Irish Whiskey Reviews

Irish Whiskey Reviews

To start, what exactly Irish Whiskey? Simply, Irish Whiskey is whiskey made on the island of Ireland. The word ‘whiskey’ (or whisky) comes from the Irish (or ‘Gaelic’) uisce beatha, meaning water of life. These Irish Whiskey Reviews will highlight the qualities and characteristics of some of the most outstanding Irish Whiskeys.

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Ireland produces four types of whiskey in total including malt, grain, blended, and pot still. Of those, only pot still is truly unique to Ireland.

Pot Still Whiskey: By Irish law pot still whiskey must contain a minimum of 30 percent each malted and unmalted barley in its mash bill. Up to 5 percent of other cereals such as oats and rye are also permitted. As the name suggests, this style is distilled in pots stills. Pot still must age for a minimum of three years in oak before release.

Malt: Irish Single Malt whiskey is aged in oak for at least three years, and must be distilled from a mash of nothing other than malted barley at a single distillery.

Grain: Grain Irish whiskey is made using no more than 30% malted barley in combination with other whole unmalted cereals including usually corn, wheat, or barley and is distilled in column stills.

Blended: is the product of blending different types of whiskeys and sometimes also neutral grain spirits, colorings, and flavorings. It is generally the product of mixing one or more higher-quality straight or single malt whiskey with less expensive spirits and other ingredients.

The popular topics in Irish whiskey these days are cask finishing, single malts, and single pot still whiskey. These are not new to the Irish whiskey industry, but the Irish distilleries are reinvigorating the category by releasing whiskey in these styles.

Climate is Important to be Irish Whiskey

One of the most important ingredients in Irish whiskey is the climate. The climate in Ireland differs from the traditional whiskey producing areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Scotland. The maturation process in these different climates makes these whiskeys what they are. This unique character makes Irish whiskey appealing to drinkers of all types. The hot topics in Irish whiskey these days are cask finishing, single malts, and single pot still whiskey. These unique characters make Irish whiskey appealing to drinkers of all types. In this review we would like to highlight some excellent Irish whiskeys and their renowned characteristics.

Kilbeggan Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Distillery: Kilbeggan Distillery

Proof: 86

Avg Price: $45.00

The Whiskey:

Kilbeggan has a long and storied history dating back all the way to 1757 but has had many up and downs over the years. By 2010, the distillery was once again fully operational. The Kilbeggan Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is distilled and matured on site. Kilbeggan Single Pot Still has a mash bill that includes 2.5 percent oats, imparting this fruity and light whiskey with a slight creamy texture and flavor. The limited release is bottled at 86 proof.

The Taste:

Nice and dry with a lot of cereal. Grain and malt right away, with a creamy dairy aspect. Orange blossom, apricot and green apple. Touch of spice and almond. Plenty of lemon and yogurt with toasted nuts and with a honey sweetness. A bit of green tea and a tannic dryness, which leads to a calm and collected finish.

Glendalough Pot Still, 17 Year Old, and 25 Year Old

Distillery: Cooley Distillery

Proof: 86, 92, and 92

Avg Price: $60.00, $300.00, and $500.00

The Whiskey:

Glendalough has been releasing excellently sourced whiskeys from the Cooley Distillery for the last few years. A Pot Still whiskey aged in ex-bourbon barrels for three years, before being finished in virgin Irish oak for a year. A 17-year-old single malt that spent 15 years aging in first-fill bourbon casks, then another two in Japanese oak to give it aromatic flavors of sandalwood and spice. Three thousand bottles are available here in the U.S. Finally, there is a 25-year-old single malt consisting of liquid matured in ex-bourbon barrels for 15 years and Oloroso sherry casks for 10 years, with a finish in virgin Irish oak for three months.

Glendalough Pot Still Irish Whiskey This new pot still whiskey is matured in bourbon casks, before being matured for up to a year in virgin oak from Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains. The nose exudes youth, punchy and aggressive with notes of burnt rubber, creosote, and torched wood; the fruit and honey notes of classic Irish whiskey are absent. The palate focuses on aggressive wood notes and cloves before giving a modest smokiness.

be mistaken for a heavily-sherried Scotch, quite malty and aggressive with notes of spice, and also notes of dried figs and a reprise of that wet, wine sherry character.

