Ratings

Gunpowder Rye Review

Gunpowder Rye

Name: Gunpowder Rye

Bottled By: New England Distillery

ABV: 43.5%

Proof: 87

Notes: On the nose there is a strong scent of fresh spearmint and roasted corn. On the palate there is a nice fiery burst of flavors such as black pepper, grains, mint, cloves, and some slight citrus flavors. The burn of this whiskey and strong flavors stand out in a good way. It has a burn but it’s not overpowering. The finish is surprisingly sweet with flavors of vanilla, mint, and caramel. I personally enjoy this whiskey best neat although it does fine with a small splash. This is a delicious whiskey and one that I have really been enjoying lately. I shared Gunpowder Rye with several friends and it was interesting to see the different flavors each of them detected. All found this to be a very enjoyable whiskey. At around $40 a bottle it is well worth it in my opinion. 

LA 1 Whiskey Review

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Name: LA 1 Whiskey

By: Donner-Peltier Distillers

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Age: About 10 months

Notes: On the nose LA 1 has a straight forward aroma of sweet corn. On the palate there is a great deal of rich and earthy flavors such as oak, corn, vanilla, cocoa, and dark roasted coffee. The flavors are full bodied and easily noticeable. This whiskey has some chocolate malted barley which adds a cocoa flavor to the whiskey. The finish is moderate with corn, cocoa, and vanilla flavors and has nice burn to it. The coffee and cocoa flavors are very noticeable and when I first tried this whiskey I wasn’t impressed, but I let the bottle open up a bit and tried this again and I really enjoyed it. I think the reason I didn’t enjoy it at first is because it was a flavor I wasn’t use to, but this is a good whiskey with a very unique flavor. I enjoyed LA 1 neat and with a splash and it was enjoyable both ways. I would definitely recommend LA 1 whiskey; it is full of great flavors and is definitely a stand out whiskey. For around $40.00 a bottle, it is definitely worth picking up if you haven’t tried it yet. 

White Whale Auntie’s Old Fashioned Mixer Review

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Name: White Whale Auntie’s Old Fashioned Mixer

Notes: I was in a Whole Foods recently and finally got my hands on White Whale Auntie’s Old Fashioned Mixer. I was very excited to give this a try since I have reviewed Old Fashioned mixers in the past and this is my favorite cocktail. I followed the nice instructions on the bottle and mixed my drink. I used Bulleit Bourbon with this cocktail mixer. I allowed the drink to sit for a few minutes before trying it. There was a nice sweet fruit taste that reminded me of an artificial berry flavor as well some fresh herbs such as basil and rosemary, and some spices. This is a good cocktail mixer and definitely has a unique flavor. I personally like a bit more of a bitter taste to my old fashioned but this was very enjoyable. I paid around $8 for a bottle and I thought that was a very fair price. If you haven’t had the chance to try this mixer yet, pick it up and give it a go, and let us know what you think.

Millbrook Distillery Barrel Strength Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Name: Millbrook Distillery Barrel Strength Bourbon Whiskey

Bottled By: Millbrook Distillery

ABV: 57.5%

Proof: 115

Age: 6 Years

Notes: On the nose Millbrook’s Barrel Strength Bourbon has a nice warm vanilla and nutmeg aroma. On the palate there are some spice flavors up front, most noticeably cinnamon and nutmeg and some roasted corn, warm vanilla, and sweet subtle fruit flavors. The finish is moderate with a slight burn and a lingering light corn flavor. The spice flavors in this bourbon are very noticeable and make the whiskey in my opinion. Millbrook Barrel Strength Bourbon is aged 6 years and is very smooth bourbon. I tried this neat and with a splash and enjoyed it both ways. Millbrook Distillery has two solid products with their Dutchess Private Reserve and Barrel Strength Whiskey. They will be adding a third product to the lineup, a rye whiskey, around Christmas 2014. 

Ranger Creek .44 Texas Rye Whiskey Review

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Name: Ranger Creek .44 Texas Rye Whiskey

ABV: 47%

Proof: 94

Age: 7 Months

Notes: On the nose this rye has a very strong aroma of black pepper and anise. On the palate there is a crisp apple flavor with smooth honey, vanilla, caramel, and toffee flavors. The finish is spicy with black pepper and cinnamon upfront with some familiar sweet flavors of honey and vanilla. I found this rye to be very smooth and mellow. The honey and apple flavors were the two most noticeable flavors for me and both were delicious. The spicy flavors of black pepper, cinnamon, and anise really played well with the sweet flavors in this rye. This is the third whiskey I tried from Ranger Creek and I was very impressed with all their products. I tried Ranger Creek .44 Rye neat and with a splash and I enjoyed it both ways.  Ranger Creek .44 Rye is priced at around $35 a bottle which I feel is a great price for the quality of the whiskey.

History:Ranger Creek’s Small Caliber Series is a line of creative, limited edition whiskeys aged in small barrels. They put these whiskeys in small bottles to represent the small barrels in which they have been matured. The small barrels accelerate the maturation process by increasing the wood to liquid ratio in the barrel. This imparts unique, interesting flavors and allows us to experiment with new products. In the spirit of being truly craft, they still use local ingredients and innovative ideas to release a new Small Caliber Series product each year. Each bottle is hand labeled with the batch number, bottle number, season, and maturation time.

