Noah's Mill Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 11, 2021Golden amber color. Nose is jam packed with ripe fruit, oak, and barrel char: bing cherry, blackberry jam, cigar tobacco, charred oak and a hint of mint. Woody and spicy front with some vanilla. Super oaky but the corn definitely comes through. This is a massive bourbon. Spices on the palate with a hot exit. Has a bit of a salty character before moving into the finish, which is sweet, with dark cacao powder notes and very old oak. Sweetens up a bit and "slows down" with a splash of water. This is an outstanding bourbon. Plenty of complexity and would go well in any bourbon cocktail (although I'd drink it all neat). So grateful that this is widely available in Wisconsin at $53 a bottle52.99 USD per Bottle
Eagle Park Bourbon Whiskey Batch 002
Bourbon — USATasted April 11, 2021Pale golden straw color. Sticks and hangs on the glass leaving beads at the top of the swirl. Nose is light caramel, dry cereal grains and some herbal notes.. eucalyptus and cinnamon. Bright and sweet up front. Honeysuckle and clementine. Mid palette brings in some of the notes from the nose. Mint and spice. Warming, but very light. Finish shows lots of the wood but very little char, and leans into emerging vanilla frosting character before returning to that herbal note. It lacks nuance and smooth transitions, but it is pretty tasty! Shares some feelings of Irish whiskeys and highland scotches as much as a bourbon.
Peerless Kentucky Straight Rye Single Barrel
Rye — USATasted April 11, 2021Costco single Barrel pick Barrel date April 16th 2016. Ruddy copper. Legs appear slowly, but run fast. Lots of barrel on the nose. Cacao, ripe fruit, black cherry, coconut flakes. The rye comes through as the typical mustiness and spice, but it's not the first hit to the nose. Soft on the palate, leaves lots of heat behind. Mid palate is mostly sweet, with milk chocolate, cherries and coconut. Finish is warm, spicy and sweet and shows superior balance. Dry grains and cacao weave in with the mint and eucalyptus notes. Really impressed by this. Drinks more like a well-aged high rye bourbon then what I would expect out of a straight Rye99.99 USD per Bottle
Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye Whisky
Canadian — Alberta, CanadaTasted April 9, 2021Pale straw/ copper color, lots of slow running legs come down like sheets. Nose has a nice balance of tart fruit, oak and barn funk rye grain. Vanilla tones in there too. Softer on the palate than one might think and a sweeter finish than I'd expect. Green apple front, some perfumey/floral notes mid way, Vanilla and caramel. Lots of oak on the finish, with cedar or sandalwood notes. Super soft and smooth can be drank without dilution, but definitely opens up and spreads out with a splash of water.
WhistlePig Estate Oak Rye 15 Year
Rye — (bottled in) Vermont, CanadaTasted April 2, 2021Dark golden hay color, lots of slow running legs. Nose is very complex: golden raisins, green apple, freshly cut old oak boards, vanilla, rye funk, cobwebs and a touch of baking spice. Soft mouthfeel carries a slow warming effect. Some astringency follows the swallow and the tart fruity notes start popping through the oak and light caramel. Finish is buttered toast, dry oak and more green apple. Super complex, yet really well balanced. I'd leverage my budget towards bourbon rather than ponying up for a rye with this price tag, but I really appreciate it nonetheless.
1792 Full Proof Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted March 19, 2021Revisited this rating after a couple of weeks, and four or five more pours... It's sweeter and more well balanced than when I first tucked in. Tarnished copper, pretty sticky for such a high proof. Lots of slow legs Toast, vanilla, mint, cinnamon, black cherry and a hint of rye funk on the nose. Front of citrus, eucalyptus, cinnamon and balanced with a hint of sweetness mid palate, and a bit of dark honey and coconut. Plenty of heat left behind after the swallow Very woody finish lingers after burnt caramel and clove. Woody/sweet/charry/fruity Opens up nicely with a few drops of water and as it warms up and breathes, the smokey/burnt caramel character grows. Lots going on here, no doubt... But dryer and spicier than I'm inclined to. I think it would be incredible in an old fashioned with molasses bitters and/or maple simple49.99 USD per Bottle
Michter's US*1 Sour Mash Whiskey
Other Whiskey — Kentucky, USATasted March 2, 2021Dark copper/amber. Fair number of fast running legs. Nose is a bit hot for the proof, rye jumps out... mint, some baking spices, stone walled basement, vanilla, coconut and dark caramel. Thin mouthfeel, lots of sweetness up front. Sugar cookies, toffee, vanilla frosting and luxardo cherries. Moves quickly on to spice and barrel notes, but retains that sweetness throughout. Shorter finish with the vanilla lingering along with the spices and barrel char. Lacks dimension and depth but it is enjoyable.41.99 USD per Bottle
Wild Turkey Bourbon 101
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted February 26, 2021Golden straw with copper hue. Quite sticky on the glass with slow, widely spaced legs. Rye noted immediately on nose, with dry oak, some spice, mint and rosemary. Soft, but thin body, warms the palate quickly. spearmint, vanilla and light caramel Finish is mostly wood, lingering spices, a bit of clove and cinnamon, with a bit of brulee. Nothing special, but it's a helluva lot better that I remember it from high school!
Weller Special Reserve
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted February 23, 2021Pale copper color, many legs, but slow running. Nose is sugar cookies, vanilla, old dry oak and an ever so faint herbal note. Soft, sweet front moves on to some light spice and a hint of char on the palate. Cloying stickiness allows for a prolonged vanilla frosting finish, with a dash of light caramel, filberts and fuji apple. The wood comes through, but it's really the wood and not the char. It takes a while to unwind it all, and is a joy to let unfold.
High West A Midwinter Night's Dram
Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USATasted February 21, 2021Act 8, Scene 2 Ruddy deep amber color with sticky drops. Nose shows a burst of rye Barn funk mixed with juicy ripe fruits and a hint of smoke and eucalyptus. quite complex. Raisin, plum and other sweet fruits with big chest warmth up front. A bright citrus note and spice from the rye on the palate gives way to vanilla and chocolate covered cherries on the exhale. Finish is prunes, dark caramel, mulling spices and split oak with lingering notes of cacao and cigar box with a subtle return of tart fruit. This is big, juicy and complex. Long finish and lots of action. Really glad to be enjoying it at a time when the overnight lows are in the teens here in central VA.