Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2018-04 "Kitchen Table"
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedClassic Booker's oaky caramel on the nose. Pretty tame on the pallet for Booker's, not spicy. Good overall, but not at the top of my Booker's list.
High West Double Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USATastedI get cloves and fruit and a hint of pepper on the nose. Smooth and sweet compared to most ryes. The cloves continue (a little too prominently) when you taste it and finishes with prunes and then apricots. Not something you would drink all night, but distinctive so a good sampler for comparison.
Booker's Bourbon Batch 2017-04 Sip Awhile
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedWow, this bourbon is packed. The nose is high octane candy corn. It hits the back of your palate with pepper and quickly turns to peanut brittle. The flavors linger and turn to light apple. This one is my favorite for 2017.
George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2018)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose is a little bit piney. The high alcohol content prevents you from lingering. The taste is interesting, it starts out spicy but quickly moves to doughy and sweet and finishes with pepper.
Basil Hayden's Dark Rye
Other Whiskey — Multiple CountriesTastedThis whiskey was very disappointing. Odd, syrupy flavor, not pleasant.
Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATastedI bought this on a trip to Kentucky for the sole reason it was not available out of the state and it was inexpensive. It is actually quite good. Not sweet, but spicy, a little piney on the finish. Very enjoyable.
Maker's Mark Cask Strength
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedYou can pick up the high corn content on the nose. Very mild, so much so, the spice and heat you get on the first sip will surprise you. Still very much Maker's Mark. A definite step up from the Maker's I've called my "go to" bourbon for 27 years. Shop around for this one. I pay $40-45 for this but I've seen it going for $60 and more.
Booker's Bourbon Batch 2017-03 "Front Porch Batch"
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATastedI haven't seen this one for sale in stores. Had it while waiting for a table at McCormick and Schmicks in Kansas City one night. Maybe the most aromatic Bookers I've come across. Nice vanilla and spice flavor and smooth but short finish. Very good.
Maker's Mark Private Select Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedOld Town Liquor, Louisville, KY, 6 seared french cuvee, 2 roasted french mocha, 2 toasted french spice. 110 proof Smokey, sweet and fruity on the nose. Oily feel in the mouth. Very smoky and spicy at first fading to slightly yeasty and a distinct coffee candy on the finish. I haven't been a big fan of Makers 46 or other Private Select versions I've tried. This one has stood out. Much more complex than standard Maker's. I really like this bourbon.
Booker's Bourbon Batch 2018-02 Backyard BBQ
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedOne of the lesser Booker's I've tried. A distinct bitterness on the palate.