Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon 99 Proof
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 16, 2021Nose: first nosing I got pit fruits and cherry. That stuck with me *until* I sipped. After tasting, the nose was nutty all the way. Taste: if I told you peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you'd laugh... But... Think about a PB&J while you take a sip and you'll understand. The nuttiness come through if you focus on it. The fruity undertones come through if you're looking for them, and pushing it all through is a corn graininess that acts as the bread. Finish: fairly short with maybe a peppery, honey warmth, with just a hint of leather and cinnamon Impressions: unique flavor balance. Not a long lasting finish or flavor profile but could certainly get the job done. For the price point ($24) it's certainly worth a try as a variant to your staple fave, but likely won't take over as others in this range have more depth.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted April 9, 2021Nose: classic rye, spicy, bready, hint of chocolate and pepper. Taste: not sure how creamy and spicy work together, but they do. The proof gives it a definite kick, but it goes down much easier and richer than it should. Notes of cherry and chocolate accompany the rye spice with a forward finish. Impressions: heck yeah. I'm big into rye right now, so that may be influencing my palate, but this is a nice balanced pour. Looking forward to another one.59.0 USD per Bottle
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 8, 2021In a blind taste, I was convinced this had a sherry cask finish. There is a huge overarching fruitiness to the nose and taste. Rich and full flavored with additional hits of vanilla, and a caramel brown sugar sweetness. A little bite on the back end. Finish: a lingering warmth that hints at spice. Impressions: this is my favorite regular line offering from Woodford. The double oaking adds needed depth and character with only a little extra bump in price. Definitely worth keeping in the rotation.
Jefferson's Rye Cognac Cask Finish
Rye — USATasted April 4, 2021Lucky enough to find this at a random stop at our local store. Picked up immediately despite some hit and miss with other Jefferson lines. Nose: a light nose... Maybe pit fruits? Apricot and vanilla. Sweet and approachable. Taste: the cognac makes an impact. Gives it a nuttiness reminiscent of a chestnut cask. I still get the apricot vibe, with just a hint of that chocolate others are picking up. Beautiful mouthcoat and a full rich creamy profile more typical to a bourbon than a rye. Finish: slight tingle on the tongue. Medium finish that lingers, but no burn. Impressions: Wow. I like this a lot. I think the balance of flavors are spot on. The rye spice is there (which I prefer), but it's not the only note. It sips like a high end whiskey to me, and for $60 is a welcome bottle. I would buy it again without hesitation if I found it.
Michter's US*1 American Whiskey
Other Whiskey — USATasted April 3, 2021Nose: spice, caramel Taste: brown sugar, caramel, spice and hint of banana/apple fruitiness Finish: thin, but with a little lingering heat. I get a much spicier note than other reviewers on first sip. But as I get further into the pour, it warms my throat and mellows down to deep baking flavors and a brown sugar, toffee, nuttiness that's very pleasing.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 1, 2021Vanilla, honey and apples on the nose, thick mouthfeel with cinnamon spice up front and the same baking flavors of apples and honey following the nose. Almost no finish. Simple but definitely drinkable.
Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted March 27, 2021Nose: floral, vanilla, apple, baking. Taste: good tongue coat and fullness, spices like anise and a touch of pepper. Smooth, with a slight burn on the back of the mouth (but not reaching the throat) at the finish. Overall impression: This is a simple, straightforward flavor that I can enjoy no matter what my mood. I think this is one of my "go-to" whiskeys when nothing else is sitting quite right. Some days you don't want to deal with the bitey spices or complex flavors. I really enjoy this whiskey and try to keep a bottle on hand.
WhistlePig 6 Year PiggyBack Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Vermont, CanadaTasted March 20, 2021Cinnamon red hots through and through. Red hots on the nose, red hots on the front, red hots in the back. Simple, but not really offensive for it. I like it. Got it on sale for $40 and would probably buy again (on sale) for it's different flavor profile.
Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon 90 Proof
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted March 15, 2021Rich flavor, thin, but pleasant mouthfeel. For the price, this is just fine! While it doesn't hold to older more developed whiskey, it doesn't feel too young to drink. Citrus, vanilla, nuttiness and some oak all combine like a vanilla nut bon bon in your mouth.
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey
American Single Malt — Colorado, USATasted March 14, 2021This is an unusual sip! Nose is super sweet. Smells of honey and caramel cream. The taste is sweet like candy with a backfill of young scotch. Very slight tongue burn on the end with notes of apple and honey. I dig it. It's very different than our usual bourbon rotation (as it should be since it's not bourbon), but not as in your face as heavy peated scotch or smoky texas offerings.