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  1. 1792 Full Proof Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Open 1.5 months Nose - Banana bread, dark oak, baking spices, crème brulee, honey and brown sugar, lighter than expected ethanol burn Palate - Banana and stewed berries, crème brulee, cinnamon oak, light ethanol. Finishes with big burnt brown sugar, baking spices and oak, the ethanol finally comes out to play while the banana disappears. Medium-to-long finish, but it isn't drying or overly tannic. It is eminently sippable for 125 proof. This has been my white whale of bourbon hunting in the last 2 years, and suddenly I started to see it at multiple ABC stores in my area. I picked up 2 bottles at 2 different locations, every store limited to 1 per person. It is worth every penny in my opinion. When I first cracked it, the neck pour resembled Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. After it opened up, it is now closer to Old Forester 1920 with the banana notes emerging. The marriage of those two excellent high proof bourbons is the best way to describe this. As a bonus, this is $45 in NC and those two are $60. It is one of the best high proof, high value bourbons I've had.
    44.95 USD per Bottle
  2. Maker's Mark 101

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Open 1 month Nose - Cherry bomb, mixture of cheap Maraschino cherry and cherry cough drops, sweet corn and brown sugar, cinnamon apple and red hot candy, light oak. Palate - Candied apple covered in red hot candy syrup, artificial cherries, oak and brown sugar, corn dust. Finishes medium with sweet cherry and tannic oak flavors lingering on the tongue. This is a really good release by Maker's Mark and should be a staple in their lineup. I don't see why this should be limited, it seemingly requires no special aging, barreling, or finishing. I was skeptical buying a 101 proof version for $42 when the cask strength was on sale for $40, but this may be the ideal proof for Maker's Mark. It is much better than 90 proof, and is equally as good or better than the two MM Cask Strength batches I've had. The Cask Strength drinks hot and needs oxygen to mellow out, this tastes like the best version of those cask strengths with more cherry and less red hot oak. If you like Maker's Mark and were skeptical of this release, my suggestion is buy it. Two other notes: I love the gold inlay on the clear bottle. It looks really nice and I prefer that to all of these paper iterations they've been using on the cask strengths recently. I don't understand the MSRP of $42 in NC, I think it should be $40 given the 90 proof is $30 and cask strength is $50. It's only $2 more than my ideal price point, just thought it was odd.
    41.95 USD per Bottle
  3. Noah's Mill Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    Batch No. 19-44 Open 4.5 months Nose - Hot ethanol, peanut funk, white grapes, citrus zest, cinnamon dust, light brown sugar, singes the nose Palate - Strong ethanol burn, stale mixed nuts, bright citrus, eucalyptus, light brown sugar, light black pepper. It finishes with increased ethanol burn and very dry oak tannins. This whiskey is hyped as a good, affordable high proof bourbon. I think a lot of those reviews were with an age statement based on Google searches. What I purchased was hot, hot, hot, with the ethanol burn dominating every facet of this whiskey. After 4+ months it still hasn't opened up, it drinks like it's 130 proof without any of the beautiful flavors you find in ECBP or Jack Daniel's. Imagine the hottest one-note Maker's Mark Cask Strength and amp that up a few notches. This tastes far too immature, it should have been in the barrel for at least a couple more years. I purchased Rowan's Creek with this, and think the Rowan's Creek is a superior product at a more affordable price. My recommendation is pass on this because in the $50-60 range you can find a lot of great high proof bourbons with much more complex flavors.
    56.36 USD per Bottle
  4. Woodinville Cask Strength Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Washington, USA

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    Bull City Bourbon Club pick, named "Honey Smack'd" Barrel No. 3306, Bottle No. 156 59.96% abv, 119.92 proof Open 1.5 months Nose - Bright honey, boozy mead, artificial cinnamon, young oak, apples and white grapes, bourbon cask strength version of pot-still Irish whiskey Palate - Honey, butterscotch, honey crisp apples, French toast, sweet oatmeal. Finishes with an ethanol punch that was disguised on the nose and tongue, then transforms to a light honey syrup with hints of cinnamon and oak. I took a chance on this expensive craft bourbon because I heard the Bull City Bourbon Club (BCBC) was a new group that has picked some good local stuff in 2020. This drastically exceeded my expectations. I've had a lot of cask strength bourbon in the last 2 years and this is wildly different. While most are spicy and dense in profile, this is light, bright, and sweet. I think the distillery location in Washington lends to a unique profile that is a nice addition to the bourbon category. The name Honey Smack'd by BCBC is appropriate, this tastes like the alcoholic version of Honey Smacks and is more like a strong mead than something like Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. I've been seeing a variety of store picks around NC and I doubt any of them are bad. I highly recommend picking one up, I guesstimate it'll be a welcome change to the typical Kentucky cask strength bourbon.
    69.95 USD per Bottle
  5. Old Forester Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Open approximately 9.5 months Nose - Strong oak and rye spice, chocolate-covered cherries, black pepper, medium ethanol, orange peel, toffee Palate - Baking spices, charred malted barley, caramelized oak and toffee, minimal ethanol burn. It finishes with strong oak and tannins, much drier than I expected given the nose and taste. This is a great bargain rye and much better than most ryes that are in the $30-50 range, including almost all MGP-sourced ryes I've had. I think this hits the sweet spot between barely legal rye and 95/5 rye, with the high % of malted barley really balancing out the rye by adding those sweeter toffee flavors. It's never a go-to for me, but I have turned others onto this as one of the best cocktail mixers you can buy for the money. Highly recommend this for your bar shelf if you prefer rye over bourbon but don't want the noticeable bite of the 95/5 mashbill.
    24.95 USD per Bottle
  6. Rowan's Creek

