Kategoriarkiv: Kentucky

Evan Williams Extra Aged

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and rich. There’s a heavy dusty corn note in the middle with vanilla, honey and liquor soaked cherries surrounding it. There’s a menthol note laying on top together with a hint of nail polish remover. The oak is kind of binding everything together and almost disquise itself. The honey note moves forward with time in the glass.

Mouth: A sour lemon note and some chili fruit spicyness arrive first. The vanilla and honey sweetness both take a step back. There’s a chalky note on top of the dusty corn. Beneath, it’s fruity with cherries and a hint of ripe bananas. The oak is still residing in the background. It brings a little bitterness to the mix, which makes the whole thing more interesting than if it was more dominant. There’s a tiny amount of the rye coming through (with mainly anis) within the spicyness. The whole thing is very corn dominant though.

Finish: The dusty and chalky notes flare up and together with the fruity and sweet notes it soon dies down. The oak takes a huge step forward. It’s a fresh, new cut rough oakiness. There’s a tiny amount of astringency. The oak just keeps on going long after the dram is finished. The rye note is still detectable almost as a white noise in the space behind the oak.

Additional information
This straight bourbon used to have a 7 YO age statement but now the age varies from 5-7 years. The mashbill consists of 75 % corn, 13 % rye and 12 % barley.

Woodford Reserve Distiller`s Select

ABV: 43.2 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. Vanilla cream, green apples and honey sit on top of a sweet corn base. A hint of nail polish remover creates a thin outer layer. The core consists of a whiff of smoke and slightly nutty oak. After a few seconds in the glass it becomes a little bit dusty and marzipan starts to appear somewhere near the middle. This is quite pleasant on the nose.

Mouth: A mild butterscotch note develops and sits as a base as other flavours emerge. Apples and cherries and anise are the main flavours that come up. It’s quite dry and slightly astringent. The oakiness comes early and bring a bitter tang to an otherwise very sweet whole. The dust and corn notes are still in the mix. The vanilla is not as pronounced as on the nose and the honey sweetness has subsided and it’s now replaced by brown sugar. The thin layer of nail polish remover remains.

Finish: Peppermint and cherries swiftly pass by and get replaced by vanilla, honey and butterscotch. Anise and a thin note of lemon comes through before a dry toasted oak takes over. The fruitiness with green apples and cherries returns and sits on top of the oakiness all the way through the finish. The oakiness stays quite mellow and the whole thing feels very well balanced all the way through. This is a tasty, easy sipper.

Additional information
This bourbon is made in pot stills. It’s aged for about 6-7 years in barrels with level 4 charring. It has a mash bill that consists of 72 % corn, 18 % rye and 10 % barley. It was first released in 1996.

Bulleit 95 Rye – Frontier Whiskey

ABV: 45 %
Origin: Indiana, USA
Type: Rye
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is black pepper and candy cane. There’s pine and a hint of basil. It’s herbal and grassy. There’s also a vanilla sweetness and a hint of oak peeking through. After opening up in the glass the whole thing turns to dill pickle juice.

Mouth: The pine and the dill pickle juice are dominant. There’s spicy flavours such as mustard and anis, and a fruitiness with some green grapes and apples. When the oak arrives it’s very dry and astringent. It’s still herbal and grassy and the vanilla is hanging on. A feint sour lemon note hides in the background and comes forward after a few sips.

Finish: The pine note is prominent with the green grapes and apples now accompanied by a honey sweetness. It’s still grassy and peppery, but soon a very heavy oak note takes over everything. It turns very astringent and now it tastes like dry soil and weathered oak. After a second or two the dill pickle juice returns and keeps the oak company all the way to the finish line. The mustard spicyness builds up in the end.

Additional information
This rye is aged for around 6 years. The mashbill contains 95 % rye and 5 % malted barley. It’s stated that it’s sourced whisky from MGP in Indiana.

Larceny Small Batch

ABV: 46 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is fruity and sweet. At first there’s a a protruding note of nail polish remover and hard fruit candy. When it settles a vanilla and dusty corn sweetness takes over and sort of flattens the whole thing into one layer. There are hints of green apples and liqueur-soaked cherries. The high wheat makes it bright and shiny and gives it a slight metallic note. A small whiff of cinnamon comes and goes. This is an okey and quite simple nose.

