Premium Bourbons/Specialty Bottlings Latest Topics

Premium Bourbons/Specialty Bottlings Latest Topics
  •   11 barrels, 710 bottles, bottled at 100 proof, MSRP of $1,800.

  • Hi, I have a budget of $500-$600 to spend on a nice bottle of bourbon for my husband's birthday.  Spoke with somebody yesterday at who recommended:  Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel, Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (although he advised against the most recent 2016 release), and the Blade and Bow 22 Year.  The last bourbon gift I got for him was the Rhetoric Orphan Barrel 22 year and he does love the taste of that one.  I know Pappy isn't an option, but I see there is an Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year available.  Any advice on these I have listed or others?  He doesn't like rye.  Thank you!

  • I had a few drams of this last night wth my brother over to watch the Blackhawks / Oilers game.   I started the evening with OWA 107, and then poured a glass of the J. Henry and promptly spilled the whole glass on the table.     When I finally poured it down my throat I was taken aback for a minute and didn't really know what to think. It tasted so different -- so much sweeter, lush, and "open" than the OWA (which I think of as a fairly narrow tasting bourbon -- though it has that great cinnamon note on the finish that pulls everything together and gives it that staying power at the end).  Open and narrow is just one way of describing the difference...  I guess I would also say that OWA tastes classic to me -- simple and focused -- very much a bourbon-y bourbon -- but the J Henry was a great deal more complex.    I think that may have been why my first glass of the J Henry produced a big cloud of cartoon-question-marks over my head.  I put the difference in taste down to the heirloom (red) corn they used to produce the bourbon, and poured a second glass.  This was when my brother arrived (I always cheat a bit and get a head start when I'm hosting) -- so I poured him some of the J Henry and at his first sip he exclaimed "Wow, that's really good."   And it started to really taste that way to me too.  By the time I had a third pour I knew this was really something special.  I really savored the last glass. And I'm not sure that I tasted all of this:   “Nose: Butterscotch, caramel, toffee, buttery, cream, honey, vanilla, cola, plum, apricot, peach, citrus, floral, sherry notes, cinnamon, green leaves, toast, woody. Palate: Butterscotch, toffee, caramel, creamy, vanilla, banana, sweet corn, cherry, sultana, sour peach, citrus, bright mint, spearmint, eucalyptus, peppery, cinnamon, spicy, mineral, smooth. Finish: Fruity, spicy, clove, pine.”    ...But maybe that's only because I don't know what a sultana is.     ^That's the manufacturer's description by the way.  So, perhaps it leans to uh... "completeness," but I can only say that figuring out all the flavors is one of the tastiest bourbon riddles I've ever tried to solve.     This one is another bourbon Nancy Fraley helped bring into the world -- and I would say the owners also really seem to have their heads in the game.   May be heading up to their tasting room (north of Madison, WI) here shortly, to see what other goodies they have in store.  Meanwhile, at the 69.99 price point I found this for -- at Milwaukee's incomparable Discount Liquors -- I would rate it a strong buy.          

  • Looks like Campari is releasing a couple bourbons distilled at Wild Turkey.   I really liked the price until I realized they were 375ml bottles.

  • SAOS released their Wheated yesterday at the distillery and continues today - strong response from what I've seen and in talking to Rebecca at the distillery.  I'm heading up tomorrow to pick up some for myself and a few friends/family.     I've been looking for a reason to go see their facility and it looks like I've found it...  

  • Not too many stores around here carry any high end bourbon.  I went it to this one store and they had Forged Oak or $85, Barterhouse 20 for $95, Rhetoric for $125 and one I never heard of, Gifted Horse for $65. Any of these worth trying at those prices.

  • Has anyone had Wild Turkey Master Keep Decades? It is a blend of 10-20 year old whiskey that was bottled at 54% ABV and is NCF.  I've found a couple of reviews, but I wondered if any member of this forum had an opinion.    It seems likely that younger barrels were blended with some of the old stock that was previously used for WTMK17 in order to get the proof above 100.    I know WTMK Decades been released in Japan and Australia, but I'm not sure if it has been in the US.   

