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  1. OKI Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey Aged 10 years

    Bourbon — Distilled in Indiana, Bottle in Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    After another successful fundraiser we decided to crack a fine Bourbon at the Bourbon Charity! Unfortunately while this is definitely tasty, there really isn't too much special about it.... It's pretty thin and lacks complexity.... Vanilla and Brown sugar are offset by some big spice notes on the finish... Nice but definitely not worth hunting or paying over the odds! Cheers All!
    Bourbon Charity
  2. Michter's 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2018 Release)

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of my local bar's that's better known for craft cocktails decided to do a breakeven bottle and boy did they pick a great one! At 22/oz it was an absolute no brainer to grab a pour! To my surprise when I got there I realized it was the 2018 release versus what I expected to be the 2019 release. It was bottle 280 out of 463 and retails for $700 (secondary is around $2,500). We know it has a low entry proof of 103 (hence the low cask strength proof of 114.2) it's sourced from KY and is age stated at 20 yrs old. Let's dive in... It's really mouthcoating and oily... Big vanilla, toffee, cherries and plums upfront... Complex and proper Bourbon notes... Mature oak and old leather creep into the mid palate with baking spices... Long finish is all oak and caramel with some wood spice... Right at the tail end it's a tad drying... At no point did I even feel the proof... It's so well balanced and executed. In summary, this is one of the very best I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Cheers all!
    22.0 USD per Pour
    The White Rabbit Bar
  3. Redemption Barrel Proof 10 Year Straight Rye (2017 Edition)

    Rye — Indiana, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Late FRyeday Review and it's a good one! This is the Redemption 10 yr Barrel Proof Rye Batch 2 (95/5 MGP sourced)... It's not often these days that you can find a Whiskey that's excellent, available and arguably undervalued.... And that's exactly what we have here! Let's dive in... Upon entry it's viscous and really mouthcoating.. initial notes are toffee and dried dark fruits with some leather in there as well... As you get to the mid palate leather and oak kick in with a dash of pepper and rye spice... finish is lengthy filled with spice, caramel that dark fruit note and oak lingers! Any rye lover I think would really appreciate this one a lot. For comparison I have recently sampled a Willett 10 yr and the Old Carter Rye Batch 1 (both also MGP sourced) and I have to say I prefer this over both of those. Cheers All!
    79.99 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  4. Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt

    Single Malt — Taiwan

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    I'll keep this one fairly short... Is this an acceptable dram? Sure, it was pleasant... Had some really pleasant wood spice that offset the malt notes... Would I pay more than $40 for a bottle? Absolutely not. For a contrast the Glenfiddich 14 is leaps and bounds better IMO. There may be some exceptional Kavalan out there, but this is not it! Cheers All!
    15.0 USD per Pour
    Hundred North Bar & Kitchen
  5. Parker's Heritage Barrel Finished in Orange Curaçao Barrels

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    @Soba45 and I were chatting about this dram a few days back and I told him I'd post a review after trying it at an event I hosted for the Arizona Whiskey Community! As part of the event this dram was being poured for $15/2oz. Great price now let's see if it lives up to the Parker's Heritage name .. It enters with a lovely mouthfeel and initial notes are Classic Bourbon, vanilla, toffee and seasoned oak. You are then quickly smacked with orange marmalade and orange peel. Finish is medium and more of the same with the orange marmalade note dominating the experience. I was surprised when I realized it was 55%abv as it drinks well below that! All in all it's a perfectly acceptable dram but doesn't excel in any way. Unlike the Willett XCF, it lacks the spice backbone to counter act the cask. If you can find it for this price for a pour it's a buy. Id pass on a bottle even if offered one at the $90 retail. Cheers all!
    15.0 USD per Pour
    Hundred North Bar & Kitchen
  6. Hakushu Distiller's Reserve

