1. Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye (2020 Release)

    Rye — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted January 14, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Barrel No. 20-06873, Warehouse 1-02, Bottled 11-04-20 65.5 % abv, 131 proof Open 3 weeks Nose - Dark chocolate covered bananas, toffee, maple syrup, cinnamon, rye bread, browned butter, light coffee grounds, medium ethanol. Palate - Chocolate cake, bread pudding with raisins drizzled with maple syrup, mint chocolate. Long finish with more rye spice than in the nose or palate. Dry oak, cocoa powder, orange peel, medium ethanol. I ventured into Virginia to seek this bottle out, and it was worth it. This is one of the best whiskeys I've had, and surpasses the amazing Jack Daniel's SiB BP I purchased last year. It has everything the regular barrel proof has, but slightly more spice and bread notes while the standard "bourbon" barrel proof is a sweet dessert bomb. It tastes much more like a high rye bourbon barrel proof than a rye whiskey, which probably has a lot to do with the charcoal filtering that is uncommon with rye whiskey. If you see this, buy it. I doubt it's easy to find now, but Jack Daniel's should make rye single barrel barrel proof a staple on the shelves right beside their standard barrel proof. It's that damn tasty.
    64.99 USD per Bottle
  2. Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted January 8, 2021
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    Open 4 months Nose - Cereal grain, mint, butterscotch, orange peel, light baking spices, light oak and ethanol. Palate - Peanut brittle, butterscotch, rye spice, watery honey. Finish is medium-short with little change in flavor from front palate. Minimal hint of ethanol, despite it being 96 proof. I think this is a waste of your money. It tastes like leftover Elijah Craig watered down with Rebel 80, which is odd because it is higher proof than both of those. You'll be much more satisfied saving $10 and buying Elijah Craig or saving $20 and buying Rebel 100. Lux Row is hit or miss for me at this point, I enjoy Rebel and Ezra Brooks but think David Nicholson and this are mediocre. It's tough when I can directly compare with the respective Heaven Hill product and conclude Lux Row did a bad job with this one.
    39.95 USD per Bottle
  3. Barrell Rye Single Barrel

    Rye — Indiana, USA

    Tasted January 8, 2021
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Bull City Bourbon Club pick dubbed "Ryed 'n Durty" Barrel No. M765 Age 7 years 57.84% abv, 115.68 proof Nose - Black pepper, toasted nuts, mint leaf, toffee, molasses Palate - Allspice, nutmeg, oak, toffee, black pepper, sweeter than expected. Long and strong finish with strong rye spices, oak, ethanol, mint. My review is primarily based on taste since this was served at an outdoor bar in plastic disposable cups. I'm not knocking them, what they're doing every Wednesday is a fantastic deal. Alley Twenty Six in downtown Durham is serving one special whiskey at cost, whether you want it neat or in a cocktail. The Barrell Rye is $100 in NC, so a $5.75 pour is phenomenal when it would normally be north of $20. This was a BCBC pick I did not pick up, but the flavor is definitely there. Next time I'll bring my own Glencairn. They had the newest WhistlePig Boss Hog ($500 in NC) for $33 a pour this week, just to give you an idea of the deal you're getting on Wednesday. After two pours of Barrell Rye I got a Manhattan to go with it, one of the best Manhattans I've had in a long time.
    5.75 USD per Pour
  4. Naked Grouse Blended Malt

    Blended Malt — Scotland

    Tasted December 29, 2020
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Open 16 months Nose - Musty cereal malt, berries, hints of brine, maple syrup, honey roasted peanuts. Palate - Light stewed fruits, gingerbread, toasted nuts. Finish is medium-short with a light oily mouthfeel and hints of baking spices/gingerbread cookie. This has been on my shelf for a while. It's fine, but there's nothing special about it that grabs my attention. I think I liked Monkey Shoulder better, but it's been a while since I've had that. If you like blended malts, this is definitely one to check out given its price and proof. However, I'd rather spring for a bourbon in this price range or pay more and get a single malt.
    34.95 USD per Bottle
  5. Isaac Bowman Straight Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels

    Bourbon — Virginia, USA

    Tasted December 29, 2020
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Open 5.5 months Nose - Strawberry and raspberry jam, baking spice, grain, red wine, hints of oak. Palate - Agave infused with stewed fruits, butterscotch, merlot. Hints of oak and baking spices build on the back end of the tongue. Short finish, the sweetness doesn't last long. Ethanol is barely noticeable. This is an excellent alternative to Angel's Envy. It is significantly cheaper, easy to find, and an equal or better whiskey. I'm not the biggest fan of low proof wine-finished bourbons because I think they're simplistic and fruity, but they have their place. This is the type of bourbon that could be a gateway for a lot of people to explore more whiskey. I know Angel's Envy was for some of my friends. Major props to the bottle design too. It amongst my favorites and is definitely one to reuse. Solid "wood" cork top, great shape, and it never dribbles when you pour.
    39.95 USD per Bottle
  6. Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Rye Cask Stregth

