Category Archives: Bourbon

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.

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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

Elmer T. Lee – The Bourbon Guide

Elmer T. Lee – A single barrel sour mash Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey.  The man himself was George T. Stagg Distillery’s first Master Distiller and started his career their when Col. Albert B. Blanton was their President.

(90 proof).

$32 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Elmer T. Lee – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B 2 90
Tripp Neutral B 3 92
Rater Comments
Jason This has been in my liquor cabinet for years.  Obviously not the same bottle!  We like this as it tastes good on the rocks but if you want to dress up a Manhattan or whiskey sour this works really well.  Also a great entry bourbon for any of your neophyte friends.
Tripp Caramel and smooth with an underlying alcohol burn that helps bring the sweetness to the front. A house staple for me that I keep on my shelf at all times.  You can drink this straight or you can mix as the price to quality ratio is great. I highly recommend buying a bottle of ETL.

ElmerTLee

Jefferson’s Presidential Select 18 yr. – The Bourbon Guide

Jefferson’s Presidential Select 18 yr.– Distilled Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey aged a minimum of four years in charred oak casks.  Distilled from wheat in the fall of 1991 and is batch 12 bottle 1296 having been aged in Stitzel-Weller barrels.  Jefferson’s found aged whiskeys to bottle under the Jefferson’s Presidential label of various whiskies ages from 15 to even 30 years.

(94 proof).

$100 for 750ml. Tasting was done on the rocks as our usual way.

Jefferson’s Presidential Select 18 yr. – The Bourbon Guide review

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Unpleasant C -4 85
Tripp Unpleasant B -2 87
Rater Comments
Jason This causes your gums to tingle as you come to terms with the pepper while sipping this full bodied bourbon.  A good special occasion especially for those that like a more wooden earth flavored drink with some strong alcohol after taste.
Tripp Not worth the price but a definite keeper. If you get a chance to try it – do so, but let someone else pay for it.
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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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