Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hancock’s President’s Reserve – The Bourbon Guide

Hancock’s President’s Reserve – A single barrel bourbon whiskey out of Frankfort, Kentucky and this label is owned by Buffalo Trace Distillery, which is a Sazerac company, of course.

(88.9 proof).

$59 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Hancock’s President’s Reserve – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B -2 87
Tripp Neutral C 0 82
Rater Comments
Jason Full bodied with spiciness and tones of wood.   After a few sips my mouth still contained these flavors.  This has a full body.  It starts earthy but slowly calms down leaving the taste of wood behind.
Tripp Creamy and heavy very smooth after the initial burn – starts off hot and peppery and finishes off smooth and sweet. I would say it starts as a -2 and finishes as a +2. Not bad not great.

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Ancient Ancient Age – The Bourbon Guide

Ancient Ancient Age 10 star is one of the many brands from Buffalo Trace Distillery.  This 6 year old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey could be called triple A or AAA but that has other connotations. It is the fancier version of Ancient Age.

(90 proof).

$12.50 for 1L. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral C 1 79
Tripp Pleasant D 1 83
Rater Comments
Jason Ok – just ok. This has a twinge of giving you one mean hangover. It also comes with a peppery flavor. Do keep in mind that I drank this pretty cold which makes me think this as a mint jullep could be good.
Tripp Heavy. Sweet taste that quickly turns very spicy. This bourbon is a mouthful and thus not an easy sipper. Not a fantastic drink – but super cheap.

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Van Winkle 12 yr. – The Bourbon Guide

12 year old Van Winkle’s special reserve is a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey and this one was from Lot “B”. Van Winkle is a well-known name among the bourbon community which makes their product hard to get. All of their Bourbons are “wheated” or made from corn, wheat and barley which according to them gives a smooth taste and we agree.  They now produce their bourbon at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY.

(90.4 proof).

$55 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Van Winkle – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant A 3 94
Tripp Pleasant B 2 95
Rater Comments
Jason Not my bottle but don't you worry I have one at home too.  So the two of us are set. This is my top top top shelf house bourbon.  Trouble is you start to drink it and want more – but then look at the bottle and think I better not keep drinking as tomorrow is another day and it too may call for some time with Van Winkle.  So smooth and full-bodied to the point that there are many flavors noted.  In short I am a fan of wheated Bourbons, and this man makes a good one.
Tripp Deliciously light and fresh while still have deep rich flavors.  Caramel, oak, wheat and fruit are finished by a rush of fire. The man, the myth and the legend do not disappoint.  It took me 1 year to get it but it is worth it. Be nice to me and you might get a sip or not.

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Berkshire Bourbon – The Bourbon Guide

Berkshire Bourbon – hand crafted and triple pot distilled in virgin American white oak barrels.  They say there are hints of toffee and spice. From Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Sheffield, MA – there first legal distillery since prohibition.

(86 proof).

Received as a gift – sorry no price – for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Berkshire Bourbon Whiskey – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral C -2 74
Tripp Unpleasant D -1 70
Rater Comments
Jason This was received as a gift.  If my initials were BMD it would be even better as they are on the bottle. My first sips went down well but then my head swelled and I had a slight nauseous feeling.  So this is a C for me – passing but not that good either. I struggle to even comment on the flavors…
Tripp Yikes! Not a pleasant taste to be found in this bourbon.  Massachusetts needs to stick to beer and crabs.

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