High West Double Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USATastedI am reviewing a Private Selection variety aged in Boulaverdier Casks for an additional 17 months. ABV is 50.4%. Paid $39.99. In essence what this is a higher proof Yipee Kiya for less $! Upfront it's bursting with red fruits, vanilla and butterscotch. On the mid palatte the spice kicks in as a wonderful compliment. Close and a hint of cinnamon. The finish is long and sweet. A really lovely Rye. If you see one I highly recommend it. While not quite as good as the Midwinter Dram it's half the price and not too far off.
Whistlepig 10 Year Straight Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Vermont, CanadaTastedLovely Rye. This is my favorite rye. It's soo darn smooth. Spicy but not overbearing. Some slight sweetness. It's a sin not to drink this Dram neat. Wonderful stuff
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
Canadian — Manitoba, CanadaTastedSmooth for sure. Complex it is not. If you are trying to get into rye whiskey, this is a good one to try. Of you have a more developed pallette, this won't do for you. It's just nice and easy to drink Sometimes that is enough! The best way to describe it is a.poor man's Sazerac at the same price point!
Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2016-01 “Booker’s Bluegrass”
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedPaid $49.99 @ Costco in Jan 2017. Bought 2 bottles and regret not buying more. This in my opinion is the best batch of Booker's in years. Probably since Big Man Small Batch. So big, rich, oily, sweet and spicy all in one beautiful Bourbon. It is a tad hot and I found myself enjoying this batch with ice. My typical preference is near but find this one improves with mineral water or ice. If you happen to be insanely lucky and find this batch, buy it.
Booker's Bourbon Batch 2017-02 "Blue Knights Batch"
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedPaid $59.99 @ BevMo. This is an odd batch in my opinion. The main reason being it's the least complex Booker's I have had to date. It's more spicy than sweet. It's pretty smooth for Booker's. I'm fact it's greatest stregth may be that it's the easiest Booker's btach to drink I have had. If that pleases you, pick it up. If like me, you are a Booker's junkie and like the heat and complexity, skip this batch. Go for the "Off Your Rocker" or " Tommy's" batches. Both are much much better
Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedPaid $49.99 at TW. 131.9 proof. Latest Batch This is one of the Bourbon's I hoard. I have had every batch since batch 6 and find them all exceptional. This one may well be the best batch yet. Sweet vanilla and caramel upon entry. Clove and baking spice on the mid palatte but not overwhelming. Lovely oak and butterscotch on the finish. Long finish at that. What is remarkable is at this proof it's very drinkable. In fact I have yet to add any water or ice. it's just lovely neat. You of course do have some nice burn but it's all in the chest. I have 3 bottles of this batch and am looking for more. Instant buy.
W.L. Weller Special Reserve
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI am torn with this Bourbon. On the one hand, for the $16 I paid for it, it's a remarkable value. Smooth, sweet and goes down so easy. At that price point it's an amazing buy. Here is the rub, it's incredibly hard to find. When you do find it is typically marked up to $50+. At the price it's a horrendous value. Not close to a $50 bourbon. In short, if you get luck like I have and find it MSRP, buy it. If not, pass Everytime. Don't buy into the whole poor man's Pappy hype. It's not close to that. It's also far too hot for a 90 proofer
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedPaid $33.99 @ Costco on 3/18 This is the standard when it comes to readily available Bourbon under $50. Upon entry it's somewhat sweet with vanilla, caramel and baking spices. On the mid pallette you get hit with a clove swell and some oak and tobacco notes. The finish is long with vanilla and sweet oak returning and some very mild spice. Such a complex pour for the price. Sip this one neat, no water or ice needed! 4.5/5
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedBatch A117. 127.5 Proof. Paid $63.99 This is what Bourbon is all about. Vanilla, oak, toffee, nuts and caramel. Remarkable achievement. It is hot as the proof suggests but yet drinkable neat. Sip slow and you will be rewarded. Water didn't help much in my opinion. If you see it buy it. It is becoming rather difficult to find.
Widow Jane Bourbon
Bourbon — New York, USATastedThis is the Bourbon that made stop searching for Blanton's. It has a richer profile and is actually smoother if you can believe it. In addition it's age stated at 10 years and a single barrel. It's worth the $69.99 price I paid. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, leather and tobacco are all throughout. An exceptional finish showcases oak and old leather. In short, I love this Bourbon!