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  1. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch C920

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Open 4 weeks Nose - Dense, rich brown sugar and cinnamon, dark chocolate, artificial cherry, snickerdoodles and gingerbread, light corn dust, surprisingly light oak and ethanol. Palate - This is dense sugary syrup on the tongue. Maple cinnamon candy, crème brulee, chocolate covered cherries, almost no hint of ethanol. Finish is long and oily, sweet oak, light cherry mint (cough drops), and finally the proof rears its head. This is another outstanding ECBP batch, tied with B520 as my favorite ECBP releases so far (I've had 5 at this point). There may not be a better buy in high proof bourbon. I've never had any BTAC product, but it's increasingly more exasperating and hilarious the depths people go to find and pay for BTAC when this is widely available. Is barrel proof Stagg, Weller, or EH Taylor that much better? I'll probably never know at this rate, but I think I'll be satisfied grabbing 3 ECBPs per year.
    59.95 USD per Bottle
  2. Rebel Distiller’s Collection

    Bourbon — Kentucky Straight Bourbon, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Barrel No. 7220853, picked by OC Bourbon Club Filled on 11-02-15, approximate age 4.25-4.75 years Open 1 month Nose - Caramel and butterscotch, nutmeg, corn dust and toasted grain, light citrus, light oak, medium-strong ethanol. Palate - Begins light and sweet, honey, caramel apples, buttered corn on the cob, cinnamon candy, oak and ethanol almost disappear on front of palate. Finish is medium-short, harsher oak, red hots, ethanol is astringent. This is where you can tell it is a youthful whiskey. Rounding out the newly released Distiller's Collection line, I purchased this locally. I point that out because I got the Ezra Brooks from a different county, and the pick was from a different bourbon club. This is a solid wheated bourbon, but I prefer Ezra Brooks Distiller's Collection. I haven't had Rebel Yell 100 in a while, but I'm not sure this is worth double the price. That's partially because RY100 is a tremendous value at $20. The better comparison is to Maker's Mark Cask Strength given it is just a hair above almost all MMCS releases at 113 proof. If you're a fan of MMCS this is a solid alternative for $10 less. Even if this isn't great, I think Luxco does a much better job with the Larceny mashbill than Heaven Hill. I would buy this and RY100 over Larceny and its barrel proof version any day of the week.
    39.95 USD per Bottle
  3. Bulleit Bourbon Single Barrel

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Barrel No. 1-B3-0584 Picked by North Carolina ABC Open 5 weeks Nose - Rye spices, oolong or light black tea, white grapes, orange peel, honey, medium oak and ethanol. Palate - Light, delicate wildflower honey, hints of orange and grapes, black pepper, allspice, light oak and ethanol. Medium finish with sweet oak, baking spices, honey, and a slightly peppery or minty aftertaste. I don't like the base Bulleit products, so I've avoided purchasing any premium Bulleit offerings for fear they are wildly overpriced for what I'm getting. I think I bought this out of boredom/intrigue, but also because I haven't had a bad store pick yet in NC. Needless to say I am blown away how much better this is than standard Bulleit Bourbon. It is rich and flavorful and maybe at the perfect proof point, without being overly tannic or drying from the high rye content. This obviously resembles Four Roses Single Barrel, but also resembles a 1792 Single Barrel that I had last year and OGD 114. I think this is better than all of those, but is it $15, $20, or $30 better than those three? I don't think so, which is why I dropped it from 4.5 to 4.25. But, if you can find this around $50 I recommend giving it a shot. At $60 you probably won't be mad at yourself, but there are a lot of things around $60 that are amazing. Overall, I'm really impressed with this bottle and now I'm open to trying more Bulleit products.
    59.95 USD per Bottle
  4. Belle Meade Reserve Bourbon

