Orphan Barrel – Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon

Orphan Barrel – Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon
Aged 20 Years in KY
Bottled at 90.2 Proof at Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co (Berheim Distillery)., Tullahoma, TN.
Paid $64, but I’ve seen as high as $99 they call it a limited release so it can be hard to find MA.
Nose: Sweet, Fruity, Vanilla and Oak
Taste:  Some Corn comes through, Cherry, Brown Sugar, and Spices
Finish: Thin and Short, a bit of Spice and Oak stays with you
Value:  If you ignore the story Diageo put out about this “limited” release over 45k bottles and focus on the really cool design on the bottle and the juice that’s 20 years old I think it really comes pulls together if you can find it for under $99.

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The Pogues – Irish Whiskey


The Pogues – Irish Whiskey
A blend of 50% 10-year single malt Irish whiskey aged in sherry oak casks and seven year old single malt Irish whiskey aged in bourbon oak casks and 50% four year Irish grain whiskey aged in bourbon oak casks.
Bottled at 80 Proof Distilled by West Cork Distillers in Ireland
Pretty easy to find goes around $30-$40 in MA
Nose – Honey with a hint of Barley
Taste – Smooth, Thin and Sweet up Front, with some vanilla, malt and roasted nuts
Finish – Long, Malt and Dried Fruit
Value – Very solid pour.  Wasn’t expecting to really like this one, but it surprised me.  Worth money and could very well be a nightly sipper!

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Corsair Small Batch Triple Smoke – American Malt Whiskey

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Corsair Small Batch Triple Smoke – American Malt Whiskey
Bottled at 80 Proof at the Corsair Distillery in Nashville, TN
Have not seen this one too often in MA the few times I’ve spotted it been between $45-$55
Nose: Smokey/Peat, touch of Oak
Taste: Upfront with some Oak, Sweet, Smooth, Cherry
Finish: Long Lasting perfect amount of Smokiness
Value:  Pretty unique, Sweet like American Whiskey, but lots of smoke like an Scotch.  Really good neat!

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Four Roses Single Barrel OBSF – Private Selection aged 11 years 9 months – Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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Four Roses Single Barrel OBSF – Private Selection aged 11 years and 9 months – Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bottled at 110.8 Proof by Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY
The normal Four Roses Single Barrel OBSF isn’t too hard to find, but this one was a store pick by Wollaston Wine & Spirits in Quincy, MA.  So that’s the only place you will ever be able to find this bottle from Barrel (81-4 P) while supplies last for $62.99.
Nose – Medium Oakiness, Light Vanilla, Maple Syrup, Hint of Medicinal (until some air opens it up)
Taste – Robust, Vanilla, Toffee, Brown Sugar, Pepper, Touch of Sweetness from Cherries
Finish – Big Spice comes through from the high rye, Hint of Mint Lingers until you take your next sip
Value –  Amazing! The extra proof in this one really brings out the flavors and holds up well on the rocks.  Highly recommend picking a bottle up if your passing through Quincy!

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