"I've drank to your health in taverns; I've drank to your health in my home; I've drank to your health so damn many times; I believe I've ruined my own!"
Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon 90 Proof
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedBottom shelf gem. $23 for a handle. If you like Old Ezra 7yr, you need this. Not quite the complexity and power you get with OE7, but for the price it hits all the things you love about a solid bourbon.
Woodford Reserve Straight Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedIf you like Ryes but want a little more sweetness and less bite, this fits your bill. If Ryes aren't your favorite, but you'd like to have one in the cabinet, this fits your bill. If you love Ryes, you might be a little disappointed in how sweet it is, but your wallet won't hurt at this price. Doesn't blow anybody away but hits a target in the market that many will enjoy.
J.P. Wiser’s Triple Barrel Rye
Canadian — Ontario, CanadaTastedIf you want a good bit of sweetness in a Rye, this hits all the marks. At the price point, it's a great deal. You won't be wowed, but you will be warmed.
John's Alabama Single Malt Whiskey
American Single Malt — Alabama, USATastedLovely sweet, spicy, and slightly fruity nose. The palate was definitively southern pecan forward, with a little creme brulee. Nutty finish, but found it incredibly drinkable. Made about 30 minutes from where I grew up. Tasted at the Royal Oyster House in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Johnny Drum Private Stock Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedCharcoal filtered - the first thing that impresses is the drinkability, even at 101 proof. Full and creamy viscosity. Bakes spices, sweet vanilla, toasted oak, and cinnamon apples on the nose. Oak forward on the palate, but all of the flavors from the nose are present in the palate and finish. Long finish with a little heat and tingle, but exactly what you're looking for. I have to say that I'm really impressed with this one at $31.99. It doesn't have the light smoky finish that the Johnny Drum Black has, but I prefer it that way in this one. I tasted this one next to a Weller Reserve, and I'd pick Johnny Drum Private Stock every time. Willet made some delicious juice right here. 92/100.31.99 USD per Bottle
Johnny Drum Black Label Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedFor around the $20 range, this is a delicious bourbon. Nose is sweet vanilla and oak with hint of apples. On the palate it's those same flavors with a tad bit of smoke on the finish. Full, oily mouthfeel, unlike other bourbons at this price range (Heaven Hill Old Style). Not as rich as other Bourbons in a tier above, but still leaves you with a tingle even at 86 proof. Wanting a bit more complexity, but can't complain about anything else. Solid daily sipper. 89/100.
Angel's Envy Rye Finished in Caribbean Rum Casks
Rye — USATastedExcellent Rye. Chicken and waffles, pancakes and syrup. Deliciously rich with a hint of that good rye spice on the finish. Would have it in my whiskey cabinet all the time if I could find it. Just a little pricey.
Willett Family Estate Bottled Rye 4 Year
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedThe best rye for the price when you can find it. Complex sweetness, right amount of spice, and all with a high proof. Best way to drink it is with your friends.