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted December 18, 2020
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    Barrel No. 15D17 Barrel pick identifier? DSP-KY-20005 Purchased in Louisville at Liquor Barn Open 4 weeks Nose - Butterscotch, toffee, nutmeg, clove, orange rind, leather, medium oak and ethanol. Palate - Butterscotch candy, chocolate covered caramel, orange blossom honey, rye spice, oak. Medium finish with dense syrupy flavors mixed with rye spices and oak. This is the best rye I've had to date. It hits all the right notes of a barely legal rye and surpasses Pikesville, Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye, and WT Rare Breed Rye with its richness of more syrupy notes common in higher abv barrel proof bourbons. The difference between this and those other awesome rye whiskeys is less astringency and tannins from rye and oak. I think the barrel entry proof of 100 and the estimated youthful age of ~4 years have a lot to do with this, considering the rye content is only 56% here. It's honestly a phenomenal whiskey and I'm on the lookout for anything Wilderness Trail. Fantastic bottle too, beefy synthetic cork and rectangular shape are perfect for reusing as a decanter or infinity bottle.
    62.99 USD per Bottle
  7. Ironroot harbinger straight bourbon whisky

    Bourbon — Deniston, Texas, USA

    Tasted December 16, 2020
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Batch 20C Open 1 month Nose - Grilled buttered corn, wildflower honey and agave, cinnamon frosting, medium to strong oak, medium ethanol. Palate - Silky sweet up front, caramelized corn, toffee, maple syrup. Long finish with lingering corn sweetness, cinnamon powder, medium oak that isn't overly tannic, and ethanol that creeps up on the back end. This multi-corn bourbon is unlike almost anything else I've tasted. It's dense and syrupy, rich with sweet corn flavors mixed with baking spices and caramel vanilla that you'll find in a typical bourbon. It doesn't have floral and spicy notes typically associated with wheated or high rye bourbons. Given its high corn content, you may think it's similar to Jack Daniel's or George Dickel, but it's not. This tastes like a strong alcoholic version of honey or agave, but much heavier than mead. If you've had Chattanooga Whiskey or Balcones Baby Blue, I think you'll really like this. Even if you're unsure, a 115 proof Texas bourbon for $50 is a sweet deal.
    49.99 USD per Bottle
  8. Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted December 11, 2020
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Barrel No. 489, Warehouse A, Rick 4 Bottled on 07-27-18 Open 4 months Nose - Caramel, burnt sugar, black pepper, vanilla, baking spices, fresh leather, corn dust, light oak and ethanol. Palate - Up front it is vanilla, butterscotch, and baking spices, a little hint of caramel and dark fruits. Finish is medium length with stronger than expected oak tannins, medium ethanol, dry baking spices and black pepper, sugary notes disappear. I've always avoided Kentucky Spirit due to its price, but Durham ABC was clearing out the old version of the bottles for $34.95. A $25 discount, so I figured why not? This is about what I expected, a perfectly serviceable bourbon that I would be happier with if it was the only Wild Turkey option. It isn't, and it isn't an improvement over WT101. I tried this blind against WT101, which I'll post as a separate review. Spoiler alert - I couldn't tell the difference.
    34.95 USD per Bottle
  9. Very Old Barton 86 Proof

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted December 11, 2020
    2.25 out of 5 stars
    Open 4 months Nose - Faint peanut brittle, faint butterscotch and caramel, bubble gum, artificial fruit, no ethanol or oak present. Palate - Watery, young oak, little to no sugar or fruit. The finish is short, a little more oak and tannins, first hint of ethanol. For me this is the most overrated cheap bourbon on the market. It is priced correctly, I just don't understand its scarcity. It is almost impossible to find in ABC stores in larger cities, and when it's available it moves very fast. This tastes kind of like 1792 after it has been poured on the rocks, ice has melted, and it sat at room temperature for months. I would take Evan Williams or Jim Beam over this any day of the week. It makes sense why this is scarce because the same people who hunt Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, and Blanton's hunt for this (Facebook group references). They love simple, sweet, overrated low proof bourbon with little complexity.
    12.95 USD per Bottle
  10. Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Kentucky Straight Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted November 30, 2020
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Open 1 month Nose - Spiced orange vanilla similar to a chai tea, brown sugar, strong rye spice (clove, cinnamon, dill, and light anise), medium ethanol and oak. Palate - Orange molasses compote, pumpkin bread and gingerbread cookies, medium ethanol. Bold, medium to long finish with strong dill, rye spice, citrus rind, cinnamon sugar, lightly tannic. I was hesitant to grab a Rabbit Hole due to its price, but the reviews swayed me to buy their cheapest whiskey available in NC. I'm no longer a skeptic, this is good stuff. In the past I've mostly avoided the MGP 95/5 due to strong floral and anise notes. This amps up the rye citrus combination with strong dill notes but barely a hint of anise, and is so much better than your typical MGP rye. Highly recommend this, plus the bottle is fantastic. Love the cork and the feel of the glass when you pour, it doesn't dribble.
    49.95 USD per Bottle
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