Category: whiskey

Buffalo Trace

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

Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Year

Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 Year

I wanted a wee dram after dinner last night, so I poured myself two paw toes of this juice. 

This one is pretty special. It gets 15 years of aging in ex-bourbon casks and then a final 3 years in Oloroso sherry casks. The dram smells of honey, flowers, shortbread cookies, pine, marzipan, and chocolate dipped orange peel. I get some honey and exotic fruit too. The taste is filled with apple crisp, orange peel, brown spices, pie crust, and honey. This dram is smoooooth…

43% abv

Ross-shire, SCOTLAND

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 107 – Binny’s pick

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 107 – Binny’s pick

With July 4th coming up, I wanted to have a good ol’ American Whiskey. This is a great one to have in your cabinet. Clocking in at 107 proof, this will get your party started. From the beautiful state of West Virginia, this whiskey smells of toffee, caramel, coffee, and brown apple pie spices. The taste is apples, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, clove, and some lighter, toasted marshmallow notes. This was a barrel pick from my friends at Binny’s and once again, they did a great job!

107 proof / 53.5% abv

West Virginia, USA

Elijah Craig Small Batch

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

I.W. Harper 15

I.W. Harper 15

This bottle belongs in your bookshelf, so that’s why I’m there, in MY bookshelf. I’m about to tell you about a gentleman’s bourbon aged 15 years! If you look at the beautiful decanter this bourbon comes in, you can guess at the aroma and taste. Did you guess a smell of 1970s gentleman’s room? Notes of vanilla, leather, cedar, wood, old cigarettes, tobacco, and old wood? Of course you did. Well, that’s what I got too. 

On the nose, did you pick up notes of smooth butterscotch, oak, vanilla, leather, and cedar? I bet you did. Look, I know that Ron Burgundy likes scotch, but if he came to my house and I was out of scotch, I’d pour this for him and he’d be very, very happy. This bourbon isn’t cask strength and its not big and bold like some of the other bourbons out there – this is a thinking man’s (and woman’s) bourbon and I can tell you it is worth seeking out.

43% abv

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

I.W. Harper 15

I.W. Harper 15

This bottle belongs in your bookshelf, so that’s why I’m there, in MY bookshelf. I’m about to tell you about a gentleman’s bourbon aged 15 years! If you look at the beautiful decanter this bourbon comes in, you can guess at the aroma and taste. Did you guess a smell of 1970s gentleman’s room? Notes of vanilla, leather, cedar, wood, old cigarettes, tobacco, and old wood? Of course you did. Well, that’s what I got too. 

On the nose, did you pick up notes of smooth butterscotch, oak, vanilla, leather, and cedar? I bet you did. Look, I know that Ron Burgundy likes scotch, but if he came to my house and I was out of scotch, I’d pour this for him and he’d be very, very happy. This bourbon isn’t cask strength and its not big and bold like some of the other bourbons out there – this is a thinking man’s (and woman’s) bourbon and I can tell you it is worth seeking out.

43% abv

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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 

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

Laphroaig 10 Year

Laphroaig 10 Year

On this boozeday Tuesday, I’m knocking back some single malt because that is how I do, my friends. PEAT on the nose along with charcoal, wet (almost decaying) forest, iodine, salt, seaweed, and wood. Powdered salt over smoke and charcoal on the palate with wood, vanilla, and a hint of oatmeal. This is classic, peaty single malt. Smoke and salt are the main notes. Quite an awesome dram if you ask me. You’re welcome. 

43% abv

Islay, SCOTLAND

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