Category: bourbon

Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon

Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon

Oof! You can tell from my mouth that this is a hot bourbon! On the nose I get aromas of cinnamon, toffee, and toast. When I take a sip neat, I taste a lot of hot brown spices – like cinnamon – even some cracked pepper. Rye notes join the toffee and wood.

This is hot neat and a bit softer with water. 

50% abv

Kentucky, USA 

Jim Beam Repeal Batch

Jim Beam Repeal Batch

I have a confession. I’m not a big Jim Beam dog. It just isn’t my style. However, this special edition, Repeal Batch from Jim Beam is worth barking about.

This special bourbon is non-chill filtered and is made to honor the 85th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition. 

What is great about this and sets it apart from the regular JIM is the non-chill filtering – keeping in all those tasty oils really improves the final product!

On the nose, you get notes of corn, breakfast cereal, oak, brown spice like clove and cinnamon, and some grilled fruit like cherries. 

The taste is oaky, vanilla, smoky fruit, brown spice, breakfast cereal, and toffee.

This bourbon is great on its own and also with a cube. What else is nice? It is only about $18! 

Get celebrating, friends!

43%

Frankfort, Kentucky, USA

Michter’s Single Barrel 10 Year Bourbon

Michter’s Single Barrel 10 Year Bourbon

Hello from Chidogo! I had a little tipple while I was building my lego Chidogo, so let me tell you about it!

The Michter’s brand is a historic brand, originally produced in Pennsylvania at the Bomberger Distillery until it was discontinued in the 1980s. Now the brand has been revived and is making bourbon in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Michter’s also has something else special going for it, namely two women, Master Distiller Pam Heilman and Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson, creating the delicious juice!

The aroma of the bourbon jumps out of the glass with notes of brown sugar, toasted wood, cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. Then you get notes of maple syrup, nutmeg, and creme brûlée crust. Finally, cherries – both fresh and dried – tickle your nose.

Delicious on the palate, with a nice balance between sweet and spicy, with even a salty note! Cherries, vanilla, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee are all present in the mouth. There’s a hint of mint and tea as well. 

The bourbon is smooth, soft in the mouth, and is just, well, delicious. 

Barrel #17B299

47.2% abv

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

David Nicholson 1843

David Nicholson 1843

If you are like me, you like having a good wheated bourbon on paw. By that, I mean a bourbon that has rye replaced with wheat, generally giving it a smoother, sweeter flavor. If you’ve had Maker’s and like it, you like wheated bourbon. 

Here’s one made by Heaven Hill and it’s a good one to find. It used to only be available around St Louis (GO CUBS!) so it might be new to your liquor shop and might even be on the bottom shelf. If it is, GOOD! Grab it and spend around $20 for a nice wheater.

Nice nose of honey, butterscotch, browned butter, bourbon vanilla, and brown apples. The sip starts creamy with notes of vanilla, butterscotch and wood, then progresses to smoke, molasses and peanut butter with just a hint of spice on the finish.

50% abv

Distilled: Kentucky / Bottled: Missouri, USA

Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon

Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon

Here’s a heated bourbon I wanted to give a try. With a mash bill of 71% corn, 21% wheat, and 8% malted barley, this is pretty high on the wheat. This juice smells of toffee, caramel, and breakfast cereal like Honey Nut Cheerios. The taste is vanilla, oak, and more Honey Nut Cheerios. This is a new distillery that is working to refine their product – while this isn’t a favorite yet, it is worth keeping an eye on. Everything is there… it just needs more time. 

50%

West Virginia, USA

Johnny Drum Private Stock

Johnny Drum Private Stock

Busting out the big fireworks for the 4th of July! Here’s a little known bourbon that might be hard to find at your local shop, but maybe not! Drink it neat or with a splash of water if you want to be like me.This bourbon smelled of charred fruit cake, burnt apples, and some sweet baked apples. It tastes like vanilla, tobacco, cedar, apples, and even some peach! There’s some allspice spiciness mid-palate – and even some hot cinnamon – but the dram finishes with a nice sweetness of sweet nuts. This bourbon is fairly priced and off the beaten path, so give it a try! Cheers to the US of A!

50.5%

Kentucky, USA

Belle Meade Bourbon

Belle Meade Bourbon

Loungin’ in the sun on this boozeday Tuesday with some bourbon. This one’s got some notes of wood chips, spice, vanilla, orange, and nuts on the nose and palate. A nice little tipple on a fine day.

$$$

45.2% abv

Tennessee, USA

Henry McKenna 10 Year

Henry McKenna 10 Year

Happy National Bourbon Day! Pawsonally, I think this should be a national holiday, but maybe that’s just me!

I’m sipping to celebrate! This bourbon is aged 10 years, bottled in bond, AND is a single barrel offering! That’s quite a bit to get for around $30. I get notes of caramel, vanilla, oak and even cedar. There’s a musty attic smell too – in a good way – like your grandparents’ house. The palate has oak, vanilla, and creme brûlée crust. There’s a bit of spice on the finish.

Enjoy National Bourbon day! Cheers!

50% abv (100 Proof)

Kentucky, USA

Maker’s Mark Whisky

Maker’s Mark Whisky

Here’s one of the more common wheaters out there that you can get your paws on. Oddly enough, unlike other bourbon whiskeys, Maker’s doesn’t use the “e” in whiskey! Nice, enjoyable, and sweet nose with vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar notes. Vanilla, coffee, toffee, caramel, and sweet cinnamon on the palate. Mashbill of 70% corn, 16% wheat, 14% malted barley. This is a sweet, simple, unassuming bourbon. If you find it in the low 20s, grab a bottle, but I wouldn’t spend much more than that. 

45% abv (90 proof)

Kentucky, USA

Old Fitzgerald Prime Bourbon

Old Fitzgerald Prime Bourbon

Ohai. Sometimes you need a bottom shelf wheated bourbon for mixing and I think this one is great. The wheat and sweetness mixes well with something with a bite, like Reed’s Extra Ginger beer. Cherries, sawdust, and butterscotch on the nose. Pretty short on the palate with brown sugar, cherry, and sweet bread notes.There’s nothing wrong in using this classic, old school bourbon for your mixing pleasure!

40% abv