Whiskey Dreams – Widow Jane

I have a friend who raves about Widow Jane. He will drink it over pretty much anything else. For me, the finish is too sharp, making this bourbon too harsh for me to really enjoy – which at $70 per bottle, is a bummer.

Widow Jane for me is the perfect example of how a bourbon can pick up too much sharpness once its left in the barrel too long – which is what this tastes like to me. I wanted to enjoy it, I just couldn’t get over the finish.

For me, this is a let down at a 45/100.

So, why does it rank lower than Jack? The main reason for me is I am factoring in the price to enjoyment. Jack doesn’t taste good to me anymore – but I don’t really feel like I wasted any money for the bottle sitting on the shelf because I know someone will use it in a mixer. Widow Jane is too expensive to use in a mixed drink – but I can’t really enjoy it with a splash of water or over ice – which makes me feel like I wasted my money.

Pros

  • If you like notes of cherry with a strong tannic finish this whiskey is for you.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • For me, the price to enjoyment were out of sync.

BottleScorePrice
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml

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