Mouth: It starts out sweet with a fruity kernel. It’s slightly dry and a vanilla oakiness is creating an outer layer surrounding the fruity center part. It’s somewhat chalky and there’s still a shiny metallic note. There’s also a cinnamon note which gives it a nice and warm character. There is a sort of umami savory note somewhere in the middle which is unusual to find in a bourbon.

Finish: It starts out by creating a thin layer of the metallic note on all sides and then a spicy touch with cinnamon and spicy oak builds up over time. There’s still some dusty corn and the fruitiness returns with the same green apples and cherries as before. When the oakiness starts to take over it’s still covered in vanilla. The sweetness is now represented by a honey note. The oak inherits the dusty notes from the corn. When all else start to fade away, the metallic still lingers and covers the palate. This is an okey bourbon and an easy sipper.

Additional information
This is a wheated straight bourbon produced by Heaven Hill. The mash bill is made up from 75 % corn, 20 % wheat and 5 % barley. A batch consists of 100 barrels.

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is vanilla and brown sugar. After a few seconds the sweetness is joined by a hint of seashore and some salted caramel. There’s cinnamon and a fruit candy note, but they are sitting behind the sweetness. The oak is sitting even further back creating a nice backdrop. A thin veil of menthol lays on top of all the other flavours. It’s a very subtle and laid back nose.

Mouth: It starts out mild and somewhat salty. A nice fruitiness with apples and cherries comes through and takes over. There’s a pine note sitting somewhere in the middle bringing it down a little. Sweet liquorice and vanilla are slowly moving forward and creates a bridge over to the oak. It’s a nice oakiness but it never really pushes through.

Finish: A small burst of mint is followed by the fruitiness, again with apples and cherries. Vanilla, sweet liquorice and brown sugar fills the palate before the oakiness comes through. It’s a dusty, dry oak with a tiny astringency and a chalky texture. This is a very easy, well-rounded and balanced sipper.

Additional information
This is made from Buffalo Trace’s mash bill #1, which is believed to be a low rye one, but they don’t disclose the proportions. It’s said to be aged between 8-10 years. The proof varies between countries.

Heaven Hill Old Style Bourbon

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very mild and sweet. The first thing to come through is a dusty layer. It sits on top of a mix of brown sugar, cinnamon and cherries. There’s an immidiate oakiness that really comes through from the start. Vanilla resides in the back and a caramel note sort of comes and goes. This is a sweet, low-proof, standard bourbon.

Mouth: It’s very watery. A tiny touch of spicyness sits alone before a bitter note is first to break the silence. When the other flavours arrive, they’re not as sweet as on the nose and it becomes a bit astringent and dry. The oakiness is really coming through hard and the sweet and fruity notes are taking a step back. The cinnamon is also less prominent but still noticable.

Finish: A small peppermint freshness pass by before the bitter note returns. The oakiness is now up front and the whole thing is even less sweet than before. A swift visit from the sweetness and fruitiness do occur, but the very pronounced, dry oakiness returns and takes over again. It becomes very chalky in the late finish. This really lacks some power. It seems like it should be a good recommendation for people who want to get into bourbon.

Additional information
This straight bourbon is aged for about 4 years. The mash bill contains 78 % corn, 12 % rye and 10 % barley.

Maker’s Mark

ABV: 45 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and very fruity. There are cherries and green apples drizzled with cinnamon, honey and vanilla. A layer of peppermint and nail polish remover sits on top of the sweet and fruity center. There’s also an earthy side to it with some dry soil and dust. A nice toffee sweetness starts to come through after some time in the glass as well as a newly cut oak note.

Mouth: It starts out mild for a second or two, then a peppery spicyness comes rusning in. It never really moves all the way to the front though, it just sort of stops and makes way for all the other flavours. The cherries, apples and honey really stand out as well as the earthy dry soil note. A lightly bitter oak note starts to make itself noticed after a while but it stays as an outer layer surrounding the fruity, sweet center.

Finish: A eucalyptus freshness and a peppery note together create the feeling of a breath mint before the sweetness kicks in. It’s very fruity and it still has a layer of dry soil in the back. When the oak takes over it brings a big a nice vanilla note as well. It’s a very fresh oakiness with almost no astringency to it, even after a few sips. This makes it a very easy sipper and it’s easy to go back for another dram.

