Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond 7 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedTasted this at a Seven Grand Austin Heaven Hill tasting. Nose: sweet corn, vanilla, toffee. Overall, pleasant. Taste: nice mouthfeel, sweet, little bit of pepper in the back. Not much tannin Finish: long, fairly smooth given the proof.
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year (Fall 2018)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: sweet toffee and caramel. Really pleasant. I didn't detect much else, but it gets high points from me because of how nice it is. No alcohol fumes. Taste: sweet, viscous, full. More caramel. Not much spice, but a little towards the back. No tannins. Finish: long, smooth, sweet, slightly spicy. Very nice whiskey!
Elijah Craig Single Barrel Select
Bourbon — USATastedTasted the single barrel at seven grand Austin. This is an 11 year old, 94 proof bourbon. Nose: toffee, caramel, candied orange rind, butter. Taste: sweet, with spicy notes in the back. There's caramel and vanilla, with pepper spikes throughout the sip. Nice viscosity. Very light on tannin. Finish: strong, lingers for a while.
Evan Williams White Label Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSpecifically made for cocktails. Nose: toffee, vanilla. Pretty big aromas. Taste: vanilla, toffee, caramel, a little bit of citrus. ends with a kick of black pepper on the back of the tongue. Finish: strong finish from the 100 proof. Lingers sweet and slightly spicy on the back of the tongue.
Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: vanilla, honey, and a light citrus. Maybe a little bit of leather and oak. Taste: medium viscosity. Easy on the tongue. Not fiery despite it's 92 proof. Sweet honey/caramel. Finish:. Smooth. Medium length. Gentle. Savory, not sweet, which is surprising considering the sweetness in the nose and tongue.
Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond Whiskey
Corn — Kentucky, USATastedThis whiskey is aged in a used, charred barrel to mimic how bourbon got started. Moonshiners discovered that charring the inside of the barrel brought the sugars in the wood to the inside edge of the barrel. It would take 9 months to go down from Kentucky to new orleans. Through that trip, they discovered that a little bit of aging aided the whiskey a lot :) Nose: buttered, sweet corn. Similar to a kettle corn. Alcohol is also very present on the nose. Taste: fiery, slightly sweet. No tannins, really. This is because it's in a used, charred barrel. Pretty thin, not very viscous. Finish: mostly picked up corn and alcohol.
Yamazaki 12 Year
Single Malt — Honshu, JapanTastednose: butterscotch up front. then it gives way to crisp, slightly sour fruit: green apple and Korean pear taste: sweet on the first taste. it has a little bit of fruit towards the end. not too Woody. not tannic at all. decent mouthfeel. not super viscous but not purely liquid either. finish: not overly long or memorable, but pleasant nonetheless. sweet and slight red fruit.
Lagavulin Distillers Edition
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastednose: mainly smoke and peat. tiny hints of sweet fruit, tiny hint of oak. the nose was gentle with the alcohol. I didn't catch any stray fumes that made me recoil taste: an initial burst of sweetness gives way to peat and smoke. there is a bit of saltiness if you look for it in the background this is a viscous whisky with great mouthfeel. it is not very tannic. mouthwatering. smooth. finish: long finish with peat initially, which gives was to fruit. after the fruit is gone, it finishes with some sea salt. very nice expression. I wasnt sure what to expect from a peated whisky finished in sherry, but I'm glad I have a bottle!
W.L. Weller Special Reserve
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedhad a hard time getting past the alcohol on the nose. when I could, it was honeyed and sweet, but I had to try hard to pick those out. palate is similar to the nose, with a bit of spice on the finish. overall, it's not something that I would consistently drink neat, but it's nice to mix, especially with some ginger beer. the price gives it a boost, as it is pretty cheap
William Larue Weller Bourbon (Fall 2018)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI was surprised that this whiskey had such a high proof, because I could discern more aromas than I normally could for such a high proof bourbon. french toast breakfast is the best way to characterize the nose. after my first taste, I was surprised at the butter that leapt out at my nose. taste is much like the smell. it finishes more savory with a little sweet - maybe bacon dipped in Maple syrup. interestingly, the empty glass smelled like Earl grey tea - black tea with oranges. very cool! at first, when I tasted and smelled this whiskey, I was underwhelmed. however, as I drank more, it began to grow on me. it's a cool microcosm of a brunch. it started at 3.75 to 4. by the end of my drink, I was up to 4.25-4.5. worth trying and savoring!