Four Roses Marriage 2008
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThe color is a glowing golden color, lighter than what you would imagine for part of this bourbon being 13 years old. It doesn’t hesitate with each swirl to be generous on how much oil it coats the glass in with heavy legs that run down. The nose starts off with cinnamon, black pepper, oak and a touch of sweet molasses. More baking spices such as nutmeg and clove comes out mixed nicely with vanilla with each smell. As it breathes, there is a slight bit of brown sugar and orange oil that comes out. The palate starts with a mouth full of dry oak, baking spices and the vanilla, which tastes a little more cooked than it smells, each perfectly balanced with each other. The spice subsides as you sip on it, leaving you with generous spice, more cinnamon and clove than anything, with some spicy oak and hints of rye. The finish is medium with oaky vanilla that stays in the mouth around mid palate, not quite reaching the corners of the mouth but still very pleasant. The spice takes its time to fade, making for a very enjoyable sipper. The only complaint is that the spice tends to be all you think of as you sip it, overshadowing the rest of its flavors. The aftersniffs are a juxtaposition of sharp Kraft macaroni and cheese mixed with hints of VO5 Max Hold Hairspray.
Kentucky Owl Kentucky Straight Bourbon (Batch #7)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThe color is a very deep and almost dull amber but has a wonderful glow to it. It leaves a thin veil of oil that thoroughly coats the side of the glass as it’s swirled around. The nose starts with a generous helping of oak which is pleasant and not at all overwhelming. Behind it is a build up of well balanced baking spices, vanilla, red apple, earthy rye and a touch of caramel. The palette is dry it rich and fills the mouth full of baking spices alongside enough creamy oaky vanilla to balance it out. The creaminess gives way to smooth notes of rye, brown sugar and almost bready quality making this whiskey chewier with a second sip. The finish is medium long with lingering baking spices and oak while sweet creaminess remains chewy until it fades.
Kentucky Owl Kentucky Straight Bourbon (Batch #9)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThe color is a very deep and almost dark amber, nearly ruby. Despite being such high proof, it doesn’t want to leave behind much oil as you swirl it around. The nose is very gentle and opens with notes of sweet fruit, vanilla and oak. Rye and subtle cinnamon follow behind, very much reminding you of walking into a bakery. The palette is dry and full and fills the mouth with spicy oak, cinnamon, a touch of nutmeg and black pepper. There is a certain creaminess to it behind all the spiciness which rounds out the taste very nicely, with buttery notes of vanilla and fresh bread. The finish is medium long and leaves the mouth feeling nice and spicy with cinnamon, oak, sweet vanilla all fading nicely but perhaps a little too quick.
Clyde May's Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Alabama, USATastedThe nose starts with ripe apples, brown sugar, soft vanilla, sponge cake and soft baking spices. The palate is mildly rich and fills the mouth with a smooth but spicy creaminess that is strong with cinnamon as brown sugar and apples round out the taste. The finish is medium with a lasting baking spiciness while the vanilla creaminess fades. Overall the spiciness leans more towards overwhelming the palate, as the other notes are not strong enough and get drowned out a bit too easily.
Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon Coronaolorosa
Bourbon — New York, USATastedThis is a private pick by Rochester Elite Barrel Pickers and is finished in oloroso casks. The color is a deep and vibrant amber that leaves strong legs all over the sides of the glass. The nose immediately gives off sweet sherry with bourbon notes of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, baking spices and touches of pepper. The sweetness from the sherry is evident right away which is followed by a wave of spice including cinnamon, pepper and rye. Dry oak and anise comes out along with faint hint of vanilla creaminess. The finish is medium with lingering sherry and spice that fades nicely to oaky undertones.
Michter’s King Tut Sour Mash
Other Whiskey — Pennsylvania , USATastedThis same is from 1978 and has a bright gold color that leaves a jagged curtain of oils on the glass. The nose hits you immediately with a bouquet of caramel, vanilla custard, oak, brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon. The palate is very smooth and is heavy on dry oak, balanced by vanilla with touches of cinnamon and black pepper, with caramel and coconut following. The finish is medium with a lingering vanilla cream as the rest of the palate gently fades for a medium finish.
Pinhook Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Blended American Whiskey — Lawrenceburg, In, USATastedThe color is amber but not as vibrant as you would expect in older bourbons. It does have legs that hang on and take their time making their way down the glass. The nose reveals some youth but also gives hints burnt toast, oak, orange zest and a touch of clove. The nose all carries over into the palate with a somewhat rich mouthfeel. The finish has more oak come out but is medium at best.
WhistlePig Vermont Estate Oak 15 Year
Rye — (bottled in) Vermont, CanadaTastedThe color is a vibrant gold, very straw like. With some coaxing it leaves heavy legs clinging to the sides of the glass. The nose is very rye spice forward, but in a floral and subtle way. There are hints of minty dark chocolate with the zestyness of fresh fruit. The faintest hints of vanilla and oak come out the longer the whiskey breathes. The palate is gentle of floral rye spice alongside black pepper, with an almost creamy sweetness coming in behind it. The finish reveals more oak and vanilla as the spiciness fades, leaving a long finish with fading floral notes.
Wight’s Maryland Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye — Maryland, USATastedThis 5 year old rye is from the Frank L. Wight Distilling Co. which was founded in Lorely, Maryland, after prohibition ended and ran by Frank and his grandfather John until 1943 when they sold the distillery as tastes shifted away from rye. Hiram Walker purchased the distillery and shut it in down 1950 as they moved production to their facility in Peoria, Illinois. The color of this rye is a very dark and deep ruby, to the point where you can almost not see through it. It leaves heavy oils all around the glass with every movement that leaves endless legs running down the sides. The nose is very gentle and the same time very buttery right from the start. There is an excellent blend of rye spice and oak joining it, as floral notes gradually come out. You begin to feel as though you have walked into a bakery the more you smell it, making it rather hard to get to actually tasting it. On the palate it fills the mouth with rye and oak, which coat every corner of the mouth. The buttered bread follows closely behind delivering a very rich mouthfeel. Moving it around the mouth brings out some hints of cocoa, for an all in all simple palate, but an absolute delight to experience. The finish is medium, with a spiciness from the rye that keeps the mouth tingling while oak still coats the mouth. The rich buttered bread keeps letting you know that it is there while it fades all too quick. It is a whiskey you want to keep coming back to, and is sad this style has been lost to time. With a longer finish and stronger flavors this rye could be truly remarkable.90.0 USD per Pour
OKI Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey Aged 10 years
Bourbon — Distilled in Indiana, Bottle in Kentucky, USATastedThis is batch 15 at 97.75 proof and has a nose starting with spicy green apple that gives way to caramel and vanilla. The palate is hot spicy with a strong rye spiciness and a creamy touch of vanilla and caramel. The finish is medium with a lingering creaminess as the spiciness fades.