Monthly Archives: March 2013

Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey

Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey – is distilled in New York by Tuthilltown using 100% New York corn before being aged in American Oak barrels.   The distiller’s website states that this is the first legal pot-distilled whiskey made in New York since prohibition. 

(92 proof) – Year 12, Batch 2, Bottle 1218

$45 for 375ml

This was gift for Jason after his wife had a fantastic weekend in New York City.  This was a present and is really neat to have in your cabinet for guests to try. We must mention that this is a unique bourbon as it 100% corn and made in Gardinier, New York.

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Unpleasant B -3, not sweet 80
Tripp Unpleasant C -4 81
Tony Neutral A +2 85
Gill Unpleasant A +1 80
Rater Comments
Jason A really unique flavor one that you should really try – quite expensive at 375ml.  Not one I will reach for but if someone is looking for different this is your choice. I have no plans to move to NY and this does not help.
Tripp Come on New York; you can do better! As a native New Yorker, I was really hoping to love this bourbon. Fail. Not sweet and not particularly pleasant on the palate.  I would not reach for this and the price makes it hard to buy. However, it remains a great novelty bourbon especially when considering the bottle. Not worth the money is the key thing to remember – yet a great gift idea.
Gill & Tony No further commentary – we are just drinking tonight

HudsonBaby

 

Evans Williams 1783 – The Bourbon Guide

Evan Williams 1783

Small Batch – approx. $15 for 750ml – 86 proof (43%)

$15 dollars for this bourbon is a steal! It almost made us pass it on as a bottom shelf no name drink, but that would have been a major mistake. This is a real whiskey and should certainly be included in everyone’s collection. Do not let the cheap price tag fool you. My only comment is if this is $15 a bottle, why is Makers so much more… and forget some of the other drinks!

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Evans Williams 1783 – The Bourbon Guide

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B +4, sweet side 89
Tripp Pleasant B +5, sweeter for sure 95
Rater Comments
Jason Agreed – great surprise for the price.  A versatile bourbon for your cabinet – not an issue mixing it given the price but can be offered as a sipping bourbon just the same. If you see it and have room – give it a try.
Tripp Nose: Sweet. Nice Taste: Sweet and smooth. Really nice. Cheap!! $16. Delicious. Buy this drink. Keep it on your shelf when you want a great sweet bourbon and do not want to feel guilty about spending money. This bottle is cheaper than most wine and will last you 15 times a long with way more enjoyment. A definite personal favorite.

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Rowan’s Creek

Rowan’s Creek

(100.1 proof) – $32 for 750ml

This is a great mixer for high end Manhattan’s – it really adds a nice spice and complexity to the drink.  This bourbon is for people who like earthy spice in their drink.

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral C -5 79
Tripp Neutral D -4 75
Rater Comments
Jason Unless you like spice, I wouldn't recommend this – it is just not my style.
Tripp Sweet but very hot. Very spicy with too much burn. Needs ample water. Not a favorite but drinkable. Seems expensive to be your go to mixer – but some people like a fancy cocktail.

Rowan's Creek

 

Filibuster

Filibuster Dual Cask

Dual cask: 2 distinct oak barrels. Finished in French Oak barrels.

The bottle tested was Batch 1, Bottle 3955 and was purchased in Washington DC. This is a 45% alcohol bourbon.

Tasting was done straight up. This is a novelty type bourbon, and got some great reviews on-line and in magazines. We are lucky to have a bottle, but now that we tried it…we are stuck with a bottle.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B -1 80
Tripp Pleasant B, not bad at all +1 77

Rater Comments
Jason Smooth with a slight alcohol flavor. A lot of wood, too much wood – I am not a lumberjack. A flavor I would never reach for, but good to sample.  Having said all of this, there is no more Filibuster to drink.
Tripp Sweet with wood, lots of wood. Like a sugary piece of oak in your mouth. There is the earthy finish that makes it only a +1 sweetness, but the wood is overwhelming. A very different flavor, but a flavor I would never reach for. My bottle is used just for tastings and for comparison. You really need to like the oak flavor to every buy this bottle. More of a novelty than a legitimate drink.

Filibuster

 

Maker’s Mark – The Bourbon Guide

Maker’s Mark – 90 proof (45%)

This is the staple bourbon of our generation (the young winner generation!). The bourbon everyone knows, the bourbon everyone starts drinking and the bourbon the market cannot get enough of. The company was considering, but has since decided not to, a reduction in the alcohol content by 3%. This would have been accomplished by adding water to meet the insane market demand. All bourbon drinkers know this brand and many still like it as a go-to drink. After trying so many Bourbons, many of our friends that are serious bourbon drinkers never buy it again. See our review and you will know why….remember we like sweet bourbon, not earthy spicy bourbon as a norm.

Tasting was done straight up, but this drink is better with ice.

$29 for 750ml

Maker’s Mark – The Bourbon Guide review:

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral C -5 73
Tripp Neutral B -6 71
Rater Comments
Jason Somehow you feel compelled to own it- but as soon as you buy another bourbon you will never drink it. You will feel guilty and always suggest this drink for your friends and offer it to others, but never touch it yourself. Spicy and shallow.
Tripp The staple whiskey that made me originally love bourbon (over scotch and other whiskey.) The more bourbon I drink the harder it is to ever go back. This represents my C drink, passing but not a good grade. This is a friends and family drink only, and the bottle I have now will eventually be given away. You have to really like the earth and spice flavor of bourbon, as well as the tobacco and wood flavor. If people suggest that this is a sweet bourbon, they have clearly not tried some of the other Bourbons on the market (or compare it to Jack Daniels or Jim Beam.. yuck!) I would take most anything over this…even wine!

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