Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Batch Proof 123.2
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 23, 2022Pulled this out tonight because it was conveniently located in my cupboard, hard to believe I’ve had it almost 3 years. This was purchased from a large chain before they became so difficult to find, so at SRP. Nose - vanilla and caramel with a decent amount of alcohol. I’d give it a 3 - average Palate - Vanilla and cherries, some barrel oak and tannins but not overdone, very little of the caramel here. For me the cherry really stands out. If you like the vanilla and cherry note this is for you. Finish - the higher proof leads to a decently long finish with the oak and vanilla taking center stage. Overall a solid pour, especially for SRP which is probably difficult to find in this market. 3.75 for me.
Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana (bottled in Tennessee), USATasted October 14, 2021Nose: Butterscotch followed by vanilla and light caramel. Palate: I get a cherry note right off the bat, followed by the vanilla, caramel and spice. Very mellow for the proof, definitely not thin though, good mouthfeel. Finish: A little light, the cherry, vanilla and caramel vanish quickly leaving only the spice and the first real evidence of the higher proof. Parting Thoughts: I enjoyed this bottle but it’s not one I will replace. Is it better than my staple “3’s?” Yes, but barely. I rather save the $$$ and go with something else. Not unhappy I purchased but there’s a lot of bottles out there I’d like to try vs. going back to this well. 3.25
Wild Turkey Master's Keep Bottled in Bond 17 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 10, 2020First impression I’m a Turkey fan and wanted this bottle but after the early, glowing online reviews, I was afraid the tater crew would be in high gear to swipe these up. Fate being what it is, I had to fill up my car at Costco this morning, saw a mostly empty parking lot and headed in to pick up a few items I needed before the daily onslaught my local store endures. As I was walking up to the entrance I saw someone walking out with a bottle, asked him if they had some in and lucky me, it was on the shelf for $139.99. Started my night with a small taste of 101 to set my palate. On to the main event: Nose: Cherries, caramel, slight vanilla. The cherry theme seems to be consistent across the reviews and I was surprised just how forward this was to me. Palate: Again, the cherry comes through, unmistakable. Some of your usual caramels, vanilla and surprisingly light oak for this age. Mouthfeel a little thin for my preference. The finish for me was a little short, light on the actual oak, dry and tannic. I had to pull out a Russell’s pick from K&L to compare after tasting this. I had been meaning to open this bottle - no time like the present! The pick is Camp Nelson, to be specific it is the #18-439, Camp Nelson A, Floor 4. 55% ABV. This has more of the usual Turkey taste, only more so. Hint of that rye, nice caramel, and thick, viscous mouthfeel. Does the extra 10 proof do that much? Added a little water to make a fair fight but to me at least the pick is just “more.” More classic turkey, more thickness, more finish with less tannin. These picks sell out for good reason. Final, Initial Neck Pour Thoughts: Let me start by admitting I’m looking forward to letting this open up. The 17 year BiB is a unique product and if you are a Turkey fan I’m sure you’ll want it. Value wise I lucked out, $139.99 is probably about as inexpensive as you’ll find this. Is it worth it? If you’re a Wild Turkey collector unfortunately you’re stuck, it is a must have because of it’s uniqueness. Not a die hard Turkey fan? Then I’d say don’t chase it. Keep your sights on RR picks. Even in my case we’re talking 139 vs. 64.99 for the pick. Drive the BiB price to the usual 169-179 then I say it would be a pass, get a RR pick instead. I’ll revisit and update. Revisit 8/20/22 - As promised this really opened up after a month or so. It has risen to the special pour category (although pretty much there based on price alone). This is one to bring out to show what Wild Turkey is capable of. Raising the score 1/2 a point, 22.214.171.124 USD per Bottle
Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye
Rye — Kentucky , USATasted April 26, 2020Barrel # 15L3019C, 55.5% ABV, bottle 59 of 238, tasted over a few weeks, usually in a Bourbon Trail glass. One of the more unique, if not the most unique Rye I’ve had. On the nose the proof is well hidden in a sweet, almost forest like aroma with a hint of licorice and pine. I’m not a big licorice fan, but this is not off-putting to me, it actually hits a few things I like about it. Very viscous, nice glass coating. On the palate the proof again is well hidden, the first touch reminds me of the sweet smell of a pine forest after a rain. Again a slight hint of licorice, very pleasant. Medium viscosity on the palate, the proof kicks in just enough to give a medium length finish. The sweetness with a hint of spice lingers on. My favorite local liquor store recommended this to me. At first I was taken back, it’s a very unique taste. After a few pours it really started to grow on me. The initial surprise wasn’t negative, it was unexpected. I’ve really come to enjoy it and very happy with the purchase.
Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 4, 2020Barrel #5947 barreled on 11-20-08. “Caramel-y Goodness” Every barrel varies slightly and this is an excellent one. Nose is caramel, butterscotch, slight vanilla, really no proof sting at all. On the palate this is just waves of caramel, a little butterscotch with a thick viscous mouthfeel. For me, this barrel is really flavorful with just the right amount of alcohol to bring out the flavor. Excellent to sit back and savor at the end of the day. I was able to pick this up after the awards but before the pricing started to get crazy. This bottle makes me completely understand why the regular McKenna drinkers are upset, at the original SRP this was a gem. Whether it’s worth paying much over that price is up to the buyer. Unfortunately with the current Bourbon craze price very often doesn’t equal quality. For what I paid for this bottle, it is punching above it’s weight class. I’ll be savoring this one.34.99 USD per Bottle
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition
Blended — IrelandTasted March 27, 2020Very easy to drink. Picked up a mini of this during the lockdown, not much to choose from. It did the trick. Very light on the palate and taste, smooth. It went well with the Nigiri I was eating. You really have to look for any IPA flavors, it only adds a slightly different profile to your standard Jameson. Paid $2.99 so couldn't go wrong in a pinch.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Blended — JapanTasted January 20, 2020Honey, light vanilla, floral on the nose. Palate is smooth, floral, creamy, slight pepper on the end with no alcohol burn to speak of. Medium finish reinforcing the initial palate, but slightly dry. Decent choice to share with a new whiskey drinker, or as a first pour of an intro to Japanese Whiskey tasting.
Evan Williams Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 24, 2019Drank from a Bourbon Trail glass while inputting wine inventory. Sweet caramel, vanilla, light oak, some fruit on the nose. Light to medium viscosity on the mouthfeel giving way to caramel, vanilla and tropical fruit on the palate, consistent with the nose. Sweet. Good value in today’s market, classic bourbon taste, easy to drink. Will keep stocked. Barrel #342, barreled 9-12-11, bottled 2-6-19.
Maker's Mark Private Select Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 28, 2019Northern California TW pick. Staves: 2 baked American pure, 2 Maker’s 46, 3 roasted french mocha, 3 toasted French spice. Really enjoying this. Slightest hint of cocoa on the nose along with vanilla and caramel. Smooth, creamy on initial sip with vanilla, caramel and a hint of cocoa followed by some spice giving way to the proof coming through late in the finish. I enjoy Maker’s 46 as a casual pour, and this takes it to the next level. One of my current favorites, I’ll be keeping an eye out for another pick to compare.
Weller Antique 107 Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted May 21, 2019Caramel followed by spice on the nose. The 107 proof is noticeable. Cinnamon spice on the palate with a warm, lingering finish.