Glendalough Single Malt Irish Whiskey 17 Years Old – 15 years in a bourbon cask, followed by 2 years in Japanese mizunara oak. The nose is rich and enticing, with notes of maple, honey, and stewed fruit. On the palate, the same sweet elements dominate with lots of honey. There is a hint of oak, and a finish that sees some coconut and Eastern spices.

Glendalough Single Malt Irish Whiskey 25 Years Old – This whiskey is aged in bourbon casks, then finished in oloroso sherry casks followed by a final incubation in virgin Irish oak. This whiskey spends most of its 25 years in sherry casks. The nose has that nutty, orange-oily note that is the inevitable, natural result of time in the sherry barrel. On the palate, the whiskey could

Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey’s Marchesi di Barolo Cask

Distillery: Knappogue Castle

Proof: 92

Avg Cost: $85.00

The Whiskey:

The Knappogue Castle Cask Finish Series is a range of single malts finished in the finest wine casks. The Marchesi di Barolo limited release is matured in bourbon barrels for a minimum of 12 years, then further aged in casks from the renowned Barolo Winery.

The Taste:

This finish gives the fruity whiskey notes of berry, ripe apple, and white pepper, and is a testament to the effects of carefully thought-out barrel finishing.

Baked plum desserts, sweet cherry, star anise, and dark vanilla with an enticing freshly toasted spiciness. Caramel, plum, pomegranate, shift into a concentrated fruitiness as allspice and pepper well up, yielding a sweet core of graham crackers, marshmallows, and creamy vanilla, with hints of chocolate. Fruit and throbbing spices characterize the finish on this laudable example of wine finishing.

J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey The Chosen

Distillery: Variable

Proof: 104

Avg Price: $7,780.00

The Whiskey:

J.J. Corry is not a distillery, but the company sources newly made spirits from different distilleries and then matures these in J.J. Corry’s warehouse. In their role as the leading modern Irish Whiskey Bonder, J.J. Corry has curated a library of Irish Whiskey flavors, from both traditional and contemporary distilleries around Ireland. Seeking out only the rarest stocks of mature whiskey, they closely monitor the individual flavor evolution of each cask, carefully deciding the destiny of all of their whiskeys. The Chosen, distilled in 1991, is a 27-year-old single malt that was released last year at its pinnacle of maturation as a luxury expression. The Chosen is presented in an elaborate crystal decanter designed by J. Hill’s Standard and a wood cabinet from John Galvin Design.

Tasting Notes:

Rich and superbly elegant with notes of toffee, dried mango, and chestnut. This palate of intensely ripe fruits is complimented by incense and a luscious oily texture. The finish is long with just a touch of smoke. The Single Malt Irish Whiskey is bottled at cask strength at 52%.

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Distillery: Jameson Distillery

Proof: 80

Avg Price: $30.00

The Whiskey:

Jameson Irish whiskey is a blend of the best pot still and fine grain whiskeys and is triple distilled making it exceptionally smooth. It is triple distilled, according to a tradition started in 1780 with John Jameson, to give Jameson whiskey its signature smoothness. Finally, this whiskey is oak casks for a minimum of 4 years. This gives Jameson whiskey its signature smoothness. Finally, whiskey is oak casks for a minimum of 4 years.

The Tasting:

The perfect balance of spicy, nutty and vanilla notes with hints of sweet sherry and of course exceptional smoothness. Also incorporating a light floral fragrance, peppered with spicy wood and honey.

The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish

Distillery: Cooley Distillery

Proof: 92

Avg Price: $100.00

The Whiskey:

The Tyrconnell is double distilled 16-year-old single malt whiskey finished in Oloroso and Moscatel casks. The whiskey was matured for 16 years in ex-bourbon barrels before spending an undisclosed amount of time in wine casks from the Andalucía region of Spain. These casks were double seasoned, first with Oloroso sherry and then with Moscatel wine. The oak paired with the Oloroso makes this Irish whiskey mouth-puckering dry. The sweetness of the Moscatel comes through, however, it turns and sours.

The Taste:

Three layers of fruit, flower, and grain make up the aroma with some baking spices present. At the forefront is apple and traces of golden raisin from the sherries. In the middle is a strong rosehip perfume. The breath finishes with apple and oak. Overall, it is light as a typical Irish whiskey.

