Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNo barrel pick, just the standard SiB with the old label. Nose - pretty standard bourbon notes of caramel, vanilla and oaky spice along with some ethanol Taste - Spicy, with cinnamon and baking spices up front with pepper following on mid-palate. Medium finish with lingering heat. Adding an ice cube tamed the heat and spice, bringing out some of the sweetness. Not a standout for me, but solid bourbon especially if you like the 'Kentucky hug' and favor higher proofs.
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedColor - leather Nose - toffee, chocolate, oak and leather Taste - rich mouth feel, with maple, brown sugar up front followed by baking spices and oak Finish - long, with lingering coffee notes49.0 USD per Bottle
Evan Williams Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedColor - medium-light copper Nose - caramel, vanilla, oak, and a fruit I can't quite place. Also a little more heat than I would expect for this proof. Taste - A fairly rich mouth feel, with caramel, vanilla, and baking spices and a hint of that fruit. Finish - medium with oak, tannins, and some lingering spice. A really good bourbon for the price, 3.75 stars.29.99 USD per Bottle
Maker's Mark Private Select Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedTexas Total Wine & More stave selection 2 x Maker's 46 4 x Roasted Fench Mocha 4 x Toasted Fench Spice 110.3 proof Nose - Apples, cinnamon, vanilla and oak. Taste - caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, and hint of fruit followed by baking spices and oak with some lingering sweetness on the medium finish. This took a while to open up. On first taste this was underwhelming, initially there was a lot of alcohol on the nose and the palate. A chip of ice and some breathing time improved things greatly. It definitely has more spice than Maker's 46 (I miss the cherry notes from that), I'm guessing due to the stave selection. This was good, and I don't regret buying it on sale; but don't think I'd purchase again at full price. A solid 3.75 stars, if not quite 4.62.99 USD per Bottle
Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose - apricots first, followed by pipe tobacco Taste - caramel, oaky spice, and a hint of mint on the medium finish. This was a single barrel pick by Whiskey Cake restaurant31.0 USD per Bottle
Woodford Reserve Straight Malt
Other Whiskey — Kentucky, USATastedNose - maple syrup, vanilla, chocolate notes, with a hint of oaky spice. Got better and better as it opened up in the glass. Taste - Everything promised on the nose comes through on the palate. Definitely on the sweeter side, but there's enough going on to keep it from being one-note. Vanilla and oak continue on the somewhat short finish.
Elijah Craig Small Batch
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose - caramel, vanilla, and tobacco Taste - some oak and spice up front, followed by a creamy vanilla finish as the warmth spreads, while the spice still lingers. Drank with a small ice cube, neat was little too much heat. Solid 3.5 stars
Old Forester Statesman
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedCherry and maple syrup, and vanilla on the nose. Taste is spicy up front, but complimented by the sweetnees, with some fruit coming through on the finish (also some heat, preferred this one with a small ice cube).46.0 USD per Bottle