Nice job. I'm right with you on the PHC Cognac. So, so drinkable.Had a lot of fun hanging out with fellow bourbonian LikeItWasSodaPop last night. Yesterday afternoon I poured four whiskeys into sampler bottles for some blind tasting. He did remarkably well!
A. HW 16yr rye
B. Baker's 7/107 from '85
D. ER17 2011
A. Rye, old but not too, thin 90-94 proof, 12-16 yrs old.
B. Smells like dusty spirit. Butterscotch, smooth. 95-100 proof, 10 yrs.
C. Young, soap, rye. Love-hate. 90 proof, 4 yrs or less.
D. Older ryed bourbon. Heaven Hill, 90 proof, 15+ yrs.
He was basically dead-on with all of it. It was interesting that he picked out Heaven Hill with the ER17. I hadn't really thought about it before, but the ER17 is quite reminiscent of some of the better bottles of EC18. Also interesting was that he could smell the dustiness of the Baker's. There's only a slight hint in the finish of the Baker's that seems to be signaling that sour acetone turn Beam products have taken since.
These are the other bottles that made their way into our glasses:
Binny's EWSB '99
This latest bottle of Pappy20 is a bit of a letdown for me. No off-notes, and it certainly retains the S-W imprint, but it's just too watered down. I think my last bottle from '09 had more flavor.
The OBSV is just plain outstanding. 106pr and more complex than the standard bottling. It's just a remarkable whiskey, and we both prefer the OB's to the OE's in general.
I personally just can't get enough of the PHC cognac; it's effortlessly addictive. The EWSB '99 tastes like wheatgrass. It's settling well the longer its open, but it is thoroughly grass-stained with the HH profile.