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  1. Very Old Barton 86 Proof

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I made a review of this in fall 2018 under the 100 proof bottle. Now that someone has requested the 86 proof that is available in NC, I moved it here. Fairly good whiskey. A bit too much alcohol on the nose, and in the mouth. Not very complex, but no off notes or rot-gut flavors. A splash of water brought out sweetness and softened up the finish. I certainly recommend this with chilled water. This is by far a better pour for $11.95 a bottle than anything else I have tried. Give it a try.
    12.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Another cinnamon adventure. This is hot but not intolerable. A splash of cool water tames it down. The 114 brings flavor to go along with the cinnamon spice. Vanilla of course, and some burnt caramel. The spice does overpower other more subtle flavors which is why it doesn't get closer to 4 stars. It is a good $30 value.
    30.0 USD per Bottle
  3. High West Bourye (2018 Release)

    Blended American Whiskey — Indiana (bottled in Utah), USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Greensboro Buyers Club tasting via @ridethalightin. This blend is nothing short of incredible. Way too expensive, but great none the less. Great bourbon flavor and great rye notes. It is different than just a high rye bourbon. It is really better than the sum of it's parts IMO. Try it at a bar, or like I did... borrow a pour.
  4. Ancient Age Preferred

    American Single Malt — Frankfort, USA

    Tasted
    0.75
    0.75 out of 5 stars
    I don't get this. 10 star is good. Just offer regular and 10 star. Why even sell this stuff. Highly disappointing.
  5. High West Yippee Ki-Yay

    Rye — USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Greensboro Buyers Club courtesy of @ridethalightin I like this, which does not surprise me given my like for the Double Rye. I can tell the finishing in the flavors. However, at twice the price of the DR, it is not twice as good. if I were going to drop over $70 for a bottle of High West, it would certainly be Rendezvous Rye which is my fav of all HW.
    80.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Expresiones del Corazón Buffalo Trace Distillery Old 22 Añejo (2019 Release)

    Tequila Añejo — Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    I much prefer Reposado to Anejo. This is ok, but not great. I was happy to be able to try it from a friend's bottle. IMO, not worth $80. I will just keep 1800 or Casamigos Reposado on hand.
    80.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Whistlepig 10 Year Straight Rye

    Rye — (bottled in) Vermont, Canada

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Man this is good, just not $85 good. All you would expect from the WP.
  8. I.W. Harper 15 Year Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    I have been waiting a while to taste this. I did not want to spring for the $75 bottle, especially with how disappointing the no age statement offering was for $35. This dram was really two dimensional. It had heat and Smoky char...but little else. Where are all the other notes hiding? Where is the vanilla, the citrus, the cherries and apple? Where is the burnt sugar and caramel that you expect from quality bourbon aged 15 years? Again, I find myself looking for the high score of an IW Harper product that the, "Pro Evaluator" has found... ??? I have viewed a few videos where the reviewer agreed with me, and a few where they loved the 15yr. I guess that is what is great about bourbon. There is a place for everyone. While not bad, no way is it worth it $75. Very nice bottle, even if it is a dribbler. Thanks @ridethalightin for another Greensboro Buyers Club pick!
    75.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Bulleit Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    I have never really cared much for Bulleit. I revisited the regular orange label as part of my September bourbon challenge. I was surprised to find my opinion has changed a bit. Call me a "skeptikan", but I just don't buy the whole back-story/gimmick. If the bottle doesn't stand on its own, it's a pass as far as I am concerned. I don't find myself following the pro evaluator tasting notes, but there are some good flavors here. It is much smoother than I remember. Maybe I needed a reset for my taste buds. Have my tastes just evolved? Have I matured in my brown juice affliction??? I am not sure, but I ALWAYS choose Knob over Bulleit regardless of price. Well...I now have room in my bar selection list to include Bulleit Orange. While I will not be buying it by the bottle, I could see this as a change of pace when I am out. Especially when JB White and Maker's provide no real attraction. Almost 3 stars.
  10. Tiny Cat

    Unflavored Vodka — North Carolina , USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    My new favorite. I can easily sit around and sip this vodka neat. I am not sure I have ever said that before about a vodka. Great distillery with great staff. I can't wait to taste their 6 year bourbon when it's released in December 2020. Stop by and take a tour whilst in Greensboro.
    Fainting Goat Spirits
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