Bender’s Rye Review

Bender's Rye

Name: Bender’s Rye

Bottled By: The Treasure Island Distillery

ABV: 48%

Proof: 96

Age: 7 Years

Notes: On the nose Bender’s Rye has a light vanilla aroma. On the palate, a light honey and vanilla flavor quickly moves to a dry rye, with spicy cinnamon and fresh mint flavors. The sweet flavors balance this whiskey and keep it from getting to spicy. The finish is moderate and light with roasted corn and fresh mint leaf flavors. I tried Bender’s Rye neat and with a splash and adding a splash really brought out the flavors. I was torn when I first tried it because it seemed to lack a great deal of flavor but after letting it open it up a bit with a splash of water, I was impressed with the flavors of Bender’s. This is a good whiskey and one that I would recommend to a friend. I would definitely recommend letting this whiskey open up a bit before trying it. For around $45 dollars a bottle, it’s not one that will break the bank.

History: Bender’s officially launched in 2013 on San Francisco’s, Treasure Island in Northern California. Born of the collaborative efforts of two individuals with a love for whiskey. Bender’s Rye has a mash bill of 85% rye and 15% corn and is aged for 7 years in virgin charred American white oak barrels. This bottle is from batch one, only 3,248 bottles were produced. The next batch will be slightly different with more corn and older corn.

Ranger Creek .36 Caliber Texas Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Name: Ranger Creek .36 Caliber Texas Bourbon Whiskey

ABV: 48%

Proof: 96

Age: 18 Months

Notes: On the nose this whiskey has a nice brown sugar and vanilla aroma. At first sip I could taste a rich vanilla flavor with some dark berries, wood, and syrup. The finish is moderate with strong flavor of cherries, molasses, and almonds. This whiskey reminded me of having dessert at a fancy restaurant. What I enjoyed about this whiskey is the cherry flavor. It tasted authentic and not artificial which I thought made the whiskey. The almond flavor and slight burn was equally enjoyable. The mouthfeel seems a bit thicker than some whiskeys which was enjoyable. I tried this whiskey neat and on the rocks and I enjoyed it best neat. When on the rocks it seemed to have less flavor. Overall, this is a good whiskey, and one that is definitely different than most I’ve tried.

History:Ranger Creek’s Small Caliber Series is a line of creative, limited edition whiskeys aged in small barrels. They put these whiskeys in small bottles to represent the small barrels in which they have been matured. The small barrels accelerate the maturation process by increasing the wood to liquid ratio in the barrel. This imparts unique, interesting flavors and allows us to experiment with new products. In the spirit of being truly craft, they still use local ingredients and innovative ideas to release a new Small Caliber Series product each year. Each bottle is hand labeled with the batch number, bottle number, season, and maturation time.

Ranger Creek Rimfire Mesquite Smoked Texas Single Malt Whiskey Review

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Name: Ranger Creek Rimfire Mesquite Smoked Texas Single Malt Whiskey

ABV: 43%

Proof: 86

Age: 9 Months

Notes: On the nose this whiskey has a light corn and smoky aroma. At first sip there is a nice taste of smoked malts and cloves with some slight citrus and wood notes. The finish is short and dry with mint, oak, and smoke flavors. This is a good whiskey with a good flavor profile. Although it’s a young whiskey, it doesn’t taste young and actually has a lot of character. I tried it neat, on the rocks, and with a splash. I enjoyed it best with a splash; it really brought out the smoky flavor of the whiskey. This would be an ideal whiskey choice for those who enjoy scotch but are looking to try something new.

History:Ranger Creek’s Small Caliber Series is a line of creative, limited edition whiskeys aged in small barrels. They put these whiskeys in small bottles to represent the small barrels in which they have been matured. The small barrels accelerate the maturation process by increasing the wood to liquid ratio in the barrel. This imparts unique, interesting flavors and allows us to experiment with new products. In the spirit of being truly craft, they still use local ingredients and innovative ideas to release a new Small Caliber Series product each year. Each bottle is hand labeled with the batch number, bottle number, season, and maturation time.

Bittermilk No. 3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour Mixer Review

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Product Name: Bittermilk No. 3 – Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour

Price: $14.95

Review: It was recommended that I try this mixer with scotch and so that is how I made my first one. I followed the instructions entirely and was very impressed with the result. Before I took my first sip I could already smell the smoked honey which was nice. At first sip I got a nice sour flavor which faded and allowed the smoked honey and scotch to come through. The sharp flavors of fresh squeezed lemons and smokiness of the scotch really complimented the smooth, rich flavor of the honey. The honey is the most noticeable flavor in this cocktail, which I really enjoyed. The smoke flavor and aroma in this cocktail was incredible. I also tried this using bourbon and it was also very enjoyable but when using scotch it really adds a burst of flavors. Like the previous two Bittermilk reviews, you know you are using a high quality mixer, as it makes a delicious whiskey sour.

History: With deep roots in the restaurant and bar industry, husband and wife team Joe and MariElena Raya sought out to simplify the process of making craft cocktails at home. They sourced all natural, organic, and unique ingredients. Each compound uses a bittering agent, a sweetener, and an acid. While playing off classic cocktails, they add complimenting botanicals and aromatics to brighten flavor and add special characteristics to each bottle. We use creative techniques to maximize flavor including roasting, burning, smoking, barrel aging, percolating and macerating.