Category: bourbon

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

Limestone Branch Distillery Yellowstone Bourbo…

Limestone Branch Distillery Yellowstone Bourbon

It’s moody bourbon Boozeday Tuesday! This time I’m trying out Yellowstone Bourbon from Limestone Branch Distillery. I get caramel, bananas foster, and dried cherry notes on the nose. Cherries, anise, vanilla, and spiced, sweet orange peels on the palate. Long finish of brown sugar, vanilla, and orange peel. 

93 proof (46.5% abv)

Kentucky, USA

Larceny Bourbon

Larceny Bourbon

Oh, it’s a happy boozeday Tuesday, indeed! Especially when I’m sipping some awesome wheated Bourbon! Chestnuts, butterscotch, brown apples, and brown sugar on the nose. Sweet cherries, chestnuts, almonds, butterscotch, apples, and sugar on the palate. Great bourbon you can find for around $20! Great sipper, great for mixed drinks, something you can’t go wrong with!

46% abv

Kentucky, USA

Knob Creek Single Barrel (Binny’s Selection)

Knob Creek Single Barrel (Binny’s Selection)

Ohai. Enjoying some of Knob Creek’s finer offerings. This is a 9 year old bourbon. Deep dark amber color on this bad boy with long lazy legs. Sweet at first on the nose with brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and sweet bread notes. Then the spice hits with pepper, cinnamon, and sweet leather. Starts with sweet, brown sugar candied apples on the palate with toffee, caramel, spiced black/roasted corn notes. Like a cinnamon red hot on the finish. It goes on and on from the heat and spice. 

$$$

75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley

60% abv (120 proof)

USA