Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond 7 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted December 27, 2021Our Christmas family get together is to be on New Years Day. We are a family of bourbon lovers and all like to try the hard to find and different bottlings. This is to be one our selections and I am airing it out. The Old 6 year white label was a favorite of ours and we were quite disappointed when it disappeared. We were anxious to taste the soon to be 7 years bib but it was not to be released in Kentucky. Took me a couple years but I found one in travels through Georgia. From a pricing stand point, this has been placed above Henry McKenna 10 yr bib so the bar has been set pretty high. For the record the one year of extra age quadrupled the price , from $13 to $55. I tried it a couple of years ago and though it good but took no notes, just enjoyed. I no longer have any 6year white but I am tasting it against the 6 year 90 proof and I do love it. Let's dig in. Boy is it tight. A half hour an hour in, I slip a small cube in since I usually drink this one this way. The nose pops. Vanilla and corn sweetener lead the way. Let it melt and there is that brown sugar caramel I love. Dark fruit and baking spices are a layer down. It's a tad more intense than the green and aromas pretty much identical. The ethanol comes forward on the tongue and the body is thick and chewy, way different from green. The flavors are true to the nose but the 7 has a vegetal note creeping in. I find better balance in the green. Green has a short oakey finish. 7 is hot and lasts, there's the oak! I'm thinking Henry McKenna now. Verdict. This one's tough. I like them both but lean to the subtleness of the green. I love the mouth feel of the 7. McKenna kinda gives both. At $55 I'm disappointed but it's very good. Based on the green at 13, this one should be $20-25 but those days are gone and I am glad to live in KY where green is still available on occasion.55.0 USD per Bottle
Bushmills 21 Year Single Malt
Single Malt — Northern IrelandTasted December 23, 2021Several years ago, we took a trip through Ireland and visited the Bushmills distillery. It was a fun tour especially seeing the Wild Turkey barrels in the warehouse. I quipped that the reason that Bushmills was so good was because it was aged in WT barrels. The guide got me back later saying bourbon wasn't particularly good to consume but the old barrels were great to age Irish whiskey. We tried several Irishes on that trip with Redbreast 12 being my favorite. I searched in vain for Bushmills 21 the rest of the trip. A year later I found one in an ABC store in Florida. Dusted of the box today and decided to air it out for the family for Christmas. This is a 2016 vintage bottle and if you can believe it, I got it for $109. The nose is absolutely decadent, tropical fruits and honey lead the way. Mango, guava and citrus are all there, Just a touch of coconut and a lemon honey note. It evolves nicely and there is allways something new. I know to search for the WT spice notes and think they might be there. Taste elements are true but honey is in the lead. It's subtle on the tongue and no heat The body is disappointing, quite thin and it's difficult to get a tongue coat. 90-100 proof would have made this a far better experience. Nosing a spirit is my favorite part and this one excels in that department. The palate is quite good but the body and finish a bit short for me. Last night, I had Redbreast 12 and it had a much better mouth feel and finish. But Bushmills 21 surely has the nose.109.0 USD per Bottle
Old Mcbrayer bottled in bond
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted December 15, 2021Just got my bottles and couldn't wait to taste it. Due to a pick up snafu, my bottles were delivered by no less than Bill himself. Had a nice visit and learned that the bourbon came from orphan barrels produced at Bardstown Bourbon. It's bib with a 72c 18r 10mb mashbill put up just over 4 years ago. 850 bottles produced. Light honey in color. Tears form and drop quickly in a glencairn. Off the neck, the nose is very shy. Given half an hour, it starts to open. Traditional bourbon notes on the nose with little complexity. Sweet corn leads the way and after a while there is some nice caramel. Once it's as open as it's going to get the nose is rich yet simple. The last .25 ounce is most enjoyable on the nose. The palate again is rather simple. The sweet corn is there and a touch of fruitiness in a caramel apple way. It's thin in the mouth and finish is short with a bitter end that says it needed more time in the barrel. I am very happy to have gotten a couple of bottles but this is only slightly above average overall. I do believe that it is telling us that Bardstown Bourbon is continuing to improve as it ages.65.0 USD per Bottle
New Riff Balboa Rye