The Irishman Vintage Cask 2019 Edition

Distillery: Walsh Distillery

Proof: 108

Avg Price: $140.00

The Whiskey:

This is Walsh Whiskey’s 11th edition of The Irishman Vintage Cask since the series began in 2008. This whiskey is a blend of single pot still and single malt, but it was aged entirely in first-fill bourbon barrels and bottled at 108 proof. This year’s vintage is limited to 2,346 bottles worldwide. The Irishman Vintage Cask 2019 is available on a very limited basis in just 7 countries including Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, and the USA.

The Taste:

Milk chocolate, caramel, a medley of summer fruits, and cracked black pepper with notes of cinnamon, clove, and sweet vanilla blossom.

Dingle Single Malt Whiskey, Batch No. 4

Distillery: Dingle Distillery

Proof: 93

Avg Price: $100.00

The Whiskey:

In their desire to create a smooth and flavorful Irish whiskey, the Dingle Distillery uses three hand-crafted copper pots stills to create a smooth and flavorful beverage. The whiskey batches are then aged in a mix of bourbon barrels, PX and Oloroso sherry, and port casks before being blended together. Dingle is one of the few newer Irish distilleries that has always distilled its whiskey instead of sourcing, and the results are consistently good. All the whiskey was triple-distilled at the Dingle Distillery located in Dingle in Co. Kerry on the west coast of Ireland.

The Taste:

It’s light and fruity on the nose, with a pleasing hint of dried fruit and nutmeg on the palate. A slight hint of vanilla, with a hint of the sherry. Very smooth. The smokiness from the oak bourbon barrels is very evident, followed by a mix of honey and vanilla, with a touch of apricot.

Powers Irish Whiskey

Distillery: Middleton distillery

Proof: 80-92

Avg Price: $35.00.00

The Whiskey:

Powers Irish Whiskey was first produced in 1791 by James Power. Powers Gold Label is the best-selling whiskey in Ireland. Powers Signature Series is a single pot still Whiskey where intensity, complexity, and depth coming together. Powers Gold Label is cut from the heart of the distillate it’s a blend of 70% Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey and sweet Grain Whiskey. A tight cut means more top and tail gets thrown away than any other Irish whiskey. Powers Gold label Whiskey is then left to mature in selected American oak casks, this is where the spicy, bold character takes hold.

The Taste:

Bright and heavy aromas of toasted rye, fresh butter, green pepper and warm biscuits. Starts off peppery in the mouth with notes of cardamom, green apple and spiced earth. Warm, deep finish.

Teeling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Distillery: Teeling Distillery

Proof: 92

Avg Price: $65.00

The Whiskey:

Teeling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is crafted using a uniquely Irish mash bill consisting of 50% malted and 50% unmalted barley that has been triple distilled and matured in a combination of American Virgin Oak, Bourbon, and Sherry casks.

A traditional Dublin recipe, where the sweet biscuit element of the malted barley blends effortlessly with the spice and cream elements of the unmalted spring barley.

The Taste:

There are hints of hibiscus flowers, honeycomb, white grape, grapefruit & citrus. Also, hints of lychee, along with white pepper, warm, roasted peaches and baked biscuits. This is all wrapped up with a dry finish, with notes of spice, roasted almonds and maple sugar lingering in the mouth.

Bushmills

Distillery: Bushmills, licensed to distill 1608

Proof: 80

Avg Price: $40.00 – $200.00

The Whiskey:

Granted a license to distill in 1608, Bushmills is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world.

Bushmills Original: Combining our pure single malt whiskey and a lighter grain whiskey, to produce a smooth warming taste.

Bushmills Black Bush: Irish Whiskey combines an exceptionally high amount of malt whiskey married with a lighter grain whiskey, and then matured in former Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon casks. This unique recipe means Black Bush has rich, fruity notes and a deep intense character, balanced by an incredibly unique smoothness.

RED BUSH: is aged in first-fill bourbon barrels for an intense bourbon finish, combined with the signature smoothness of triple-distilled Irish whiskey. RED BUSH is a well-rounded whiskey that is as versatile as it is complex.

Bushmills Single Malt Whiskey: 10, 16 and 21 year old is triple distilled from 100% malted barley and matured for a minimum of 10 years in former Sherry casks and bourbon-seasoned casks which gives it its honey, vanilla and milk chocolate aroma.

The Taste:

Dark Chocolate, Toffee, nuts and raisins with hints of honey and vanilla

Redbreast Small Batch

Redbreast 14 Year Old

The Distillery: New Middleton

Proof: 114 – 118

Avg. Price: $100.00

The Whiskey:

Redbreast Irish Whiskey is a highly respected brand that has age statements of 12, 15, and 21 years in its core lineup, as well as cask strength and sherry cask-finished versions. It’s a single pot still whiskey, which means that it’s made from a mash bill of malted and unmalted barley and distilled in a pot still instead of a column still at one distillery.

