Michter’s US *1- Original Sour Mash Whiskey

michterssourmashMichter’s US*1- Original Sour Mash Whiskey
NAS (No Age Statement)
NDP (Non-Distiller Producer) Obtains mostly through contracts
Bottled at 86.6 Proof  Michter’s Distillery Shively (Louisville), KY
I paid $39.99, but have seen it as high as $48
Have not seen it in many stores in MA, but ones that carry the Michter’s label you will find it in.
Nose: Fruit and spice notes along with a bit of oak
Taste:  Fruit, corn with some caramel and then the spice kicks in a bit.
Finish:  Smooth and Full with some fruity sweetness, some vanilla and spice from the rye.
Value:  One that can be easily sipped and enjoyed.  Wish it was priced closer to the $30 range.

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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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Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength

20160726_220054_wmI have not tasted many Scotches, but figured since today is National Scotch Day I should write about one.
Bottled at 112.6 Proof by Laphroaig Distillery on Port Ellen, Isle of Islay
I Paid $65 for it at my local store, but have seen it as high as $90 around MA.  Most stores will carry the Regular 10 year, but the cask strength I’ve only seen at a handful of stores.

Nose:  Your first sniff you get a definitive sweet medicine smell, ocean seawater/seaweed and smokiness

Taste:  Smooth, Peat hits you upfront then a subtle taste of salt, sweetness of berries and vanilla

Finish: Really nice and full, some oak with the smokiness of a campfire/BBQ leaves you wanting more!

Value:  At $65 for cask a strength scotch it’s worth it!  Especially if you enjoy full flavor of peat/smokiness.

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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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Welcome to My Whiskey Stache!

Welcome to My Whiskey Stache – this is the very first post of hopefully many more to come!  Why am I here posting?  Well mostly because I enjoy drinking Whiskey and want to share my experiences and enthusiasm for it.  Whether it’s the process, the craft, the taste, the history or  the hunt to find a rare or limited release whiskey!   I simply enjoy and appreciate whiskey!

As this blog grows you will come across Whiskey Reviews, New and Upcoming Releases, Local Events and of course My Stache (Whiskey Photos.)

Stay tuned for the first review later today!

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