Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Private Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 14, 20222 oz sample from a friend. Binnys Store Pick Aroma - Whoa.. I’m getting quite a bit red hot cinnamon candy. Wasn’t really expecting that. Big wet oak and vanilla here as well. Picking up some floral notes. A very subtle hint of dark fruit but its way in the back. Taste - Man. This store pick is nice. Huge caramel and vanilla sweetness of front. Very very sweet. Dessert-like. Finish is nice and long. Hints of cinnamon and marshmallow. Dark fruits are more present here than in the nose. Overall - this store pick is outstanding.
Booker's Bourbon Batch 2022-02 “The Lumberyard Batch”
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 14, 2022Aroma- getting lots of apple on the initial pour. As it opens up though, the apple fades and I’m now getting a ton of spices. Cinnamon, bayleaf, and nutmeg. Not getting the typical peanut profile from Bookers/Beam. Taste - Not getting the typical Bookers/Beam peanut profile on this to be honest. Caramel and vanilla dominate the palate from start to finish. Big buttery and creamy finish. Very smooth, drinks below its proof. Overall - this is very good. More sweet than bold. Love the buttery/creamy finish. The caramel and vanilla are awesome.
Old Forester 100 Proof Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 14, 2022Aroma - typical banana bread profile that I usually get from the OF line up. Some caramel, vanilla buttercream frosting and cherries.. Very sweet and inviting, but definitely watered-down smelling. Taste - following the nose. Big sweet profile. Touch of spice to bring balance. It’s a solid pour slightly above average at its price point
Rebel 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 14, 2022Aroma- bold wheat profile. Bubblegum, dark fruits presence (plums, blackberry jam), oak presence is nice rounding out the aroma. Not a “wow” moment here.. but quite intriguing. Taste - wheat is very evident here again, really enjoying the balance of the wheat and the oak. The dark fruits come through here again but with the addition of a slight cherry note. Overall - at the price point and for a wheated 10 year… it’s fantastic.
Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted September 14, 2022Aroma - getting lots of buttery notes on this. Baking spices, slight barnyard hay (rye), cinnamon. Above average for the price point Taste - nice balance of rye and caramel. Slight hint of cinnamon and finish has a lingering mint. As expected, it is very thin whiskey not a long finish. But again, above average at this price point. 3.65
Barrell Bourbon Batch 033
Bourbon — (bottled in) Kentucky, USATasted September 14, 2022Aroma- tons of dry cocoa powder, slight hint of orange/citrus and cherries. Rye spices and leather, a lightly browned marshmallow (like when you are doing smores) Taste- Wow. First that jumps out at me is how smooth this one is at 116.6 proof. And has a really nice finish. Very complex first sip experience. This one really is unique. Each sip is different. Sometimes its rich in flavor (chocolate, dark fruits and intense caramel), sometimes it’s sweet (corn, marshmallow, burnt sugar, cherries) and other times it’s bold (rye, wintergreen cask strength booziness)
Stellum Black Equinox Bourbon (Blend #1)
Bourbon — USATasted September 14, 2022Aroma - massive amount of birthday cake coming through. As it opens up, I’m getting deep caramel notes with hints of coconut and chocolate. Very sweet and quite decadent. Taste - Follows the nose. Awesome.
Weller Full Proof (Binny’s Batch #3)
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATasted September 14, 2022Weller Full Proof Binnys Batch 3 Aroma- picking up lots of spices here… cinnamon, baking spices, hint of winter green. Strong vanilla on the back end. Lacks complexity, but quite inviting. Taste - Dang that is big and bold. Drinks much hotter than 57%. But I’m enjoying it. Much more sweetness here than on the nose. Sweet caramel, vanilla.. even a slight milk chocolate note comes to mind. There is a slight grape/tannic note that creates a drying effect that is rather intriguing. Getting a touch of cherries and plums as it opens up. Much more complex here than on the nose. Overall - this is really damn good.
Four Roses Private Selection Single Barrel Barrel Strength Bourbon (OBSF)
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATasted September 14, 2022Binnys Pick 9 years 7 months 59.4% Warehouse RS Barrel 71-3L Aroma - massive amounts of chocolate, melted butter, rye definitely up front as well. Really nice balance here. Figs and plums coming through. And getting a slight hint of bubble gum. Taste - Whoa. That is quite different than the nose. Leather, tobacco, black tea, oak. All really bold flavors. Vanilla bean comes through on the finish. Really enjoy the transition from the bold on the front and the massive sweetness on the finish.
Russell’s Reserve Private Barrel Selection
Bourbon — Lawrenceburg, KY, USATasted September 14, 2022Warehouse - F Floor - 4 Distilled 12-26-12 Dumped 9-8-2021 Bottled 9-23-21 Barrel # 21-0791 Aroma - banana and luxardo cherry juice, cinnamon. The oak and vanilla profile is outstanding on this barrel pick. Very rich and decadent smelling. Taste - vanilla & oak all nicely balanced. Peanuts mid palate. Cherry juice coming in on the finish, with some alcohol heat and mint. Finish is medium length… wish it held just a tad longer.