Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sam Houston – The Bourbon Guide

Sam Houston – American straight whiskey made with Kentucky Bourbon and aged in charred white oak barrels; per the distillery’s website. Sam Houston, born a Virginian, was known for bringing Texas into the United States – he is obviously the namesake of Houston.

(86 proof).

$26 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Sam Houston Whiskey – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant A 5 88
Tripp Pleasant A 5 90
Rater Comments
Jason I have always been a person who will choose a dessert over an appetizer; so I like this.  It is sweet and leaves an after taste that lingers for a few moments.  It is like eating an alcoholic Sugar Daddy.
Tripp This is like biting into a caramel candy filled with a tiny amount of whisky. To say this whiskey is sweet would be an understatement, it is saccharine sweet to the point of losing some of its complexity. There is still a hint of flavor, but it is drowned out by sugary vanilla and caramel…. drink this as an after dinner cordial. Is this a bourbon?

SamHouston

Leopold Bros – The Bourbon Guide

Leopold Bros – A small batch whiskey (NOT A BOURBON) pot stilled using open fermented mash. It is from Colorado.

(86 proof) – bottle number 84.

Appro. $45 for 750ml.

Tasting was done on the rocks as is our usual way.

Leopold Bros – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Unpleasant C -3 79
Tripp Unpleasant B -5 65
Rater Comments
Jason I drink this while thinking of the impending Beam Inc. sale to Suntory Holdings, a Japanese company.  I guess big business is always big business – it is never just about being American owned and made.  I digress… this drink is light colored which for a split second might make you think of a kids apple juice, but then you get a strong smell of alcohol and you know it is nothing of the sort.  I think it smells of peat and earth and resembles a scotch. If you are curious, I would first have a taste at a restaurant or from a friend rather than buying a bottle
Tripp Hold you nose and shoot it down. This whiskey is not bourbon but tastes like chewing on a spicy oak red hot. If you like smokey woody alcohol I've got a bottle I can't get rid off.  But in all fairness it should not be judged against sweet delicious bourbons.

Leopolds

Breckenridge Bourbon – The Bourbon Guide

Breckenridge Bourbon – This is made by the self proclaimed “World’s Highest Distillery” at 9,600 feet using snow melt from the Rocky Mountains.

(86 proof).

Approx. $40 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Breckenridge Bourbon – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant C -1 89
Tripp Neutral C +2 87
Rater Comments
Jason I first saw this in Colorado but unfortunately not at the distillery.  I am now just rating this bottle after it has sat in my bar for over a year.  Shame on me – so what about the taste…  I noticed citrus and caramel within this savory drink.  A nice sipping bourbon to close the evening down.
Tripp Starts out sweet and smooth but has a definite alcohol burn.  Finishes at a minus 1 on the sweet scale with spice and leather. This is a very nice drinking whiskey that has some novelty appeal and is worth buying if given the opportunity.  A solid B+ bourbon.

Breckenridge

Bulleit Bourbon – The Bourbon Guide

Bulleit Bourbon – The original Bulleit.  A Kentucky straight bourbon made from limestone filtered water and considered a “frontier whiskey” using their words.

(90 proof) – no specific bottle number.

$30 for 750ml.

Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Bulleit Bourbon – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B 0 87
Tripp Neutral B -1 84
Rater Comments
Jason This was probably the first 'fancy' bourbon I tried.  Yes it was many many years ago. The taste starts off slightly sweet and finishes such that entire experience is neutral on our taste scale.  I recommend this to all; if nothing it can be your top shelf mixer.  But if you are like me you will have what I shall call bourbon memories – times you spent with friends while having quite a few Bourbons.  Well Bulleit has some good memories for me, so here is to making memories.
Tripp Starts out smooth and sweet, but finishes harsh and spicy. I would say it is a +2 sweet with an 89 rating that slides into a -2 with a 82 rated bourbon. I know this is kinda of schizoid but I would say this is 2 Bourbons for me. This is a large batch production bourbon on par with Makers Mark or Buffalo Trace.  This is a good bar drink if few options were available.

Bulleit