Copper Fiddle Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon — Illinois, USATastedTrash. The nose is uninviting and it doesn’t get any better from there. Gasoline, band-aids, and some awful smokiness. I’d rather drink Malört.
Cream of Kentucky 12.3 Year Old Single Barrel
Bourbon — USATasted12.0 USD per PourGold Eagle Liquors
Wild Turkey Master's Keep Bottled in Bond 17 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedPretty bold on the nose. Cinnamon and cherry, but also a little funky spice, like ginger. A sleeper on the palate... it gets off to a really slow start. For the first second or two, I don’t taste much of anything, just a little warmth, and then it starts to blossom. Stays true to the cherries and brown sugar, but it goes out with a whimper. The finish is shorter and with an herbal oak spice, but not a powerful one. It’s pleasant and has no offensive qualities but I have a hard time with the price tag on this one.17.0 USD per PourGold Eagle Liquors
Eagle Rare 17 Year Bourbon (Fall 2014)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedBeautiful dark copper color. Sweet, citrusy nose... orange? After that, it gets very different. Vanilla, oak... smooth, dry, spicy... no burn to be found anywhere.
Eagle Rare 17 Year Bourbon (Fall 2019)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedDreamy. Nose full of honey, wood, and dark fruit. Don’t stick your nose in the glass, let this one come to you, because it really blossoms... and if you get too big of a nose it can overwhelm. Cherry and vanilla on the palate, sweet and smooth with just the right amount of spice joining the party late... neither syrupy, nor punchy, nor over-oaked. Finish lasts forever, with the fruit exiting first and wood/spice lingering with a pleasant warmth. Unlike some of its barrel proof BTAC siblings, this one’s a soft-spoken all-star.
Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNot fantastic on the nose, smoky and even slightly astringent. Better on the palate, notes of chocolate, marshmallow, oak. Sweet without fruit. Long oak finish.
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bottled in Bond (Second Release)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedIts best qualities are up front. Sweet nose, vanilla, dark fruit (grapes, plum?), and Bubblicious gum. The palate continues largely in the same sweet vein, with a bit of cherry cola added to the mix. The finish veers off in a completely different direction. Dry oak, spice. It’s an interesting sip. Quite good, even though I don’t love the note it exits on. And I know this is the 2018 bottling but if it’s similar to 2017, I don’t see a path to whiskey of the year.16.0 USD per PourPortland
George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2017)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedFrom the moment it hits your nose, you know you’re in for a treat. Cherry, raisins, vanilla, and oak. No ethanol burn, despite its lofty proof. I don’t remember it being like this when I first cracked the bottle, but tasting it now after it has breathed for a few months, it is almost syrupy... I recall it being a bit more brash. But now it’s like an energetic puppy that has grown up a little bit and settled down, and it’s truly fantastic in its maturity. Layer upon layer of flavor - starting off sweet, cherry, chocolate, and moving into oak, leather, tobacco, cinnamon spice... it’s rich and full and complex. The heat starts to catch up a little on the back end, and the long finish ultimately winds up at a slightly bitter yet pleasant note - think roasted coffee. It’s unfair how little of this there is to go around because it’s a truly spectacular pour.
Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye (2017 Release)
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedThe nose is a wild ride. Starts off sweet cinnamon, and once it hits the back of your nose, it’s salty dill pickles, full nose tingle. Tastes like a mouth full of pastry. Not syrupy sweet like the toasted bourbon. My wife bakes elephant ears using puff pastry dough, and this tastes like an elephant ear that’s a little bit well done - not a ton of sugar, and what is there is browned and at the point right before it starts to burn. Rich mouthfeel. Two minutes after I sipped it, I was still getting dill pickles.0.0 USD per Pour
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 13 Year (Spring 2019)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNothing complex about this one - a straightforward, nicely aged wheater. Butterscotch and hints of apple on the nose. Oak joins on the palate. Faint alcohol burn. Long, mellow finish. A pleasant sipper.129.0 USD per Bottle