Wild Turkey Rare Breed – Barrel Proof – Kentucky Straight Bourbon

wild-turkey-rare-breedWild Turkey Rare Breed – Barrel Proof – Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bottled at 112.8 Proof by Austin, Nicholas Distilling Company in Lawrenceburg, KY
Not common, but can be found with a little effort in MA for $35
Nose – Spicy, Little bit of Oak and Vanilla
Taste – Definitely some burn as expected it to be from the high 112.8 proof, but it’s from the Rye, once you get past that you pick up Citrus, Vanilla and Toffee
Finish – Long, Dry, Oak and Caramel that slowly fades away
Value –  Quality smooth barrel proof bourbon at an inexpensive cost!

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I.W. Harper – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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I.W. Harper – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled at 82 Proof, Aged at Stitzel-Weller Distillery contains whiskeys distilled at the current Bernheim Distillery,  but Distilled in Tullahoma, TN
NAS (No Age Statement) on the bottle, but it’s at least 4 years
Pretty common to find on the shelves in MA usually range $30-$35
Nose – Sweet, Banana Fosters
Taste – Smooth, Light, Sweet, Big Caramel, Vanilla and Short Bread
Finish –  Short, Dry, Oak with a touch of spice and Almond
Value – Huge fan of this one! Definitely one of my top 5 favorite noses for a whiskey.  A great nightly sipper and you can’t beat the price.

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Old Fitzgerald Prime – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Old Fitzgerald Prime – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled at 80 Proof, Distilled at Heaven Hill in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY
I have never seen this bottle on a shelf in MA, but a buddy got me a bottle from Illinois for $13.99
Nose – Very Sweet, Dried Cherries and Oak
Taste – Still Sweet, bit a wheat upfront, Caramel, Vanilla, with a touch of cinnamon
Finish – Dry, good amount of oak stays for awhile and honey
Value – If you’re a fan of Maker’s Mark I highly suggest giving this a try.  For the half the price you can’t go wrong with it.  I wish I could find this in MA because it’s pretty decent neat or on the rocks.  I would definitely keep it in my cabinet to have on hand for a  wheated bourbon.

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1792 – Port Finish – Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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1792 – Port Finish – Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bottled at 88.9 Proof, Distilled at Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown, KY.
Aged 6 years in New Oak Barrels and then another 2 years in old Port Barrels for a total of 8 years.
I have not seen this locally near me in MA, but found a bottle on a trip to NH for $45
Nose – Let it open up a bit and it reminds me of Fall Spices, Cinnamon, Sweet Apple and Oak.
Taste – Sweet fruit upfront, Vanilla, Dried Cherries, and Cinnamon.
Finish – Warm Oak, Cinnamon and Caramel
Value – If you want a really different bourbon this one will surprise you. A bit sweet, but refreshing. It’s worth it!

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Elmer T. Lee – Single Barrel Bourbon

ElmerTLee.jpgElmer T. Lee Single Barrel – Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bottled at 90 Proof, Distilled at Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, KY
No Age Statement on the bottle, but it’s said to be aged for 12 years
I seem to find this one locally pretty often every few weeks.  Paid $30 have seen it as low as $28 and as high as $50 in MA.
Nose – Honey, Vanilla and Clove
Taste – Honey, Raisins, Pepper and Cherries
Finish – Long and Warm, Burnt Sugar, some Oak,
Value – There is a lot of hype about this bottle!  If you can find for $30-$35 I’d say give it a shot if you’ve never tried it.  It’s a single barrel bourbon that is supposedly aged 12 years so that’s a great price.  Personally I still can’t seem to like this one.  A lot of people I know love it, but to me it’s just not there, it’s missing something.

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Henry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel Bottled in Bond

20160817_213520_wmHenry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel Bottled in Bond
Aged for 10 Years and is sourced from a Single Barrel (just what the name says!)
Bottled at 100 Proof by Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY
Not easily found in MA, but the few times I’ve spotted it ranges $32-$35.
Nose:   If you let it open up a bit sweet cornbread, fresh new leather and some rye.
Taste:  Smooth, little bit of pepper and oak up front, then a splash of citrus and vanilla
Finish:   Great long finish, cherries, brown sugar, toffee and rye.