Additional information
This straight bourbon is double distilled and aged up to 6,5 years in new american oak barrels with a number 3 char. The mash bill is made up from 70 % corn, 16 % wheat and 14 % barley. The barrels are rotated during the aging process.

Four Roses Single Barrel

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is liquid candy cane. At first there’s a minty cloud sitting on top of vanilla and liquorice. In the background there is a dusty oak note. There is a honey sweetness and a vague hint of cherries. After a few minutes a hint of cinnamon emerges and mixes with the mint. This is a very pleasant nose.

Mouth: It starts out with a bitterness and a honey sweetness. The candy cane is gone and it’s much more leaning towards anis, liquorice and kitchen spices. The vague cherry note moves forward after a few seconds, but never creates a fruity experience. There’s almost a medicinal side to it and it’s very different from the nose.

Finish: A cloud of peppermint goes by and when it settles a bitter oakiness immidiatly takes over. The peppermint stays in the back throughout the finish. It’s still got a herbal character with kitchen spices and anis. The thin fruity cherry note arrives in the late finish together with the oakiness. The finish is not sweet at all and it becomes slightly astringent in the end. This is a great bourbon with an interesting journey from nose to finish.

Additional information
This straight bourbon is aged for a minimum of 8 years. The bottle is filled from barrel 4-1H stored in warehouse LE. The mashbill consists of 60 % corn, 35 % rye and 5 % barley.

Four Roses Small Batch

ABV: 45 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is milk chocolate and dusty corn. At first, the dusty corn and vanilla powder take up the main part of the nose. When it settles a milk chocolate note starts to create an outer layer. Then cherries, together with a hint of nail polish remover, start to compete with the corn and vanilla in the center. There is a Brown sugar sweetness and the fresh oakiness is creating a nice foundation. After some time in the glass the rye notes come alive and anise and black liquorice comes through. This is a mild and pleasant nose.

Mouth: It starts out vanilla sweet and it takes a while before the dusty corn returns. It’s less fruity than on the nose and the chocolate and nail polish remover is gone. The oak is still fresh, but the whole thing becomes slightly astringent. The anise note slowly but steadily increase with time in the mouth. The sweetness is now leaning more towards honey.

Finish: It’s a very mild and sweet start. The flavours almost immidiatley move aside to give room for the oak. The dusty corn, vanilla and the cherries return and create an overlay to the oakiness. The oak is very fresh and it seems to pick up the rye notes somewhere along the way and in the late finish there’s anise and black liquorice tagging along. This is a very easy sipper. It’s a bit too sweet at times, and it could do with a bigger impact.

Additional information
This is a mix of 4 out of the 10 recipies used by Four Roses. There’s 2 yeast strains and 2 mashbills used to create the variety. 2 of the mashbills contain 75 % corn, 20 % rye and 5 % barley, and the other 2 contain 60 % corn, 35 % rye and 5 % barley. It’s aged for at least 5 years.

Jim Beam Original

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is powdered hard fruit candies and vanilla oak. At first, a vanilla and honey sweetness creates a layer up front. After a second or two a minty freshness emerges together with a dusty fruitiness with apples and cherries. It stays this way for a while, but patience rewards the nose with some caramel and a fresh oakiness. This is a mild and slightly uninteresting nose.

Mouth: At first, it’s dusty sweet corn and vanilla. The fruitiness arrives in increments, but it’s still apples and cherries. There’s a background layer of anise, dried herbs and a tiny hint of dill pickle. After a few seconds the oakiness completely takes over. It’s an extremely fresh oakiness, like newly planed wood.

Finish: The finish starts with a brief reaquaintance with the vanilla, honey and the fruitiness before it moves directly into the oakiness. There’s now a small bitter note piercing through, but it’s still the same oakiness as before. The vanilla comes through as sort of an umbrella sitting over the oak. This is a very mild middle of the road bourbon. There’s nothing especially offensive and nothing really interesting happening, but it still works as a go-to cheap bourbon.

Additional information
This is the best selling bourbon in the world. Beam Suntory won’t reveal the mash bill but it’s said to be 77 % corn, 13 % rye and 10 % malted barley. It’s aged for 4 years in new charred american oak barrels.

