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All ratings have cost factored in. Any rating under 3.5 is an hard avoid. 3.5 rating not a re-buy unless heavily discounted. 3.75 rating equals a rebuy under the right circumstances. 4.0 and above rating equals rebuy.

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  1. Bulleit Bourbon Blenders’ Select No. 001

    Bourbon — Kentucky , USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    They say that Four Roses is the distiller behind Bulliet, and I can definitely see the Four Roses DNA here, but if you think this is simply one of the FR products under a different label, it does exhibit some distinctions. Read on... On the nose getting cream soda, apple, barrel spices, mixed cocktail of citrus zest, and a hint of cedar. Palate opens with vanilla custard and ripe plum, leading to cinnamon and charcoal in the mid-palate. Flavors have a decent amount of richness. Not the most complex, but what's here is nice. Finishes with spicy peppercorn, oak, and cherry cough drop. Finish is enjoyably long for the proof. Mouthfeel is soft and delicate even when the palate isn't. Overall I enjoyed it and found this to be tasty, but at $50 there are better options available. Misses the 4.0 re-buy rating on price; would have made it if it was $35.
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Rossville Union Master Crafted Straight Rye

    Rye — Indiana , USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Almost impossible to find in my area, scoring the only bottle of this at a random little mom and pop liquor store was quite the coup. Let’s dive in: Nose of fresh cut grass, ginger, herbs, eucalyptus, dill, honey Graham cracker, pepper, and buttered biscuit. Palate features honey, mint, white pepper, and what I would call “cooking spices”, meaning thyme, basil, sage, and rosemary. Make no mistake this sucker is no 51% “Kentucky Rye”; herbaceous to the core without straying into medicine territory (no small feat) Flavors pop to the point that this one punches above its weight class. Finish is a surprisingly long blast of hot rye spice and cinnamon, morphing into cooling menthol. Mouthfeel is grainy. Being a fan of herbal ryes this one hit the right notes for me. Nothing that moves the earth here, just really good MGP 95/5 rye. You can tell that MGP saved some of the best stuff for themselves, as this is easily distinguishable from the ubiquitous expressions that flood the market under different labels. At $42, it’s a win and a rebuy.
    42.0 USD per Bottle
  3. Knob Creek 12 Year

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose is complex with dried Fuji apple, spearmint, prune, pine, chocolate, and blueberry. On the palate opens with caramel, cinnamon, clove, anise, and a general yet subtle kind of nuttiness like what you’d find in pine nuts as opposed to the “peanut funk” like some JB products. Finish: Oh the finish! Prune, barrel char, pepper, more anise, and oak. Medium length but the blend is divine. Mouthfeel is full and oily. 100 proof makes itself known with a pleasant mouth tingle. Overall I really enjoyed this. The extra 3 yrs definitely makes itself known in all sorts of ways. Even my bourbon hating wife loves this. At $56, a definite rebuy.
    56.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    2019 release 64.65% (129.3 proof) Powerful and ultra complex nose of Charleston Chew candy, golden raisin, date, fig, plum, tobacco, leather, sea salt, pepper, cedar, alfalfa, and bubblegum (but not just any bubblegum Bazooka Joe specifically) Yes all those are actually detectable; the aromas are distinct and easy to pick out. Probably one of the most complex noses I have ever huffed. What’s almost hilariously absent in the nose is “cinnamon”, “barrel spices”, and “char” standard aromas found in a million other bourbons. RICH flavor. The bourbon equivalent of eating an entire chocolate cake. So. Much. Caramel. Underneath that, you have all the flavors in the nose above with the fruits (date, fig, plum) and tobacco standing out. Praline, cumin, tamarind and a bit of umami taste in the mid-palate which is just crazy. “Decadent” comes to mind. Finish is super long; everything in the front palate just sort of carries on along with some heat without changing much which is a feature not a bug when you have something this intricate. Maybe a wisp of dark chocolate once all the other flavors and heat have faded. Delicious. Full, viscous, creamy mouthfeel. I paid 129.99 retail on this because it may be my only chance to ever score a bottle. Was it worth it? While I have had other 5 star bourbons for less, I still can’t help but feel I got my money’s worth. It’s that good. Not sure I’d drop that much change again, but if I walked away from another chance to buy a bottle I’d definitely be sad.
    130.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Elijah Craig Small Batch

