Balcones Texas Rye Cask Strength
Rye — Texas, USATastedI really really like their 100 proof rye for its chocolate note. This cask strength version cranks up all the flavors. It’s a flavor bomb of oak, tannins, chocolate, and spice. I friend of mine brought this with him for a weekend trip on the lake. We killed most of the bottle. We both preferred to drink it on a big rock and let the ice cube slowly melt as the dilution would change the flavors. The spice gets tempered with water and you get more of that chocolate sweetness as the ice melts. Good stuff!
291 Colorado Rye Single Barrel
Rye — Colorado, USATastedHad a pour in the Denver airport before my flight... The nose is pancake breakfast sweet. Syrup and berries. I’m reminded of IHOP’s boysenberry syrup with hints of caramel. The taste is full on chocolate, mint, spice, and wood. The finish is wood and dark chocolate. It’s not a subtle whiskey at all. The flavors are cranked up to 11. It’s definitely different than most eyes I’ve had. I would have loved to try this in a cocktail, but at ~$80/bottle, I don’t think it’ll happen. It’s good but loses points for being overpriced.
Deerhammer Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Colorado, USATastedToasty... I stopped by a coffee shop/bar in CO and saw this on the shelf. I really enjoyed Deerhammer’s single malt, so I thought I’d try a pour of their bourbon. Nose: It’s sweet. Chocolate, toffee, caramel. It reminded me of the Rolos candy I used to eat as a kid. Palate: Toasted bread, vanilla, maple, some corn sweetness, and a some heat. It’s surprisingly spicy despite not having rye. There’s a smokiness to this bourbon too.Must be that toasted barley in the mashbill. Unlike the single malt which had some fruit notes, I don’t get much fruit sweetness from this. Finish: Nutty then astringent. It leaves my tongue dry along with some oak and toasted bread. Not bad...
Early Times Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSolid workhorse whiskey! $22 for a 1 liter BiB whiskey. That’s equivalent to $16.50 for a 750 ml which is a good deal. Bought this for cocktails. It’s a decent base for an old fashioned and holds its own in a whiskey sour and hot toddy. On the nose, there’s caramel, some orange peel, and dusty corn. On the palate, it’s vanilla, oak, and some spice. The spice carries over into the finish with an earthy aftertaste. For the price, it’s a lot of bang for the buck. It’s a good everyday drinker and a solid mixer. My only concern is if it will be discontinued since Sazerac Co. purchased Early Times from Brown-Forman22.0 USD per Bottle
Russell's Reserve 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedMy friend bought this and shared it at a party. While he intended to use them in Old Fashioneds, I didn’t mind drinking this neat. It’s sweet. Not sugary sweet, but a toasted jam sorta sweet. To balance the sweetness, you get that signature Wild Turkey spice. There’s some citrus here. The finish is nice with some oak but not overwhelming. It reminds me of a more well rounded Wild Turkey 101. It’s good! For the price I’d still stick with WT101 but this is still a solid pour.
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition
Blended — IrelandTastedNothing too special. I really like the Jameson Caskmates Stout. When I found the IPA version on sale, I grabbed it. Hmmm it’s not that interesting. It’s very subtle in taste and smell. I noticed a lemony note on the taste with some pine. Other than that, there’s nothing else of note to comment. I think I’ll stick to the Stout Edition from now on.
Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey (80 proof)
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted*This is a review of the 86 proof Old Overholt that is replacing the standard 80 proof version.* Licorice! I prefer spicy rye whiskeys like Rittenhouse. They hold up well in cocktails. This weekend, I was attending a party with some friends. They asked if I could bring ingredients to make Manhattans. So I bought Old Overholt as a budget rye to share. I was pretty disappointed with the end result. I should’ve spent a few more dollars and bought Bulleit rye instead.
Blended Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedSimple notes of citrus, honey, and a malty funk. But what’s there is very enjoyable. Solid entry point for whiskey newbies.
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedTastes like Woodford but with everything amped up and fuller. Extra wood, extra spice, citrus, and more vanilla and chocolate on the finish. Almost like dark chocolate. I shared this with some friends on a road trip. Everyone complimented the chocolate cake like finish. Thumbs up! This made a solid rotation in my bourbon shelf.
Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSolid pour for the price! Background: I often buy a budget bourbon and leave it at my girlfriend’s house. That way, if I’m feeling a dram, I have something nearby. My girlfriend, also, likes whiskey and will make a hot toddy for a nightcap. So I look for versatile, tasty bourbons that won’t break the bank... Here’s the short version: Hot hot hot!Just expect OGD114 to give you a nice big, spicy ethanol hug. Once acclimated, I get honeyed sweetness, citrus, vanilla, caramel, and spice on the nose. On the taste, it’s hot and spicy! Cinnamon, cloves, hay, and mint. The rye is very apparent in this whiskey. There’s a underlying hint of citrus there too. At the end, I get that bit of nuttiness that’s common in Beam products. Overall: This is a solid budget pick. My bourbon preferences tend to lean towards high rye bourbons. I like that spice! It’s a decent pour and will hold it’s own as a mixer. Will it unseat my current budget bourbon: Wild Turkey 101? No...but it’s a good and wallet friendly! This is a 3.5 for me but gets extra points for the price.20.0 USD per Bottle