Bourbon Reviews

Morning Report, Monday, March 17th, 2014

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We want to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick’s Day today and hope you are all enjoying your favorite spirit with friends and family today. Be safe and have fun.

We have a re-post today from a one we posted a short while ago, it was our St. Patrick’s Day post we did for Drinkwire, it included three Irish whiskey reviews we did and two recipes, if you didn’t get a chance to read it you can read it here or click on the images below to get to the reviews. We also have a new recipe that will be posted later this afternoon. Have a great day everyone. Cheers!

Knappogue Castler 12 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Our Rating: 88%

Knappogue Castler 12 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Our Rating: 88%

Knappogue Castle 14 Year Our Rating: 97%

Knappogue Castle 14 Year
Our Rating: 97%

Knappogue Castle 16 Year Irish Whiskey Our Rating: 97%

Knappogue Castle 16 Year Irish Whiskey
Our Rating: 97%

Templeton Rye Review

Templeton Rye Our Rating: 96%

Templeton Rye

Name: Templeton Rye

Bottled By: Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Age: N/A

Notes: Templeton Rye has a nice sweet and spicy scent with notes of fresh fruit, rye, caramel, vanilla, and mint. At first sip, I could taste the rye upfront with a faint sweet honey or syrup taste which makes way for some spice to come into play, pepper and cinnamon. This whiskey has a nice sweet taste which allows it to stay mild without a lot of bite. The finish is bold, crisp, with some sweet honey, oak, and mint, that lingers slightly but not too long. This is a delicious whiskey and very smooth, most likely due to the low proof. I tried this neat and in a cocktail, and I prefer it neat. Don’t be turned away by the price tag, in my opinion it is worth the price, it’s something different than the everyday sipper, and would be a great addition to any whiskey lovers’ shelf.

September 2013 Bourbon of the Month

September 2013

We are very pleased to announce that Blanton’s Bourbon has been selected as our September 2013 Bourbon of the Month. Blanton’s Bourbon is an excellent bourbon definitely worthy of this title. You can find our full rating & review below.

Blanton's

 

Name: Blanton’s

Bottled By: Sazerac

ABV: 46.5%

Proof: 93

Age: No age statement

Our Rating: 96%

Notes: Blanton’s will greet you with a nice warm scent of brown sugar and figs. This bourbon is very smooth and mild and has a very strong taste of vanilla, caramel, and oak. The finish is smooth and lengthy with a subtle butterscotch taste. Blanton’s has a somewhat higher price tag, roughly $50 dollars, but it is well worth it in our opinion.  Save this one for special occasions and without hesitation always enjoy this one neat. We highly recommend picking up a bottle of Blanton’s if you haven’t tried it already.

History: Blanton’s was named after one of the distillery’s early leaders, Albert B. Blanton, who the company claims spent most of his life preserving the tradition of handcrafted bourbon. Blanton worked at the distillery for around 55 years. He was born on a farm just outside of Frankfurt, Kentucky and began working at the distillery when he was 16 years old. Over the next few years he worked in every department, and in 1912 he was appointed superintendent of the distillery, its warehouse, and bottling shop. He became the president of the distillery in 1921 and died in 1959.

More information can be found at

www.blantonsbourbon.com

Jameson Irish Whiskey Review

Jameson Irish Whiskey Our Rating: 87%

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Name: Jameson Irish Whiskey

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Notes: Jameson’s has a sweet grain and light oak scent. On the palate we can taste the grains and oak but with a slight spicy taste. The finish is moderate with a honey, vanilla, and smoky grain taste that slowly fades away. Jameson is another great bargain Irish whiskey. It is widely available and inexpensive. It can hold up in a number of different cocktails as well as on the rocks. I preferred the taste of Jameson’s over Bushmill’s but both are enjoyable Irish whiskeys. This is one that I keep stocked at the bar for when I want a change from bourbon and for the friend who prefers other whiskeys over bourbon.

Top Search, Last 7 Days

Black Ridge Bourbon has been the top searched topic on our site for the last 7 days. Black Ridge Bourbon is distilled at the Barton 1792 Distillery, ranges in age between 5-6 years, and is bottled at 90 proof. The production is will likely remain extremely limited. This is a very good bourbon that I’ve had the pleasure of sharing with some good friends and family on several occasions and it has been thoroughly enjoyed each time. You can find our full rating and review here.

