Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: Sweet dark fruit and brown sugar, some leathery musk, a hint citrus in the effervescent tip of the nose. Taste: Cherry, leather, the body (not smoke) of a cigar, nutmeg, cinnamon, with a long finish that leaves a heat in the front of your mouth. Experience: it's a lounge in a glass. Cigars, cocktail cherries, and a dancer's kiss, all wrapped in alcohol and leather. This is a good one boys, it's a bourbon's bourbon (if that means anything.) It should hold up to rocks if you like and should be on the shelf next to EH Taylor, Booker's, and the such.
Journeyman Distillery Featherbone Organic Bourbon
Bourbon — Michigan, USATastedNose: Vanilla, apple, dusty metal. Taste: More vanilla taking a tart woody bitter turn then ending with metal or bloody lip. Experience: Icecream after splitting your lip on the baseball field, sweet but hard to enjoy with all the dust and metal in your mouth.
Koval Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Illinois, USATastedNose: Chocolate, orange peel, caramels, burnt marshmallows. It's like a fruity burnt smore. Taste: hints of caramel and sour apples, with a strong cereal or cake batter body ending very quickly in a smokey citrus. Experience: I've never eaten fruit with s'mores, or even by a campfire at all. But that is the direction it takes. It's not a bad ride, but a short one for sure. The proof feels lower than it is.
Bourbon — Illinois, USATastedNose: Dirt, pear, apple, dry bread crust. Taste: dried fruits, pepper, cola burn but without the sweetness. Experience: snacking on a bag of dried fruit on a hot summer day driving down a dusty road. I can't get my head around just how dusty and farm-like this whiskey is, the high rye keeps it from feeling like most bourbon but it doesn't taste like a rye that much either. I would love to see what a few more years does to this.
Bulleit 12 Year Rye
Rye — Indiana, USATastedNose: oh boy, this is why I love rye. Eucalyptus, baking soda, pixie sticks, vanilla, dusty herbs, cotton candy, strawberry. A full nose if you take the time to look. Taste: cotton candy (including the finish it falls right off), citrus zest, herbal spice, ending with dirty earth. Experience: walking through a herb and citrus garden while sipping sweat tea. Sweet and earth notes mingle with a herbal undertone. Note: this is the classic Bulleit rye turned up. If you like the base offering you'll like this a bit more, if you don't like the base this will not change your mind. Let this open up or go back to it after opening and using the bottle, at first I was disappointed by how close to the standard rye it is, but after a week or so I found the complexity that the younger brother lacks.
George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2018)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: deep dark cherry, damp wood, raw leather, vanilla, dark chocolate, smoked bbq. Taste: hot, deep, sticky and sweet. Like a Kentucky summer bbq, plenty of cherry, chard wood, rich chocolate, with a spicy finish. Experience: A piece of chocolate cherry cake at a summer bbq. Notes: the 2018 is fantastic. I personally like the 2017 more but it is still so good. The notes are not that unique but what it does it does the best.
Joseph Magnus Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana (Finished and Bottled in Washington DC), USATastedNose: cherries, cigar ash, wet leather, licorice (red and black), pepper, and crushed mint leaves. Taste: nutmeg, clove, , leather, bitter sweet dark chocolate, a full body cigar, and burnt sugar. Experience: Muted luxury. Dark chocolate, leather seats, big bookshelves, a thick and deep experience, not a flash in the pan. It's not a gold watch but a leather couch. Not a Lamborghini but a custom Land Rover. Money made from having a better product than anyone else, not investing in bit coin. What I am trying to get at is it's not sweet or flashy but deep and well made. Lots to find if you care to take your time but none of it will impress your friends unless they know what to look for. I'll admit I was not expecting as much as I got. This is a fantastic example of why new distillers should be spending less time worrying about pure Bourbon and more time experimenting with finishes.
Jefferson's Very Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedGoing back to the start of my whiskey journey. This was a daily drinker for me years back. after not having it for over 2 years, here I am giving it another go. Nose: nuttier than I remember, pepper, corn meal, sliiiight dried fruit or vanilla. Taste: Dry and earthy for a Bourbon, hard caramels, the type your grandma might keep in her purse, and cornbread. Unfortunately this does not hold up neat as well as it did to a cube of ice with some bitters and a pinch of sugar. So if you need a mellow base for a cocktail this will do in a pinch. But as a solid pour, not so much.26.0 USD per Bottle
Pikesville Straight Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedNose: Sweet vanilla, cinnamon spice, pastry batter, tobacco. Taste: Cinnamon sugar, vanilla frosting, nutmeg, leather. Experience: Waking up late on a Saturday to hot cinnamon rolls.
Redbreast 12 Year Cask Strength
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedNose: Buttered Biscuit, marmalade, honey, crackers, jam, and dried cherries, light wood. Taste: Jam on toast, fruit, heat and baking spices with a wood finish. Experience: A picnic. It is a nice day the sun is out but it isn't hot and the breeze is perfect, you pack up some unsalted butter, fresh soda bread or biscuits, some jams and cheeses and a bottle of sherry. Mix it all together and you'll have a grand time, just like with this whiskey.70.0 USD per Bottle