Redbreast Small Batch, a limited edition release consisting of four different expressions that were matured for a minimum of 14 years (there is no age statement on the label, however). It is bottled at cask strength, ranging from about 57 to 59 percent ABV, depending on the batch. This is a one-time release. The Small Batch is different from the original with the marrying together whiskey to make four batches, each of which they describe as offering different flavors while still staying true to the character that defines Redbreast. The object was to make a whiskey that was reflective of Redbreast, but with each batch emphasizing different flavor profiles.

Some whiskey used was aged in bourbon barrels, and some in sherry casks, before being married together in these different formulations with each batch being made up of somewhere between 22 and 27 barrels.

The Tasting:

Batch A: A wood is driven with sweet vanilla notes, citrus fruit, and mild sherry undertones and with 58.6% ABV. This batch was meant to emphasize flavors derived from bourbon barrel maturation.

Batch B: This added depth from sherry wine cask influence, including more dried fruits and honey sweetness with 57.2% ABV. This batch was meant to emphasize sherry cask maturation without letting it dominate the palate.

Batch C: This batch is more exotic with fruit notes and rich toasted wood characteristics at 59.1% ABV. This batch was meant to focus on the orchard and tropical fruit notes of the whiskey.

Batch D: A rich, dried fruit quality such as raisins and figs, along with dark berry fruits with 58.9% ABV. This batch was meant to emphasize the heavy sherry cask component

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Bourbon Reviews

Bourbon Reviews

What is Bourbon?

Bourbon is the Great American Spirit. All bourbon is American whiskey but not all whiskey is bourbon. Bourbon is defined by a U. S Federal decree.

  • It must be made in the United States. Many people believe bourbon should only be made in Kentucky.
  • The grain composition of bourbon must be at least 51% corn.
  • Bourbon must be produced at not more than 80 percent alcohol (160 proof).
  • Bourbon must be stored in charred new oak containers at no more than 62.5 percent (125 proof).

Bourbon has progressed with significant more criteria to characterize this beverage

Bourbon Whiskey: Whiskey produced in the U.S. at not exceeding 80 percent alcohol by volume (160 proof) from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent of corn and stored at not more than 62.5 percent alcohol by volume (125 proof) in charred new oak containers.”

Straight Bourbon Whiskey: Bourbon whiskey stored in charred new oak containers for at least two years. ‘Straight bourbon whiskey’ may include mixtures of two or more straight bourbon whiskeys provided all the whiskeys are produced in the same state.

Bottled in Bond: The spirit must be the product of one distillation season by one distiller at one distillery. It must have been stored in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years and be bottled at 100 proof. The bottled product’s label must identify the distillery where it was distilled and bottled.

Sour Mash: A fermentation technique used by almost all bourbon distillers that employ pre-fermented mash from previous distilling into a new mash. The sour mash prevents wild yeast from entering the mash and causing contamination.

Proof: The percentage of alcohol, displayed as double that of the alcohol by volume (ABV).

High Rye: A bourbon with a higher than normal percentage of mash bill made up of rye (as opposed to using more corn, wheat, or barley, the other main grains used in bourbon mash). This tends to produce spicier flavors in the bourbon.

Wheated: A bourbon with a higher than normal percentage of mash bill made up of wheat (the main grain remains corn). This tends to produce a softer, less spicy whiskey.

Small Batch: A subjective term signaling a bourbon made using a select number of barrels or recipes in a blended bottling.

Single Barrel: A bourbon made using single barrels, providing a higher range of variation in flavor, and the chance at specific, unique characteristics.

Non-Distiller Producers (NDP): Companies that purchase their whiskey from someone else rather than making it themselves. This may be common in blended bourbons.

These Bourbon Reviews will cover the fine bourbons available highlighting their qualities and characteristics allowing the customer to formulate an educated decision to select

Bourbon is great for any occasion. Bourbon can be enjoyed as neat or on the rocks or can be used in a wide variety of traditional cocktails.

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY

ABV: 46.5%

Proof: 93

Average Price: $80.00

The Whiskey:

Blanton’s bourbon is taken from the best selection of the distillation before storage in barrels in Buffalo Trace’s warehouse H. Single barrels are hand-selected to represent the final great bourbon.

