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WHISKEY DREAMS – Fighting Cock Bourbon

I have to be honest with you when I tell you that I bought this bottle of Fighting Cock Bourbon as a joke. One of my older boys was turning 25 and I thought this would be a funny gift – which he then left at my house when he departed.

This bottle of Fighting Cock has sat in the dark corner of my whiskey shelf for a few months since then, at least until I tweaked my back a little and have only been driving or going out for critical activities. Sadly, buying booze is not a critical activity.

This Fighting Cock is tops if your budget is under $20 bucks. It is rough, and has strong flavors, but if you are on a budget, this is a great choice. Don’t let the overall score of 58/100 and the fact that this is technically in the Mixed Drinks Only category fool you. As a budget option, this was pretty good.

Pros

  • So very affordable.
  • If you like a spicy whiskey and don’t mind a few rough edges this is a great buy.
  • Your mom will tell you she doesn’t like the whiskey’s name.

Cons:

  • So very affordable. This could be bad if you have a problem with self control.
  • It has a plastic, screw off cap. I know, I’m a whiskey snob, but what I am supposed to do when I collect whiskey corks?
  • I’m embarrassed to say I like drinking “Fighting Cock”
BottleScorePrice
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
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Manhattan Legent75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Manhattan Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750ml
Manhattan Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 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
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 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
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

THIS WEEK’S BOTTLE – FIghting Cock

I have been struggling this week with mobility. Trying to take it extra easy to let my tweaked back heal. What does that mean? It means I’m scraping the back of my whiskey cabinet to find something new to try.

What did I find?

This Fighting Cock Kentucky Bourbon.

I have to be hones with you, I bought it as a joke for a birthday party.

I guess we are about to see how that joke plays out…

WHISKEY DREAMS – Smooth Ambler old Scout American Whiskey

This one is a mouthful.

Smooth Ambler Old Scout American Whiskey.

It’s a long name, but a good one. This Smooth Ambler Old Scout American Whiskey is made in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, and is both complex, rich, and smooth.

I’m actually a little confused as to what this Old Scout is. The bottle I have isn’t on their website, which could be just a change to the bottle packaging, but the fact that they took the “Bourbon” label off my bottle makes me wonder if the mash bill dropped below 51% corn. I’m not sure if that is to make the whiskey taste as good as it does – or due to some other cost factor. The cost piece doesn’t make sense though, as I’d guess that corn is fairly cheap?

In any case, this is an excellent sipper. It is 99 proof, but doesn’t have any alcohol burn. This looks like a very small distillery, but its definitely an up and comer, and there is a ton of buzz about this brand.

Why?

Take the first sip. This is an amazingly earthy, rich dram that balances leather, earth, spice, and sweetness into something that is really impressive. Smooth Ambler Old Scout American Whiskey earned every point of its 84/100.

I’ve ordered a bottle to put in my Whiskey Safe so I always have a Bottle On Hand.

Pros

  • Subtly sweet.
  • Complex swirling flavors that mix earth, leather, cinnamon, and cherry pipe tobacco.
  • Amazingly smooth which is doubly impressive given its 99 proof statement.

Cons:

  • I liked it so much, and was worried they will run out that I bottle a bottle for my “Whiskey Safe”. Which means I don’t get to drink it until its really old, or I am.
  • You may not be able to get it as it is a small distillery.
BottleScorePrice
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
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Manhattan Legent75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Manhattan Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750ml
Manhattan Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 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
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 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
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Manhattan REDEMPTION

If you remember my original review of Redemption Bourbon, you know that I didn’t really find it to be all that enjoyable. It scored a 40/100, putting it in the Mixed Drinks Only category, and now its time to make a Manhattan out of it.

This bottle of Redemption was sitting on a shelf for a while, and my wife gets mad at me for having too many bottles, so I figured I better polish it off, no matter how much I didn’t like it the first time around.

Thankfully, the vermouth did its magic and smoothed out a lot of the rough edges and harsh flavors the whiskey has when sipped straight, bringing it up to a 53/100.

Pros

  • Smooths out most of the rough edges the straight bourbon had.
  • The sweetness of the vermouth mixes with the hard edges of the Redemption and turns it into a nice mixed drink.

Cons:

  • Even with the vermouth, this Manhattan has a little bit of burn going down the throat.
BottleScorePrice
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
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Manhattan Legent75$35 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Manhattan Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750ml
Manhattan Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 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
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 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
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml