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.
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.
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”
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…
Interesting fact. Do you know how this whiskey got its name?
Lambay is an island off the coast of Ireland, which is where this whiskey was born.
After Lambay Island gives birth to this single malt it is aged before being transferred into cognac casks from Maison Camus to finish.
The single malt, and the cognac cask finish create a complex, smooth, yet biting whiskey. The nose is enticing and fills your nose with burnt honey? I don’t know what kind of honey is strong, but the sweetness here isn’t just sugar, its deeper and hard to put my finger on. The initial sip mimics the nose, at least for a split second. It starts sweet and dark and then quickly fills your palate with woody tanins that turn dry as the cognac finish comes through.
This is a whiskey with depth and complex flavors, and it is very well rounded. It is both smooth, yet has a bite, and it all comes together very well, which the reason this scored 83/100.
For me, its not going to make it into my Whiskey Safe, but if I can find another bottle on sale, I will definitely pick it up.
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.
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.
I’ve read several good reviews of this Smooth Ambler Old Scout, and am extra excited as its from West Virginia, which has always been a special place for me. My grandfather lived on the Ohio river, but we went to West Virginia frequently, and its a part of the country I will always have fond memories of.
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.
Jameson is a big deal. Last year sales passed 8+ million barrels in 130 countries. The Jameson journey started in Dublin in 1780, and had grown over the last centuries. Think about that for a moment. When you sip at your Jameson you are sipping at more than 200 years of careful craftsmanship.
That effort and craftsmanship really shine through in this blended whiskey. It is an amazingly drinkable blend that is completely Sip Worthy. I have to be honest, I am a complete snob when it comes to whiskey, but my son and his girlfriend picked up this bottle of Jameson to make Green Tea shots , and I tried it out of curiosity. My neanderthal brain tells me that any whiskey that comes with a twist cap can’t be that good – and at least when it comes to Jameson, it was completely wrong.
I got yelled at to stop drinking the Jameson because they weren’t going to have enough left to make mixed shots. All I can say after drinking a few drams is that making mixed drinks with this Jameson is a sin.
When it comes the collection, even this “base” Jameson is a credit to the brand.
If you want a very affordable, sippable Irish Whiskey you will enjoy this Jameson. It earned every point of its 80/100 and is ultimately very Sip Worthy.
Easily found anywhere and everywhere you go.
Blended whiskey that hints at single malt greatness.
It has a screw off top!!! (Yes, I know I’m a whiskey snob.)
It’s so good it makes you question the quest of finding the next great whiskey. Is good enough good enough?
This weekend’s bottle is what many of us think of when anyone says Jameson. It is the classic blended whiskey that is used for everything from mixed drinks to sipping straight. I’m looking forward to see how it holds up to all the other options out there.
I love the bottle and the little skeleton on The Sexton bottle. I named him Mr. Bones, because I’m quite original. The design is also used on the cork, which is a nice design touch.
The first thing I did after pouring this dark earthy single malt into my glass was to take a long slow pull through my nose. That dark earthy color speaks to the nose well. It is strong, if a little muddled. I start to smell that single malt goodness, but it quickly mixes with black licorice and cold medicine.
For $35 bucks you can do better. You won’t find a single malt at that price, but you do have other options that don’t taste like a black licorice cold medicine science experiment.
Put all that together and you get a disappointing single malt, that lives up to my theory that fancy bottles are used to make up for lower quality in other areas. The Sexton scored a 54/100, putting it firmly into the Mixed Drinks Only category.
Very cool bottle.
Very cool cork.
It will get you drunk.
Has a strange black licorice flavor that ends with a cold medicine aftertaste.