    Peated Single Malt — Japan

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    The Whisky legend that is @PBMichiganWolverine graciously provided me a sample of this Japanese Whisky. I am a huge fan of the Hakashu 12 so was very intrigued to see how this one held up. This is an NAS version that allegedly contains Whisky as old as 18yrs old.... Let's dive in... It enters pretty softly but with decent body... Fruity notes initially that recede to reveal soft smoke and pine... ginger and grapefruit on the mid palate with a medium smoke and pine filled finish. It's drying and that's where you detect some youth. All in all it's tasty but unfortunately I tasted the Hakashu 12 right after it and this was definitely a significant step down. I'm isolation I'd rate it higher but as is it's slightly above average! Cheers again @PBMichiganWolverine and cheers all!
  7. Willett Exploratory Cask Finish (XCF)

    Rye — Indiana (bottled in Kentucky), USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Quick Hit Review: Mouthfeel - Medium and slightly mouthcoating Palate - Molasses, Pepper, Clove and Orange Peel with a hint of oak Finish - Medium to long with rye spice, orange zest and oak. Pepper lingers on the tongue This is a 7yr old MGP Rye finished for 90 days in Grand Marnier Casks
    30.0 USD per Pour
    Hundred North Bar & Kitchen
  8. Parker's Heritage Promise of Hope

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I had the pleasure of sampling and killing this incredible Bourbon at my local Whiskey Bar! This was the 7th Parker's Heritage Release and boy did Heaven Hill make sure to select the best of the best! Is it really possible that a 10yr old Bourbon bottled at a relatively mild 96 proof be that good? Let's dive in... Upon entry is oily and mouthcoating with a wonderful mix of sweet and spice. Maple syrup, cloves, vanilla and cinnamon all in perfect harmony. Caramel apples and a hint of nuts on the mid palate lead to a decent oak and spice driven finish. It lingers.. To put it simply, this is a quintessential Bourbon! Cheers All!
    16.0 USD per Pour
    Hundred North Bar & Kitchen
  9. Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 15 Year (Fall 2019)

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    I graciously received a 2oz sample over the weekend and was able to do a side by side comparison between it and the open 9yr I had handy. Before we dive into my notes and thoughts a little about the Old Fitzgerald line. It's a twice annual highly allocated release from Heaven Hill Distillery. It features their Wheated Bourbon Mashbill (70% Corn, 20% Wheat and 10% Malted barely) like their Larceny line. It is also designated as Bottled in Bond so therefore comes with an ABV of 50%. This specific release is also age stated at 15yrs, the oldest ever Old Fitz Release with the highest price tag to compliment that! Let's dive in: It enters pretty soft given its age and ABV with very rich notes of butterscotch and burnt brown sugar. Chocolate covered strawberries leads the mid palate with some old leather. The finish is pretty lengthy and dominated by oak and a ton of wood spices. It's very pronounced but I do think it does a nice job of balancing the earlier sweetness. It's not over oaked in my opinion but Heaven Hill should probably stop here and not release a bigger age statement for this expression. In conclusion I think this is a well executed aged Bourbon that strikes me as if Heaven Hill were trying to replicate the Elijah Craig 18 yr profile. This one isn't as good as that nor is it the best Old Fitz they have released (I personally like the 13yr and 9 yr quite a bit more than it). It's still excellent just not outstanding. Cheers all!
    159.0 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  10. Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I hate to harp on this but as per usual the "expert" reviewer had absolutely botched this review up. To even make the statement that the finish "hits you like a 2*4 to remind you it's from the US of A" tells me all I need to know about his credibility. @Mikkel definitely needs to look at who is assigned to review American Whiskey because this bias is pretty prevalent on here and honestly and this point I have no faith in their reviews. Ok, no I am off my high horse! For those of you that have read my reviews I hope trust I am impartial and love Whiskey expressions for all over the globe so here goes a fair review of what is truly an exceptional dram... It enters rich and soft with a pronounced orange marmalade note. Vanilla and cinnamon are layered in with a toasted oak back bone. Mid palette brings some dark red fruit notes... Both dried and fresh... Tobacco and baking spices lead the long finish which brings back more toasted oak. The balance is exceptional. The mouthfeel is exceptional. The Bourbon is unique and exceptional. Cheers all!
    219.0 USD per Bottle
    Bourbon Charity
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