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  1. Bulleit Bourbon Blenders’ Select No. 001

    Bourbon — Kentucky , USA

    Tasted February 10, 2021
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Open 1 month Nose - Peanut brittle, vanilla, grainy rye spice, candied or artificial cherries, prominent oak and ethanol notes. Palate - Caramel, salted peanuts, cherry bubble gum, cinnamon bun, hints of grain and grass. Medium finish with hot dry oak tannins, rye spice, and lingering notes of caramel, cinnamon, and peanut shells. My friend picked this up in Texas during the holidays at a solid price. When we first cracked it, we thought it was a harsh dud during a night of tasting. Give it a week or two and it opens up nicely. I still don't like regular Bulleit, but this and their Single Barrel have been excellent. This blend is also listed as 9 years old, and I think it compares favorably with Knob Creek Small Batch and Four Roses Single Barrel at this price point.
    41.99 USD per Bottle
  2. John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted February 5, 2021
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Open 5 weeks Nose - Orange spiced chai tea jumps out of the glass immediately, hints of cinnamon apples, honeysuckle nectar, butterscotch, breakfast cereal, and noticeable ethanol punch. Palate - After that nose it is surprisingly light on the tongue at first. Canned apples and pears, floral honey, golden raisins, shortbread, black pepper, hint of citrus rind. Medium-long finish with bitter wood and ethanol, then followed by delicate apple and honey notes as it fades. I wanted to buy something special for NYE that my brother would equally enjoy. This seemed like a good choice at least in name only. Although considerably more expensive than most Johnnie Walkers or highland malts, there is a lot going on here at considerably higher proof. This is the best JW I've had, but I haven't had Green or Gold yet so one day I may change my mind. If you like highland malt, this is a definite buy and the type of special release I'd like to see more of from JW. It's frankly amazing that JW priced this so cheap.
    79.95 USD per Bottle
  3. Benriach The Original Ten

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted February 5, 2021
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Open 6 weeks Nose - Bright green apples and pears, honey, white grapes, sweet cereal grain, noticeable ethanol punch. Palate - Honey malt, apples, light brine. Medium finish with oak age showing up, bitter floral and wood notes with a hint of brine on the back end. A really solid Speyside single malt I split with my brother over Christmas. (He bought it in NJ, it's $10 cheaper in NC.) It is similar in profile to The Balvenie Doublewood 12, but at a significantly cheaper price point. If those Speysides seem too much these days, highly recommend BenRiach.
    64.99 USD per Bottle
  4. Glenfiddich 12 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted February 2, 2021
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Open 4 weeks Nose - Green apple, honey, butterscotch, shortbread, very light ethanol. Palate - Apples, honey, salted caramel, hint of oak and baking spices. Short finish with light honey and shortbread cookie. I haven't had this classic in a long time. I picked up a 375 mL of this to give it a whirl against some other Scotch whiskeys I have open. It is an excellent base malt and is one of my favorite Speysides under $60. Unfortunately, the price increases have put it in the realm of Islay and island malts I love and I have difficulty justifying pricier Speysides. But, for someone who likes classic Scotch malt with no peat and no frills, this is one of the best available on the shelf.
    51.95 USD per Bottle
  5. Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted February 2, 2021
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Barrel pick by Spec's (Houston, TX) Barrel No. 27964 Age 5 years 57.1 % abv, 114.2 proof Open 4 weeks Nose - Soft caramel candy, Frosted Flakes, cinnamon, brown sugar, orange-flavored chocolate, medium oak and ethanol. Palate - Caramel, brown sugar, grain, and heavy rye spice up front. Finish is medium-long and hot, with building oak, rye spice, and ethanol with hints of caramel and orange rind. I always seem to miss these picks in NC, so my friend picked up one in Texas during the holidays. This is a solid bourbon, but in this price range I think Belle Meade is the better sourced MGP high rye bourbon. There are some sharp, younger notes here that are rounded out in the two Belle Meade lines I've had. At almost the same proof and mashbill I think you could save $20 and be more satisfied with OGD 114 as well. Definitely not a bad effort by any stretch, but in the $50's you could get better MGP stuff and better high rye/high proof bourbons from other distilleries.
    52.62 USD per Bottle
  6. Talisker Storm

