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  1. Booker's Bourbon Batch 2017-04 Sip Awhile

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Found a 'dusty' of this in 2019, have been enjoying over the last couple of months. Nose - Caramel, vanilla, charred oak, leather, apple, pear, cinnamon, nutmeg, peanut. Pretty standard Booker's nose. Palate - Thick, full bodied. Dark brown sugar, lots of vanilla. Roasted peanuts. Lots of cinnamon and baking spices on the finish along with sweet oak. This was really good- rich, sweet, and spicy with a nice finish. Not super complex (particularly the nose), but the flavors are intense enough to make up for it.
    70.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Rhetoric 25 Year Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose - charred oak, leather, candied bacon, cinnamon, allspice, evergreen (cedar?), cocoa powder. apple, orange peel, vanilla, black tea. A bit of smoke. Really complex, with different notes coming out as it breathes. Some of the notes I'm getting remind me of older Armagnacs I've had. Palate - Soft velvety mouthfeel isn't really thick, but coats the palate. Starts with dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, bittersweet chocolate, toast, vanilla, rye spice, and a hint of spearmint. Oak, baking spices, a bit of smoke/char and some tannins linger on the dry finish, which is quite lengthy. A few drops of water didn't do this bourbon any favors. The nose became a bit sweeter but also less complex. The palate flattened out, and got a little astringent on the finish. Definitely preferred it without water. I really like this one. People talk about Orphan Barrel and older Heaven Hill releases being over-oaked and similar to sucking on a two-by-four, but that wasn't my experience. Rhetoric 25 doesn't have that bitterness that I associate with truly over-oaked whiskey (which BTW doesn't have to be super-old - there's a lot of bitter, over-oaked whiskey coming out of TX that's less than 4yrs old).
    110.0 USD per Bottle
  3. Murray Hill Club Blended Bourbon

    Bourbon — (blended & bottled in Washington D.C.), USA

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Standard notes of oak, vanilla, and cinnamon. Also a fair amount of ethanol. It's kind of the standard MGP bourbon nose, only hotter and more astringent. Palate is thin and hot. There's some oak and and lots of spice, but it's just lacking in richness. Finish drops off before even hitting the back palate, the only thing that lingers a bit is the astringency. I should have done a little more due diligence before buying this, but I like everything else I've had from Joseph Magnus so I just bought it. Turns out it's a blended bourbon, not a blend of straight bourbons. Big difference, as this stuff is actually 30% light whiskey. If this were a $30 dollar bottle I might be a little more generous with my score. But considering the $90-100 price and the misleading label, I feel this really deserves a harsh score. Heck, I have $30 store picks of Elijah Craig Small Batch that are better than this stuff. Bottom line, if you're looking to splurge on a bottle, go for the Joseph Magnus triple-cask for the same price, this one just isn't worth it.
    94.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Single Barrel Reserve

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    I was surprised to find some of this on a shelf in Louisiana, almost 3 years after release. This particular barrel was 13 years old, barreled on 2/26/2004 and bottled at 121.9 proof. Nose - Cherries, apples, vanilla, oak, tobacco. Baking spices and leather. A very faint nutty note. Some dried varnish, but I wouldn't call the nose hot. Palate - Brown sugar, sweet oak, dark chocolate. The Beam peanut note is there but it's very restrained. The fruit from the nose never really showed up on the palate. Sweetness lingers on the long finish, along with oak, cinnamon and baking spices. A few drops of water killed the fruit notes on the nose, which was disappointing. It also amplified the sweetness and baking spices on the palate. But that nose was my favorite part so I prefer without the water. What's interesting to me is just how different this is from other KC releases I've tried, especially the fruit on the nose was a really pleasant surprise.
    119.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Knob Creek 12 Year

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Color is a dark copper, lots of legs after a swirl Nose - Oak, leather, dark brown sugar, red apple, orange, roasted nuts, a bit of ethanol. Palate - Roasted peanuts, oak, burnt caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and baking spices. The vanilla, spices and oak continue on the moderate finish along with some drying tannins. I wouldn't say the mouthfeel is thin, but it's also not thick or oily. This will inevitably get compared to the 120 proof KC store picks, which can be anywhere from 9-15 years and are $10-15 cheaper. This is different, less oily/rich, a bit drier; but I would also say more complex than the single barrels tend to be. Not necessarily better or worse, just different. One thing this expression should have going for it is consistency due batching; I've had some great KC single barrel picks, but some of them have been pretty meh, and I think some of those older picks are from barrels that weren't in the best warehouse locations, and Beam doesn't know what else to do with them. It's temping to ding this 12 year on value compared to the KC single barrel picks, but really it's hard to argue that it's overpriced for a 12-year 100 proofer compared to the rest of the market.
    59.0 USD per Bottle
  6. 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
  7. Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2019-03 “Country Ham”

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
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