Monthly Archives: February 2015

J. R. Ewing

J. R. Ewing Private Reserve Bourbon – South Fork ranch is producing a 4-year-old beverage.  This is a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey presented in a very cool bottle.

(80 proof).

$35 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Clevelend Whiskey – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant B 2 80
Tripp Unpleasant B 1 75
Rater Comments
Jason It reminds me of an episode of cup cake wars; don't worry my kids watch not me :).  It tastes of chemicals not of natural flavors. It is chopped just to use another reference. Good mixer potential.
Tripp There is a funny taste to this very thin bourbon, not sweet and not earthy but thin. It has a very cool bottle but you can definitely do better for the price. The smell and the taste have a very plastic nature to it , like it was aged in Tupperware not oak. Patrick Ewing was great (go NY Knicks) but JR Ewing needs to stick with oil and not bourbon.

JREwing

Rhetoric

Rhetoric Bourbon – The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Company uses orphaned barrels to bottle bourbon that once drunk are gone for ever. They bottle only in Tullahoma, Tennessee and from what we gather it is also a Diageo product. This particular bottle is a 20-year-old and of course a limited release. (Check them out at www.orphanbarrel.com).

(90 proof).

Approx. $85 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B -2 81
Tripp Neutral B 0 85
Rater Comments
like sweet and smooth but it unfortunately delivers a nice woody flavor having been in oak for 20 years."
Tripp Very Oaky, like it had been aged in the barrel for say like….20 years?? This bourbon is very rich and heavy with an overwhelming wood flavor, it drowns out the sweet caramel. I enjoyed the drink but might not shell out $80+ dollars again for it.

Rhetoric

Cleveland – The Bourbon Guide

Cleveland Black Reserve – Batch 006 and is a limited production where they finish with an oxygen enrich accelerated process.  This sounds fancy so keep reading to see if we liked it!  First though let’s explain this process a little more.  They start with barrel-aged bourbon but instead of letting it age the old-fashioned way, in a warehouse, they use pressure changes and oxygen to control the aging process. This bottle was pressure aged for 6 months using charred white oak segments and a little science to deliver their product faster (www.clevelandwhiskey.com).

(100 proof).

$35 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Clevelend Whiskey – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant C 3 89
Tripp Pleasant C 3 89
Rater Comments
Jason Friends this is a new age production so if you buy into this then do buy their product. If you prefer bourbon to be aged using only time then this may surprise you.  It flavor matches its strength in alcohol.  A nice viscosity that is full on the palate.
Tripp Woody with a full heavy flavor… not too sweet but definitely sweeter than most. It finishes with an earthy rye but opens with sweet caramel.  Amazingly smooth for 50% alcohol. This is such a rich full of flavor bourbon I would buy it again and keep it on hand.

Cleveland