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Buck Bourbon

Didn’t really know much about this bourbon when I picked it up but it was affordable so I thought I’d give it a shot. It’s from Frank-Lin Distilleries and is sourced from Kentucky but other than that there’s not much else I could find out about it.

Bourbon: Buck Bourbon
8 years; 45%

Color: Like a breakfast tea

Nose: Right off the bat there’s a strong note of alcohol which quickly dissipates followed closely by brown sugar, herbs, spices, and some hints of citrus.

Taste: Dry oak, leather, sage, grass with a short, quick pepper burn at the end.

Finish: It’s light without much of a burn and plenty of leather and oak lingering on the palate.

Verdict: B-
For a bottle with a bucking bronco on it the taste profile of this bourbon is on point. The earthiness and the leather fit right in with it’s stylings as a cowboy whiskey. It’s 8 years old and goes for $25-30.

In this day an age when the great value buys like Henry McKenna and Buffalo Trace are increasingly hard to find or being placed in lotteries; I am always on the lookout for a good budget whiskey. While this bourbon isn’t on the same level as the others mentioned above, at this price point it’s a keeper.

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

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.

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.


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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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

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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1792 Single Barrel – Total Wine Store Select

Bottle of 1792 with glencain glass

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.

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Booker’s “Blue Knights Batch”

Bottle of Bookers with patially filled glencairn glass

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.

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