Benchmark No. 8 Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed April 23, 2023It isnt great, but it is honestly good. Pretty standard bourbon notes, kind of sweetish. However, this is friggin’ cheap! I would put this up against pretty much any other whiskey at its price point, and be very confident, that this is better. I dont consider it a sipping whiskey, because it is not very complex, but it makes a very fine mixed drink. I do want to try some of the higher proof iterations (Bonded, Barrel Proof, and some others) of this, if I can ever get my hands on them.
Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year
Peated Blended Malt — ScotlandReviewed April 23, 2023Absolutely delicious! I am a JW fan. Even entry level “Red” is well made and tasty. “Black” too is wonderful and more refined than Red. But “Green” is just top notch, it is so expertly blended and has so much flavor, I love it. Sure JW makes even higher level whiskys like “Blue”. But at a still affordable price point the Green iteration is my favorite. The steep price you pay for Blue just doesnt show up in the glass. Buy some JW Green, you wont regret it. Certainly a sipping whisky.
Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Special Reserve
Blended — IrelandReviewed April 23, 2023Tully 12 is my favorite Irish. I have drank a lot of Irish Whiskey. This is my favorite. It is traditionally Irish, with sweet notes, and smooth drink-ability. But its ramped up and richer and much more flavorful. Spending some time in bourbon and sherry casks really makes a difference. It is top notch hooch. Absolutely a sipping whiskey.
Blackback Honey Rye
Rye — Virginia, USA, USAReviewed April 23, 2023I mean first off it tastes just like honey. This is a honey and rye whiskey liquer. And it is a damn good one. The best of its type that I’ve had. If you like any other honey flavored booze? You will absolutely love this. At 70 proof it has enough kick in it to move the arrow, if thats what you want. But its dangerous because you dont even taste the hooch. Not something I would drink every day. But damn is it ever tasty and good.45.0 USD per Bottle
Old Tub Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed April 14, 2023 (edited May 6, 2023)I’d wanted to try this for a bit. Being a Jim Beam product I didnt know what to expect. At 100 proof it is quite smooth and not harsh. Lovely dark amber. Has a sweet smell. The taste is not super complex but sweet with some dried fruit and spice. Coming from a macro distiller and at this price point it is surprisingly good. Being non cold filtered it has some fatty viscosity. I really like it. Whiskey falls into two categories for me, sippers and mixers. This is definitely a sipper to me.19.99 USD per Bottle
Canadian — CanadaReviewed April 13, 2023This is real whiskey. All Canadian whiskey is 100% aged (a minimum of 3 years) whiskey. People try to compare this to Seagrams 7 and other American blends. The main difference is Seagrams 7 is 75% neutral grain spirits. So it is basically whiskey “Flavored” vodka. That is not the case with Canadian blends like Black Velvet which are real aged whiskey and are not cut with NGS. At the end of the day this is honestly mediocre in most all ways. Light in color, light in flavor, and light in booze. Not much or any complexity but it makes a solid mixer. Which is its real purpose. I enjoy it mixed with ginger ale. This is a mixer, not a sipper. Cheers!
Seagram's 7 Crown American Blended Whiskey
Blended American Whiskey — USAReviewed April 3, 2023This is not really whiskey. This is bottled with 75% neutral grain spirits and only contains 25% real aged whiskey. This is basically whiskey flavored vodka. I will still sometimes enjoy it in a 7&7 out at the bar. Which is a decent go to cheap drink. At best, this is a mixer, but there are so many better options than this though. Almost any Canadian whiskey (I use Canadian whiskey as my example because they do not use NGS) makes a better mixed drink than this does and costs about the same price.