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.
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.
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.
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.