Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedThis has dual notes of vanilla & herbal/mint. The flavors are overlapping vanilla, mint, pepper & barrel spice. This is far better than the standard Rye but not quite the SiB picks. I imagine the Cask Strength is better as well.
Benchmark No. 8 Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThis is a one trick pony. A sweet corn nose with a sweet brown sugary palate and little else going on. But hey, it’s better than Balcone’s Baby Blue.
Corner Creek 10 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedStrangely disappointing paired against the Corner Creek NAS. This has the oak nose but has a bit more noticeable age to it. The flavor has also rounded out to a big fat unidirectional (oh so slightly) salted caramel. Good but the younger is my preferred.
Corner Creek Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedInteresting nose blend of young oak, new leather & hay. The flavors show with plenty of vanilla but also tart apple & salted caramel. The surprise kicker was the buttery slick mouthfeel I did not expect.
Jim Beam Double Oak
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedIt’s good but not great. In the realm of Double oak bourbons it falls well below Woodford, OF and the like but for its price it isn’t bad. It has a nose of vanilla mingled with young oak & smoke. The flavor brings back the smoke with some nuttiness and a semi-sweet butterscotch. I’ll actually take Black over this.
1792 Aged Twelve Years
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI found this 1792 offering to be an expanded and noticeably seasoned upgrade from some of the younger expressions. This is a full, rich & creamy experience. The nose mixes baking spice, vanilla & toasted almond. The flavors to me are salted caramel & big creme brûlée’s. The finish is nice & pleasant. This would be an excellent frequent dram if more readily available.
Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished in Charred Wine Casks (2017 Limited Edition)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedAbsolutely loved this Limited Edition. The wine barrel notes really gave it a well rounded, red fruit & berry tone without being too sweet. It had some vanilla undercurrent with plenty of baking spice to boot. Very nicely done.
Rye — Indiana (bottled in Kentucky), USATastedAn excellent Rye expression with the familiar mint & spice one would expect from the 95% varieties. I find this is better than Ezra (lol), which is younger but perhaps not as good as High West Double Rye, which is older (all from MGP). This may be the gem though because it’s price is right. See also Dickel Rye
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Brandy Cask Finish
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedHere is another dram that, though I found for a steal compared to normal MSRP, I found quite underwhelming. I love Bourbon and I love good Brandy but sum of its parts left no real discerning character. It was not bad by any means but it became relegated to cocktails despite the guilt that came with knowing its price tag.
Joseph Magnus Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana (Finished and Bottled in Washington DC), USATastedThis was quite the underwhelming dram to me especially considering the price tag. I relegated it to cocktails and felt guilty doing so because of the cost. I would certainly not purchase this again and would be leery of other expressions from Jo. Mag.