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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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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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A Midwinter Night’s Dram: Act 5 Scene 6

Bottle of Midwinter NIghts Dram with glencairn glass

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.

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