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Purchased in SC, open 3.75 months Nose - Pungent, musty peanut butter funk, grapes, aged chardonnay, cheap cocktail cherries, menthol, corn dust, and powdered sugar. There's a lot going on with this nose, it's one of the most unusual bourbon noses I've had. My first impression was this is a finishing bourbon because they re-use wine bottles and it smells like they forgot to wash out the wine before bottling. Palate - Corn mixed with cherries, grapes, and peanuts. Minimal oak and ethanol influence initially. Finishes with a stronger oak and spice profile, some hints of cinnamon and brown sugar from the rye. I still can't decide if I love this bourbon or not, but it is certainly unique compared to the typical bourbon profiles I'm used to. It's sat on my shelf for a while because the first thing I gravitate towards is the more classic oak and caramel flavors. But every time I sip this, it is enjoyable. I also bought Noah's Mill on my trip to SC, and I definitely prefer this. With the unique flavor profile, price, and proof, this is a solid buy if you find it.
    40.99 USD per Bottle
  7. Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon 100 Proof

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    50 mL airplane bottle for $1.95 at NC ABC Nose - Spicy corn and freshly cut grass, honey and butterscotch, noticeable ethanol, light oak and light spice Palate - Surprisingly light on the tongue after the strong ethanol note, honey vanilla sweetness, barely ripe cherries, corn dust and grains, fresh bread. The finish is medium, which is long for a $20 bourbon. It is oily, coating the tongue with strong notes of oak, nuts, and grains. I wasn't a fan of David Nicholson so I've been avoiding other cheap Luxco products, but this is a winner at this price. As far as cheap wheated bourbons are concerned, this is miles better than Larceny. It is probably as good as Maker's but much grainier, while Maker's has that dominant sweet cherry cordial flavor. After tasting this I'm honestly perplexed why Larceny is considered a great value wheated bourbon, I think Maker's Mark and Rebel Yell are superior by a wide margin. I guess my taste buds are off.
    19.95 USD per Bottle
  8. Booker's Bourbon Batch 2020-02 "Boston Batch"

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Split purchase with a friend, open 8 weeks. Nose - Rich caramel and peanut brittle, strong oak and ethanol, baked apples, light baking spices and even some mint, light berries, hints of rye whiskey Palate - Up front it's sweet, dark caramel and peanuts, berry compote, rye spices. The mid-palate and finish are overtaken by oak, peanut brittle, and ethanol. It is a medium-long finish with a bite that dries the mouth. When it fades, you want another one because each sip takes you on a journey. This was my first ever Booker's purchase. I actually didn't buy it, my friend did and I gave him three whiskeys in the trade (Talisker Distiller's, ECBP A120, 1792 Single Barrel). I've seen Booker's go up in price in $10 increments over the decade, and I've always avoided it because of the cost. I understand the hype, this is really good stuff and much better than most Jim Beam offerings. But this falls flat when you compare it to its cousin, Knob Creek Single Barrel, which is $40 cheaper and can be found nearly twice its age as store picks. Even if you can't find a store pick, Knob Creek SiB is 2-3 years older than Booker's and I can't imagine the quality difference between the barrels justifies that price disparity. Additionally, you can buy what I consider the superior ECBPs for $30 less. I do think this is a very solid bourbon, but unless you live in a state where you can find this for $70 I suggest passing on this and use that money for something in the $60 range.
    89.95 USD per Bottle
  9. 1792 Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Purchased in July 2020 from Fletcher, NC ABC store Split with a friend, open 4 weeks Nose - Bursts with ripe red fruits/berries, honey, caramel apples, corn dust, medium oak and ethanol. I've heard bubble gum and cotton candy as a feature for some bourbons but rarely get those notes. This screamed Juicy Fruit or Big League Chew, the most prominent bubble gum note I've gotten from a bourbon. Palate - Honey and apple sweetness on the front of the palate. Light corn dust and berries, most fruit notes hidden by the strong honey flavor. Mid-palate and finish are taken over by rye baking spices and oak. Surprising medium to long finish, sticks to the tongue but the ethanol is never overwhelming. My second purchase of 1792 SiB did not disappoint. This is a quality whiskey for the price and a big step up from the 1792 Small Batch for only $10 more. I wish 1792 provided any sort of information about these bottles, because I have no idea how this compares to my previous purchase or other reviews on Distiller. With that lack of transparency it makes it hard to shop for these compared to single barrels with transparency or small batch releases like Elijah Craig BP and Booker's. It's still a really good bourbon, I'm just wary of buying it less than 2 years apart in a different location in NC. It could be the exact same barrel. Who knows based on my last review, because I get no banana notes with this one.
    39.95 USD per Bottle
  10. Maker's Mark 46 Cask Strength

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Open 6 weeks** Nose - Dense, sweet cinnamon bun, candied raisins, dry baking spices, medium oak, surprisingly light ethanol. The nose is outstanding, far better than any other Maker's Mark product I've had. Palate - A mouthful of warm bread pudding, toffee, pecans and almonds, maple syrup and brown sugar Finish - The hotness of Maker's appears, dominant oak and ethanol, light baking spice and vanilla, sweetness somewhat hidden by the oak This is my favorite Maker's Mark to date, and is a great value at $60. This has one of the best noses of any bourbon or finished bourbon I've had. After that smell, the taste is slightly underwhelming, it's closer to a Maker's Mark Cask Strength profile. The first few weeks this was open, the nose was even better and the palate was hotter and less complex. Now, the nose is slightly less amazing but the palate and finish have improved significantly. This hasn't changed my rating, I was going to give it a 4.5/5 for the nose alone so this change balanced that out.
    59.95 USD per Bottle
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