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  1. Baker's Single Barrel Bourbon 13 Year

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Caramel, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, and red apple. That beam peanut note is lurking in the background, but it's subtle. The nose is not hot at all. Palate - First sip is thick and rich. Caramel, oak, vanilla, cinnamon and baking spices are the main players. The finish is long and rich, with brown sugar sweetness and oak spices lingering on the back palate. There's no alcohol burn at all, just a pleasant warmth. The intensity of the flavors and length of the finish is especially impressive given that this isn't a cask-strength bourbon. This limited release is a home run for Beam. The flavors are great, and not just your typical Beam/Booker's profile but something unique. I think the 107 proof works well and creates a really balanced whiskey that lets the flavors shine through. It's also a relative bargain compared to most other limited edition releases.
    99.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2019-03 “Country Ham”

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Color is a dark copper, and swirling produces thick legs. Nose is maple, brown sugar, roasted peanuts, chocolate, red apples, cherries, tobacco, leather, and charred oak. For sure there's some heat at first, but it dissipates after some breathing time. Palate starts with rich/dark caramel, peanuts, and chocolate. There also some fruit I'm having a hard time identifying. Cinnamon and other baking spices arrive on the mid-palate and carry into the long finish along with brown sugar, vanilla and oak. There's a nice warm Kentucky hug, but it drinks below its proof. I only have experience with Booker's batches going back to 2018 so I can't compare to the older stuff; but this is my favorite batch from those that I've tried. It's everything Booker's should be: big, bold, rich, and spicy.
    66.04 USD per Bottle
  3. Michter's US*1 Small Batch Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Some herbal notes - more grassy than minty - green apples, tobacco, a faint floral note. Some oak and a whiff of varnish. Palate - caramel, green apples, cinnamon and some herbal notes arrive up front along with a peppery bite (more than I'd expect for 91 proof). Moderate finish sits on the mid-palate, with rye spice and some pepper. Overall pretty decent. There's nothing to dislike, but also nothing that stands out. There are certainly better options for the price, but you could also do worse. I actually tasted this blind as a sample from a friend, and guessed that it was either a high-rye bourbon or 'barely-legal' KY-style rye, those herbal notes threw me for a loop. I also guessed it was around 100 proof.
  4. Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Reviewing the Fall 2019 release, barrel# 19H2420 Color is warm mahogany, lots of thin, streaky legs after a quick swirl. Nose leads with Toffee, vanilla, red apples, cherry, a spearmint/evergreen note and varnished oak Palate starts with brown sugar, then spearmint and some indeterminate fruit. The mint note lingers as the baking spice comes in on the mid palate. Those flavors linger into the finish where they're joined by vanilla and oak. The finish is fairly nice especially given the relatively low proof. This is a big improvement over the 2018 bottle I tried at a restaurant last year. Still not worth secondary prices, but if you can find a bottle a retail it's worth considering.
    99.0 USD per Bottle
  5. William Heavenhill (6th Edition)

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    I actually picked this up at the gift shop back in the Oct 2018 after tasting it and liking it. I just finally got around to opening it recently to celebrate a birthday and have had a couple of pours now so thought I'd write something up. Appearance - dark mahogany with amber highlights and thick legs Nose - Dark brown sugar, varnished oak, oiled leather, dark chocolate, orange peel, toasted vanilla, a hint of cherry and a smoky char note. Palate - follows the nose with dark brown sugar, cocoa, maple syrup, vanilla and baking spices,. The spice lingers on the finish as the oak asserts itself. The lengthy finish is dry but with just enough of that maple sweetness to keep it from getting too tannic or bitter. So this is definitely an oak-forward bourbon, just as you'd expect given the age. I happen to love it, but I can see how it might be a bit overbearing for some. It's not super complex, but there's a depth and intensity to the flavors that I really enjoy. Given the price I have to knock the score down a bit, but it's still excellent and intend to savor the bottle on special occasions.
    249.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Remus Volstead Reserve 14 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Indiana, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Color - warm mahogany with copper highlights. A quick swirl produces numerous legs streaking down the side of the glencairn. Nose - brown sugar, red apples, oak, leather, cinnamon, orange peel and honeysuckle. No real ethanol or heat, maybe a very faint whiff of dried varnish. Palate - oily mouthfeel coats the tongue with notes of buttered toffee, caramel apples, cinnamon and vanilla; also a faint nutty note - but not the Beam/HH peanut - hazelnut maybe? Finish transitions to honey, oak and baking spices, without getting dry or tannic. Tried a few drops of water for the last half, didn't seem to change much aside from giving the mid-palate flavors a small boost. All in all a really enjoyable dram. It's more complex and subtle than any other MGP bourbon I've tried. At 14 years I expected more of an oak-bomb, but this is not remotely over-oaked IMHO. Definitely one to savor when your palate is in top shape. My only real criticism is the finish doesn't linger as long as I'd like, nor does it really hit the back palate the way really great higher-proof whiskeys do.
    190.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon 9 Year (2019 Limited Edition)