American Rye Whiskey Latest Topics

American Rye Whiskey Latest Topics
  • I have been experimenting with barely legal ryes. I managed to get three here in Utah, Pikesville 110, Rittenhouse 100 and Baby Saz. These are all classed as Limited and Allocated by the Utah DABC. They are never on the shelves, you have to ask one of the stock clerks and you can only buy one bottle at a time. Anyway, I have sampled all three. As I have said before, I have a poor taster. My impression is that the Pikesville comes in on top. Good flavor, some spice and good mouth feel. Rittenhouse comes in a close second. Baby saz comes in third. The Saz has a nice flavor but it feels thin in the mouth. I wouldn't turn down a pour of any of the three, but the Pikesville is at the top of my list.   Regards, Jim        

  • Anyone heard of Henry Duyore Rye? It is from Ransom distillery in Oregon. 77.8% rye and 22.2% barley, 92.2 proof. They say they can't go higher than 50% rye in their pot stills, so they use "Kentucky white dog" to get the higher rye content. The two are blended 35% Ransom and 65% Kentucky and then age it for 18 months. Available here in Utah for $32. It has a different flavor than any of my other ryes. I can't quite put a name on the taste. I will sample a few more times before I give a review.   Regards, Jim       

  • I managed to get a bottle today. Here in Utah, spirits are sometimes put in a category of very limited availability and limited to one bottle per customer. There is a web site that gives which stores have inventory. Today I got the last of three bottles that the store had.   The reviews I have seen of this rye say it is six years old. But straight rye only has to be two years old. So, why does everyone say it is six years old? And if it is six years old why no mention of age on the bottle?   Regards, Jim   

  • I have seen a few bottles of the Rittenhouse stranded on a few shelves today that have this slightly older label.  I saw that it was Diistilled at DSP KY 1, and Bottled at DSP KY 31... So I understand this is not the rye made post-fire at DSP KY 354.  But I wonder if anyone who is a regular drinker of Rittenhouse would hazard an opinion on whether the juice in these slightly older bottles is different from the ones we see regularly on the shelves today.  Thanks for any info or opinions!

  • Sorry to start a new thread and clutter the rye board but I'm very inexperienced with ryes. The only one I own is Crown Royal Northern Harvest and from what I've gathered reading here it's not well liked. I have all the ingredients to make a Vieux Carre(actually my wife bought them and I'm hoping to make a good one to wow her) what rye would be a good starter for me and the recipe. Thanks!  

  • First, I have a very uneducated palate and nose. To me, most whiskey tastes like whiskey. I have never tasted tobacco, black raspberry, cardamom, toffee, cherry, nuts, etc. Yesterday my local store had Colonel  E.H. Taylor straight rye, so I bought a bottle for $69.99. Last night I had two pours over about two hours, sniffing, tasting and trying to determine what flavors were there and my overall impressions. I concluded that the CEHT was very similar to regular Bulleit Rye. So tonight I did a side by side comparison of the two ryes. The CEHT has a slightly darker color. The nose on both are very much the same. I thought I detected very slight chocolate and very slight vanilla when I sniffed very lightly. Both smelled like typical whiskey with a deep sniff. Both had mostly a pepper taste and finish. The CEHT maybe was slightly stronger and longer on the finish.    My final impression is that the two ryes are very similar, I could barely tell the difference. I am sure that I couldn't determine which was which in a blind taste test.   A more educated taster would most likely say that I am full of s....   Anyway that is my opinion. I won't be buying any more $69.99 CEHT rye.   Best regards, Jim          

  • So I have a decanter that stays full of Baby Saz. I've been lucky enough to find plenty in stores around me. So far this it one of Mt favorite whiskeys. Aside of blantons, which it a world away in flavor really. My question is the comparison of these two Rye's. A friend of mine suggests I'm missing out. I haven't found the rye in local stores yet. I'll keep looking. What do you all think?