Tasting Notes:

This bourbon is a single barrel expression. This bourbon elicits a peppery spice with a caramel depth. There are hints of barrel char, toasted vanilla, bright fruit, and malts. Everything is balanced as the warm bourbon elixir.

Four Roses Yellow Label

Distillery: Four Roses

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Average Price: $18.00

The Whiskey:

“This is a very dynamic whiskey and considered one of the best cocktail bourbons. Four Roses is a highly regarded distillery, with a high-rye mash bill that produces an extra spiciness and a concentration on yeast that has been exceptional for the bourbon world. They’ve also led the way in transparency. “They’ll tell you everything there is to know about their whiskey — they don’t hide the mash bill, the distillation proof.

Tasting Notes:

An earthy nose, but spicy on the tongue, with immediate and pleasant notes of cinnamon and baking spices.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Brown Forman Distillery, Shively, KY

ABV: 45.2%

Proof: 90.4

Average Price: $38.00

The Whiskey:

The whiskey has a slightly high rye content (18 percent) which gives it a nice hit of spice and makes it very drinkable. It’s twice distilled in pot and column stills before being mellowed in oak for six to eight years. The final blend tends to be complex yet a very easy-drinking whiskey.

Tasting Notes:

There’s a clear feel of creamy vanilla-laced butterscotch, raw cacao, old leather, rich pipe tobacco. That’s followed by marzipan, darkly roasted coffee beans, rye spiciness that’s more fresh ginger than pepper, and an aged rum sweet edge.

Old Grand-Dad 114

Distilled By: Jim Beam

ABV: 57%

PROOF: 114

AVG PRICE: $30

The Whiskey:

In 2017, Jim Beam’s Old Grand-Dad line of whiskeys was nearly eliminated as a market choice. However, because of brand recognition, loyalty, and a reasonable price point, the product has maintained a cult following. It’s relatively low-corn mash bill (only 63 percent) is also unique, utilizing a staggering amount of rye and malted barley, creating a spicy bourbon ideal for drinking on the rocks or in a cocktail.

Tasting Notes:

Pepper, rye, Cinnamon, butterscotch.

Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY

ABV: 45%

PROOF: 90

Average Price: $30.00

The Whiskey:

The low-rye mash allows corn to enhance the softer nature and smoother experience. The price point also makes this a very accessible bottle for any application of celebration.

Tasting Notes:

Christmas spices, and malt-forward earthiness. Then bursts of raw sugars, wet oak, bitter roasted coffee beans, with caramel, dark chocolate pastry butteriness and apple orchards shine through.

Larceny Bourbon

Distilled By: Heaven Hill

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Average Price: $22.00

The Whiskey:

An incredible smooth sweetness. “It is not complex wheated bourbon but a great sipping bourbon.

Tasting Notes:

It’s a wheated bourbon, with loads of bready sweetness, butterscotch, and toffee.

Pappy Van Winkle’s 15 Year Family Reserve

Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY

ABV: 53.5%

Proof: 107

Average Price: $1,400.00

The Whiskey:

Pappy Van Winkle is the ultimate “great” bourbon. The bottles are only released twice a year. These releases are quickly bought up by retailers and collectors who hold on to them, increasing their “value.” This is a very good bourbon, but could be overpriced.

Tasting Notes:

There’s a richness from the present-yet-subtle oak next to a nutty toffee essence. Caramel and vanilla come together with sharp spice, toasted oak, wild florals, and orchard fruit. Everything in this bottle just works as the finish sits on your senses and reminds you why you love bourbon in the first place.

Four Roses Small Batch

Distilled By: Four Roses

ABV: 45

Proof: 90

AVG Price: $35

The Whiskey:

Four Roses blends 180 barrels of four different recipes per bottling. It is more complex than most ‘Yellows’ with a strong influence of cinnamon notes, It is very smooth and easy to drink.

Tasting Notes:

cinnamon, citrus, caramel, vanilla, and an apple-pie sweetness.

Knob Creek Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distillery: Jim Beam Distillery, Clermont, KY (Beam Suntory)

ABV: 50%

PROOF: 100

Average Price: $35.00

The Whiskey:

Jim Beam’s Knob Creek is a blend of bourbons from the prestigious Beam warehouses that have aged up to nine years. That’s a good amount of time for bourbon in this price range, especially given that bottles just ten to 15 bucks cheaper are usually only aged four years.

