Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 9, 20212020 edition. Different profile than previous years. Overall, less fruit, more tobacco, especially up front. Not overly complex. Pleasant sipper, about what you’d expect from a wheater that has aged past its harshness, but nothing will really knock your socks off here. An easy buy at or near MSRP but an awful value if you’re buying secondary.13.0 USD per Pour
Four Roses Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon (2017)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted March 20, 2021Vanilla for days on the nose. No ethanol burn. Cinnamon, raspberries, apples, finishes with a perfect, long-lasting warmth. Probably one of the best Four Roses you’ll ever try. A fitting tribute to Al.
Michter's 20 Year Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted January 24, 2021If this isn’t a perfect bourbon, there isn’t one out there. Beautiful deep amber color matches the thick and rich mouthfeel. All your favorite baking scents on the nose - honey, vanilla, brown sugar. On the palate a bit of cherry and blackberry join the mix and add some dimension but this is not a fruity bourbon. Finish lasts for days and introduces leather and a touch of spice to go along with the sweetness. Heat is very much in check despite weighing in at 114 proof, as is the oak for a bourbon that has rested in the barrel for 20 years. Everything is balanced to perfection. It kills me knowing how inaccessible this bourbon is and how little of it I will get to enjoy in this lifetime.
Maker's Mark 101
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted January 3, 2021It’s amazing how much of an improvement this is over regular Maker’s Mark. Creamy, vanilla, fruit, oak. Pleasant and approachable yet still full-bodied.
Eagle Rare 17 Year Bourbon (Fall 2020)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted November 10, 2020Inviting nose. Vanilla and oak initially, but letting it sit in the glass for a good while really allows the fruit to open up. On the palate, less honey than last year’s release. Caramelized sugar and a delightful warming spice give way to the dark fruits that seem to be so characteristic of Buffalo Trace. But then they exit for a finish that is the oak and leather you’d expect from an 18 year bourbon. Once again I think this line has really benefited from the proof bumping up to 101 a couple years back. It’s no brute compared to some of its BTAC siblings but the extra 11 points really give it some character. If you’ve ever had Blanton’s Gold compared to regular Blanton’s, you know what I’m talking about.
Copper Fiddle Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon — Illinois, USATasted September 18, 2020Trash. 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 — USATasted July 31, 202012.0 USD per PourGold Eagle Liquors
Wild Turkey Master's Keep Bottled in Bond 17 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 16, 2020Pretty 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, USATasted March 8, 2020Beautiful 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, USATasted December 8, 2019Dreamy. 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.