Again its not bold but pleasant nonetheless. Finish is short to medium with dry oak and cinnamon lingering. There is basically no burn. I think the rough edges typical of this price point have been sanded away by the wheat influence. Its not complex at all but fairly balanced for the $12 I paid. As others have said its an easy drinker and no need for ice or water. Not much here for the experienced cask strength pro but good for beginners and nice change of pace for the rest. For the money its a good buy and in my area low cost wheaters are hard to come by 80/100 good low cost daily driver
    12.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Jack Daniel's Red Dog Saloon

    Tennessee — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted October 7, 2019
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    86pf, slight bump from standard JD. I was hoping this would bolster the flavors with more power and depth as reg 80pf tastes watered down.Poured neat, has good sticky legs. Nose is similar to #7 with banana and oily char. This has more oak and heat though. Light oil mouthfeel brings char, banana taffy, marshmallow peeps with oak and nice heat. Added proof has enhanced flavor a bit and brought some heated barrel char. Finishes with smokey char, oak and fading banana sweetness. Overall I would say its a slight improvement over standard Jack but not worth the extra $$(reg Jack is always on sale ) as a limited release it wont be readily available anyway....... Dickel 12 is still much better.
    26.0 USD per Bottle
  6. George Dickel No. 12

    Tennessee — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted October 7, 2019
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Wanted to try this for a while so finally picked up a bottle. Poured neat, oily legs brings nose of smoky vanilla, a unique mineral note (some have described as flintstones vitamins in a negative fashion but I really like it) and rich custard. Palate is creamy custard, vanilla soda and smoky heated char. Finishes with fading vanilla custard and oak with char. This is delicious stuff. The charcoal filtering has brought some different flavors and depth. Carries good heat with 90 proof yet smooth with balanced sweetness. Yes it is significantly better than Jack Daniels and I highly recommend if you like Tennessee whiskey......89/100...... definite repurchase
    22.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Spey River 12 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted October 6, 2019
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I have the peated finish version which I got for about $33. This is a solid blast of smoke. Poured neat, yeah its got the embers we are looking for, along with a bit of peat, sweet malt and barrel. Palate has lotsa bbq smoke with a bit of malt and some fringe sweetness. This isn't complex like the big guy Islays. Finish is long smoke and peat with fading malt sweetness and drying wood. Kind of a one trick smoky pony, but that's a good trick in my book. Lacking in depth and richness of say an Ardbeg or Lap 10 but its 33 bucks. I like it more than Ardmore for lower cost smokebomb but not a replacement for the real deal from Islay. Still good value and bbq goodness so 81/100......makes a great smoke&coke
    33.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Early Times Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted October 6, 2019
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    A close cousin to OF signature with a slight variation on the mashbill. BIB gives you at least 4 yrs aging and 100 pf so that's a plus. Poured neat its got a hit of ethanol but bold oak and musky leather offset with dark fruit and nuts. Palate comes in strong and hot with caramel and barrel with char, pipe tobacco and leather notes that make it seem older. Finishes with heated spicy caramel and some fruit turning to dry lengthy oak. It carries its proof in full and then some as does the OF sig but does not detract from the experience. Had this back to back with the OF 1897 BIB which is unfair with the costs of each. Of course the 1897 is more refined and deeper flavor etc but this Early Times is a budget brand and at that level it excels . Think of it as OF 1897 in high school realizing the talent but not quite polished and still working on skills........82/100...... a bit raw and underdeveloped but mighty enjoyable at price point
    18.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Redbreast 12 Year

    Single Pot Still — Ireland

    Tasted September 29, 2019
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Had this many times through the years but picked up bottle for formal review. Have always considered this the best Irish ive ever had including Middletons. on to the review.............. So Zues is sitting at the table with Ares , Apollo, Athena and the other gods after a big feast. He says now we drink! The servants bring out the glasses and pour a dram of the most wonderful nectar in all the lands. Dionysus peeks under the serving cart and spots the bottle of Redbreast 12 and smiles................Yes its only 80 proof and yes its expensive but the buttery creamy pot still texture is sooooo smooth you wont care. Doesn't matter if you're a bourbon, rye, scotch or any type liquor guy you can fall in love with this. Not overly complex or a whiskey you need to dissect instead its the most approachable pleasant whiskey out there. Pour this for anyone, pure happiness in a glass. Tasting notes are just not necessary other than distilled joy...........93/100..........ok a few notes... Its soft and sweet with honey and caramel with perfect amount of oak. Silky smooth rich and malty with nice finish. It is overpriced but sometimes you just gotta go for it. I did get it on sale for $50 though
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  10. Talisker Storm

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted September 29, 2019
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    This has been running $53 in my area. Price finally lowered to $43 so I picked it up as I love smoky scotch. Poured neat, nose has campfire smoke layered with honeyed malt, salted caramel, dusty cardboard and faint olive note. Not as peat strong as the big Islay entrants, instead sweet and inviting. Creamy mouthfeel leads palate of salty smoked honey, malty caramel, clotted cream with black pepper and wood. Flavors aren't overly robust but still delicious. This does have a silky buttery softness to it like Redbreast pot still Irish. Finish is long with lasting smoky malt, raw honey, pepper and salty wood. This is highly enjoyable and approachable smoky scotch. Well balanced and easy drinking with smooth taste that only improves once opened. With pricing coming down its a no brainer to purchase ........94/100......wonderfull salty, sweet and smoky scotch!
    43.0 USD per Bottle
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