McAfee’s Benchmark Old No. 8

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s hard fruit candy with a vanilla coating. There is a rye spicyness sitting close to, but not in the middle of the fruitiness. After a few seconds the oakiness comes through around the edges and with some imagination there’s cinnamon too. It seems very concentrated and a bit one-dimensional and it lacks both spread and depth. It’s a nice enough standard bourbon nose.

Mouth: It starts out with a big fruitiness and a harsh spirit note. It’s quite sharp and prickly. After a second or two the vanilla and oak start to come through together with the rye notes. It’s still very narrow. There is a bitterness in the backgrund which isn’t helping it along.

Finish: The finish starts out with a big sweet corn and vanilla burst and the hard fruit candy has disappeared. It stays very sweet for quite some time before the oakiness takes over. It’s a dry oakiness and it’s somewhat astringent. When it subsides there an unpleasant metallic note is left lingering in the mouth. This is a mediocre but easy to sip, bourbon.

Additional information
This straight bourbon is a budget alternative made by Buffalo Trace Distillery. It’s made from a (low) rye mash bill.

Booker’s Small Batch Bourbon – Batch 2018-01E ”Kathleen’s Batch”

ABV: 63.7 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: A rich and full nose with vanilla, sugar powder coated hard fruit candy, cinnamon and a hint of menthol. There’s a nail polish remover note surrounding the edges.

Mouth: Very spicy and powerful yet fruity, with apples and cherries being easily found. It’s astringent and the oak note comes with a coffee note mixed with some vanilla. A hint of cinnamon shows up in the background.

Finish: Cinnamon, menthol and dry oak. Very astringent. The taste of those hard fruit candies show up in the background and confirms the nose. It really packs a punch and keeps on giving for a long time.

Additional information
This is a straight bourbon aged for 6 years, 3 months and 14 days. It’s a Jim Beam product and the batches is limited and selected by a roundtable panel. It’s named after Kathleen DiBenedetto, who was involved in launching the Beam small batch releases in the 90’s and still works for Beam Suntory as a Senior director.

Evan Williams Bottle-in-Bond

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
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Additional information
This straight bourbon is made by Heaven Hill. There’s no age statement, but bottle-in-bond means that it must be aged at least 4 years. The mashbill consists of 78 % corn, 12 % malted barley and 10 % rye.

Jim Beam Black – Extra Aged

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Nose: Very mild, classic flavours. Vanilla, brown sugar, fruit, anis, sweet liquorice in the background. A hint of cinnamon. Very straight forward and pleasant.

Mouth: Hard fruit candies, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and a hint of anis. Very nice mouthfeel.

Finish: Fruit candy and vanilla. The oak takes over and gives a nice, slightly astringent finish. Not very complex.

Additional information
Up until 2015 this had an 8 YO age statement and was called ”Double aged”. Now it’s supposedly about 6 years old, but no age is presented on the bottle. The mashbill consists of 77 % corn, 13 % rye and 10 % malted barley.

John Lee Straight Bourbon

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is mild and sweet. At first it’s very ”grainy” and the distillate is very pronounced. When the flavours start to come through it’s vanilla, toffee and dusty corn together with honey and a thin fruity note. There’s not much to be found. It’s very flat and muted.

Mouth: It starts out very watery and it takes a few seconds before any flavour come through. Grain sweetness and vanilla create a baseline with a tiny dusty corn note and a tiny hint of cherries above. A small spicyness build up over time and a small hint of anise lies on top. A honey note is in there as well.

Finish: A mild minty cloud flies by and soon the grainy sweetness returns. Once again honey and vanilla appear but the whole thing is still very thin. The oak do make an appearance in the finish, but it lacks character. The tiny cherry note is somewhat noticable in the late finish. This is a poorly made bourbon that is powerless and uninteresting.

Additional information
This seems to be sourced from Kentucky by a french company, Bardinet SAS. There’s no more information on what’s in the bottle except that it’s straight bourbon, which means that it’s aged at least 2 years in new american oak and contains at least 51 % corn.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed

ABV: 58.4 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 5/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is rich and spicy. There’s anise and cinnamon and a dry oakiness. A fruitiness with mainly cherries and green apples sit together with a dusty corn note in the middle with a veil of nail polish remover surrounding it. Honey and vanilla creates a base giving the nose depth. It feels very well balanced. It’s very pleasant in the nose.

Mouth: It starts out with honey up front with cinnamon and rye spices peeking through. The fruitiness is still filled with cherries and green apples. The oak is very dry and somewhat astringent. A bitterness slowly builds up and the anise becomes more pronounced. The cherries move forward together with the rye spices.

Finish: A layer of menthol spreads out in the mouth before the oak and a dusty corn note take lead. There’s liquorice root, honey and vanilla. Those flavours stay on the sides of a freshly cut oakiness. It’s still dry and the astringency stays a long time after everything else have subsides. There’s a hint of coffee coming through in the lady part of the finish. This is a very well balanced bourbon.

Additional information
This is a barrel proof bourbon made from whiskey aged between 6-12 years in alligator charred (#4 char, 55 sec.) barrels. The mash bill consists of 75 % corn, 13 % Rye and 12 % barley.

Rackhouse Kentucky Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: It’s mellow and a bit thin on approach. The vanilla stands out the most but there’s also a prominent chalky note. The fruitiness with mainly cherries resides in the background. There’s a hint of acetone and some rye spice on top. There is no oakiness present on the nose.

Mouth: It starts out a bit watery, with just a tiny amount of spicyness building up. It’s still vanilla heavy and the cherries and some dusty corn notes are in the backseat. It’s not overly sweet and there’s just a touch of brown sugar intertwined with the vanilla. There’s some liquorice root and anis seeds coming through but the oak is still missing.

Finish: A pop of the fruitiness soon gets replaced with vanilla, brown sugar sweetness and liquorice root. It doesn’t last to long before everything but the liquorice disappears. This finally leaves room for some oakiness. It’s not unpleasant but all the flavours are muted through everything creating a somewhat dull experience. The oak note is kind of clingy in the end.

Additional information
This is a whisky without much information to back it up. It’s a sourced straight bourbon, but nothing is disclosed on which distillery it gets the spirit from. It’s ”produced” by Bartizan BV, a company in the Netherlands.

Bulleit Bourbon

ABV: 45 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: It’s rounded and quite calm. There’s dusty corn, chalk, cherries and a hint of ripe banana and raisins. It’s got vanilla and brown sugar sweetness and the oak is very much present from the start. There’s also a touch of salted peanuts coming through on top of everything else.

Mouth: It’s spicy on the toungue from the start. The dusty corn switches to fruit candies and rye. There’s still a bit of dust in there though. The vanilla and the brown sugar is taking a backseat to the other flavours. The oak is very fresh and slightly bitter and there’s an astringency building up after a few sips.

Finish: It’s still spicy. The fruitiness and sweetness die quickly and leave a fresh oak note all by itself. After a while the ripe banana peeks through. Other than that there’s not much else in the finish except the spicy rye notes. There’s a tiny hint of walnuts in the tail.

Additional information
This bourbon is aged for about 6 years. The mashbill contains 68 % corn, 28 % rye and 4 % barley. It’s made at the Four Roses Distillery. Newer versions will have a distillate from a different source.

Knob Creek – Small Batch

ABV: 50 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Vanilla, green apples, cherries, nail polish remover, honey and dusty oak. Very aromatic. There’s a chalk note in the background.

Mouth: Starts out very mild with the fruity notes up front. Assorted hard fruit candy, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla. Astringent oak with a hint of pecan nuts. Anis, liquorice and a general rye note surrounds the edges.

Finish: A burst of spicyness leads way but turns over to a mix of the fruit candy and rye spices. The oak is very astringent and leaves a dusty note in the back.

Additional information
This small batch straight bourbon is made to replicate bourbon as it was before prohibition. It’s made from a mash bill consisting of 75 % corn, 13 % rye and 12 % barley. It’s aged in heavily charred barrels to create a fuller flavour.

Jim Beam Double Oak

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Type: Finished Straight Bourbon
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
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Nose: Dusty corn, vanilla, brown sugar, fruits, anis, cinnamon and a hint of sweet liquorice.

Mouth: Watery, fruit candy, powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of anis. The oak influence is present and makes it astringent.

Finish: Cinnamon and vanilla. The oak takes over and gives an astringent clear oak finish.

Additional information
This version of Jim Beam was released in 2016 and is aged for 4 years, then put into new barrels for some time to create extra wood flavours. The mashbill consists of 75 % corn, 13 % rye and 12 % malted barley.