Knob Creek 12 Year Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedA complex, wonderful expression of the Beam mash bill you know and love. Not as peanut forward as some Booker’s variation (or Old Tub!), but plenty of that funk underneath a bouquet of fruit and spice. It’s delicious, and well worth the MSRP.
Weller Special Reserve
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedAC/DC has a very specific sound, but if you’re into that sound, that’s the best you’re going to get. WSR is like this—it’s pretty much one note, but if you like that big wheat nose and that BT oaky finish, you’ll like it. If you want more than 3 chords, then look elsewhere. If you want that unmistakable taste—and only that—then this is the one if you can find it.
Barrell Whiskey Single Barrel A131
Blended American Whiskey — Kentucky, USATastedLet this one breathe! A beautiful nose, spicy palate, and smooth delicate finish. It’s reminiscent of some of Nikka’s finest. Sip slowly and deliberately. And enjoy!
Dolin Rouge Vermouth
Vermouth — FranceTastedNot too sweet. Some depth, and cinnamon upfront. Pairs well with a spicy rye in a Manhattan. Negronis need Carpano. Such is life.
Gran Classico Bitter Liqueur
Bitter Liqueurs — SwitzerlandTastedSlightly sweeter at the start and then a much more bitter finish than Campari. Supposedly this is what Campari tasted like before they changed the formula, and it’s not too hard to see that. However, I do love that deep red which is missing here.
Amaro — ItalyTastedAmari in general is a new pursuit for me, and I’m still learning the regional and botanical variations. That said, Cynar has proven to be one of the better ones I’ve tried. The sweetness at the front is balanced so well with the vegetal finish. I love the color, and I love how it holds its own in a cocktail. Pair it with a funky Jamaican rum and some Dolin Rouge, a couple of dashes of orange bitters. Better than a Negroni.
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThe first thing that jumps out is the gorgeous color, followed quickly by the big bouquet on the nose. A complex, heavy, lasting bourbon that flirts with heat but never gets too hot.
Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
Single Grain — JapanTastedThe nose on this jumps out of the glass, and the palate is delicate but not weak. A wonderful, deep subtle whiskey that is definitely accessible to bourbon drinkers but different enough to be a new experience.14.0 USD per PourSpilt Milk
Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedAt 116.8 proof, I fully expected an ass kicker, and because it’s kickin’ chicken after all, it’s hot. An ice cube would be welcome. But the nose on this is incredible and the palate is a lot more nuanced than I expected. Highly recommend.
Belle Meade Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana (bottled in Tennessee), USATastedFull bodied, lovely oak, sweeter than I thought. Great finish.