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Open 1 month Nose - Charred oak, salted caramel and honey, toffee, rye spices, light berries and stone fruits, medium ethanol. Palate - Burst of honey and caramel sweetness, apples and melons, toasted oak, light ethanol. The medium-long finish builds with strong rye spices, oak, burnt caramel, and cinnamon apples. This is a delightful bourbon, and it's awesome to see this regularly on ABC shelves. I thought the Belle Meade Bourbon was one of the best low proof bourbons I've ever had, so I grabbed this as soon as it was available. It is excellent, but is it an upgrade over the standard 90.4 proof? In my opinion, they're pretty damn similar despite being 8.95% abv different. The question is, is this worth the upgrade? That is tricky because NC recently lowered the MSRP from $50 to $45, so I would've said yes at $50 and no at its current price. (I picked this up in SC for $41.) Either way, you can't go wrong with Belle Meade. But if you see the 108.3 proof Reserve priced $15+ more, then I would just pick up the 90.4 proof.
    62.95 USD per Bottle
  5. Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel Select

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Bull City Bourbon Club pick dubbed "Knobbing on Heaven's Door" Warehouse E, Floor 4, Rick 050 Barreled 01-28-14, Bottled 03-27-20 Age 6 years and 3 months Open 1 month Nose - Strong oak and ethanol, dry baking spices, black pepper, oiled leather, vanilla, corn dust. Palate - Big oak and rye spice, burnt vanilla, pepper, light berry compote and herbs. Long finish but surprisingly, not very tannic or dry. The rye flavors mixed with the corn and vanilla sweetness meld together well. This was my first pick from the relatively new Bull City Bourbon Club and my first time trying the high proof Knob Creek ryes. It is fantastic for the price. I'm having a hard time identifying a better rye value than this, unless you look at the BiBs around $25. Because this is a low rye mashbill, I assumed I would like it based on my experience with Pikesville. If you're hesitant to buy high rye whiskey, then definitely try this or the regular Knob Creek Rye after trying Old Overholt and Rittenhouse. In general, Knob Creek offers some of the best value on the shelf. The exception may be the bewildering $20 markup for the cask strength that is only 1% abv more than the single barrel. I'll probably never buy that, just stick to the $50 115 proof rye offering.
    49.95 USD per Bottle
  6. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B519

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Open 2 months Nose - Hot ethanol and ketones overwhelm the nostrils, it's hard to pick out other flavors with this chemical burn. Burnt caramel, strong oak, powdery baking spices, dusty grains are underneath if you take small whiffs. Palate - Front- and mid-palate have more classic ECBP flavors of dense vanilla and caramel sugars, hints of berry compote, and toasted nuts. But the burn returns on the long finish. Very dry, tannic oak and strong ethanol burn with grain dust, toasted bread, and burnt caramel. I lucked into this at the newest Durham ABC, which apparently had been hoarding ECBPs for its grand opening. Maybe it was actually unlucky, because this is easily the worst ECBP I've had (A119, A120, B520, and C920 all were better). Despite this being the lowest proof ECBP I've had, it drinks the hottest by far. Usually I kill these bottles too fast because they're so damn good, but this will last a while. The oak and chemical flavors dominate what you expect from ECBP. You're unlikely to still find this on the shelves, but if you do I recommend avoiding it.
    59.95 USD per Bottle
  7. Uncle Nearest 1856 Tennessee Whiskey

    Tennessee — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Open 6 weeks Nose - Toasted nuts, corn dust and grain, cinnamon and nutmeg powder, campfire ash, medium oak, medium ethanol. Palate - Toasted caramel corn, salted peanuts, nutmeg, maple charcoal. The oak dryness and ethanol build on the finish. It is oily, medium-long with nutmeg, clove, corn, toast, and charcoal. This has been a disappointing purchase. It is not because the whiskey is bad, it's an enjoyable sipper. It is because this is heavily marked up George Dickel and I was hoping Uncle Nearest would bring something a little different to the table. It is a dead ringer for GD BiB and Hand Selected Barrel, which are $24 and $10 cheaper, respectively. It is also similar to Ezra Brooks Distiller's Collection which is $25 cheaper. It could be similar to GD 12 but I haven't had that in a while. My overall point is this is a good whiskey that tastes 90-99% similar to charcoal filtered whiskeys you can find for significantly cheaper prices.
    59.95 USD per Bottle
  8. Ezra Brooks Distiller’s Collection

