Rabbit Hole Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATasted September 16, 2022OK, it's good. To pretty darn good. But a little sweet without corresponding spice or depth. Caramel, molasses, coconut, chocolate. Almost like chocolate syrup. Water helps, but even that can't this to a 4.0. The finish is mostly fresh ground black pepper.
John J Bowman Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Virginia, USATasted September 10, 2022Aroma is of cherry and oak. Flavor is like a butterscotch or caramel hard candy. Really fruity with a moment of nuttiness. A good deal of baking spice and some clove. Couple drops of water bring out some chocolate and coffee notes. Thought about Mexican chocolate with the spice. I keep thinking of hard candy and caramels when sipping on this.
Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana (bottled in Nevada), USATasted September 9, 2022This is a great Bourbon. The Aroma is not anything that stands out, but the flavor and finish more than make up for this. Lots of herbaceous notes with some mint, Creamy vanilla and menthal. Lots of fruit just below the surface and a hard candy sweetness that's well balanced with the spice. The finish is the star of the show. One sip, well over a minute and your still in the moment. A few drops of water add both length and depth while maintaining the balance. So glad that I spotted this on the shelf
Nelson Brothers Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Tennessee, USATasted August 26, 2022Cherry, then apple, oak & corn grain in the Aroma. Very spicy and a touch hot for a 107 proof. Cinnamon, baking spices, a light bread note and finishes like a Fire Ball (candy). Water usually brings out more spice, in this case it brings out more bread, brown sugar and even molasses notes. This is a must add water bottle. Just 3 or 4 drops brings this more into focus. I get a lingering tobacco & molasses flavor. Moments of chocolate and coffee as I work through the glass. This seems to be one that you have to let wash over you. Try as I might, I can't get this to a full 4.0.
Sagamore Spirits 6yr Single Barrel Rye r/Bourbon Select
Rye — Maryland, USA, USATasted August 20, 2022This brand (Sagamore Rye) is one of my favorite Rye's. The barrel strength is one of my favorite bottles and among the most underrated bottles on the market. This is good. It's the baby brother of that item. Great flavor, classic Sagamore. Just the body and finish are toned down. Walk to buy this. Run to buy the barrel strength.
Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 20, 2022I actually drink more ECBP than this expression. Had an opportunity to sit and enjoy this Small Batch version and I was really delighted. I'd say a classic mid-90's proof Bourbon. Lots of caramel with a great deal of fruit notes. A touch sweet, but a couple drops of water helps with some increase spice. Almost a cracker note on the finish. More depth and intrigue vs Woodford or Maker's. I really did enjoy
Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience 8 Year Barrel Proof Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 13, 2022This was a beautiful Bourbon and one I'm blessed to have enjoyed. Bottles no longer available.. Or else I'd have one. Great depth & complexity. 129 proof that brings depth and changes in the glass as you make your way through.
Very Old St. Nick Estate 8 Year Reserve
Bourbon — Bardstown, Kentucky , USATasted August 13, 2022I've toyed with buying this bottle several times. Frankly, glad I didn't. My experience at Preservation is two fold. Their lower proof items are watery and uninspired. The full proof items are worth a visit. Here I get coconut, vanilla, mint & black pepper. But overall, watery with a finish that was lacking. Especially for an 8 year Rye. We've all over watered our glass once or twice and there is no going back. Well, that's this whole bottle.
Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond 7 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 13, 2022Vanilla & caramel dominate with good spice on the palate. More toasty after the water is added. Easy drinking and a bottle I'm pleased to have added to the collection
Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATasted August 13, 2022Was not my jam. Not interesting in the front and falls off the table at the end. Some caramel, vanilla & Willett spice, but not much complexity.