Knob Creek 12 Year Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose - Nice sweetness made up of cherry, vanilla, fruity syrup, and a touch of sugary peanuts. Palate - Characteristic beam nuttiness. Burnt sugar. Charred oak and barrel spice Finish - Not a very long finish but lingers on a pleasant barrel char note Mouthfeel - Not too much of a mouthfeel. Tingles the tongue a bit. Nice whiskey overall. Not the best I’ve ever had, but it does things well. Definitely worth a try. Not too expensive either so I’d keep one stocked
Old Forester 1897 Bottled In Bond
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose - Cherry, oak, and vanilla right away. Pretty soft nose. A little bit of burnt sugar and caramel too. Palate - Little bit of the cherry and caramel that quickly heads for the oak. Some cinnamon too. Finish - The finish lingers on the oak notes for a while but the oak gets a bit bitter (Granted this was a pour from the bottom of my bottle so I won’t hold it against it). Mouthfeel - Not much to report here. Pretty tame. Not dry. I may be being a bit harsh on this bottle since it’s been low for a while and I needed to kill it, but it didn’t wow me. I remember it tasting better before when it was full so take this review with a grain of salt. I thought it was good in the nose, fine in the palate, and then things slowly fell off from there. I do enjoy the Whiskey Row line from Old Forester but 1910 and 1920 are above this for sure. Could be better. Could be much worse. Try for yourself.
Stagg Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch 13
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATastedNose - Beautiful toffee and crème brûlée notes on a proof forward nose that hits you right away. Also includes some orange zest along with oak and spice. Palate - Beautiful flavor. Creamy vanilla and caramel that quickly morphs into great barrel spices toward the end. Little bit of cherry and citrus hiding in the middle too. Finish - Long and lingers around the sides and back of the tongue. Hazelnut and barrel notes hug you all the way down. Mouthfeel - Slightly drying with a proof that will tingle the lips and tongue. Stagg Jr. is easily a must have. It’s one of the best bourbons out there and can even rival its older brother George T. Stagg. It’s a hitter for sure that uses its high proof to deliver beautiful flavors without an overpowering burn. I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the Stagg Jr. batches, that is, if you can find them. Do yourself a favor and get some Stagg Jr., you won’t regret it.
Blanton's Original Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose - Very sweet fruityness. Cherry and orange. Bit of vanilla and a hint of barrel. Cherry cola. Palate - Same sweetness from the nose but very easy to handle. Cherry and orange blend nicely into a touch of charred oak. Finish - Short-Medium finish. Lower proof doesn’t allow the flavors to stick around very long but the barrel notes that linger are pleasant. Mouthfeel - Not too exciting of a mouthfeel. Could be better. Not dry. Blanton’s, probably the most sought after bourbon for beginners behind maybe only Pappy. I enjoy the desserty sweetness of this drink but not enough to pay secondary prices. There are plenty of things that are more available that I think are just as good but I think it’s worth picking up a bottle at retail if you can find it.
Kentucky Owl Confiscated Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedColor: Tawny Nose - Charred oak and barrel spice upfront. Sweet cinnamon sugar and caramel and maybe a hint of berries. Not very complex but still good. Palate - Barrel notes take center stage with char and a touch of spice aided by some creamy custard and burnt sugar as the opening act. Finish - Decently long finish that hangs around on the barrel notes. Mouthfeel - Nice and oily which coats the mouth. A touch dry I like Confiscated to sip on but I don’t think it’s worth such a high price. It has a nice proof point and does things well but I feel like I can find things just as good for half the price. Worth a try if you haven’t had but not something I’d hunt for.
Barrell Whiskey Single Barrel A134
Other Whiskey — Kentucky, USATastedColor: Chestnut Oloroso sherry Nose - Creamy caramel drizzle and candy pecan. Marshmallow and toasted sugar. Very sweet. Proof evident on the nose but in an inviting way. Deeper in is a nice oak note with a hint of orange zest. Palate - First sip has oak and leather upfront. Nice cigar smokeyness. Sweetens as it goes into some sea salt dark chocolate. Finish - Medium-Long finish that lingers on a barrel char and spice note with the dark chocolate from the palate still there. Mouthfeel - Rich and a little dry. Pretty nice feel overall. Love this whisky. Looks light for an 18 year old but man does it taste good. Sweet nose that pulls a switcheroo on the palate with rich leather and oak. Proof not overwhelming but adds to the mouthfeel. Definitely a hitter for sure. Only real room for improvement would be in the finish and mouthfeel, but that’s just me nitpicking. Would highly recommend.