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Whiskey Places – Cadillac Ranch National Harbor

Our first stop of our trip was the Cadillac Ranch. We were walking along Fleet Street and their menu looked the best compared to the nearby options of Public House and the Brass Tap.

We had a full meal, and multiple drinks at Cadillac Ranch. Our favorite item was on the appetizer list as they had some amazing taco choices. We also had fried pickles and the tater tots with everything.

We originally thought we’d just get some appetizers and then order some entrees but once the apps got there we realized there was more than enough food for all four of us.

As we ate and caught up, we tried a bunch of different drinks.

My first drink at Cadillac Ranch was the Blue Suede Shoes made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon and black cherry purée:

I took a sip through the straw and my blood sugar spiked so high I almost didn’t take a separate sip. My son (he’s an adult) sipped from the edge of the glass and said it wasn’t too sweet, which made me realize it wasn’t mixed yet. I’m honestly not sure if that was on purpose or not, but after I stirred it I was able to drink it – but it was still too sweet for me. Just remember that I don’t really like Old Fashioned for the same reason though, they are just too sweet and I can’t appreciate the whiskey when there is too much sugar.

My second drink was a Blood Orange Bourbon sour made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon and Finest Call Blood Orange Sour. I wanted to try it, but I’m not a hug van of sweet and sour, and this was very sweet, and moderately sour. Yes, I drank it, but I wouldn’t order it again.

My son’s girlfriend (all adults) got a Black Cherry Rye Cola but she’s not a fan of whiskey and let the rest of us finish it off for her. For me, it was very much lick a Jack and Coke, and I honestly wouldn’t waste good whiskey in Pepsi.

I tried to order the Sazerac Soda with Redemption Rye Whiskey, simple syrup, Absinthe, and soda water, but they were out of Absinthe so I went with a classic Craig Small Batch Bourbon Manhattan for my final drink of the night:

This Craig Small Batch Bourbon Manhattan was the perfect way to end the night. It is a classic bourbon in a drink that lets the bourbon really shine.

Overall we had a lot of fun at Cadillac Ranch. The staff were friendly, incredibly attentive even though it was crazy busy, and the food was really tasty.

Cadillac Ranch is coming in the Moderate Cost Per Person range, but its the National Harbor and everything is pretty expensive, so keep that in mind. I’m giving them an overall 70/00, mostly driven by the fact that most of the bourbon drinks I tried were just a bit too sweet for me.

PlaceLocationScorePrice Scale
Cadillac Ranch National Harbor70/100Moderate

Cost Scale

Up to $30 per person – Low Cost

$31 to $50 per person – Moderate Cost

$51 and above per person – High Cost

WHISKEY DREAMS – Stillhouse Black Bourbon MANHATTAN

Stillhouse Black Bourbon scored a 61/100 after I recently re-reviewed it with a good bit more Whiskey Dreams knowledge under my belt. So now that Stillhouse Black Bourbon is in Mixed Drink Only territory, how does it stand up as a Manhattan?

The nose on this Stillhouse Black Bourbon Manhattan is all sweet fruity vermouth. Whatever nose the Stillhouse had is completely overwhelmed by the vermouth.

This Stillhouse Black Bourbon makes an odd Manhattan. At first I didn’t like how the astringency mixed with the sweetness of the vermouth, and it leaves an odd lingering taste on my mid tongue, but the more I sipped it, the less it bothered me – but that was probably the alcohol. I really struggled with whether this was a 51, making it Sip Worthy, or if it was a 50, making it Just Bad.

At the end of they day I’m going to settle on 50/100, making this Just Bad. My main reason being that I’d rather drink this whiskey straight than make a Manhattan with it, even if its not perfect there either.

BottleScorePriceType
Manhattan - Blade And Bow90$55 / 750mlManhattan
Old Fashioned On The Rocks Knob Creek83$13 / 750mlOld Fashioned
Manhattan - Fistful of Bourbon80$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Legent75$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan-Death's Door74$40 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Wild Turkey73$35 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan Stillhouse50$25 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan Agitator49$30 / 750mlManhattan
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750mlManhattan

WHISKEY DREAMS – Ha’Penny Irish Whiskey

Ha’Penny is a blended Irish Whiskey that has been aged in sherry, bourbon, and twice charred casks. Ha’Penny is bottled at 43% ABV (86°) by the Pearse Lyons Distillery and was $25 dollars. For those who aren’t in the know, a Ha’Penny is a half penny and the modern version was last used in Ireland in 1986.

The nose is sweet, peppery, and ends on a bit of malt and rough edges.

The mouth feel is clean and the front of the tongue is sweet fruit that transitions to malt on the middle of the tongue before finishing with pepper and a few jagged edges.

For $25 bucks this is a decent value, but at the end of the day I’m only able to give it a 64/100, putting it into Mixed Drinks Only territory due to its roughness and lack of overall balance. However, for $25 its worth trying, so let me know if you disagree with the score in the comments.

Pros

  • Very affordable.
  • Has some nice complexity, even if it is paired with a bit of edge.

Cons:

  • Could have been so much more, but the rough edges cost this whiskey major points.
BottleScorePrice
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
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 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey

This bottle of Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey was a birthday gift from my Dad, and I have thoroughly enjoyed sipping it. Dublin Liberties is a single malt that is aged for 10 years and finished in Oloroso Sherry casks.

