Category Archives: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers

originally Willett Distilling Company

Black Maple Hill

Black Maple Hill

47.5% (95 proof)  Limited Edition – aged in White Oak Casks and Hand Bottled.  Red label.

This came after a 5 month waiting period at the VA ABC and cost around $65 for 750ml.

Tasting was done with one rock (ice cube).

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B +4 89
Tripp Pleasant C +4 91
Rater Comments
Jason Maybe it is because this bourbon is hard to obtain but even so I really like it.  A sweeter bourbon with great color and flavor.  I think caramel and candy but with a rounded nature. If it were mine I would reach for it most evenings – good days and bad.
Tripp All mine – get your grubby paws off! Very sweet, very smooth with a back of the throat burn.  A top notch bourbon that just tastes elite.  It was worth the wait – if you see it buy it (for me).

BlackMapleHill

Rowan’s Creek

Rowan’s Creek

(100.1 proof) – $32 for 750ml

This is a great mixer for high end Manhattan’s – it really adds a nice spice and complexity to the drink.  This bourbon is for people who like earthy spice in their drink.

Tasting was done on the rocks.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral C -5 79
Tripp Neutral D -4 75
Rater Comments
Jason Unless you like spice, I wouldn't recommend this – it is just not my style.
Tripp Sweet but very hot. Very spicy with too much burn. Needs ample water. Not a favorite but drinkable. Seems expensive to be your go to mixer – but some people like a fancy cocktail.

Rowan's Creek

 

Willett Pot Still Reserve

Willett Pot Still Reserve

The first thing to know about this bourbon is that Jason purchased it mostly based on the wicked cool bottle. The bottle alone makes this a must own bourbon for your collection. We think the increased price can easily be justified to your wives or friends as “but I’m going to use the bottle over and over!” Call us shallow or simple, if you will, we scored an incredible bourbon and justified it to ourselves at the very least. The bottle tested in this tasting was 124/272 in batch #9628 and cost $62 for 750ml.  94 proof (47%)

Tasting was done straight up.

Ratings:

Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral B +3 sweet side 93
Tripp Neutral C: in the mouth +4 sweet for sure 93
Rater Comments
Jason Awesome bottle that can be saved as a decanter. Better with ice to remove some of the alcohol burn and bring out the flavor. Great full taste.
Tripp Cool bottle with exceptional whiskey. Absolutely worth the splurge of money and a great addition to any collection. Very smooth considering the high proof and always enjoyable. One of my favorites so far.

 

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