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.

BottleScorePriceDate Reviewed
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml3/28/2021
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml2020
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml2020
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml1/3/2021
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml2020
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml2020
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml2020
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml2020
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml2020
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml2020
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml3/7/2021
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml2020
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml1/31/2021
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml3/21/2021
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml2020
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml3/14/2021
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml2/28/2021
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml2020
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml2020
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml2020
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml2/21/2021
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml2020
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml2020
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml3/24/2021
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml2020
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml2020
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml2020
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml2/7/2021
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml2020
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml4/18/2021
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml2/14/2021
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml1/10/2021
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml2020
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml2020
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml2020
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml1/24/2021
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml2020
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml2020
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml2020
Fireball5$18 / 750ml2020
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml4/4/2021
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

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