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

Stagg Jr. Batch 8

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Paid: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

64.75% ABV

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Deep copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Cherry cola, oak, pepper, tobacco, lychee, leather, and spices

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, dry

Palate/Taste: Tobacco, oak, chocolate, cola, cherries, and pepper

Finish: Warm and dry with a medium to long finish. Vanilla, oak, corn mash, and chocolate

Thoughts: You can’t go wrong with the new releases of Stagg Jr, however batch 9 that came after was a bit better overall.

Score: 85 out of 100

Colonel E.H. Taylor Four Grain

Col Taylor Four Grain

Price: $80 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace mashbill #1

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Light copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sweet mash, cotton candy, vanilla, toasted oak, nutmeg, and baking spices.

Mouthfeel: Intermediate

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, caramel, butter, oak, rye and wheat compete as a secondary grain in a sort of jumbled way, but it isn’t harsh.

Finish: Shorter with little warmth, there’s a sort of interesting toasted marshmallow, oak and heavy vanilla finish, but it’s over far too quickly.

Thoughts: An easy sipping bourbon with sweet flavors being predominate, but the short finish, and jumbled palate notes prevents it from achieving greatness.

Score: 83 out of 100

Stagg Jr. Batch #9

Stagg jr

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

65.95% ABV

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace mashbill #1

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Light brown

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Fudge, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, and thick sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium and dry

Palate/Taste: Chocolate, pepper, spices, tobacco, brown sugar, dry with a slight mint note

Finish: Medium heat and lasting, with pepper, fudge, coffee, and cinnamon spice.

Thoughts: This is a great batch of Stagg Jr. I love the fudge and coffee notes in this one.

Score: 87 out of 100

Old Weller Antique 107 Ye Old Liquor Shop

OWA NCF

Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

53.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Wheated Mashbill

Cask Type: New Charred Oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cinnamon, peppercorns, BBQ sauce, oak, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar

Feel: Medium Body

Taste: Cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, clove, and pepper

Finish: Very warm and lasting, with cinnamon sugar, caramel, pepper, and oak

Thoughts: I liked this selection much more than the regular OWA which I am not huge on. Excellent finish on this one.

Score: 84 out of 100

Stagg Jr. Batch 6

Stagg Jr. Batch 6

Paid: $48 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

66.25% ABV

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace mashbill  #1

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Fudge, cherries, espresso, oak, toffee, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Spicy and bold with vanilla, cloves, tobacco, cinnamon, pepper, and oak

Finish: Warm and lasting, with dry oak and dark chocolate

Thoughts: Stagg Jr is always hot on opening, but then the flavors are always rewarding.

Score: 87 out of 100

Eagle Rare K&L Pick

Eagle Rare K&L

Price: $35 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

45% ABV

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace mashbill #1

Store Pick: K&L Barrel #316

Aged For: 11 Years, 7 months

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: Yes

 


 

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Vanilla, caramel drizzle, mocha, dark chocolate, and sweet corn

Mouthfeel: Light – Medium body

Palate/Taste: Dark chocolate, pecans, vanilla, oak, pepper, and toffee

Finish: Gentle warmth and medium linger, of oak and spices, caramel, and maple syrup

Thoughts: This is my ideal for bourbon that isn’t barrel proof, perfect combination of flavors for the proof.

Score: 90 out of 100