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  1. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2019

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    This morning I was fortunate to get find this Bourbon and it definitely does not disappoint! Entry is big and rich. Vanilla, cinnamon rolls and butterscotch. Definitely sweet initially but then it transitions wonderfully to add cinnamon and clove spice to balance out the sweet notes. As it finishes you get the oak, sweet tea and pepper that lingers long after the sip is done! This is the highest proof Birthday Bourbon release to date (105 proof) and I think Old Forester in general benefit from the higher ABV. This is definitely the case here. SRP is $99.99 and a total of 120 barrels (approx 13,200 bottles) made up this year's release. For me this is one that definitely lived up to it's hype. Cheers all!
    103.0 USD per Bottle
    Costco Wholesale
  2. Talisker Select Reserve (Game of Thrones-House Greyjoy)

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Tonight's Whisky of the day comes from the great Talisker Distillery out of the Isle of Skye in Scotland and was part of the GOT releases from Diageo. This was probably the most sought after bottle in the collection with an SRP of $44.99 but selling on the secondary market for north of $300. Fortunately Diageo decided to re-release it and it is now readily available. It enters pretty softly for a Talisker but the notes are all classic Talisker! Grilled fruits, campfire smoke and sea salt, with a hint of iodine. Finish is long with smoke, brine and more grilled fruits. A bit astringent and the sea salt lingers on the tongue. All in all a solid if slightly muted effort from Talisker. I definitely find the Storm and 10 year to be far more robust. Like the finale of GOT this dram leaves you wanting more and a bit underwhelmed. Cheers all!
    44.0 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  3. Octomore Ten Years Dialogos

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best peated dram I have ever tasted. Period! So darn complex it's hard to keep up! The peat smoke is there but it's incredibly in balance with everything else. Dense vanilla, dark chocolate, tobacco, red berries, sultanas, leather and even some clove. The peat is there for the ride the whole way but just intertwined with all those other notes. Finish is still going.... Just a knock out. Big thanks to @PBMichiganWolverine for the sample! As usual he came thru with a special dram! Cheers all!
  4. New Southern Revival Rye Whiskey

    Rye — Charleston, SC, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    You know it's a good week when you receive a sample box from the great @PBMichiganWolverine! As always I am grateful to have an opportunity to try a unique Whiskey that has yet to make it out to AZ! So what do we know about this one? It's a true grain to bottle Distillery out of South Carolina Mashbill is 75% rye, 20% white corn and 5% malted barely. All grains are sourced locally and milled on site It's aged for 12 months in 15g Virgin Charred Oak Barrels and then finished in 59g Charred Oak Barrels for an undisclosed period of time It's bottled at 45% ABV and it lightly charcoal filtered On to the tasting! It's really soft and light upon entry with honey and cinnamon. Mid palette add more spices like clove with some lovely toasted oak and a slight hint of dill. Finish is a decent length with some pepper, cinnamon and more honey. All in all this is a really nice drop and definitely a unique tasting Rye! $60 is maybe a bit steep for what you get but it's definitely something I would not mind owning a bottle of. Cheers @PBMichiganWolverine for the sample and cheers all!
    60.0 USD per Bottle
  5. McKenzie Bourbon Single Barrel (Wheated Mashbill)

    Bourbon — New York State, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    For those who have read my previous reviews will know that I highly rate the McKenzie BiB release! For me, it's probably the best dollar for dollar Wheated Bourbon that is readily available. So when I had the opportunity to purchase a Single Barrel version of it that is bottled at cask strength and comes with additional aging, I was all in! Let's dive into the specifics of this Bourbon: It's a Single Barrel release and is age stated at 5.5 yrs It's bottled at cask strength at 52.5% ABV (that suggests it entered the barrel at a much lower proof than the standard 125 proof) Mashbill is 70% corn, 20% wheat and 10% Malted barely It's true grain to glass and all are sourced locally Let's dive into the tasting: On the palette it's rich and approaching an oily mouthfeel. Big caramel note with backed apples in the background. Oak and pepper hit on the mid palette leading to a long vanilla, toffee covered cranberries finish with a nice hug. It definitely lingers and is just lovely. If you like the BiB you will love the store pick. The extra time in the barrel really amplifies the flavors and it's a noticeable step up. It's does come with a $20 premium, however in this case I believe it's truly warranted. The guys over at Liquor Express in Tempe AZ do a fantastic job picking barrels so obviously your experience maybe different, however if you see one I would say you should give it strong consideration! Cheers all and Happy Friday!
    69.99 USD per Bottle
    Liquor Express
  6. Blackened Whiskey

