Tasting the W.L. Weller 12 Year product, there is a tangible relationship with Pappy Van Winkle. The folks at Pappy distilled the original Weller recipe and the rumor is that Weller s the same juice as Pappy. The flavor profile of this wheated bourbon has a lot of the same DNA markers as Pappy. With 12 years on […]
The Very Best of Bourbons, Whiskey & Rye in 2019
My rye and bourbon reviews: Drink, Enjoy, Repeat
The Weller label was first developed and distilled by the well known Pappy Van Winkle. Today the Weller label is distilled by the folks at Buffalo Trace. It is still a fine product regardless of who claims it as their own. Much like Pappy and the Old Weller Special Reserve, the W.L. Weller Special Reserve is a wheated […]
Michter’s to the US*1 Bourbon and added it to a second barrel assembled from 18 month air dried wood that is toasted but not charred. The second barrel process is what creates the unique flavor in the US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon. The second barreling process reportedly takes 26 days. The nose is woody with noticeable sme. […]
You get used to seeing the same bourbon bottles on the shelf of the local liquor store. Some days, even though there are new products on the shelf, most of them are not worth buying. But if you have a good relationship with the local liquor store, and the staff is knowledgeable, they will let […]
Old Weller Antique is another bourbon label distilled by the good folks at Buffalo Trace but most of the chatter you hear about Old Weller is its connection to Pappy.
Eagle Rare, like George T. Stagg, is one of five pieces of the Buffo Trace Antique collection. This particular bottle is from the Spring 2014 collection and is bottled at 90 proof. The nose is fragrant with notes of cinnamon and cedar. The flavor is fantastic and the proof is spot on; vanilla and tobacco […]
Rowan’s Creek is another product made from the distinguished folks at Willett. The bourbon is aged in charred oak barrels and bottles at 100.1 proof. The nose is sweet with peach and hints of mint. The taste is spicy with carmel and some of the oak coming through. A little water or even a cube […]
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac is part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, BTAC. The product is named after the New Orleans Bartender that created the Sazerac cocktail with rye whiskey. Much like the George T. Stagg it is bottled directly from the barrel, unfiltered and uncut with water. The nose, surprisingly doesn’t ‘bark’ at you despite […]
George T. Stagg is a part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. The bourbon is aged in new charred oak barrels for at least 15 years. It is a powerful product that is packs a real punch because it is uncut and unfiltered, thus it is 138.1 proof. You can open it up with a a little […]
This is not a bourbon review at all, but is a review of a beer finished much like a bourbon. James E. Pepper brewed an American Brown Ale and aged it in oak barrels. The Ale was aged in the same oak barrels in which James E. Pepper recently aged their 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey. The Ale is […]
Michter’s off the shelf, Rye, Bourbon, Sour Mash and Whiskey are all excellent but add 10 years of age and you get a superior product. The 10 Year Bourbon comes in limited quantities from a single barrel that is fire charred new American white oak. The nose has a pleasant vanilla quality to it. The […]
Old Forester is the very first bottled bourbon in America, and has been bottled and sold here for that 140 years. George Garvin Brown started the product so, for the last 13 years, on the anniversary of his September 2 birthday, they release the Birthday Bourbon. This bourbon is selected from a single day of […]
Another excellent product from the house of Willett; a product that Robert Parker, the wine aficionado, claimed to be as close to Pappy as anything else he has tasted.
Old Bardstown Estate Bottled is a another solid label created by the folks at Willett. Much like Johnny Drum it also comes with a reasonable price tag, if you can pick up a bottle. It is a well decorated product that has earned a lot of awards along the way. As a Sour Mash it uses […]
It is that time of year, depending on what state you live in, to be on the lo-out for the Fall Pappy Van Winkle release. The Pappy label is distilled at Buffalo Trace but is still created by the Van Winkle family, currently Julian Van Winkle III.
Johnny Drum is a bourbon label made by Willett. I find it to be both icious and very reasonably priced. It comes with a tiny bolet explaining that Johnny Drum was a drummer in the confederate army who returned home from the Civil War, to Kentucky, and distilled bourbon with his excess corn crop. It used […]
The Parker’s Heritage Collection Original Batch 2014 is made from a 51% wheat mash and aged in new, charred, oak barrels thus this is not bourbon at all but it is a wheat whiskey. It is cask strength so bottled directly from the cask without any chill filtering so no surprise that the bottle tasted here […]
I have documented my for Willett, in particular, their 2 Year Rye as an everyday product that everyone will . So naturally I jumped at the chance to try the once a year release of the Exploratory Cask finish, or XCF, that is their 7-Year Rye finished in Curacao casks from France for about […]
Although Willett Distilling Company is in fact not a distiller at all, it has masterfully bottled some of the best bourbon and rye though its parent company, Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. The company creates lots of amazing products under the Willett name but many others under different names like Black Maple Hill, Johnny Drum, Old Bardstown, […]
High West is a distillery in Park City Utah that makes a lot of high quality bourbons and ryes. You really can’t go wrong with any of their products. Their Rendezvous Rye is one of my favorites. They recently released a limited run of the Rendezvous Rye called A Midwinter Nights Dram. Interestingly, it is finished in […]
Four Roses has 10 traditional recipes that they blend to create each of their bourbons. This year’s 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch is derived from the 13-year-old Bourbon from Four Roses’ OBSV recipe, 12-year-old OESV, 11-year-old OBSF and 9-year-old OBSK. It has a wonderful sweet nose to it coupled with an orange, citrus note. The sweet […]
The Pappy Van Winkle 10 Year product is called Old Rip Van Winkle. It is bottled nearly at at barrel proof with a little water added to bring it down to 107 Proof.
The Van Winkle Reserve is aged 12 years to a rather low 90.4 proof. The bottle unfortunately doesn’t have the well recognized image of ‘Pappy’ sming but the product inside is very recognizable.