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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been chasing this particular expression for a long time. After I quit looking for it I ended up stumbling onto a bottle last week–isn’t that how it always works. A Midwinter Night’s Dram is a blend of three ryes that, according to High West, have been aged betwixt 5-20 years. That rye is then finished in French oak and used port barrels.
A limited release rye that I was able to get my greedy paws on. Rarely do I get the opportunity to buy a limited release barrel proof and pass on it. I thought about it with this one, as I had to drive two hours to pick it up, but in the end I’m glad I made the trip.
This week I’m mixing things up a bit and also talking about Game of Thrones. Specifically, I’m laying down my predictions for what’s going to happen. This season has had my mind racing and as a book reader I’m overjoyed to not know what the hell is going to happen next. This season has moved at the speed of light and I think that that will continue until the end of the series.
Beware there be spoilers ahead although I’m sure that most of these won’t come true.
Here’s the newest batch of Booker’s bourbon. I’ve been sitting on this one for a few weeks while I cleared out a few of my older reviews. Booker’s, to me, is synonymous with quality. There are very few that I don’t like and I think—even after the price increase—it’s one of the better buys out there right now. Whenever I buy a bottle even if it isn’t my favorite I know that it will be an experience and a worthwhile bourbon.
Rock Hill Farms is an expression I’ve wanted to find out in the wild for awhile now. I’ve looked for years with no success and then I move to Maryland and the second liquor store I go to has six sitting on the shelf. Go figure. After all this time I hope it’s worth the long wait.
I knew nothing about Clyde May’s or Alabama Style (which is adding oven-dried apples to the barrels) whiskey when I won this bottle in a lotto last year. That did not stop me from buying it or enjoying it.