The nose on this Dublin Liberties Copper Alley is a wonderful malt and butter cookies. It is muted compared to Redbreast 12, but still lovely, and mixes with just a hint of sherry that is subtle but so well crafted into this whiskey that it is

The sip is complex and swirling and starts with malt and butter cookies mixed with a nuttiness. The mid tongue immediately turns to cinnamon that quickly turns to pepper and sherry on the finish. After the swallow you will appreciate the dryness of that sherry.

Some of the other sherry finished whiskeys I’ve had overpower the whiskey, but this is just a masterfully crafted blend and all the tasting notes mesh together beautifully.

Dublin Liberties Copper Alley scored a well earned 90/10. If you can find it, but a bottle and let me know if you agree.

Pros

  • Single malt and aged 10 year goodness.
  • Incredibly well created sherry finish.
  • It was a surprise bottle for my birthday, and it was an awesome present.

Cons:

  • Can you find it? I’d never seen it in a store and was psyched to get it as a present.
BottleScorePrice
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
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 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Fighting 69th

Fighting 69th is a blended Irish Whiskey aged 3 years in bourbon, sherry, rum, and port casks. Apparently the Fighting 69th was named during the Civil war. There was an Irish Brigade, and the Fighting 69th unit was named by Robert E Lee, or at least that is what the history books say. Does that make me feel comfortable – nope, not at all. Racism, and that is what the civil war was about, is a stain on our history. Granted, the Fighting 69th continued to fight for our country long after the civil war.

Now onto the whiskey.

The nose has sweetness, malt, with just a touch of ethanol hiding beneath those notes. It is not overly complex, but it is enjoyable.

The mouth feel is clean and the first thing that hits me is the sweet butter cookies that hints at the time spent in the rum barrels. The mid tongue and finish are oak, char that transitions to dry fruity sherry as it finishes. For what I would describe as a budget bottle, this is an Irish Whiskey that punches way above its weight class.

Fighting 69th scored an 86/100 and made its way into my Whiskey Safe, as I am going to keep a bottle on hand for “Emergencies”. Fighting 69th is an amazing value when you compare what you get to the price. It has hints at that lovely butter cookies of much more expensive bottles, and while it doesn’t get close to competing with the big boys like Redbreast 12, this is just such an enjoyable, affordable bottle, it should be on every whisky lovers’ shelf.

Pros

  • At the $30 price point this is quality and value combined in a really nice package.
  • This is the first bottle of whiskey that any of my sons enjoyed enough to go buy a bottle.
  • Great nose and mouth feel that turns into a very nice sipper.

Cons:

  • It’s named after a unit that was named fighting for slavery. It it just me or does that not bother anyone else? Granted, they continued to fight for our country long after that, but it does nag at me.
BottleScorePrice
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
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 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Dubliner Bourbon Cask Finished

This Dubliner Bourbon Cask Finished Irish Whiskey is a blend of single malt and grain whiskies that is finished in bourbon casks for three years.

The nose on this whiskey is a wonderful blend of malt and honey that ends with a pleasant apple and floral note.

The mouth feel is clean and the front of my tongue is hit by malt that transitions to sweet honey and just a touch of butter cookies. The finish is a pleasant sweetness mixed with the charred oak from the bourbon barrels which imparts a bit of spice, and just a little bit of roughness.

This Dubliner Bourbon Cask Finish is a wonderful blended whiskey that really captures the best of a single malt pot still while optimized for this specific price point, which it does really well. Dubliner Bourbon Cask Finish scored a well deserved 80/100, making it Sip Worthy.

Pros

  • At under $35 a bottle, this is a great buy.
  • A wonderful blended whiskey. The distiller struck gold with this recipe.
  • Reminds me of Redbreast 12 at half the price.

Cons:

  • After I first bought this bottle, I haven’t been able to find it within a 100 miles of my house.
  • Can you find it?
BottleScorePrice
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml
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 / 750ml
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Thre Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey

While The Dead Rabbit says its based on five year old whiskey on the bottle, the whiskey itself doesn’t carry an age statement, which means that the blend may have some 5 year old whiskey in it, but we don’t know how much, and the rest of the bottle is a mixture of much more shortly aged alcohol.

What The Dead Rabbit does have is an epic backstory:

The Dead Rabbits were a notorious Irish immigrant street gang whose sworn enemies were the nativist anti-immigrant Bowery Boys. Their antagonism came to a head in a notorious riot that raged for days in 1857. Up to a thousand gang members were involved before order was finally restored. The leader of the Dead Rabbits was John Morrissey, a notorious figure who would later go on to become a Democratic congressman and senator.

https://deadrabbitirishwhiskey.com/story/

The nose sweet vanilla that competes with the ethanol. The nose is subtle and not complex.

The palate is clean but there is too much Bourbon Cask to really appreciate what I like about Irish Whiskey. There is just a hint of sweet that might have some malt in it, but it is so overpowered by the time in the Bourbon and New Oak that it leaves me wanting more of the Irish, and less of the American influences.

I’m giving The Dead Rabbit a69/100, making it just a point into Mixed Drinks Only territory. Save it for your coffee!

Pros

  • Awesome backstory that taught me a bit about my Irish roots.
  • If you love Bourbon with a hint of Irish this might be the bottle for you.

Cons:

  • At $35 there are better options out there.
  • If you like Irish Whiskey and butter cookies, don’t come looking to The Dead Rabbit to fulfill your desires.
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Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
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Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Slane74$33 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
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Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml
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Death's Door68$40 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml