Etikettarkiv: whiskey review

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.

Dalwhinnie 15 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 2
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is very bright and fruity. It’s a big basket of green pears and apple juice. There’s a floral overlay and the honey note is subtle and feels like the natural sweetness of the fruits. It’s very mild on the nose and very approachable. There’s a hint of oakiness and a whiff of smoke but they are well hidden. Very pleasant. It gets more dense and sweeter with time in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out with a tiny bitter note before becoming dusty and sweeter. There are honey, vanilla and musty apple notes. A little spicy touch arrives after a second or two. The bitterness turns into the oak note, which gives away the age with a grey weathered feel to it. Just as on the nose, the sweetness increases with time in the glass.

Finish: At first it’s spicy and fruity but then turns musty and dusty. The oakiness comes through with a hefty bitterness like an espresso. The oak is still old and weathered. The fruitiness is still around, but it has turned into something more like red juicy apples. It tags along down the road. There’s no astringency and it’s a very easy and approachable experience.

Additional information
This whisky is a part of Diageo’s ”The classic malts of Scotland” series. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels.

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.

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.

Jameson Black Barrel

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and oaky. At first there’s a sweet core with a spicy oak cloud surrounding it. There are notes coming through with rye, charcoal and liquorice. When it starts to settle there are grain spirit, vanilla, toffee and honey starting to shine through in the background. It’s a very mild nose with few changes over time. It’s a bit boring but good enough to not be off-putting.

Mouth: It starts out quite flat with notes of banana, honey, bread and red apples. It is quite sour in the background and it’s very different from the nose. There is also a metallic note intertwined with the sourness. The longer it stays in the mouth the more it becomes flat. It does muster up a spicy side though, which is very much needed to keep it alive. It becomes slightly astringent after a few sips.

Finish: The spicy oak flares up and the red apples start to come through once again. It’s still spicy and a bit astringent but within there’s just a pretty flat and boring array of grains, apples, toffee and a hint of play-doh. The oakiness is present but surprisingly anonomous. It’s mostly the apple and banana notes which sets the tone for the late finish. When everything die down the metallic notes in the back return and leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. This is not the greatest of whiskies. It’s quite boring and uneventful but it should work very well for people new to whisky.

Additional information
The black barrel is aged in re-charred ex-bourbon barrels somewhere between 8 and 16 years. The distillate is triple distilled.

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.

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.

Four Roses Yellow Label

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

Tasting notes
No taste notes were recorded during the tasting.

Additional information
Four roses uses 5 different yeast strains to create 10 different mash bills. The yellow label is their stock expression and is usually made up by a mix of 8-10 of the mash bills. The content’s age varies from 4-12 years old. The char level used is between #3 and #4.

Bushmills Original

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Ireland
Type: Blended
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 1/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Mild, mint, bread, feint fruit, a metallic note.

Mouth: Mild, water, butter, oak, bread, spicy with a drop of water.

Finish: Spicy on the tip of the toungue, dust, tropical fruits, almonds, bitter oak.

Additional information
This is a blend between grain whiskey aged in american ex-bourbon oak barrels and triple distilled single malt aged in ex-Oloroso sherry casks.