Monthly Archives: June 2013

Rock Hill Farms

Rock Hill Farms

Single Barrel Bourbon – check out the bottle! It is not weak.  This was given to us as a gift from a Kentucky native.  It is good having friends from Kentucky.

50% (100 proof) Distilled, aged and bottled by Rock Hill Farms located in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Approx. $55 special order from VA ABC stores for a 750ml.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral (given alcohol content) E +1 80
Tripp Neutral to Unpleasant C with D late burn +2 87
Rater Comments
Jason This is a full-bodied bourbon and is not light on the palette.  The alcohol level for me warrants adding a little splash of water.  Due note that this tasting was only with ice.  It is complex and I had trouble wading through the alcohol – but once you do this you will find many flavors to explore.  Check it out.
Tripp It is 100 proof people!  A very different taste – more fruit and sweetness than wood and earth. Incredibly smooth for a 100 proof bourbon. This bourbon has the coolest of all the bottles; even rivaling Willets. The sweetness and flavors can be enhanced with a splash of water and the overall taste is very palatable. I wonder if I would have liked it as much…without the cool bottle? It might just be the single best gift bourbon of them all.

Rock Hill Farms

Old Forrester 2012 Birthday Bourbon – The Bourbon Guide

Old Forester 2012 Birthday Bourbon

12 year – Birthday Bourbon 2012 – aged in oak casks.  Old Forester puts out a new birthday bourbon each year.  Some years are better than others.  So as soon as 2013 is bottled and distributed it will be hard to find past years. These are really kind of fun to collect and compare year to year. Unfortunately they are often hard to find and have a much more spicy flavor than we normally enjoy. A few of the other companies put out yearly or experimental bourbons (like Buffalo Trace) and these might be better to collect if you share out pallet for sweet drinks.

48.5% (97 proof) Bourbon was dumped on 8.15.11 from barrel no 23 stored in warehouse 11 on rick # 2 – giving us bottle #104.

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Approx. $35 at the VA ABC stores for a 750ml.

Old Forrester 2012 Birthday Bourbon – The Bourbon Guide Review:

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Unpleasant D -2 72
Tripp Neutral B -3 80
Rater Comments
Jason A little like placing your nose in a wood box.  The drink starts off smooth and timid as compared to its finish which is not good.  It is definitely not my birthday! Great for a mixer only as it will add spice and heat – alcohol style.
Tripp Very smooth with pronounced earth and wood. Not my taste preference but because of the smoothness it is very drinkable. I would not ever buy it again, but the bottle is very cool.

OldForresterBirthday

Blanton’s

Blanton’s

Each bottle has a distinctive cork with a letter imbedded into the picture of the horse. The idea is to collect all of the letters. This bottle was the letter “L” – We have are not even close to collecting of the corks to spell B L A N T O N S. Honestly, we are big fan’s of cool bottles and gimmicks, but this is just a little too much.

46.5% (93 proof) Bourbon was dumped on 8.15.11 from barrel no 23 stored in warehouse 11 on rick # 2 – giving us bottle #104.

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Approx. $54 at the VA ABC stores for a 750ml.

Blanton’s – The Bourbon Guide’s review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant D +1 77
Tripp Unpleasant D +1 80
Rater Comments
Jason My first drink of the day – and the first sip was full of burn and pepper between my lips and gums.  Second try gave me confidence that this is a full bourbon and one that will put hair on your chest.  The burn alone brought down my score. Not one I would naturally go for but a great option when hosting guests.
Tripp Fire burn start – sweet finish.  Not very spicy but definitely not very sweet.  Vanilla and close finish and it is not a great after taste. It is a very cool bottle with a collectors cork – thus a great gift bourbon.  Not one I will buy again for myself.

Blantons

Belle Meade

Belle Meade

45.2% (90.4 proof) – from Kentucky.
A friend of mine was in Tennessee and was at a liqueur store reading labels to me to see if I needed anything for my collection. Over the phone he read the name of this bourbon and then added…”it has a classy bottle”…. and I was sold. I am a sucker for a nice bottle. Call me superficial, I know the liqueur will be drunk! — Tripp

Tasting on the rocks.

Approx. $40 from VA ABC for a 750ml.

Belle Meade – The Bourbon Guide’s review:

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant C +1 75
Tripp Pleasant C +4 90
Rater Comments
Jason Burn – is my first thought.  As for my second thought, shudder – this is not my favorite.  I did eat a chocolate cookie before this tasting – but I digress…
Tripp Very Nice – too bad it has a little burn otherwise a great bourbon.  A very nice drink, with sweet and smooth flavors. There is a definite alcohol taste and the sweets are sometimes covered by fire, but the overall taste is pleasing. Not my top bourbon, but a definite top tier.

BelleMeade

Hirsch 20 Year – The Bourbon Guide

Hirsch 20 Year Special Reserve

48% (96 proof) – A rare bottle only 120 casks were produced from Feb 27, 1987 mash in Illinois.

Tasting on the rocks.

Approx. $90 in NYC for a 750ml. About the same price in the Va ABC stores….. not cheap!

Hirsch 20 Year – The Bourbon Guide review:

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant B -5 78
Tripp Pleasant A -7 75
Rater Comments
Jason The rating is on my taste scale, but for those that desire wood, spice and pepper with a little licorice this is for you! A special bourbon many will desire to try yet own. Don't get me wrong it is a nice bottle.  However, I leave it for others – for me to drink this cheats others who would truly appreciate it.
Tripp No sweetness at all. very woody, spicy, leathery with a very earthy after taste. Not a smooth easy drink. Not my type of flavor but I guess a must have for spice lovers. Given the price, this is not a re-buy for sure.

Hirsch20Yr

Lexington – The Bourbon Guide

Lexington

43% (86 proof) – Kentucky

Classic looking classy bottle. No bells and whistles, just solid Kentucky bourbon.

Tasting on the rocks.

Approx. $26 at the VA ABC stores for a 750ml.

Lexington – The Bourbon Guide

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant B +5 88
Tripp Pleasant A +4 86
Rater Comments
Jason Great with ice. A refreshing smooth bargain.  Slight body at the end – a very drinkable drink.
Tripp Sweet then spice. Very refreshing and nice. very good for the price. Umm, that rhymes. I need to stop drinking. I would certainly buy this again and add it as one of my go to bottles. Very drinkable and therefore a re-buy for sure.

Lexington