I am always on the look out for new whiskeys whenever I am out and about, so i was super excited when I saw this Breaker on the shelf at my local store.
I poured my usual two fingers into my favorite Yeti Tumbler, swirled it around so I could breath in the sweet aroma of this deep amber bourbon before I took a sip.
I know I don’t like strong Rye whiskeys, but I keep trying. Unfortunately, I found that Breaker was not something I enjoyed. I’m giving it a 29/100. I was able to drink a few sips before pouring it out and going to my stand by, Basil Hayden’s.
If you like Rye’s, give this Breaker a try. If you like the whiskeys I rank highly, your palate and mine might be in sync, and I would skip this bottle.
- Sweet nose with hints of vanilla.
- Deep amber color that invites you to sip.
- Surprisingly rough. I expected this to be smooth.
- The nose was better than the palate.
I prefer my bourbon on the rocks, as I find that a little ice helps open up the whiskey. This is how I also tried this Knob Creek Small Batch to begin with, and quite honestly, I found it not quite to my taste as it only scored a 49/100.
What do I do with bottles of whiskey I don’t really enjoy? I find that making Manhattan’s with them makes the whiskey much more palatable. For whiskey I don’t like on the rocks, I mix two ounces of whiskey to a half ounce of Vermouth, and that is exactly what I did with this Knob Creek Small Batch.
Did it make the Knob Creek Small Batch drinkable for me? yes it did. As a Manhattan, this whiskey gained 10 points, and rose to a 69/100, which for me, is just enjoyable enough to keep sipping on. The Vermouth really turns the burnt sugar into something smoother, something that doesn’t turn my palate.
- Turns the burnt taste of this bourbon when straight into something softer and drinkable.
- The sugar in the Vermouth adds to the flavor, but if your watching your sugar like I am, you have to be careful not to have too many Manhattans.
I took one sip of this American XXX Born – Bourbon Whiskey and had to grit my teeth and swallow, despite the mixture of kerosene and gasoline sliding over my tongue.
This is one of the few glasses of bourbon I actually could not muscle through, even if I didn’t like it. I had to get up and pour this out, and I felt relief doing it.
So how does American XXX Born Bourbon stack up, it wins the first 1/100 I’ve given for bourbon.
Spend your money elsewhere.
Let’s see, what can we do with American XXX Bourbon?
- Clean carburetors.
- Clean guns.
- Torture someone you don’t like by giving them horrible bourbon.
- Will it burn? Its over 80 proof so the general rule would be that yes, it should burn. So you can use it to ignite zombies with an impromptu Molotov cocktail.
- Sterilize medical instruments.
- Refill the small portion you drank, reseal, and give to that guy in the office you really don’t like.
- Burnt my mouth and throat, and not in a good way.
- Waste of $26 dollars.
- Gives bourbon a bad name.
This Knob Creek Small batch is 100 proof, but there is something about it that just doesn’t go well with my palate. It has a burnt sugar flavor that turns me off, although I do like the hints of orange and heat that it brings.
Unfortunately, this Knob Creek just isn’t for me, and scores a 49/100 because of it.
- If you like Knob Creek I’ve got a bottle to share with you.
- The burn sugar overpowered everything else and made this un-enjoyable for me.
I picked up this bottle of Old Grand-Dad 114 because I remember my actual grandfather drinking bottles of Old Grand-Dad, so many in fact that when he passed we found the attic crawl space littered with empty bottles. He’d lived in that house since he returned from WWII in 1945, and from what I can put together, there were a few rough years before he settled back into normal life.
Myself, I only have a few sips on the weekends, and I traded my big cup for this smaller, more reasonable tumbler.
That smaller tumbler was a blessing when it came to this Old Grand-Dad 114. It is a high proof whiskey, although it oddly didn’t taste that way to me, or at least it didn’t overpower the spice and sweetness.
What the alcohol level did was make this taste like syrup on my tongue. For me, this was so sweet I couldn’t enjoy it, which earned Old Grand-Dad 114 a score of 59/100.
Years ago I had a glass at Tullamore Dew at a friends house. This was long before I started to really enjoy bourbon, but I remembered it fondly, it was one of the first whiskeys that I drank straight that I actually enjoyed.
How has Tullamore Dew held up to twenty years of memory?
