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

Review: Peg Leg Porker 12-Year Batch 2

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Paid: $80 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned By: George Dickel / Peg Leg Porker

Region: Tennessee

46.35% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years

Mashbill:  84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered:  Hickory wood filtered


 

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a Glencairn

Nose: Caramel, mineral water, oak, buttermilk biscuits, vanilla, Maple hickory and rye spice

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Oak, spices, wood-smoke, chocolate, orange bitters, minerals (Iron like), with a touch of sweet caramel.

Finish: Medium length and warmth, smokey with the hickory remaining present. Toasted biscuits, oak, peanut butter, and vanilla bean.

Thoughts: Certainly has the Dickel vitamin taste, but I enjoyed the smokey notes from this one. If you can get it on sale around $60 Id recommend it, but at $80 Barrell offers better sourced Dickel.

Score: 82 out of 100

Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel 14 Year “Old Peanut Butter”

Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel 14 Year

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel? / Barrell

Region: Tennessee

53.5% ABV

Aged For: 14 years

Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, minerals, oak, vanilla, sponge cake, cream, and brown sugar

Feel: Full, creamy

Taste: Nice measured oak, French vanilla flavored coffee, yellow cake, caramel, and cinnamon

Finish: Medium warmth, not quiet medium length, oak tannins, slight mineral taste, creamy toffee, and milk chocolate

Thoughts: I love the creaminess to this cask, I didn’t pick up any peanut butter, but boy was there cream and vanilla.

Score: 88 out of 100

Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2017

Four Roses 2017 Small Batch LE

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

54% ABV

Aged For: 12 to 15 Years

Mashbill: 2 different OESK’s, and OESV

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dry oaky spices, vanilla, caramel cream, a bit of earth and nutmeg

Feel: Medium body and dry

Taste: Spicy vanilla, cream, oak, chocolate, baking spice, and leather-bound books

Finish: Medium length and warmth, lots of caramel and vanilla with just a faint hint of fruit

Thoughts: It’s releases like this that have killed my interest in LE bourbon. It’s a very enjoyable whisky, but go ahead and google it and look for a price, $450 and up. For $20 bucks I can get some Wild Turkey and while it’s not as good, it’s enjoyable bourbon and less than a car payment for the average fellow to get ahold of.

Score: 85 out of 100

Four Roses Private Select OBSF Main Street Liquors

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Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

59.3% ABV

Aged For: 8 Years , 11 months

Mashbill: 60% corn, 35% corm , 5% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Cask Details: Warehouse RN 38.3A


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet caramel, herbs, touch of red fruit, oak, vanilla, cinnamon

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Solid caramel and vanilla upfront, oak, brown sugar, cherries and cinnamon

Finish: Medium warmth and length, dry oak, dark coffee, berries, and cigar tobacco

Thoughts: While some of the fruit notes were nice, and by no means is this bad, it’s just another good but not spectacular single cask.

Score: 83 out of 100

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Camillus Liquors Pick

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Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

60% ABV

Aged For: 13 Years, 4 months, Warehouse X, Floor 6, Rick 39, Tier 2

Mashbill: 76% corn, 12% rye, 10% malted barley

Cask Info: Barrel #5131 Camillus Liquor

Cask Type: New charred oak, char #4

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Caramel brown

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Thick oak, leather, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, corn mash, peanut, and brown sugar

Feel: Full and dry

Taste: Chewy oak, pepper, tobacco, chocolate with nuts, coffee grounds

Finish: Good warmth and length, oak, oak, baking spices, leather, pepper, and toffee

Thoughts: Knob Creek single barrel picks when they are preforming well are some of the best, if not the best value buys in bourbon. This oak bomb is no exception, loved it.

Score: 90 out of 100

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Revival

WT MK Revival

Price: $150 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Wild Turkey / Campari

Region: Kentucky

50.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS (12 to 15 years)

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

Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in Oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes?


Color: Deep amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oaky vanilla, red fruity, pepper, cream, cinnamon, fino sherry, and spices

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Tobacco, leather, cloves, dry sherry, oak, dark coffee, vanilla, and fruit

Finish: Medium warmth and length, citrus and berries. Dry, with oak, leather, tobacco, spices, and bitter chocolate

Thoughts: Out of the Master’s Keep releases I would rank this second, behind Decades. I really wanted a more supple body on this to make things flow together. The sherry influence is minimal, so if you prefer your bourbon more traditional, the sherry doesn’t punch as hard as say a Joe Magnus.

Score: 84 out of 100