It sure has been a crazy winter but I’m finally ready to start catching up on my backlog of whiskies. First off the newest Old Forester expression.
Old Forester 1910 “Old Fine Whiskey”B 46.5%
Color: Dark, syrup with a slight reddish tint Nose: A nice blend of sweet, fruity, and earthy: brown sugar, raisin, rosemary, and red wine at the end. Taste: Cough syrup, potpourri, oak, and char.
Verdict: The medicinal first impression off the bat is kind of a downer. From there you get a variety of floral and herbal notes. It also tastes like it has been watered down too much. There’s no real bite to it at all which makes it feel very weak. If you’re the type of drinker that prefers a lighter whiskey you may enjoy this but for me it wasn’t that good of a whiskey. I had high hopes for this expression but unfortunately I don’t find it that enjoyable. Good thing there’s always the Old Forester 1920.
I didn’t think I was going to be lucky enough to find a bottle of this, but I was really hoping I would in large part because I love beautiful bottles and doubly so when the bourbon is good.
This bottle was designed to evoke a 1950s style decanter and they pulled that off with ease. Not saying if the bourbon is bad it’s worth it for the decanter but it’d be close. I’d heard some good things but I wanted to see for myself how this bourbon.
The newest expression from Knob Creek is a cask strength rye whiskey. I initially assumed it would be hard to find but maybe it was my lucky day since I found it at the first store I went to. Aged 9 years and uncut and unfiltered I am hoping this is similar to the Booker’s Rye.
The newest batch of Booker’s has been sitting on my shelf for well over a month and as you can see I’m already half-way through the bottle. While I wanted to write up a review awhile ago it just didn’t happen. Better late than never I guess. Continue reading
Being a sucker for store selects I picked up with bottle of Old Scout recently. Smooth Ambler is a neat distillery from nearby West Virginia and their whiskies are generally bold, and fun. Try some Contradiction sometime if you can find it. Old Scout 7years is my favorite expression of theirs, which unfortunately I don’t see at all anymore.
This version of Old Scout is a whiskey instead of a bourbon due to some of the whiskey being aged in new oak barrels and in “rejuvenated re-charred bourbon casks.” Here is a nice primer on rejuvenation of bourbon casks.
The whiskies were distilled in Indiana and Tennessee and if I had to guess I’d say that the Tennessee whiskey is sourced from George Dickel but that’d just be a guess.
Time to ring in the New Year with a Barrell Bourbon limited edition. Before I moved to Maryland it was impossible for me to find Barrell Bourbon. Now, however, I can walk into the local and usually find a few different bottles on the shelf. So I wasn’t shocked when I found a bottle of the New Year blend awaiting me on New Years Eve.
I have always been intrigued by store selects as you’re never quite sure what’s in store for you when you pick one up. They’re like Forrest Gump’s chocolate box of bourbons. Unfortunately, they sell at a higher price point than a regular bottle so they come at a premium, but the upside is that they are almost always interesting even if they are bad. What makes store selects interesting is that you’re at the mercy of whomever gets to choose and sometimes they choose wisely and at other times not so much. Regardless, it’s a peek into the taste profile and perceptions of someone else, someone who is not a master distiller. Sometime they choose something standard right in line with the norm, but often you’re going to get something different. So when I saw that Total Wine had their store select for 1792 available I didn’t hesitate to pick up a bottle.