Value:  At sub $35 for a 10 year single barrel bottled in bond this stuff is amazing!  If you see it on a shelf buy a bottle for yourself and one for you best friend.  They will thank you!

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Stagg, Jr. Batch #5 – Kentucky Straight Bourbon

20160802_193724_wmStagg, Jr. Batch #5 – Kentucky Straight Bourbon
No Age Statement on bottle believed to be 9 years
Barrel Proof, Bottled at 129.7 Proof by Buffalo Trace
Distillery in Frankfort, KY
$49.99 for it at my local store, but have seen it as high as $99 around MA. I’ve only seen it at four stores over the last 2 years.  It can be difficult to find as it’s only released 2 times a year.

Nose:  Fairly light nose, hint of chocolate,clove and vanilla

Taste:  Smooth for 129.7 proof!  sweet, brown sugar with some bitter chocolate, hint of smoke, some spice from the rye

Finish:  Full and Rich, just the right amount of oak, binge cherries, doesn’t last as long as I would like!

Value: A must buy at $49.99 for a cask strength bourbon!

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High West – Campfire Whiskey

20160720_200605High West – Campfire Whiskey
A blend of 3 whiskies –  a Bourbon aged 6 years with a mash of 75% corn, 20% rye and 5% barley (by MGP formerly LDI) a Rye aged 5 1/2 years with a mash 95% rye and 5% barley (aged at Stitzel Weller Warehouse) and a blended  malt Scotch aged 8 years.
Bottled at 92 Proof by High West Distillery in Park City, Utah
I received this bottle as a gift, but I have seen the price range from $50-$65
Pretty common to find on the shelves in MA if the store carries High West products

Nose: Spice, Smokey and Sweet Corn

Taste:  Spice and Vanilla bit Sweet like Brown Sugar (Can really taste the Rye and Bourbon) also can taste Malt/Earthy (from the Scotch)

Finish: Very Smooth, Rich and Creamy and a bit Peaty! Makes you think your next to a campfire inhaling/exhaling

Value:  Something really unique! Worth the price tag.  A great gift for a scotch lover to introduce them to American Whiskey.

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Evan Williams – American Hero Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Evan Williams Hero Edition

Thought this would be an appropriate one to review over the July 4th weekend.  Hope everyone had a safe Holiday!

This is Evan Williams Black Label Bourbon with a limited edition label saluting American veterans with the red, white and blue and featuring the heroic stories (located on the side of the bottle) of 10 military veterans, chosen for their selfless acts of service at home and abroad.  This bottle is being offered from May through July 4th

Evan Williams – American Hero Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bottled at 86 Proof by Old Evan Williams Distillery in Bardstown, KY
NAS (No Age Statement on Bottle, but they say it’s based on 5-7 year old barrels)
Paid $19.99 for the 1.75L, but Average around MA is about $25
Have only seen it in 2 stores that I’ve been in, so I recommend grabbing one as it is a very nice bottle to own!

Nose: Sweet corn

Taste: Honey, citrus and little vanilla

Finish: Sweet with Oak and a hit of rye spice

Value: Good to sip over ice, but could also hold up well mixing it.

Extra:  For a mixed a drink I made this over the 4th of July Holiday for guests that claim there not really into whiskey. I mixed 50/50 Lemonade and Sweet Tea with about 40 percent of this and everyone who tried it loved it.  Changed a lot of peoples minds who are now willing to give whiskey a try!

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Angel’s Envy – Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels

20160628_191008Angel’s Envy – Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels
Bottled at 86.6 Proof by Angel’s Envy Distillery in Louisville, KY
NAS (No Age Statement on Bottle, but they say it’s aged between 4-7 years and then aged an additional 3-6 months in port barrels )
Paid $44, but Average around MA is about $50
Easy to find almost all stores will carry it.

Nose: Light, but Fruity

Taste: Sweet fruit, apple, maybe some cherry with good spice

Finish: Leathery finish with a hint of pepper

Value: Easy to drink, good for beginners, could drink many glasses all night.

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