Casey Jones Moonshine Barrel Cut
Corn — Kentucky, USAReviewed October 8, 2022In short, this is a dang good whiskey!! Now, to the technical side of the Whiskey Review…. Appearance: Dark Copper/Amber in color with nice “legs” smoothly running down the ol’ Glencarin glass. Nose: a scent of apple cider and/or fresh sliced apples greets my nose’s senses, with subordinated hints of alcohol and caramel…kind of like smelling a Caramel Apple on a stick after you take a nice, juicy bit out of it! Mmmmmm! Taste: caramel, vanilla, sweet apples; and Ohhh, so creamy smoooooth!! On subsequent tastes & especially upon execution of the “Kentucky chew”, it reminds me that, at its core, this Whiskey is still moonshine and 110.4-proof (barrel cut). Finish: Warm and smooth…no dryness to it, and no “Kentucky Hug” either! I’ve had the distinct pleasure to visit and tour this wonderful Craft distillery just outside of Hopkinsville, Kentucky (not once, but twice!). This Distillery should definitely be on your “Visit List” of Kentucky distilleries. Also, it is well worth your time researching and reading about the real Casey Jones; his life and his contributions to developing what is now many modern Stills.
Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond Whiskey
Corn — Kentucky, USAReviewed September 18, 2022Sweet & spicy! I’ve been reluctant to purchase this Mellow Corn for years. Nonetheless, while taking a Tasting and History Tour at Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, I succumbed to the encouragement of the employees and promo videos to taste Mellow Corn. I have to admit this is a VERY solid High Corn whiskey. At 90% corn and the remaining 10% a mix of rye and barley, I submit the Bottled In Bond feature of this whiskey causes it to be a solid corn-forward whiskey at a very reasonable price! I really enjoy it!
Boone County Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed September 5, 2022NOSE: Alcohol on the nose…. I can’t really discern other flavor notes, due to the alcohol , spice, rye. TASTE: there is an initial “creaminess”, but quickly goes to “hot rye” that ascends to the roof of my mouth, making a statement that is larger than the 21% rye in the mash bill. Also hints of wood/oak and old leather that also tends to accentuate the dryness. There’s also a dryness accompanying rye rye. FINISH: Warm, dry & lingering. Overall…. Not bad. I enjoyed it, overall. It would NOT make my top 10 in every day drinkables, but an OK Bourbon.
Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select
Tennessee — Tennessee, USAReviewed August 31, 2022COLOR: Rich Copper. NOSE: Not a strong nose. Bananas come through as well as caramel (on subsequent nosings). Also furfural alcohol hints. TASTE: Mmmmm! Rich & Creamy! Banana - Oak - Vanilla, tastes that oscillate amongst the three, with the subtle infusion of furfural alcohol. About into the “tasting - chew”, the flavors turn dry upon the finish. FINISH: Dry and soft.
Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold
Tennessee — Tennessee, USAReviewed August 31, 2022COLOR: Rich Goldenrod. NOSE: Banana-Cherry, with more ‘nana than cherry. There’s that ever-present nosing of furfural alcohol that is found in most of JD brands. There’s also some oak & leather too. TASTE: The first taste is one of the flavors “rolling” within my mouth; it’s creamy, vanilla dash caramel, with hints of oak and maple woods. But, a very goooood taste and an enjoyable drink! FINISH: Wonderfully smooth, but a very short & “clean” finish. I could drink this neat throughout the day.
Jack Daniel's Triple Mash
Blended American Whiskey — Tennessee, USAReviewed August 31, 2022COLOR: Soft Goldenrod NOSE: Bananas, Caramel, Leather, and hints of Furfural alcohol. TASTE: Somewhat complex, interesting & fun! I believe the complexity comes from the high rye (60% of the mash bill), but complimented with the infused tastes of honey, sourdough bread/banana nut bread, some oakiness and a dryness brought on by the malt (20%) in the mash bill. FINISH: Average, warm & somewhat dry. It’s an interesting tasting experience & I’d drink it again.
Jack Daniel's Bonded Tennessee Whiskey
Tennessee — Tennessee, USAReviewed August 31, 2022COLOR: Goldenrod. NOSE: Not much! Hints of alcohol and spices. TASTE: A rush of warmth & heat to the roof of my mouth (I’d think it would have much more rye in the mash bill). The taste fades quickly & leaves a lingering warmth ~ underwhelming for sure; especially for a Bottled In Bond! FINISH: Warm….. again, underwhelming for what I was anxiously expecting!
Jack Daniel’s Legacy Edition #2
Tennessee — Lynchburg, Tennessee , USAReviewed August 31, 2022NOSE: Bananas! Also, some vanilla and furfural alcohol. TASTE: Vanilla, caramel, banana, furfural, hints of leather….a soft, warm taste. FINISH: Warm, soft, kind of short…. Nothing down the throat (in other words… No “Kentucky Hug”!)
Sagamore Spirit Straight Rye
Rye — Indiana (bottled in Maryland), USAReviewed August 10, 2022This was the first time I tried Sagamore Spirt Straight Rye. I concur with most of the Distiller Pro’s Review and Tasting Notes. My overall impression would be summed up as follows: “soft & watery-smooth”; especially for a Rye (I’m use to the strength-statements of many of the Kentucky Ryes!). It was an enjoyable drink, with NO “Kentucky Hug” after-effects. If you have someone (or yourself) who would like to “wade in” to the complexities and world of Rye bourbons & whiskeys, I suggest this one as a well represented “Entry” into it! Overall, it’s like a blind date where you conclude you may not want to date him/her again, but you had a nice time and truly enjoyed the conversations!! Rickhouse1897The Capital Grille
Barker's Mill Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed June 9, 2022This is part of the MB Roland Distillery's foundation of barrel-proof, "Grain-to-Glass" principles. The "Barker's Mill" is a B-N-B (100-proof) issue and is named after the Barker's Mill that was a centerpiece in Christian County, Pembroke, Kentucky. APPEARANCE: Dark Amber in color and the "Legs" produce beautiful sheets of 100-proof bourbon upon the swirl in a Glencairn Glass. NOSING: Very Corn-based (MB Roland uses exclusive, locally-grown KY white corn); but I also picked up hints of smoke, tobacco & leather, along with the Production Aroma of Butyl Alcohol. I believe these smells are accented by the fact that it is 100-proof bourbon. TASTING: Not much on the tip of the tongue, but mid-tongue and upon the "chew",I got flavors of cinnamon bread with vanilla & brown spices. These flavors came rushing forward on my mid-tongue and into the roof & back of my mouth. The "base-line" taste that accelerates these flavors forward is fueled by an alcohol taste, may be attributable to the 100-proof, but definitely not masked by the other flavors from the barrel aging. I would like to know where these barrels were pulled from in the MB Roland Rickhouse. FINISH: There is a kick of rye/alcohol that impacts the back of the throat after the initial chew, but there was not a pronounced "Kentucky Hug" on the way down. Nonetheless, I was left with a nice "warming" sensation on the throat that lasted a while. All in all, a very enjoyable taste and one I would definitely return to for a sipper and a repeat of an enjoyable drinking experience. If you are "negative" on some of the other MB Roland styles (thinking of the MB Roland Dark-Fired (which I, personally like), I believe you will find Barker's Mill to be a wonderful surprise and a very enjoyable drinking experience! Cheers ~ Rickhouse 1897