I am a fan of the Col. E.H. Taylor line from Buffalo Trace, even though they tend to be hard to get a hold of here in Virginia. Because of that limited availability I’ve only had the single barrel, rye, and the small batch. The single barrel so far has been my favorite and it’s a bourbon I’d buy regularly if I could find it.
Yesterday I picked up a bottle of the barrel proof that I was lucky enough to win in a lotto, so how does it compare to the rest of the expressions?
As I have mentioned before in a previous post I was able to get a couple bottles of the new Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. After having it sit in my vault for awhile unopened I decided it was time to open it up and see how it fared. But then I thought it would be better to do a side-by-side tasting with what remains of one of my older bottles of ECBP. So here we are two barrel proof bourbons enter the ring and only one wi– well they will both get drank and enjoyed.
Like many whiskey aficionados Booker’s Rye has been on my radar for awhile. I first learned about it when Sku tweeted out the label for it; no one knew what the price would be then but it shot to the top of my want list. I figured it would run about $100, but then later news rolled out that it would sell for $300 a bottle–which is steep. However, once the reviews and the hype started in I was pretty sure that if I was able to find one I’d probably buy it.
Luckily for me, the VA ABC has a pretty good system for selling limited release bottles through their website and via lottery. When the day of the sale came I was perched at my computer refreshing like a maniac until I was able to buy one. It came in last Friday and even as I was going to buy the bottle I was doubting whether it would be worth it and thinking maybe I should let someone else buy it. I quickly regained my sanity and bought it and then immediately started doubting my purchase and hoping it was worth it. Did I spend too much on a bottle of rye? I mean I love the Booker’s brand but how good can this really be?
So I let it sit on my table a few days in it’s beautiful box and let the expectation die down. Last night I had a dram whilst hanging out and chatting with my wife on the porch, and after I finished I couldn’t wait to drink another and write a review. Unfortunately, it was a late and I had to wake up early for my non-whiskey drinking job. After struggling through a Monday here’s my review…