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  1. Black Button Four Grain Bourbon

    Bourbon — New York, USA

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    If the team at Black Button set out to offer something original, their Four Grain Bourbon hits the mark for those looking for something outside the box. Truth be told, I love when a distillery colors outside the lines. For me, when distilleries take risks, their drive for creativity often outweigh the end product, even if the end product isn’t terribly enjoyable. A dram can be artistic expression, and the process is sometimes more exciting than the piece itself. FIRST IMPRESSIONS - My initial reaction is that Black Button Four Grain Bourbon is extremely light and fleeting, similar to a watery Irish Whisky. I didn’t love it as first, but after three drams, it’s growing on me. This one takes a few rounds to fully “get” but if you’re willing to appreciate it for what it is, you may come around. NOSE - I find mild tones of sugary spices and caramel. There is definitely rich corn sweetness alongside extremely light molasses. The nose carries an essence of rye with a lavender subtlety. Think Dad's Hat Pennsylvanian Rye mixed with Brenne French Single Malt. It’s very interesting to say the least. PALATE - the palate is dry, showcasing walnuts and salty almonds. The sweetness of the nose shows up here too with some toasted caramel, butter, and a savory oatmeal notes. The mouthfeel is medium-light and not all that complex. WASH - You’ll find some residual heat here but it won’t last long, so don’t get attached. The finish leaves behind some nice sugary tones but those soon turn more nutty and savory. This is quite fleeting. WHAT I APPRECIATED - This bourbon is a fun copilot, helping you ease into summer. If I were to receive a dram of this upon arriving at a barbecue, this would be eagerly welcomed and delightful. It’s playful and refreshing enough to check some boxes and prepares the palate for more. On the other hand though, if this were served as an exit dram at the end of the night, I’d feel a bit disappointed. CONCLUSION - This bourbon is youthful, flirtatious, and light, finding a place on the shelf of a collector or more adventurous dabbler. However, it lacks the nuances found in more mature bourbons. If you’re looking for something with more kick, or even with more of a traditional bourbon profile, look elsewhere. Opened: 05/13/20 Finished:
    57.0 USD per Bottle
    Tacoma
  2. Westland Winter 2016

    American Single Malt — Washington, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  3. Old Forester Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
  4. Breckenridge Reserve Blend

    Blended American Whiskey — USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
  5. Basil Hayden's Dark Rye

    Other Whiskey — Multiple Countries

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    South City Kitchen
  6. The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Urge Gastropub & Common House
  7. Loch Lomond Single Grain

    Single Grain — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  8. Larceny Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  9. Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask Matured

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    (FWF Share #109 [9/20/2018]) Super light body, woody tones, rich nose.
  10. The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year 25th Anniversary Edition

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    (FWF Share #108 [9/14/2018])
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