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    Re: Wednesday Tastings!

    This week it was a relatively abbreviated tasting featuring the newly arrived GBS Russell's Reserve in a blind SBS. One thing that really stood out right away was that the cap was much darker on the new GBS bottle than the other three (they are mixed up in this photo but I have since corrected them). I forgot to look at a newer bottle off the shelf to see if it was a light or darker brown.



    We had a selection of four RR's to try. In addition to the GBS barrel there was a barrel from a local store I had a chance to help pick along with a store pick from a Louisville store I picked up last April and finally an off the shelf bottle from about a year ago.

    The store owner managed to pick all four correctly which was quite amazing and really liked the GS bottle, picking it as his favorite over even his own store pick bottle which he really liked and had been drinking just this past weekend (which no doubt helped him identify it!). I liked them both but managed to pick the local store bottle as my first choice over the GBS bottle.

    The local store pick was a bit drier to me but I guess that is my profile with a nice cinnamon component at the back of the palate and into the finish. The GBS bottle had a much thicker mouthfeel with a nice but well balanced rich light sweetness on the palate of chocolate more than cinnamon. I found the store pick to be my third choice with a similar dry mildly tannic edge but not as interesting as the local store pick while the Louisville store pick was also more on the sweet side but not as complex or rich tasting and kind of a one trick pony.

    So four bottlings presumably with similar profile although the three store picks all were from a different warehouse. 2 were 5th floor and one was 6th floor for what ever that is worth. But 2 were on the drier side and 2 were on the sweeter side with one of each of those much more complex and interesting than the other one.

    Will be fun to continue to explore the local store pick and the GBS pick for the next few weeks!

    Still don't care much for the hang tag because if you lose it there is no good way to distinguish between bottles. Need to remember to put some sort of sticker on the bottles themselves pretty soon.

    As we were wrapping up a distributor rep wandered in with the new Bluecoat barrel aged gin that was finished for at least 3 months in new oak barrels of undetermined size. It comes in a clear bottle instead of the typical blue bottle of the original. Hard to give it a completely fair assessment after all the bourbon which was followed by pizza but it seemed to be pretty good.
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    Re: Wednesday Tastings!

    This week was a again a bit of a mélange of spirits although that is hardly unusual for us! In addition to rum and some craft malt and rye whiskey the featured tasting of the day was a blind four way SBS of wheated bourbons featuring the new "Sweet Wheat" from Barton.



    But we started with the help of a distributor and the distributors spirits specialist who is trying to build up the sprits side of the house. They brought in Wasmund's Malt and Copper Fox rye (which this distributor is bringing into Georgia for the first time as far as I know). They also brought along a couple different single barrel bottlings of Richland Rum, which along with the one I brought, allowed us to do an interesting side by side of Richland.

    The Wasmund, a Virginia malted barley made with home malted barley flavored with apple and cherry wood smoke, was a young (<2yo) whiskey aged in small barrels and was not my favorite. I did not expect too much from the also very young Copper Fox rye, which has a 2/3 rye and 1/3 malted smoked barley mashbill and is aged using applewood and oak chips in used bourbon barrels, but I found this to be much more enjoyable. Rye just seems to be able to handle youth a bit better and this did not have the tannic grainy new barrel twang the Wasmund had. Westland does American malt much better although admittedly at about twice the cost as does Westward whiskey from House Spirits in Oregon. In all the "excitement" I forgot to take pictures of them. Oh well.



    I had initially planned to do a repeat of an earlier tasting with Richland Rum this time against Clement Select Barrel rhum agricole. By this time I had confirmed that Richland was indeed sugar cane syrup and not fresh sugar cane juice since the still capacity did not let them process the juice fast enough. They are no additives used with the Richland and somewhat uniquely it is aged for perhaps 3-4 years in NEW toasted/charred oak casks. I can't recall if they were full size or a little smaller.

    Again the Clememt was drier and it was also a bit thinner at 80 proof compared to the Richland which was only 86 proof. I have to say I really liked the Richland and I liked it even better when we did the 3 different bottles SBS. Each was good but each was different with varying degrees of sweetness and spiciness in each barrel.



    Next we moved on to our featured pairing of four wheaters to include the Makers Mark standard bottling at 90 pf, Barton 1792 Sweet Wheat at 91.2 pf, BT Weller 12 at 90 pf (This bottle was one I had for awhile and did not have much of that sooty burnt caramel character noted in some bottles, especially newer ones, at least to me) and HH Larceny at 92 proof. Both the Makers and Sweet Wheat were newly opened whereas the other 2 had been open for awhile.

    Four of us took part in the blind tasting and the outcome found that Makers was the only one accurately identified by all four and also the least favored of the bunch by all four tasters. Hmmm. Choices were all over the map on the other three but it was Larceny edging out the other 2 as the favorite. But all three were pretty similar and enjoyable. I found the Sweet Wheat to be very easy drinking with a nice moderatlely sweet palate and decent finish but was one of those who found it similar to W12 and felt that Larceny was just a smidge better. When you add in price and availability well then Larceny becomes the hands down winner in this battle of wheaters for me.



    Finally for dessert I opened up the newly acquired Plantation "Stiggins Fancy" pineapple rum. This is in no way an artificial pineapple flavored overly sweet rum. The pineapple is certainly there but it is nicely integrated to make an enjoyable drink on its own or as the base for a cocktail.
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    Re: Wednesday Tastings!

    Good work Bruce! I bet you take one hell of an awesome late afternoon nap on Wednesdays don't you?

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    Re: Wednesday Tastings!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    Good work Bruce! I bet you take one hell of an awesome late afternoon nap on Wednesdays don't you?
    I frequently do! But surprisingly this particular afternoon I was good to go for the rest of the day. I guess I am getting better at eating and hydrating in preparation. Heck, last week I went home and cut the grass and I still have (almost) all of my fingers and toes...
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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