Review: Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8

Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Wild Turkey / Campari

Region: Kentucky

58.4% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, char #4

Bottle Code: LL/FH010735

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: A sweet vanilla oakiness, that gets a sort of musty herbal edge with caramel and cinnamon

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, leather, baking spices, apple, and herbs

Finish: Good length and warmth, damp musty oak, vanilla, pepper, caramel

Thoughts: Turkey continues to bring their A game to affordable everyday bourbon offerings. Strong and flavorful, but unique.

Score: 83 out of 100

Review: Booker’s Noe Hard Times

Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

63.90% ABV

Aged For: 6 Years, 10 months

Mashbill: 77% corn, 13% rye, 10% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Chocolate, brown sugar, pepper, leather, oak, tobacco, alcohol, butterscotch

Feel: Full, dry

Taste: Pepper, oak, leather, tobacco, clove, cinnamon, caramel, coffee grounds

Finish: Long, warm, and dry, with vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, roasted nuts, brown sugar, and leather

Thoughts: Solid spicy oak bourbon

Score: 88 out of 100

Review: Knob Creek Single Barrel Fusion/Navarre 2017 Batch 2

Paid: $45 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

60% ABV

Aged For: 13 Years

Mashbill: 77% corn, 13% rye, 10 % barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, char #4

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet corn, caramel, vanilla, oak, butterscotch, milk chocolate, and peanut butter

Feel: Full body

Taste: Oak, pepper, cinnamon, tobacco, caramel, vanilla, nuts, cream, honey and leather

Finish: Warm and lasting, dry, cloves, tobacco, oak, burnt peanuts, coffee grounds, and pepper

Thoughts: Sweeter on the nose and palate than some other KC SiB’s I’ve had. Still has that nice oak underlying profile and spice.

Score: 85 out of 100

Review: Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel for Astor Wine and Spirits

Paid: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel / Barrell

Region: Tennessee

53.2% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years

Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Cask Info: Astor Wine & Spirits, Barrel #K759, bottle #83

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Peanut butter fudge, mineral oil, oak, caramel coffee creamer, sweet corn, clove, and pipe tobacco

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, coffee, peanuts, vanilla, oak, minerals, cherry, birch beer

Finish: Honey, caramel, oak, leather, cinnamon, mineral oil, pepper, and clove

Thoughts: Lots of chocolate and peanut in the nose and body and follows up with more baking spice while having a dickel minerality throughout

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year 2018

Paid: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by:Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

53.5% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Wheated mashbill

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, honey, oak, caramel, cherries, pecan, brown sugar

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Creamy vanilla with pepper, oak, and spices. baked wheat bread, honey, cherry, and pipe tobacco

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, cinnamon, pepper, toffee, chocolate, and butterscotch

Thoughts: It’s good a good bourbon, with a simple sweet profile. Honestly it’s what I excepted of Weller Antique after all the hype that surrounds that bottle now.

Score: 85 out of 100

Review: Ezra Brooks

Paid: $12 for 1 liter

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill / Luxco

Region: Kentucky

45% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Charcoal filtered

Color: Light amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light caramel, corn, oak, vanilla. This one is really simple, nothing offense to it, just plain Jane

Feel: Light to medium body

Taste: Vanilla, corn, nutmeg, oak, and light hints of pepper. Again, nothing complex about it, but nothing offensive either.

Finish: Light to medium warmth, vanilla, caramel, honey, and spices.

Thoughts: For $12 you could do a hell of a lot worse, at the same time the old 7 year was $20 and was one of my go to every day bourbons and this is nowhere near that. Simple, and easy.

Score: 70 out of 100

High West Rendezvous Rye Campfire Finish

HW RR Select


Price: $80 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: MGP & Barton / Constellation Brands

Region: America

50% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 5 Years, finished additional 2.2 Years

Mashbill: 95% rye, 5% barley, & 53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley, & 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in barrels that held High West Campfire

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, rye, sharp sweetness, heather

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Rye, cinnamon, clove, tobacco, pepper, coriander, fennel, oak, vanilla

Finish: Medium warmth and length, honey, vanilla, oak, and rye spices

Thoughts: The campfire barrel really mellowed the rye out, without sacrificing flavor. Still very much a rye, but a nice change of pace.
Score: 82 out of 100