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted January 28, 2021
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Open 2 months Nose - Ocean-scented candle mixed with charcoal smoke, lemon, honeysuckle, honey, medium ethanol. Palate - Brine, medium peat, honey, black pepper, green apple, citrus rinds, bready. Finish is medium and oily, with spicier black pepper and citrus notes followed by salty honey and peat. This budget version of Talisker punches well above its weight. Considering it is the same proof but $18 less (comparing SC to NC prices, Storm isn't available in NC), I would recommend buying Talisker Storm over 10Y if you're hesitant on price. It has everything the 10Y does with a little more wood and peat influence. In this same price range I also prefer this to Laphroaig 10Y, although Ardbeg 10Y may still be my favorite in this class. Talisker is quickly becoming my favorite peated Scotch with its balance of peat, light honey, and sea salt.
    53.99 USD per Bottle
  7. Whistlepig Straight Rye Whiskey Single Barrel

    Rye — Canada, USA

    Tasted January 26, 2021
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Barrel pick by Bull City Bourbon Club, dubbed "Pulled Pork" Barrel No. 95669, Warehouse 1, Floor 1, Rick E Age 16 years 52.25% abv, 104.5 proof Open 3 weeks Nose - Sharp cinnamon and maple syrup, cereal grain, floral rye baking spice with hints of pine and fir, brown sugar, medium ethanol. Palate - Light and sweet up front, vanilla, brown sugar, maple candy, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, hint of citrus rind, light ethanol. Finish is medium with a grainy sweetness that resembles a spiced maple candy dissolving on your tongue. Some mint and pine on the back end, surprisingly low spice and ethanol on the finish. I have never had WhistlePig due to their exorbitant prices, but my friend gave me 150 mL of this local BCBC pick in a trade. A 16 year old single barrel pick sold at the price of the 10 year? I had to try it. This is good stuff, but I think I got lucky with the age on this barrel pick. No way would I pay close to $100 for a sourced 10Y rye when there are plenty of excellent ryes for almost half that price. If you do see a really old barrel pick at a lower price, it might be worth picking up if Alberta rye is your thing.
    94.95 USD per Bottle
  8. Jim Beam Single Barrel 108 Proof

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted January 19, 2021
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Barrel No. JB000207032 Open 6 months Nose - Salted unshelled peanuts, light mint, salty caramel, shiny citrus rind, light oak, medium ethanol. Palate - Salty peanut brittle, cereal grain, light honey and caramel, astringent tannic oak, sharp ethanol bite. Finish is medium-short, mostly tannins and ethanol on the back end. Finish lacks sweetness and peanuts. It tastes young and would've been better blended with other barrels. If I judged this on the neck pour, it'd be a 4.25/5. Alas, the quality dropped off after being open a couple of weeks and it sat on my shelf collecting dust. I believe the 95 proof single barrel I bought over a year ago was much better, less bite and much better rounded sweet peanut flavors. I know this is priced unusually high in NC, $40 while some states have it for less than $30. At $40 this is a definite skip, I would buy the Jim Beam Black instead for much less money, or just buy Knob Creek anything. It makes sense to rebrand their single barrel at a higher proof if you're selling at this price, but they did a poor job picking this barrel.
    39.95 USD per Bottle
  9. Sagamore Spirit Rye Barrel Select

    Rye — Maryland, USA

    Tasted January 17, 2021
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Barrel Pick by Smoking Barrels, dubbed "Knight Rye-der" Barrel No. 27, Floor 3, Rick 3 Age 6 years 55% abv, 110 proof Open 8 weeks Nose - Orange peel, black tea, Maraschino cherry, honey, strong rye spice, light dill, light oak, medium ethanol. Palate - Spicy when it hits the tongue. Floral, honey, toffee, oranges, rye spice and tannins. The finish is oily, tannic, and medium-long, with sharp citrus and floral notes, plenty of spice, and strong oak building at the back end. This is a really solid rye, and a much better price than the cask strength which is $10 more but only a couple proof points higher. This compares favorably with 2 ryes I bought in 2020 at similar abv, the Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye and Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye. I liked this more than WT RB Rye, but I thought BCBC knocked it out of the park with their Knob Creek pick. Still, solid classic rye flavors near cask strength at a good price. If you like MGP rye then you'll probably love these barrel picks.
    59.95 USD per Bottle
  10. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch C919

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted January 16, 2021
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Open 4 weeks Nose - Burnt vanilla, boozy maple caramel syrup, gingerbread, strong oak and medium ethanol. Palate - Dense sugars, mixture of crème brulee and maple syrup, Christmas fruit cake, raisins, berry compote. Long, oily finish with building heat from ethanol and oak, but it isn't overwhelming for the proof. Mouth is coated in cinnamon syrupy goodness. Somehow the closest ABC to my workplace happened to put out a case of C919 a year after it was released. This was the only ECBP I had not bought from 2019-2020, so I quickly grabbed one given it was one of the highest regarded ECBP releases in recent years. It does not disappoint and has everything you expect. It's on par with C920 and A119, but B520 remains my favorite release to date.
    59.95 USD per Bottle
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