    Bourbon — Kentucky , USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Barrel No. 7166894, picked by LRP 2020 Filled on 09-03-15, approximate age 4.5-5 years Open 4 weeks Nose - toasted nuts, vanilla, corn dust, nutmeg, anise, medium ethanol, light oak. Palate - Sweet corn and nuts, vanilla, butterscotch, black pepper and anise typically found in higher rye mashbills, zero ethanol burn. The finish is medium, with stronger rye pepper and anise flavors overtaking the sweet notes. The oak tannins are still light, and ethanol burn minimal. This has been rolling out in large quantities in NC over the last month and has been something I've looked forward to trying given its price and proof. This has not disappointed, it is a solid buy at $35 for a sourced Heaven Hill product. Surprisingly, it has little in common with Elijah Craig even though it has the same mashbill. The charcoal mellowing has a lot to do with it, and likely the age as well. It tastes more like Tennessee whiskeys I've had this year (George Dickel BiB, GD Hand Selected Barrel, and Uncle Nearest 1856) with slightly more rye influence. I think if you like those products you'll like this. It's not as complex as George Dickel, but now it's much easier to find.
    34.95 USD per Bottle
  9. Old Tub Kentucky Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Open 1 week Nose - Big toasted vanilla and oak, medium to strong ethanol, sweet corn, peanuts. Palate - Grainy peanut brittle, smooth vanilla and caramel, hints of cinnamon, a little grainy funk, ethanol light as first. The ethanol and oak build on the finish but never overwhelm the palate. It is creamy and oily, with lingering vanilla, caramel, and honey roasted peanuts. I was looking for something to bring on a backpacking trip this weekend, usually I go for under $30 high proof to repackage in a plastic bottle. Or skip that part and buy Evan Williams Black travel pack. This fit the bill as a BiB and let's me try a product that has great reviews from YouTube and mixed reviews on here. This exceeded all expectations, it is really good! I'm honestly shocked. It is easily 50x better than Jim Beam Bonded, and better than Evan Williams BiB. They could charge $35-40 for this and I'd still say it's a good deal. Highly recommend grabbing one before it's gone. It is without question one of the best under $25 bourbons I've had.
    22.95 USD per Bottle
  10. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A120

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Open 2 months Nose - Dense caramel and toffee, strong ethanol and oak, snickerdoodle and gingerbread cookies, candied dates and raisins. Palate - Caramel drizzled over cheap dry pie crust, more shortbread than cookie, cinnamon and nutmeg, light caramel. The finish is super oily, it coats the mouth immediately. The tannic oak and ethanol completely dominate the palate, it is hot even with small sips. You need a minute to recover your sense of taste before taking another sip because it is hot, oily, and dry. Any hint of sugar or fruit vanishes quickly from the mid-palate. I was excited to pick this up in August because I thought I missed it. The new ABC store in Durham stockpiled hundreds of ECBP B519, A120, and B520. (They still have cases of these after being open more than 2 months.) However, I think this batch is clearly inferior to A119 and B520. It has all of those notes you want in ECBP, but the ethanol dominates the palate. This is the highest proof whiskey I've had, but I've had multiple above 130 proof that I prefer. So, I do not think the ethanol % is the issue. The flavors just don't mesh as well together compared to two previous ECBP batches I've purchased. After being open 2 months and splitting the bottle with a friend, I thought it would mellow out a bit, but it hasn't. People clearly like this more than I do, but for me the A119 was better and the B520 was in a different league altogether.
    59.95 USD per Bottle
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