Category: bourbon

Four Roses Small Batch

You know what’s a nice treat? A dog treat! Also, bourbon. Bourbon is a nice treat. This Four Roses Small Batch is a blend of 4 mash bills and is usually around 6.5 years old. You’ll smell citrus, red flowers, caramel, and light wood. In the glass, the taste is of wood/oak, caramel, hint of dried cherries, and finally some gentle spice. 

This is a nice one that won’t let you down! I paired it with GivePet dog treats, which you should really have your humans buy for you. For every bag sold, they donate enough treats to shelters to feed 10 shelter dogs. 

45% abv

Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA

Sazerac Rye

Happy Mardi Gras friends! When I think G R E A T cocktails, I think of New Orleans. And when I think of the cocktails with the greatest history, I think of the famous Sazerac. First made in New Orleans with Brandy from Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils, the drink is now often made with Rye and you won’t go wrong if you ask for the Rye that bares the name of the drink – and the original Brandy – Sazerac Rye.

You’ll get whiffs of vanilla, pepper, warm anise, and clove. The smell reminds me of old fashioned desserts and pies. The taste is wonderful, with notes of chocolate covered orange rind, anise, vanilla, and pepper on the finish. 

Frankfort, Kentucky, USA

45% abv

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

Look at what I got my paws on! The once-a-year, tough to find, Birthday Bourbon! This 11-year old, 105 proof bourbon was put in barrel on May 15, 2008 and released on September 2nd, 2019. 

On the nose I sniff flavors of baking spices, allspice, clove, and a hint of cinnamon. I also smell oak, baked apples & fresh apples, and a bit of gunpowder tea.

If you swish this bourbon around in your mouth you’ll get a bouquet of fruits – red apples and dark red berries mixed with oak, tea, leather, menthol, honey, and a bit of pepper spice. There’s really a lovely mix between sweetness and spice. 

52.5% abv

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Russell’s Reserve 10 Year

10 years is a great, benchmark number to age bourbon. Think Eagle Rare, Michters, Old Rip, Henry McKenna. This is no different.

On the nose, you’ll get spicy notes from the rye. Some cracked pepper and wood. 

The taste is a bit of spice, then oak, caramel, vanilla, and cracked green pepper. There’s some peanut butter hidden in the back too. This is rather full bodied for only 90 proof. Like all Wild Turkey products, this is hot and spicy. 

10 year old bourbon is so classic that you’ll want as many as you can on your shelf. This one won’t break the bank. 

75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley


Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA

Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style

As you can see, my Chewy plush has had a bit too much to drink. At least he picked something big and bold, Old Forester 1920! This is intense on the nose, with caramel, brown sugar, and just an obvious sweet nose. You’ll get burned bananas foster and almonds as well. Call me crazy, but I also smell the aroma of an old coffee can, like from Cafe du Monde. 

Neat, this bourbon tastes of crème brûlée, caramel, caramel mousse, chocolate, and some cooked apples. I get char and nuts on the finish with hazelnut and walnut. 

72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley

I definitely suggest you put this in your cabinet!


Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Four Roses Single Barrel

Four Roses Single Barrel is a great, fairly priced single barrel bourbon that you should always have in your cabinet! This bottle was aged almost 9 years and uses a mash bill of 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley. This store pick used OBSV and came in at 63.3% ABV.

On my pour, I smelled nice red flowers at first, followed by a hit of alcohol. I then picked up burnt cinnamon rolls, oak, vanilla, and cedar.

When tasted neat, you’ll pick up notes of red florals, dried cherries, cinnamon, and cardamom. If you add some water, it becomes a bit more approachable with the floral notes coming up more and the cinnamon and spice dying down a bit.

63.3% abv

Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA

Buffalo Trace

This is the Tom Petty or Dave Matthews band of bourbon. It might not be anyone’s favorite, but if you pull out a bottle, everyone will be happy. This is rumored to be 9.5 years old with a mash bill likely under 10% rye. 

It smells of caramel, honey, orange, orange peel, hint of cherry, and a hint of red apple. When poured neat you taste caramel, oak, and lots of cherries. The taste rounds out with orange, apples, and vanilla.

Instantly likable. Instantly placeable. You should always have a bottle of this on paw for sipping neat or pouring into a cocktail. 

45% abv

Frankfort, Kentucky, USA

Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof

This barrel proof bourbon clocks in at a whopping 66.7% alcohol, so I figured I should put my hardhat on. You might want to, too.

This 12-year old, non-chill filtered b518 batch is made from 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley. When you smell it (and do it gently so you don’t fry your nose) you’ll pick up vanilla, orange peel, oak, caramel, and burnt caramel.

The taste starts honeyed, then moves to caramel, then burnt caramel, with the oak and vanilla coming through as well. 

I suggest letting it sit in your glass for about 15 minutes before you drink it, or add some water or ice. Here’s some great, big full-bodied no frills bourbon without breaking the bank!

66.7% abv

Bardstown, Kentucky, USA

Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon

I’m standing at attention and enjoying a great bourbon to honor our fallen. To those of who have lost a loved one in service, you are owed an unpayable debt of gratitude. 

This bourbon has a herbaceous, medicinal note that I’m used to with Willet bourbons. I also pick up corn, sugar, sugary cereal, peanut, and cedar closet.

The juice tastes of butterned corn, cedar, oak, white pepper, caramel, and some herbs and trees. 

47% abv

Bardstown, Kentucky, USA

Elijah Craig Small Batch

Elijah Craig is storied bourbon. The story goes that Elijah Craig was the first to use charred oak casks. Elijah Craig is known as the father of bourbon and since he was a Reverend, I guess he is the Father Father of Bourbon!

On the nose I get vanilla, caramel, lots of oak, and some cinnamon that carries. On the palate I taste lots of oak, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. 

This bourbon won’t knock your socks off, but it is a good step into quality bourbon. If you like this, give their barrel strength (or store picks) a try!

47% abv

Kentucky, USA