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Barrell Whiskey: Infinite Barrel

Barrell Bourbon with glencairn glass

While I’ve never seen this bottle on a shelf before I have heard good things. Today was my lucky day and I’m eager to try it out. According to Barrell this expression has added a mix of Tennessee whiskey, 100% Polish malted rye, Tennessee rye, Indiana whiskey, and Irish whiskey since the March 15 bottle. Color me intrigued.

Bourbon: Barrell Whiskey: Infinite Bottle Project Cask Strength
April 19, 2018; Bottle #657; 58.75

Color: Yellow-orange close to honey.
Nose: Plums, cloves, herbs, and corn starch.
Taste: Oak, smoke, char, leather with hints of vanilla and citrus at the beginning.

Verdict: Initially there’s seemingly not a whole lot going on with this whiskey. It almost feels so balanced that it’s muddled with no really flavor. However, after a few seconds it kicks in and that is where this whiskey really shines. There’s a nice strong oak followed with a smoky char and a hint of leather with a medium burn on the front half of the tongue that feels just right. Even though it seems kind of plain I really enjoyed this one and at the price point it’s really worth it.

B+


Old Forester 1910 “Old Fine Whiskey”

Bottle of Old Forester 1910 with glencairn glass

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.

B-

Booker’s “Kentucky Chew”

Bottle of Booker's with glencairn glass

The newest batch of Booker’s let’s get down to tasting and see how it stacks up against the rest.

(As you will see this batch runs hot so I did a pre-water and post-water review.)

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Old Fitzgerald BiB 11 years

Bottle of Old Fitzgerald with glencairn glass.

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.

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Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye

Knob Creek Cask Strength

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.

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Booker’s “Kathleen’s Batch”

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.
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Michter’s 10 year Single Barrel

Bottle of Michter's single barrel Bourbon with glencairn glass

Smooth Ambler: Old Scout

Bottle of Smooth Ambler Old Scout with glencairn glass

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.

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

 

 

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof with glencairn glass

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Some days walking into a liquor store you end up not finding much and some days you find the last bottle of the newest batch of one of your favorite bourbons.

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Barrell Bourbon – New Year 2018

Barrell Bourbon bottle with glencainrn glass

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.

What is the New Year blend? On their website they explain it thusly:

A selection of 2.5, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 14 year old Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrels

​Distilled in Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee and Texas

​Aged in Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee and Texas

Crafted and bottled in Kentucky​

111.2 proof cask strength bottling​

Aged in American white oak barrels

So basically it’s a bunch of different bourbons blended together. It’s an exercise in creating something fun and new. As always I am ready to try something fun and new.

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