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted December 12, 2021So I took a trip to Newport today and among others things stopped at New Riff hoping to fin some winter whiskey. No luck but the lady in the gift shop suggested I try the Balboa Rye. It's 95%Balboa rye and 5% malted rye. Distilled, aged and bottled in Newport. At least 4 years old This one has a deep amber color. A swirl leaves a thick coat on the glass and legs are slow to form. Oh what a nose! It's lemon dill forward and a light caramel background. I sniffed it for nearly an hour before I tasted it. It does not evolve much but the dill becomes more pronounced and the lemon fades a bit. It's a touch hot as you roll it on the palate and it numbs the roof of my mouth. No doubt it's great for a sore throat. First taste, dill leads the way and there's a nice black pepper finish and boy does it last. A couple sips later and I get caramel and citrus.The peppery back end persists. (Did I mention that fabulous nose). There's a chewy mouth feel and the finish really goes. Love that black pepper. This is a neck pour so it may be different in a couple weeks. When at my son's for Thanksgiving, I found the last two ounces of The Winter Whiskey from last year's bottle. Wow that was fabulous and I expect this one to get better too.50.0 USD per Bottle
Bardstown Bourbon Co. Ferrand Finish
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted December 4, 2021Up front, I will say that as much as I want to like Bardstown Bourbon's product some how they fall short. I have tried them at their restaurant but never sprung for a bottle. Their products are too young for my tastes even when blending with older brands that I truly enjoy. This bottle came through a bourbon club to a friend that offered up a taste after Thanksgiving. With my biases on display I find the nose a tad hot but nice caramel, oak and nutmeg on display. There is a green apple fruitiness as well. On the palate, I get more of a nuttiness with the caramel. The body is a tad light and the oakey finish could be a bit longer. My quandary with this (and other BBC products) is the pricing. This is a good bourbon but not outstanding and when someone shells out $125 on a bottle it should at least be near outstanding.
Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana, USATasted November 28, 2021Cocktail night in St Pete and my son has been holding out on me. This was his contribution to the party. Incredibly rich and complex nose, Butterscotch, green apples, nutmeg all easily discernible. I consider finished bourbons as in the "cheater class" as they are not pure bourbon. This one is done in such a way as not to be obvious. The Cognac, Armagnac and Sherry sit in the background and do not overwhelm a young bourbon to make it taste- wait for it- like bourbon. Well done Magnus, the finishing is well integrated. Great barrel and rye flavors lead on the palate. The body is rich and chewy. I like it neat or with a cube, the ethanol lets you know it's there but drinks more like a mid ninety proof until you stop talking to the crowd and take a step. This was the hit of the evening but we're not finished yet. Not sure I can properly critique the next. Frank has Bardstown Bourbon's latest collaboration up next. It's already been a great evening.
Remus Repeal Reserve Series V Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana , USATasted November 28, 2021Now we're talking. Second up tonight is Remus V. Best single word description is rich. I prefer this to IV but it's fairly close to III. There's butterscotch and note of nutmeg, Vanilla and green apple. Can you spell c-o-m-p-l-e-x and great balance. The palate follows through with these flavors and then a long lasting finish with dry oak. Highly recommended!
Old Elk Infinity Blend
Bourbon — Colorado/Kentucky, USATasted November 28, 2021One of the offerings at the cocktail party. I hear it's expensive but I am not impressed. The nose is muted and I notice high rye fragrances that missed the mark. There's freshly mowed grass and a vegetal element but the nose is shy and the body thin. Bitter leads the way on the palate and carries into the finish. I'm not liking this one.
Walking Stick Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted November 27, 2021This is the last of our tastings for Thanksgiving. The bottle showed up at my sons and no one seems to know where it came from? Of those we have tasted, Noble Oak and Crittenden's A Cut Above were the crowd pleasers and on in the bottom half of pricing. Pinhook Bourbon Heist was at the bottom followed closely by Stellum Cygnus and both were in the upper half of pricing. Also tasted were Dickel 8 yr, Huling Station small batch blend, Smoke Wagon Haloween Limited, Chatanooga 111 and Balcones Rye. So how about this one? In a word bland. Maybe I burned out my tastes buds through the week but the turkey soup at lunch sure was good. The nose is very tight even after a couple drops of water. There's a bit of barrel vanilla and some vegetal rye. Not much more. There's a touch of caramel on the palate and zero finish. But there is no noticeable alcohol. I've had worse but mostly better and I certainly would not buy at any price. Just announced an impromptu cocktail party. The street has been closed of and everyone is to bring their favorite bottle to share! Stay tuned.
George Dickel Bourbon 8 Year
Bourbon — Tennessee, USATasted November 27, 2021Straight forward and simple. It screams bourbon. Let it sit a few minutes on ice and the generous nose gives you buttered caramel corn. There's a brown sugar maple in there as well. At eight years, I was hoping for more complexity but it's hard to find. The palate shows a touch of baking spice but the body is thin. Goes oakey on the finish but could last longer. I will continue to pay $5-10 more for the bib releases.35.0 USD per Bottle