    Other Whiskey — Multiple Countries

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Catching up on some reviews during my vacation in the picturesque city of Lake Tahoe! This is another Whiskey that has not yet hit the AZ market but is readily available in a lot of markets. It's a collaboration between Metallica and the late great Dave Pickerell of Maker's Mark and Whistlepig Fame. It's pretty interesting as it's a blend of Bourbon, Rye and "other" Whiskey ratios are undisclosed. It's then finished black Brandy Casks where they use sonic enhancement to agitate the barrels. They do this by blasting Metallica! Quite the process! The results are actually much more structured then I expected. It's undoubtedly well constructed and a pleasant sipper. It's very sweet and grapey so the finishing is pronounced. You also get some apple and bitter young wood with slight spice. So for me this is undoubtedly a blend of young Whiskey where the finishing does a pretty good job of masking the youth. Not really something I personally would want to spend $50 on but worth a pour because it is really unique. For those who enjoy a sweet Whiskey, you may enjoy this much more than I did! Cheers all!
    10.0 USD per Pour
    South Lake Tahoe
  7. Weller Full Proof Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    I am reviewing the standard batch product of the Weller Full Proof. I make this distinction because there are store pick single barrels out there that may well be different. For example I think the Antique batch product is just ok but the Store pick I have I think is excellent! Like all Weller releases there was a tremendous amount of hype surrounding this Bourbon and finding a bottle in the wild will prove to be extremely difficult (I was told only 9 cases total were allocated to AZ with almost all going to bars and restaurants). So when I spotted this at my favorite staycation resort for a reasonable-ish price per pour I jumped on it! I ended up getting right about 3oz as it was at the end of the bottle! So definitely enough to form a solid opinion. Spoiler alert, it's not great! On the palette it's very thin and very muted upon entry. This is pretty surprising considering the high proof. You get some vanilla and brown sugar with a slight hint of spice. At the mid palette the brown sugar becomes more of a toffee note leading to a decent finish where all the alcohol finally arrived with a decent hug. A spice note lingers a bit. The more I sipped it the more surprised I was at just how muted and thin it is! It's greatest asset is it's very smooth and easy to drink but that is also it's greatest drawback. Now forget the crazy secondary pricing let's examine this for it's SRP at $49.99. Is this on the same level as say Old Ezra or a Knob SiB? No, not even close. Is it as good as Weller 12, 107 or even the CYPB. Nope it's definitely not. Is it better than the sub $20 Weller SR? Yes, that it is! So what you have here is undoubtedly young mediocre barrels where Buffalo Trace hoped that releasing it at a higher proof would mask it's youth. Unfortunately, the results are not overly positive. If you hunt this look for a Store pick as I am sure they got access to better barrels than what made it into the batch product. I personally would not even recommend the batch product at retail based on taste alone. I am sure this won't be a popular opinion but I can tell you that every one I discussed this with in the Arizona Whiskey Community group concurred with this opinion and if anything they felt I was too generous on how highly I rated the finish! So in conclusion is it a bad drop at $49.99? Not really just not a good value and very simple. If you are simply looking for value against secondary pricing, then ofcourse buy it. If you like to drink your Whiskey, seek out a pour! Cheers all!
    15.0 USD per Pour
    JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
  8. Bardstown Bourbon Company Fusion Series #1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    Whilst off on vacation in the picturesque city of Lake Tahoe CA I stumbled across this Bourbon. It's not one I had previously seen before in my local market but had heard generally positive things about this Distillery. This release is a blend of the following: 40% is an 11yr 7month old sourced Bourbon from Kentucky (74% corn, 18% rye and 8% malted barley) 18% 2yr old Bardstown distillate (68% corn, 20% wheat and 12% malted barley) 42% 2 yr old Bardstown distillate (60% corn, 36% rye and 4% malted barley) Let's see how it tastes: On the palette it's a soft and fairly thin entry with vanilla, some brown sugar and a hint of cherries. There is a pepper swell from the mid palette thru the finish and then some more cherries. It's pretty easy to drink and very simple. It's not bad per se it's just not great. It looks like the SRP on this is $60 and at that price it's a hard pass for me. For a $10/pour it was interesting enough but I won't get another. Cheers all!
    10.0 USD per Pour
    Stateline Brewery & Restaurant
  9. Little Book Chapter 03: The Road Home

    Blended American Whiskey — Kentucky , USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    This is probably one of the most anticipated releases of the fall season for me! I loved the 1st and 2nd editions and was eagerly awaiting this release! Before we dive into the notes let's find out a bit more about this release. Below is a list of the components by highest percentage used in the blend: Knob Creek – 9 years old, 117.4 proof Baker’s – 12 years old, 126.6 proof Basil Hayden’s – 9 years, 123 proof Booker’s – 11 years, 129.2 proof SRP is $124.99 and it's highly allocated. Let's dive into the notes: On the palette it's rich and oily! Proper KY Bourbon! Initially big burnt brown sugar, vanilla with caramel dominate with a hint of allspice. Barrel char and big oak notes dominated the mid palette with a long oak, vanilla and dried fruit and nut mix finish. It's a lovely drop and really showcases all things Beam! Now while this is really good there is nothing "special" about it. It's on par with some of the better Booker's batches but I dont know that in isolation it warrants the $40 premium. For the price I paid it's a 💯 buy! For $125 it's a marginal buy IMO. Cheers all!
    89.99 USD per Bottle
    Liquor Express
  10. WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye

    Rye — Vermont, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    This is the new entry level offering Whistlepig. It's a 6yr old 100% rye Mashbill that they source from Canada. The SRP is $50 or about $25-$30 less than the 10 yr. Let's dive into it to see if it's any good: On the palette it's a little thin but smooth. Initially it's sweet with caramel and bananas with a hint of ginger. Mid palette gets spicy with a lot of pepper and slight cinnamon. Finish is short and a bit sharp with more the pepper note. Now it's not a bad Rye. It's easy to drink and smooth until the finish. I would recommend this as more of a cocktail rye versus a neat sipper. $50 for a cocktail Rye is a bit steep in my opinion so I personally would pass on a bottle. Cheers all!
    10.0 USD per Pour
    Harrah's Lake Tahoe
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