It’s not bad.
That’s not a great way to rate something is it though?
It is a little thin on the palate, and the back of my tongue gets hit with a little astringency that I associate with cheaper whiskeys.
If you have a bottle and offer me a glass I’ll take it over Jack any day, but if you have other bottles, I’m definitely going to look for something I like more. For the price, I’d go for Stillhouse Black Bourbon, its a few bucks cheaper, and much better on the tongue.
So how does Tullamore Dew rank? I’m giving it a 63/100. Like I said, it’s not bad, it’s just not great either.
- There are better options, even at this $25 price point.
I picked up my bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon almost by accident. I’m always on the lookout for new Bourbon, but my local liquor stores are empty wells at this point. I went in to get some beer for the SO and saw the cardboard tube hiding out behind some Jack Daniels – almost as if someone was trying to hide the last bottle of bourbon I haven’t already tried from my local store. Was it planned, I have no proof, but someone was trying to keep that bottle for themselves, and or deny me from getting it.
Thankfully I was curious and moved a few bottle of Jack to find my prize, and what a prize it is.
My personal preferences are for 40% to 45% alcohol bourbons. I do like some higher alcohol content bourbons, and usually let them open up with an ice cube or a splash of water. While this Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch is 50% alcohol, it is so well balanced between vanilla, caramel and spices that it is just a treat to sip.
It became my new favorite whiskey on the first sip, and now I have to find another bottle because my OCD won’t let me drink this one until I have a backup.
Part of me really wanted to give this Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch a perfect score of 100, but the real challenge for me is that I want to believe there is something even better, maybe even six bottles that are better. Hopefully I have another twenty years to find those bottles. If not, I’ll come back and update my score on this Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch to a 100 at some point in the future.
If you can find it, let me know if you agree with my score of 94/100.
- Well balanced vanilla nose that is enjoyable just to breath in.
- Perfect mix of spices that light up your palate.
- Amazing value for the dollar if you can find it at the price I paid for it at $45.
One of my older boys got me this bottle of Booker’s as a father’s day gift. I have to be honest, it is one of the best father’s day gifts I’ve ever gotten.
I was waiting for a quiet weekend to try this Booker’s “Sip Awhile”, and this weekend was it.
First off, this is not a whiskey for a beginner. The oak and caramel is going to be washed out by the high alcohol content and I’m not sure if a new whiskey drinker is going to appreciate all the depth of flavors this whiskey has to offer.
That being said, if you enjoy bourbon, this Booker’s “Sip Awhile’ is a must have in terms of the experience, as well as in terms of a bottle to keep on your shelf.
“Ship Awhile” more than earned its 93/100 score. Now all I have to do is control myself and not drink the bottle before I can find another.
- Rich oak flavors.
- Smooth caramel that washes over your tongue.
- Is getting harder to find.
- The 128.1 proof can overpower the rich oak and caramel flavors
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised when I took the first sip of Stillhouse Black Bourbon. My expectations weren’t that high, as I only paid $22, so on top of being a very drinkable bourbon, it is quite affordable.
So how drinkable was it?
Stillhouse Black Bourbon is “mellowed in coffee beans” and while I was struggling to name the flavor on the back of my tongue, once I read how they produced Stillhouse, the coffee flavor clicked in my head.
I thoroughly enjoyed Stillhouse Black Bourbon and it will be a new “standard” on my whiskey shelf. It earned every point of its 73/100.
- Just the right amount of astringency that turns smooth after a few sips.
- Pleasant mix of coffee and caramel.
- Packaged in a metal tin, which makes it perfect for camping and hiking as well as parties where you don’t want to take a glass bottle.
- Great bang for the buck when it comes to value.
- Some drinkers may not like that opening astringency. I think this bourbon will appeal to more advanced bourbon drinkers versus newcomers.
- It is packaged in a squarish metal case, while being awesome, also means its hard to tell when you are almost out of Stillhouse.
I first tried Jameson Blender’s Dog last month, but I was honestly a bit hungover. That hangover kept me from really appreciating how smooth Jameson Blender’s Dog really is.
I took a second sip (or twenty) today and have to say that Blender’s Dog is well worth the money. I’m upping my rating to 82/100 and will be keeping a bottle on my shelf as a go to bottle from here on out.