Tasting Notes:

The dram starts with a sense of buttery toast and echoes of rye spice. That rye leads to charred oak and maple syrup essence that mellows into delightful hints of apple orchards. The oak, spice, and fruit bring about a long finish with plenty of warmth.

Evan Williams Black Label

Distilled By: Heaven Hill

ABV: 43%

Proof: 86

AVG Price: $13

The Whiskey:

Evan Williams is a very good value brand. So its whiskey, at a great proof point of 86 and an age of five-and-a-half years old, goes for less than $20 is a fantastic bourbon, for the money. A very satisfying beverage.

Tasting Notes:

Well rounded, with a range of flavors including brown sugar and nutmeg atop the standard range of vanilla and caramel.

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky

Distillery: Maker’s Mark Distillery, Loretto, KY (Beam Suntory)

ABV: 45%

Proof: 90

Average Price: $30.00

The Whiskey:

Maker’s Mark moderates the corn mash with red winter wheat, giving it a subtlety and smoothness that makes this bourbon very drinkable and mixable. This is a good bourbon to use as a base for any cocktail application from an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or to a mint julep.

Tasting Notes:

There’s a burst of spice, botanicals, fruit, and honey sweetness that lean towards sweet vermouth. There are clear bourbon notes of oak char, vanilla, and a slight, wheat flavor that all give way to a rich butterscotch.

Henry McKenna Single Barrel

Distilled By: Heaven Hill

ABV: 50

Proof: 100

Price: $55

The Whiskey:

The McKenna distillery was established in 1855, founded by the noted Irish immigrant distiller Henry McKenna. The McKenna distillery was sold to Seagrams in the 1950s. Seagrams closed the business in the 1970s and Heaven Hill purchased the brand name in 1994, but the original recipe, yeast, mashbill and flavor profile are lost with time. However, the new bourbon is considered to be an outstanding 10-year aged bourbon. The new Henry McKenna bourbon took home “Best in Show Whiskey” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Tasting Notes:

Rye spiciness, caramel, and vanilla, with notes of oak.

Booker’s Bourbon

Distillery: Jim Beam, Clermont, KY (Beam Suntory)

ABV: 63%

Proof: 126

Average Price: $80,00

The Whiskey:

This heady fine bourbon from Jim Beam is a blending of six and eight-year-old barrels from deep in their warehouses. The quality is top of line, making this a bottle that won’t disappoint even the most elitist of bourbon “lovers.”

Tasting Notes:

There’s a sweet toffee fragrance that gives way to cedar, stewed apples, spicy red and black pepper, and a taste of sour cherries. It’s as complex as it is satisfying and will linger on your senses with all that spice and fruit.

Old Ezra 7-Year Straight Bourbon

Distillery: Undisclosed

ABV: 58.5%

Proof: 117

Average Price: $40

The Whiskey:

The Luxco company has been a non-distiller producer and has been said to have sourced their bourbon from Heaven Hill. In 2018, they completed the construction of their own distillery in Bardstown,KY. According to the company, Lux Row Distillers features 18,000 square feet, six-barrel warehouses at capacity and a 43-foot custom copper still capable of producing 3 million gallons of spirit per year. This distillery will produce the bourbon for the company’s own brands and will replace the sourced products when their bourbon comes of age.

Tasting Notes;

The bourbon is a mash bill of 78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, 10% Rye. A very traditional set of bourbon scents consisting of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and oak. It’s mild for a high proof bourbon and its aromas are straightforward with no frills. It has a touch of cherry, spice, butter, vanilla, and orange peel.

Four Roses Al Young Limited Edition

Distillery: Four Roses

ABV: 55

Proof: 110

Average Price: $500.00 +

The Whiskey:

The 50th-anniversary whiskey is made in part of 23-year old bourbon and has, according to Four Roses flavor profiles of “cinnamon, peaches and cherries, plus aromas of gardenias and magnolia blossoms. It is considered very complex and something very special.

Tasting Notes:

On the nose, leather, maple syrup. On the palate, honeysuckle, cinnamon, and floral notes.

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

Distillery: Heaven Hill Bernheim Distillery, Louisville, KY

ABV: 47%

Proof: 94

Average Price: $32.00

The Whiskey:

Elijah Craig is one of Heaven Hill’s premier brands. The bourbon is a blend of eight to 12-year-old bourbons from Heaven Hill’s warehouses. The end result is a whiskey that’s as drinkable as it’s affordable.

