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Woodford Reserve – The Bourbon Guide

Woodford Reserve – A well known bourbon from bars to weddings; not to mention many people keep this as their own top shelf house bourbon.  We  raise our glasses to all our fellow drinkers, but suggest you branch out to more exotic bourbons in the future.

(90.4 proof)- Batch 498 Bottle 05579.

$35 for 750ml – this was purchased many years ago

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Woodford Reserve – The Bourbon Guide review


Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant B +3 85
Tripp Pleasant B +2 88
Rater Comments
Jason A standard no frills bourbon.  I am not a huge fan nor a huge proponent.  I have found myself revising my initial impression of this bourbon which makes me wonder if it is possible to separate its taste with the fun and experiences one typically has when drinking Woodford Reserve.
Tripp This is the bourbon every old man loves. I think not because it tastes great, but because it brings back memories and still represents bourbon class. This is the classy Makers Mark in my opinion. In fact I would say the flavor is very similar to Makers but a little richer. I have had many good drinks on Woodford, but as for a 'Woodford Reserve – The Bourbon Guide review'….eh not bad.


Booker’s – The Bourbon Guide

Booker’s – 7 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Jim Beam makes this bourbon which is made straight from the barrel and is totally uncut – if you couldn’t tell at 127 proof. Holy cow! Use this to start fires if you are desperate…. might be a great camping bourbon for that reason. A little goes a long way.

Batch number C03-I-16

63.7% (127.4 proof)

Tasting on the rocks with a generous splash of water.  Sometimes bourbon tasting requires adding branch water to bring out the bourbon’s natural flavors especially at such a high alcohol content. Manly men might think differently, but we have nothing to prove!

$60 VA abc for 750ml

Booker’s – The Bourbon Guide review:


Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant D +3 82
Tripp Pleasant C* +2 85
Rater Comments
Jason I like the smell and the tingle produced by its aftertaste but I must be honest and admit that I don't like required to add water.  As I taste and rate this bourbon, I am being constantly reminded that drinking and updating a website don't go hand in hand.  Drink Booker's to drink bourbon not while you must concentrate.
Tripp A little Virginia branch water can turn jet fuel into a drinkable delicious bourbon.  If you add enough water the burn is diluted and the sweet flavor is able to shine.  Because of the dilution one bottle of Booker's might last you a lifetime.


Four Roses Single Barrel

Four Roses Single Bourbon

(100 proof) – Barrel: GW-5K

$40 for 750ml

Four Roses has many many variations – we feel they are all in a similar flavor and unfortunately for us it falls more in line with a nice mixer rather than a straight up sipping bourbon. We will likely review many of the Four Roses bands, so stay tuned, we might find one we like.

Tasting was done on the rocks.


Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral D -3, not so sweet side 72
Tripp Neutral D -3 70
Rater Comments
Jason Very posh mixer but not one I would sip neat.  Those that like the Four Roses family then I believe this to be a good choice.  However, my thoughts are similar to the brief overview above
Tripp Not much to say. I would probably not even call this a mixer stock for me. I find the taste way to spicy and earthy to be enjoyable. I would rather have a gin and tonic over this..blasphemy! All of Kentucky will be after me now,