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.
I’ve bought the vast majority of bourbons from my local liquor store, which is admittedly not that big, so I’m expanding into the Irish Whiskey section, where is where this bottle of Jameson Blender’s Dog found its way into my hands.
How did I actually pick it? The lady next to me in aisle grabbed a bottle and I asked her if it was good. She said she had no idea, but it was all her dad would drink, so I figured I’d give it a try.
How is it? This is an easy whiskey to drink. It is smooth and sweet, and has just the right amount of vanilla and cinnamon. It is almost delicate.
It is so good that I almost feel bad giving it 73/100, and I may have to revisit that in the future. I’m honestly a little hungover from a get together last night, and it might be impacting how much I can enjoy this find Irish Whiskey at the moment.
- Light, sweet butterscotch notes mixed with cinnamon and honey.
- Easy to find.
- A bit pricey.
- Better than Proper Twelve, but maybe not $40 better
I normally stay away from rye bourbons. I find rye to be overpowering in a lot of whiskeys, so I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this Bulleit Bourbon and the bite I associate with rye was tamed and actually enjoyable.
Bulleit Bourbon slides across your tongue with spice, pepper, and opens up nicely with an ice cube or a touch of water, which lets you taste the caramel and woodiness from the cask.
Overall Bulleit Bourbon is a decent everyday drink, and one that will make an awesome Manhattan, so don’t let the 56/100 score fool you, at just $28 you can keep a bottle on the shelf and make a few Manhattans for people who aren’t sure if they like bourbon (yet).
- Full of spice.
- A good mixer for a Manhattan.
- A good, everyday bourbon that is affordable.
- The rye creates a burn that some may not enjoy.
- Rye adds a bit of an aftertaste on the back of the tongue.
I’m not a whiskey snob.
So don’t hate me for what I’m about to say.
When I grabbed this $30 bottle of Tin Cup off the budget shelf at my local liquor store I didn’t have massively high hopes for what I’d be getting in return for my hard earned dollars. Yes, I know that $30 is not cheap – but as my tastes in whiskey have grown I’ve found that a lot of lower priced bottles just don’t cut it anymore. So I was really happy with Tin Cup.
I opened this bottle on Friday…
By Sunday night I’d drank enough to form a solid opinion of the whiskey.
So how was it, I have to say that this is by far the best bottle of whiskey I’ve had at this price point. You can’t beat Tin Cup at $30 a bottle. It tastes like it is far more expensive than it is. Tin Cup more than earns its 85/100 score, and will be my new go to bottle when I want to enjoy a bourbon while relaxing over the weekend.
- Wonderful spice and licorice on the tongue.
- Can’t beat the quality to price ratio.
- I didn’t find Tin Cup earlier.
I’m a huge fan of bourbon, but I live in the boonies and sometimes it is hard to find new bottles to try. Lucky for me this emerald green bottle of Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey caught my eye and ended up coming home with me.
I had no idea when I bought the bottle that it was Conor McGregor’s entry into the Irish Whiskey world or that it was named after his hometown, which has a postal code of 12.
The honest truth is that I wouldn’t have bought the bottle if I knew that. I tend to stay away from “celebrity” brands as I feel like you pay for the name versus the quality.
In this case, that would have been a mistake. My bottle of Proper Twelve was actually quite enjoyable. As a lover of bourbon, I don’t try many Irish Whiskeys, but I did enjoy Proper Twelve and will keep a bottle on my shelf. It had a nice mouth feel, a flavor that reminded me of a nice red wine and bourbon, but in a good way.
I read some less than positive reviews of Proper Twelve, but I think they may just be Irish Whiskey Snobs to be honest with you. They saw Conor McGregor’s name and fell for the same thinking I am sometimes limited by – discounting any product that has a celebrities name attached to it. For me Proper Twelve is a great budget bottle of whiskey and earned a respectable score of 71/100.
- If you drink enough you can see leprechauns.
- Has an enjoyable mouth feel with a rich flavors that reminded me of red wine and bourbon.
- May get discounted because it is a “celebrity” branded bottle.
- It’s not a bourbon, but you can only hold that against it so much.
- May make you speak with an Irish Brogue.
I had high hopes for Elijah Craig after having a couple of Manhattan’s at dinner one night and really enjoying them. What I found out from cracking open my own bottle is that it is better as a mixer than it is straight up. At under $30 bucks I guess I shouldn’t be too harsh on Elijah Craig, but I really did have high hopes for this bottle.
I’m going to give Elijah Craig a 57/100. I will finish the bottle, and I might buy another bottle, but only if I want to have a few bourbon cocktails (mixers).
- Sweet honey that fills your mouth and hangs on a few seconds after you swallow.
- Pleasant spice that blends well with the honey.
- Has the burn of a cheaper whiskey.
- Rough edges that don’t every really smooth out, they just get hidden under the honey and spice.