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

Berneroy XO Calvados

Berneroy XO Calvados

Price: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Berneroy

Region: Normandy, France

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, XO, Minimum 6 Years

Cask Type: “Seasoned” Barrels

Distillate: 180+ types of apples

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Tarnished gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cinnamon, apple, nougat, floral, and sugary fruits

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Apples, vanilla, gentle plum, fig, floral, cider

Finish: Light warmth, short in length, apple, cinnamon, with pear, orchard fruit, and gentle oak

Thoughts: The flavors are solid, but the palate and finish are too gentle and weak for my personal preference.

Score: 74 out of 100

El Dorado 3 Year

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Price: $15 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: El Dorado

Region: Guyana

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 3 years

Cask Type: Oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes


Color: Clear

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Coconut husks, sugar cane, molasses, grass, fresh and crisp

Mouthfeel:  Light bodied, but coating

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, coconut, grass, and sugar crystals

Finish: Light warmth, medium length, vanilla and cane sugar

Thoughts: A good mixing rum, but too simple to shine neat on it’s own.

 

Score: 74 out of 100

Kaiyo Japanese Mizunara Oak

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Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced Teaspoon malt / Kaiyo

Region: Japan

43% ABV

Aged For: NAS, and aged at sea!

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Mizaunara Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Herbal spice, earthy, weeds, oak, sugar, and salt

Feel:Medium body

Taste: Cream, vanilla, herbal, grass, and caramel

Finish: Caramel, vanilla, oak, herbal rye, malt, shorter length, light warmth

Thoughts: I actually think this is superior to the cask strength version, it tastes less like a young craft whisky and more like it’s own thing. Still doesn’t make it a good whisky though.

Score: 72 out of 100

Kaiyo Cask Strength Japanese Mizunara Oak

Kaiyo Cask Strength

Price: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Teaspoon Malt (Blend) / Kaiyo

Region: Japan

53% ABV

Aged For: NAS, aged on the ocean Jefferson’s style!

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Mizunara Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Bronze

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sharp grains, herbs, floral notes, young smelling, like a craft whiskey, and almost rye like

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Nutmeg, pepper, floral, oolong tea, and rye notes

Finish: Warm and lasting, citrus, cinnamon, cedar, and pine resin

Thoughts: This reminded me more of a young craft rye, not a malt whiskey. Maybe that’s just the Mizunara that I don’t care for as I don’t have much experience with it, but still not my thing.

Score: 70 out of 100

Berry’s St. Lucia 11 Year

Berry’s St. Lucia 11 Year

Price: $94 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Berry Brothers

Region: St. Lucia

46% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 11 Years

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: No


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Super glue, bubblegum, perfume, varnish, oak, flowers, honey

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Oak and flowers, perfume, honey, nail polish, feinty, and white tea

Finish: Medium warmth and length, flowers, perfume, honey, and lemon juice

Thoughts: This one was different, it had a lot of the intensity of a Jamaican Rum, but not the funk I’ve come to associate with them. That said, this is very much a try before buy rum.

Score: 70 out of 100

Pierre Ferrand 1840

Pierre Ferrand 1840

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Pierre Ferrand

Region: Cognac, France

45% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: Likely

Color Added: Likely


Color: Off Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glenciarn

Nose: Bright sour grape, floral, pear, peach, light sugar, apricot

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: White grapes, peach, pear, sour orchard fruits

Finish: Light and short, with similar notes from the nose and palate returning very quickly

Thoughts: While to body is helped by the added ABV, this is clearly designed with mixing in mind as the sour notes would need to be masked in order for this to be enjoyed consistently neat.

Score: 70 out of 100