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Yet another store pick from Elijah Craig, mostly going to focus on the difference between this pick and the standard offering. (Standard disclaimer that this review is primarily for my own records and most likely completely useless to those outside the Phoenix, AZ area) Total Wine and More pick Barrel 5589802 Rickhouse T, Floor 6, 9 yr age Nose on this one is killer; Lemonhead’s candy, and a big spice bouquet (allspice, ginger, and clove) that makes you want to dive right in. Some sweetness underneath but spices steal the show. On the palate this one is a like hot caramel bomb. Initial taste of Rollo’s candy followed by barrel spices and char, and ending with an oaky finish. Flavors richer, more integrated, and flow more smoothly from one flavor to next over the standard fare which I feel is too astringent on the finish. One of the better EC picks I have had. Been slurping this down like water since I bought it. A rebuy at the standard TW pricing of $32.
    32.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Whistlepig 10 Year Straight Rye

    Rye — (bottled in) Vermont, Canada

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Medium strength aroma featuring a berry and apple fruitiness that is close to the smell of Fruity Pebbles cereal, honey, orange, pine, cedar, and green tea. Ethanol does singe the nostrils if you get too close. Full flavored on the palate. Honey, vanilla, and caramel upfront followed by basil, mint, and herbal tea in the mid, leading to a long peppery finish. Make no mistake; that 100% rye makes it's presence known; this sucker is hot. After the pepper and heat fade, when you think there's nothing else to be had, there's a whisper of the berry fruitiness found in the nose which I really loved. Especially viscous mouthfeel for 100 proof. Overall, unique and quite delicious. Haven't tasted this profile in any of the other rye's I have sampled. At $70 hard to call this a great value, but it sure doesn't suck.
    70.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye Barreled In 2010

    Rye — USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    127 proof release. A primarily fruit forward nose with orange zest, peach, and apple along with some nutmeg, graham cracker and savory buttered corn. A faint hint of ethanol underneath, but hey it’s 127 proof, what do you want? Strangely absent are the candied sugar and herbal notes found in many other ryes. On the palate things get much more interesting; opens with the orange zest from the nose which becomes more of an orange peel, some charred meat, pecans, and barely sweet British scone, leading to hot cinnamon bears candy in the mid-palate. Finishes with cracked black peppercorn and mature oak tannin before re-finishing again with sort of a sweet cream note. The whole experience has a rich, savory quality and the flavors blend from one another seamlessly. A great ride. Mouthfeel is of medium density and a little on the grainy side. Overall very enjoyable expression of a high proof “Kentucky Rye”. Definitely closer to a high rye bourbon. Those looking for a more herbal profile should look elsewhere. At $64, it’s hard to call this a “great value” but certainly you get what you pay for here.
    64.0 USD per Bottle
  8. New Riff Kentucky Straight Rye Bottled In Bond

    Rye — Kentucky , USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    On the nose lemongrass, pepper, and ginger. It’s not the strongest aroma but a complete lack of ethanol on the nose allows you to get your nose deep in there. Palate opens with Graham cracker and shortbread sweetness, transitioning to ginger in the mid-palate before finishing with white pepper and a good amount of rye spice. Flavors have decent depth and richness. Finish is a shade over medium length, and it has a nice oily mouthfeel. Overall a solid rye with no major flaws. Proof point matches the flavors well. Bonus points for value as ryes of this quality are pretty hard to find at a $40 price point.
    40.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B519

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    On the nose is a pleasing array of toffee, leather, orange peel, date, and fig. Palate: WOW. Liquid cake batter/frosting up front. Cinnamon sugar peanuts and orange zest in the mid-palate. Prickly heat on the backend but it’s a feature not a bug and in no way overwhelms the flavor. The difference between what I got in the aroma and on the palate is very striking although not bad in any way. Finish is primarily oak and candied nut, which comes in nicely as the other flavors are fading and is of satisfying length. On the whole a nicely integrated and balanced experience. Mouthfeel is viscous. Overall fantastic and much better than the last ECBP batch I had. I think the lower proof actually worked to good advantage here, giving the flavor a chance to shine. Considering I got this for just a shade over $50 makes this just a fantastic value.
    51.0 USD per Bottle
  10. Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch 13

    Bourbon — Kentucky , USA

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    So I must say I had zero intentions on doing a separate review of Batch 13 when I had already reviewed the now infamous Batch 12. (See that review for full tasting notes) “Pffft. The difference between the two is probably imperceptible!” I said. After tasting them on back to back nights, well, what can I say...I was wrong. Bourbon community, you really know your stuff on this one; Batch 12 is the bomb. But what of Batch 13? Batch 13, while still very much Stagg Jr, is fruiter, spicer, and with WAY more barrel char and way less brown sugar/molasses. Is it still delicious? You bet. Still worth the money? Most definitely. Am I buying Batch 14? The moment I can get my hands on it.
    59.0 USD per Bottle
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