Tasting Notes:

There’s a flavor of cedar forest and honey. That turns into honey-soaked baked apples with spicy cardamom and cinnamon and finally with charred oak notes.

Weller Special Reserve Bourbon

Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY (Sazerac Company)

ABV: 45%

Proof: 90

Average Price: $40.00

The Whiskey:

This expression from Buffalo Trace’s distillery is advertised as the “Original” wheated bourbon. The wheat replaces rye in the mash bill and creates a subtly smoother bourbon that’ll entice your senses.

Tasting Notes:

Caramel is the obvious fragrance. That caramel ebbs towards butterscotch and then rich notes of fresh honey with florals of sweet fruits. The sense of oak and vanilla help with the essence of honey. A classic ‘Kentucky hug’.

New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Distilled By: New Riff Distilling

ABV: 50%

Proof: 100

Average Price: $40.00

The Whiskey:

New Riff Distilling was founded in 2014 so it is essentially a very new addition to the distilleries in Kentucky. The rest of the nation is just kinda getting to know them. The mash bill is made entirely of non-GMO grains and is 65 percent corn, 30 percent rye and 5 percent malted barley.

Tasting Notes:

Oak tannins and vanillas, butterscotch, sweet corn and some rye spice at the finish.

Eagle Rare 10-Year Bourbon

Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY (Sazerac Company)

ABV: 45%

Proof: 90

Average Price: $38.00

The Whiskey:

This expression is a blending of ten-year-old Buffalo Trace whiskeys, giving this one a deep nature. The master blenders look for well-known bourbon flavors in each barrel in the warehouse so that they can make a selection of the finest bourbons into one of the tastiest bottles of bourbon available today. It’s a fascinatingly complex whiskey in this price range.

Tasting Notes:

This bourbon has strong influence of orange rind and maple syrup sweetness as well as oak char, vanilla with a classic old-leather-chair-in-a-smoky-library vibe. There is also a very distant hint at very big red fruits.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Distilled By: Heaven Hill

ABV: 66.6%

Proof: 133.2 proof

Avg Price: $78.00

The Whiskey:

This bourbon recently won Whisky Advocate’s whiskey of the year, and Minnick was on the tasting panel. This bourbon is very smooth for a 132.2 proof beverage. It does not undergo chill filtering but instead is processed using light filtration to remove barrel char flakes.

Tasting Notes:

Caramels are rich, vanillas powerful with notes apple, cherry, blueberry, and pumpkin.

Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Straight Bourbon

Distilled By: Brown-Forman

ABV: 57.5%

Proof: 115

Avg. Price: $70.00

The Whiskey:

It’s bottled at 115 proof and for this distillery, that’s the perfect proof. Old Forester 1920 is bold and charismatic. This is dessert in a bourbon glass, with tons of depth and complexity that’ll leave you savoring each sip. It has a great mouth feel and very thick legs to coat the glass extremely well.

Tasting Notes:

On the nose you can get caramel, butterscotch, banana fosters, coca, oak. The pellet is not much different from an excellent caramel, butterscotch, banana fosters, dark chocolate, dark maraschino cherry, and a nice oak finish.

Barrell Craft Spirits Blended Bourbon

Distilled By: undefined

ABV: variable

Proof: variable

Avg. Price: $

The Whiskey:

This is the best blended American whiskey available that is why there is no distillery information pricing or tasting notes. Each of its releases makes defines what went into it as distillery location, whiskey age, proof, etc. Barrell is a blender, not a distiller. It won the American Whiskey of the Year award in 2018 in a blind tasting test. Barrel is a brilliant whiskey with superb complexity.

Tasting Notes:

A strong fruit-filled burst of strawberry, plum, and pecans. It’s nicely layered, with the scents of cherry, honey, and caramel is nicely contrasted by leather, and cocoa.

Buffalo Trace William Larue Weller Wheated Bourbon

Distilled By: Buffalo Trace

ABV: 64.1

Proof: 128.2

Price: $800+

The Whiskey:

“This wheated bourbon is difficult to find. This treasure from Buffalo Trace’s Antique collection does its namesake a service, representing some world’s best-wheated bourbon, a style Weller himself pioneered.

Tasting Notes:

A caramel bomb, with immense vanilla notes on the nose. Dried fruits, nutmeg, and honey on the palate.

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