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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. IronRoot Harbinger "I'm Your Huckleberry" Bourbon Charity Pick

    Bourbon — Texas, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    So a few months ago I was given the opportunity to meet with the owners and master distiller by one of the members of the Arizona Whiskey Community. I have long been a supporter of IronRoot (as any of you who follow will know) so I was very excited at the prospect. Upon arrival at the Distillery and chatting with Jonathon and Robert we quickly moved to the aging warehouse were I proceeded to taste 15 barrels or so. The range of what they distill is incredible! At the end of the tasting adventure Jonathon (Master Distiller) tells me he will bottle anything I want straight from the barrel. I chose a 3 year old 100% Oaxacan Green Corn Mashbill aged in a #1 char and heavy toast barrel. Having a Bourbon created from such a unique heirloom corn created a wonderful profile. I took the bottle home to Arizona and shared it with my friend and founder of the Bourbon Charity. After a dram or two I suggested that we take this barrel and use it to raise money for Charity. Things progressed quickly and culminated in a 24 hr sell out of the barrel. Each bottle was priced at $59.99 with $20/bottle going to charity! Amazing! Now that you have the background let's dive into the tasting: Upon entry you are hit with a big punch of toffee popcorn, butterscotch and candy corn. Mid palate adds toasted oak and wood spice with a satisfying jalapeno cornbread finish. Lovely dram that defies it's age! Cheers all and stay safe in these uncertain times!
    59.99 USD per Bottle
    Ironroot Republic Distilling
  2. Hochstadter's Family Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey

    Rye — Canada

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I love the standard issue Hochstadter's vatted rye so this one had always peaked my interest! A few weeks back the most active member of the Arizona Whiskey Community @Hupperware graciously provided me a sample after a successful hunt (BTAC may have been slayed)... Thanks to this sample I bought the bottle and boy is it outstanding... Let's dive in... It enters very oily... Wonderful mouthfeel with a blast of toffee, toasted oak, baking spices and a hint of spearmint.... Vanilla, clove, cinnamon, pipe tobacco and oak dominate the mid palate... Plums and and dried berries compliment oak and baking spices for a long finish! Truly wonderful. This is as good as Rye Whiskey gets... Booker's Big Time Batch included... Cheers all..
    199.99 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  3. Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    The second break even bottle put out by one of my local establishments! The White Rabbit Speakeasy out in Gilbert AZ is killing it with these offerings! This a great example of a pricey Whisky ($299) that I would not typically buy or buy a retail pour on so this was a great opportunity. Taking a 23 yr old Scotch and finishing it in a Champagne cask doesn't sound like a great idea to me to be honest, so I was definitely skeptical. However, for $9.50/oz I was definitely willing to try it.... Let's dive in: For 40 ABV it's got a lovely mouthfeel and is very rich. Crisp Fuji apples and salted toffee leads. Mid palate introduces milk chocolate and cinnamon spiced pears. Just lovely. An array of wood spice, white grapes and a dash of clove on a lengthy finish. Sweet but not too sweet. This is one of those drams that you would have a hard time putting down! Now for $299 is it worthwhile? Honestly if that's within you personal budget I would say absolutely! Cheers all!
    9.5 USD per Shot
    The White Rabbit Bar
  4. Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Whenever I purchase a really hyped Bourbon I always feel that a great equalizer is tasting it against some good competition to see how it fares. Last night I conducted a tasting of this dram vs Rock Hill Farms and the standard Elmer T Lee. Below are the results: 1st Place - ETL 100. It's got a velvety mouth feel with lots of vanilla, toffee and maple syrup notes up front. Then you get berries and some fig notes leading to wood spice/toasted oak driven finish with a dash of cinnamon. It lingers on the tongue. Really well executed. 2nd Place - Rock Hill Farms (2018 Bottle). Rich butterscotch, toffee and vanilla. Hint of tobacco precedes a medium to long finish that features maple syrup and oak. The oak takes over here and hints at some good age. This is certainly oakier than the Elmer 100. Very good and worth hunting. 3rd Place - ETL (2019 Bottle) It's a bit thin in comparison to the other two and definitely a much simpler Bourbon. Sweet with lots of vanilla and brown sugar. Orange Peel and slight cinnamon spice with some oak on the finish. Medium to short finish. All in all at or close to retail ($35-$40) it's a nice Bourbon but not worth much over retail. Cheers All!
    82.99 USD per Bottle
    Scottsdale Fashion Square
  5. Belle Meade Bourbon Honey Cask Finish

