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Arizona Residents join me over at the AZ Whiskey Community Facebook Group! Ratings System: 0-2: Hard Pass On Pour and Bottle 2-3: Maybe on Pour and Pass on Bottle 3-4: Grab a Pour and Maybe on Bottle 4-5: Buy a bottle All ratings factor in cost

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  1. Widow Jane 12 Year Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    I've been wanting to try this one for a while now but could never bring myself to spend $100 on Widow Jane. The 10yr can be bought for under $60 so is 2 yrs of age and a slight bump in ABV really worth the $40 premium? Let's explore what's in the bottle and then dive to the tasting! So what we have here is a 12yr old MGP Sourced Single Barrel. It's brought down to 49.5% ABV using limestone water from the Widow Jane mines (same limestone used to build the Brooklyn Bridge). They don't disclose the Mashbill but based on the taste I am going with the lower Rye Mashbill MGP produces (21% Rye). I am reviewing a Total Wine Pick for the AZ market. Let's dive in... It's enters rich and fairly oily with a big vanilla and burnt brown sugar note with a heavy dose of oak. Baking spices then creep in with cinnamon sugar leading to a decent oak and pepper filled finish. Classic MGP cinnamon roll profile! The sweeter profile you tend to get from MGP Bourbon with this amount of age, and it's definitely tasty In conclusion is it worth the premium on the 10 year? Not entirely but that said $100 for a good 12 yr old MGP barrel is pretty close to market price these days. At cask strength this would be a 4.5/5... At 99 proof and cost factored it's just shy of 4. Cheers all!
    100.0 USD per Bottle
    Bourbon Charity
  2. Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A120

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I've always been a fan of the standard issue Larceny... For around $18 it's an inoffensive easy sipper... So when Heaven Hill announced this release ofcourse I was curious! Let's dive into the specifics: Age: 6-8 yrs batch Mashbill: 68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley ABV: 61.5% (Yes Distiller was wrong again... Shocking I know) SRP: $50 (limited availability) Upon entry it's a pretty viscous mouthfeel... Thick caramel, vanilla and brown sugar greet you .... Oak then becomes apparent with a hint of chocolate... The finish is short with a heavy dose of oak and oak spice! Overall, it's a simple and enjoyable pour.... Nothing more! At SRP or close to it it's a solid pick up otherwise pass...
    52.99 USD per Bottle
    GCM Liquor
  3. Peg Leg Porker 12 Year

    Bourbon — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A buddy had this one sitting on his shelf for a long while and finally decided to crack it! I have been itching to try it so was very excited... Before we dive into the notes let's examine what's in the bottle! It's a 12 yr old Dickel sourced Bourbon that's filtered in Hickory charcoal versus Maple Charcoal (the same charcoal used to smoke the pork at the infamous eatery in Nashville)... It's bottled at 46.95% ABV... Let's dive in.. Upon entry you are immediately hit with oak and a dense red fruit note... Dried red fruits drizzled in Vanilla and some toffee.. baking spices follow with orange peel... The finish is a medium length and adds Cocoa to the oak and vanilla... Lovely dram! My one criticism is the ABV screamed to be cask strength! It's definitely up there with the best Dickel distillate I have tasted just a tad tame... Cheers All!
    85.0 USD per Bottle
    Gilbert
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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
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