High West Yippee Ki-Yay

High West Yippe Ki-Yay

Price: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: MGP & Barton / High West

Region: America

46% ABV

Mashbill: 95% rye, 5% barley from MGP & 53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley from Barton

Aged For: Minimum 2 years

Cask Type: New charred white American oak, finished in French oak that held vermouth and syrah

Chill Filtered: No



Color: Reddish Mahagony

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Vermouth, herbal, underlying rye spice, dill, and oak

Mouthfeel: Intermediate, slightly dry

Palate/Taste: Cinnamon, juniper, caramel, wine and vermouth, and wood

Finish: Caramel, cinnamon, and clove, with olive flavors.

Thoughts: I hate vermouth, so it’s no surprise I don’t care for this. The young rye and wine notes don’t work for me.

Score: 55 out of 100


Canadian LTD

Canadian LTD

Price: $15 for 1.75 liters

Distilled/Owned by: Unknown / Sazerac

Region: Canada / Bottled Owensboro, Kentucky

40% ABV

Mashbill: Unknown with neutral grain spirit added

Aged For: Less than 3 years

Cask Type: Unknown

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes



Color: E150A, dark yellow

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Airy, slight pepper and vanilla, almost vodka like

Mouthfeel: Watery

Palate/Taste: Vanilla ice cream flavoring and artificial birthday cake, sugary to the max like a liquor.

Finish: short, with no warmth. Vanilla frosting.

Thoughts: It’s vanilla vodka right?

Score: 55 out of 100


Johnnie Walker Red Label

Red Label

Price: $25 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Multiple Distillers / Diageo

Region: Scotland

40% ABV

Mashbill: A blend of malt and grain whiskey

Aged For: NAS, Likely close to the 3 year minimum in certain parts of the blend

Cask Type: Blend of casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes



Color: E150A Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Metallic, grain funk, rotten almond milk, coconut, vanilla, expired citrus.

Mouthfeel: Watery and astringent

Palate/Taste: Young grain whisky, vanilla, biscuit, bitter malt, barley.

Finish: Short, bitter, and a bit oatmeal.

Thoughts: Even Johnny markets this as a blender, stay away.

Score: 55 out of 100


Seagrams V.O.

Seagrams VO

Price: $12 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Valleyfield Distillery / Diageo

Region: Canada

40% ABV

Mashbill: Likely a blend of Corn, rye, barley, and grain spirit.

Aged For: 6 years

Cask Type: Not disclosed, likely a combination of new and used oak.

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes



Color: Light gold.

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Astringent, grains, metallic, and almost undetectable, come caramel.

Mouthfeel: Watery

Palate/Taste: It’s almost vodka like in its absolute lack of flavor, cinnamon and pepper are just barely there.

Finish: Medium warmth and too long for its own good. Bits of oak and pepper.

Thoughts: It’s something to think that these are the sorts of drinks that were very popular with whiskey drinkers during the mid 20th century, and how tastes change over time.

Score: 58 out of 100

601 Bourbon

601 Bourbon

I grew up in the area surrounding Utica NY, so when I saw that a bourbon had been distilled in the area I figured I might as well try it. It has since be renamed “Adirondack 601 Bourbon” but I don’t imagine much has changed. It is actually a 100% corn mashbill, from NY corn. I had Bottle #420 from Batch 32.

Paid: $15 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Adirondack Distilling Company

Region: Utica, NY

43.2% ABV

Aged For: Less than four years

Mashbill: 100% corn

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Some cloudiness in my glass suggested that this is NCF, but I can’t confirm or deny.

Color Added: Again I don’t think so, but I cannot confirm



Color: Light Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Grain funk, milled corn, herbal, wet dirt. Smells more like white dog than bourbon.

Taste: Young sharp corn graininess, astringent, copper, oak, a touch of caramel, and pepper

Finish: Short, medium warmth, canned corn and oak notes, with herbs and dirt.

Thoughts: If you blindfolded me and asked me to drink this, I’d have told you it was moonshine. Far too young to be enjoyed at this point. The herbal notes could make for an interesting flavor given more time in the barrel.

Score: 58 out of 100