Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 13, 2018Sweet corn and oak/vanilla on the nose, sweet grain, toffee, and vanilla oak, plus some grassy rye in a relatively short finish. Viscous mouth feel, beautiful auburn color, great packaging. Very nice small batch 4yr BIB for the price, but it is pricey... and getting harder to find.
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 13, 2018ultra soft, lighter body, light oak and rye spice. Mostly corn butter sweet with spiced caramel. good but not unusual.
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted July 13, 2018Rich and spicy grass with oak. Floral caramel, burnt sugar, and spice in the mouth, light mint. Used to drink this all the time, as a regular rye cocktail mixer, and then it disappeared from store shelves and price shot up. So good, too bad, now rarity marketing. Still have an unopened bottle tucked away, hehe.
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 13, 2018Really good but too expensive for the product. Rarity marketing.
Weller Antique 107 Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 13, 2018Fruity sweet grain nose, with a little ethanol shining through. Big warm sweet cereal, vanilla, dried fruit, and an ethanol burst on first taste. Warm and viscous and rich, with a warm red-golden color in the glass. Spicy rye and pepper builds in the finish, a looong finish. Much more assertive than the Weller Special Reserve, and better that way. Great taste and price point, although it has gotten harder to find and more expensive than mid-2010s when I bought this to mix Manhattans. Soft sweet wheated bourbon worth sipping, with some heat at 107 proof. Perfect for #DAD every day of the year.
Weller 12 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 13, 2018Sweet juicy fruit, vanilla, and dry cereal on the nose. Vanilla and sweet mush with a little banana bread. Light oak on the tongue for a 12 year old, but that builds (with a little rye spice and pepper) in a long finish. Rich and easy sipping, but I was hoping this to be more complex at 12 years. That's not a damning with faint praise line, but maybe my expectations were unrealistic for a wheated bourbon. This has grown on me revisiting this over the last two+years. Seems better, more complex and assertive each time. #DAD would appreciate this gift any day of the year, so don't wait.
Redbreast 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandTasted July 13, 2018Excellent Irish whiskey. Light peat and salt with sweet cereal in the nose. Grain sweet body, oak vanilla, and sherry roundness, with a little spice in the finish. Blooms with an ice cube.
Beehive Distilling Jack Rabbit Gin
Modern Gin — Utah, USATasted July 13, 2018Sage and juniper, with coriander floral citrus underneath. great expression of terroir (Utah sagebrush) in this new American gin. good juniper and a dose of sage. not too citrus.
Beehive Distilling Barrel Reserve Gin
Barrel-Aged Gin — Utah, USATasted July 13, 2018sage and juniper mellowed by oak. sweet and great mouth feel. wonderful expression of an Old Tom style with Utah (sage) terroir.
Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 13, 201810 year high proof single barrel, vanilla, oak and carmel corn sweetness, spicy finish with rye showing through, all at a great price. This is a classic.