Black Ridge - http://bourbonandoak.com/2013/04/09/black-ridge-rating-review/

Black Ridge Bourbon

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Review

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Our Rating: 93%

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

Name: Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

Bottled By: Tuthilltown Spirits

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Age: N/A

Notes: A nice pleasant corn smell with a slight scent of vanilla. At first sip we noticed a nice spicy corn taste with hints of vanilla and grains. You can definitely taste the wheat in this one. This bourbon has a nice consistent mouthfeel that is very drinkable. The finish is moderate with some corn and vanilla tastes. This is very good bourbon and a step above Hudson’s Baby Bourbon. We enjoyed this one neat and with a splash but preferred it neat. The flavor profile is excellent and makes for a very enjoyable bourbon.

Redemption High Rye Bourbon Review

Redemption High Rye Bourbon Our Rating: 92%

Redemption High Rye Bourbon

Name: Redemption High Rye Bourbon

Bottled By: Bardstown Barrel Selections

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Age: 2 years

Notes: On the nose Redemption Bourbon has a nice sweet almost fruity scent with some wood and rye. The taste is smooth with a strong wood and rye taste with some berries and light spicy mint. The finish is moderate and has a spicy rye taste. This bourbon has a mash of 38.2% Rye, 1.8% Malted Barley, and 60% corn. A lot of folks I spoke with could really taste the corn in this one, for me it wasn’t as noticeable. Although this is a young whiskey I found this one to be very smooth and very drinkable. Although there are probably some other great choices for around the same price, I found this to be a great whiskey, and one that I will surely keep on hand.

Wild Turkey Rye Review

Wild Turkey Rye 81 Our Rating: 85%

Wild Turkey Rye 81

Name: Wild Turkey Rye 81

Bottled By: Austin Nichols

ABV: 40.5%

Proof: 81

Age: 4-5 Years

Notes: The nose is spicy as well as the first sip. It has a nice pleasant rye taste with some spice but it is smooth. We can also taste some wood and a slight charcoal taste with this one. The finish is short with a fair amount of spice. While not a top notch rye, it’s still a nice whiskey and yet another solid product from Wild Turkey. What makes this even better is the price, at around $20 dollars this is a great budget whiskey. We enjoyed this neat, on the rocks, and in a cocktail and it was great every time.

History: Wild Turkey Rye 81 has a mash bill of 65% rye, 23% corn, and 12% barley. It is produced by Austin Nichols near Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Wild Turkey also makes a 101 proof rye but it is not as widely available as the 81 proof.

Lexington Bourbon Review

Lexington Bourbon Our Rating: 82%

Lexington Bourbon

Name: Lexington Bourbon

Bottled By: N/A

ABV: 43%

Proof: 86

Age: N/A

Notes: On the nose Lexington has a slight vanilla aroma. At first sip you can taste some rye with a slight corn taste which quickly fades, allowing a slight spicy vanilla flavor to move in. The finish is rather short with a light vanilla taste. We tried Lexington for the first time a few months back and let the bottle open up a bit before completing our review. Overall, we were not really impressed with this one. It has a thin consistency and what little taste it has seems very artificial. We tried this one neat and on the rocks and it was enjoyed best on the rocks. If you’ve tried Lexington, please let us know your thoughts.

Evan William’s Black Review

Evan Williams Black Label Our Rating: 70%

Evan Williams Black Label

Name: Evan William’s Black Label

Bottled By: Heaven Hill

ABV: 43%

Proof: 86

Age: 5-7 Years

Notes: Evan William’s Black Label has a very sweet scent to it. There is a slight wood and vanilla taste with this one but it is very faint. You can really taste the alcohol in this. The finish is short and easily forgotten. This is a value bourbon that is well under the $20 dollar mark. Evan William’s Black Label would be best enjoyed in a cocktail.

History: Evan William’s Black Label is bottled Bardstown, Kentucky by Heaven Hill Distillery. Evan William’s began distilling whiskey in Kentucky in 1783 after emigrating from Wales. As of June 2010 Evan Williams is the second largest selling Kentucky bourbon.