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose leads with leather, vanilla, fresh apples, some orange peel, and a tiny bit of nuttiness. Maybe a faint floral note in the background? Not much oak. A little bit of ethanol at first, which fades after a few minutes. Pleasantly coats the palate with notes of brown sugar, honey grahams, vanilla, apples, and a (pleasant) earthy note. A bit of bite on the back palate, but not much spice. The vanilla and brown sugar notes linger on the medium finish along with a hint of oak. A few drops of water didn't seem to change the nose, but noticeably amplified the sweeter notes on the palate (especially the mid-palate). Overall it's quite good, but maybe not a standout worthy of Limited Edition status. I really enjoyed the complex nose, it seemed like I got something different every time I sniffed. The palate was more straight-forward but still pleasant. My initial impression was that this is a solid 4, and after revisiting it a few times that still stands. This actually reminds me of some of the better Russell's Reserver barrell picks I've had in the past, which is strange since most sourced KY Bourbon is assumed to come from Heaven Hill or Barton 1792.
    89.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon 9 Year (2019 Limited Edition)

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Will post a follow up with more detailed tasting notes once I've a few more pours. Initial impression is good. Surprising though - it tastes nothing like Heaven Hill or Barton 1792 (the two most common culprits for any sourced KY bourbon). If I tasted blind I'd swear it was Wild Turkey, has that WT funk note.
    99.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Peerless Kentucky Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Appearance - copper hue, a quick swirl coats the side of the glass, leaving plentiful legs. Nose - Leads with notes of caramel, peanuts, cinnamon, and a bit of oak. But there's also ethanol, and that grainy note and wet cardboard funk you get in young craft bourbons. Palate - fairly thick mouthfeel, it definitely coats your tongue. The first thing I get is peanut brittle. There are also some baking spices. Sweet notes linger on the finish, along with some funky /grainy notes that unfortunately bring the finish down. Overall it's decent, probably about as good as you can expect in a four year bourbon. They're doing a lot of stuff right from a quality perspective (sweet mash, low entry proof, NCF, etc), but for me there's just no getting around the fact that bourbon needs more than 4 years of age to be really good.
    69.0 USD per Bottle
  10. Widow Jane The Vaults 14 Year Bourbon (2019 Release)

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    "The Vaults" is a new annual limited release from Widow Jane. A 20-barrel blend of 14+ year old straight bourbons from IN, KY, and TN, that were finished in eight-year air-seasoned American oak casks. 500 cases released in 18 states. Nose - dark brown sugar, oak, red delicious apples, tobacco, leather, cinnamon and cloves Palate - brown sugar, sweet oak, semi sweet chocolate, vanilla, and baking spices. A hint of that earthy note I often get in well-aged MGP bourbons. Finish - the chocolate and sweet oak linger with some smoky charred notes and make for a nice finish. The baking spices are also there faintly (wish there was a bit more). This is quite good, definitely more complex than the regular 10yr old product. Not exactly a value at the asking price though. I have a WJ 12-year MGP Single Barrel from a local store that's almost as good, and was considerably less expensive.
    140.0 USD per Bottle
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