    Bourbon — (bottled in) Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Reviewing the 2019 release (111.8 proof) So what exactly is all the hype about? Let's dive into what's in the bottle: Belle Meade gave used 11 year Belle Meade single barrel bourbon barrels to Trubee Honey. Trubee Honey filled these bourbon barrels with local wildflower honey, and after dumping the honey, returned the barrels to Belle Meade. Belle Meade then refilled the barrels with 11 year old high rye bourbon (30% rye) again and let them rest for a few months before finally bottling the bourbon. So what does it taste like? Let's dive in: It enters hot and very thick and mouthcoating! The rich natural honey sweetness is immediately evident with a vanilla and cinnamon a fast follow. A big array of baking spices follow with honey in the background it's a lovely combination of sweet and spice with a good amount of heat. A very decadent experience! Very unique and a perfect desert dram. Cheers all!
  6. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A120

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I'm going to make a premature proclamation, this will be crowned Whiskey of the year 2020 by numerous publications/competition's. The members of the Arizona Whiskey Community are probably tired of hearing me sing it's praises but this Bourbon is the truth! I've pitted against 8 of my favorite Barrel Proof Bourbon's and only George T Stagg has prevailed. Put simply, this is the best ECBP since the old label! Let's dive into the tasting: This one is big and brash. Mouthcoating with an oily texture. Lovely butterscotch bomb with brown sugar and an array of baking spices. A healthy dose of oak and long vanilla and dark chocolate finish with oak spices lingering on the tongue forever! This is what a proper barrel proof Bourbon should be like! Outstanding! If you see it buy 2! Cheers all!
    42.99 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  7. Port Charlotte MRC:01 2010

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Shout out to @barrelraised for sharing a pour of this one yesterday! I am a big fan of all things Laddie so getting an opportunity to try what I hoped would rival the Octomore releases is something I was excited to try! Let's dive into the specifics of what's in the bottle: Bottled at 59.2% 8000 bottles 100% Scottish barley from the Inveness Region Age stated at 7 years old 40ppm First-fill ex-bourbon casks and second-fill French wine casks before coming together for a finish of a year in the ‘finest’ red wine casks from the Bordeaux region Let's dive into the tasting: It's got a really mouthcoating entry and a wonderful mouthfeel. Initial notes are an array of grilled fruits with BBQ smoke and Ash. Some saline notes. Mid palate adds cherry and toffee with a spice and peat filled finish. A hint of some iodine. Drinks really quite easily considering the big proof. In conclusion, is it good? Yes it's very good. Is it worth almost double of what you would pay for the Port Charlotte 10? No, in this instance it's not a great value but a damn fine dram. 3.75/5
  8. George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2019)

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Finally popped this bad boy last night and pitted off against my current favorite Bourbon the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A120 and Stagg Jr Batch 12 (the batch supposedly better than this)... It was a lot of fun! Before we dive into the notes some details on this one: 58.45% abv 116.9 Proof (lowest ever for a GTS) 15 years, 4 Months Old Let's dive into the results and notes: 1) GTS 2019 - closer than expected but it's complexity and wonderful mouthfeel and finish make it a winner. It's packed with notes of fudge, vanilla, leather, cherries and mature oak. Definitely not the GTS we have come to expect but a much more restrained but ultimately rewarding experience. 2) ECBP A120 - this one is in the early running for Bourbon of the year under $70. It's hands down the best ECBP batch in recent memory. Unlike the GTS this one is big and brash. Lovely butterscotch bomb with brown sugar and an array of baking spices. A healthy dose of oak and long vanilla and dark chocolate finish. 3) Stagg Jr 132.3 (Batch 12) the 2019 AWC Bourbon of the year finishes last and honestly is a pretty big step down from the ECBP IMO. A great Stagg Jr batch but it can't match the boldness, finish or depth of the ECBP. It's still fantastic just in very elite company here Cheers All
    114.0 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  9. 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
  10. 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
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