I was excited when I saw this bottle of Legent as I’d ready a review of it and it was on my list of whiskey’s to buy if I saw a bottle.
So how was it?
The first thing I noted was the burn, which doesn’t usually bode well for the rest of the glass. Thankfully I like my bourbon on the rocks, and that bit of extra water really does open up Legent. My advice, put a splash of water or drink this on the rocks, it greatly improves the finish, and lets you taste the lovely fruit and butterscotch hiding in this whiskey.
I am enjoying the bottle, but the thin mouth feel and initial burn before the ice melts a bit and opens up the whiskey cost this bourbon some point. It is however a good, drinkable, whiskey, and it earned itself a 72/100.
- Lovely fruit and butterscotch when it opens up.
- Good price to value.
- Thin body with an immediate burn.
I’ve been getting more into Irish Whiskey after enjoying a few different options that Jameson put out. Of course Bushmills isn’t Jameson, and that shows to two major ways. The first is price point. Bushmills is half what Jameson costs. That is a good thing. The second is taste and mouth feel, and there is where you know you saved some money. Bushmills tastes thing to me and has a slight aftertaste on the back of my tongue that I don’t find appealing. My honest advice is to spend a little more, or buy this to make mixed drinks. As a sipping whiskey it is a little rough around the edges, which earned this Irish Whiskey a 62/100.
- Available pretty much everywhere.
- Good if you like to pour some whiskey in your coffee or make other mixed drinks.
- Not as refined as some options which are just a few dollars more.
- Leaves an odd taste on the back of the tongue.
I saw this Jameson Black Barrel and it called to me. Why am I using a stock photo? Because I polished off this bottle and forget to take a picture. That should tell you something about the quality of this whiskey. It is very easy to sip and goes with just about any meal, earning this Black Barrel a very respectable 81/100.
- Opens with rich and complex fruit and caramel that wash over the palate.
- Finishes with warm spice and hints of the aging barrels.
- Just a tiny bit rough on the first sip until a few drops of water opens it up.
I found this Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon while on a road trip over the new year and just had the chance to enjoy a few sips. Bird Dog has a nice opening taste of vanilla, spices, and a hint of the oak barrels it was aged in. If the story ended there, this would be a 100 point bourbon. Sadly, you can’t usually get everything you want, and as you swallow this Bird Dog Bourbon you get a little aftertaste that lingers a little.
How did that impact the whiskey’s score, well, it knocked it down to a 68/100. It is definitely a sippable whiskey, but there are better options if price is no option, but at just over twenty bucks, this is a good choice for camping, whiskey new comers, or any time you aren’t sure if you wan’t to pour the expensive stuff.
I am curious to see how this blends into a Manhattan, and will do a future review on that as I think the sweetness in this bourbon might lend itself to a really good Manhattan, but I guess we will have to wait and see on that.
- Great price to value at $22 per bottle.
- Sweet opening that turns to spice and vanilla with hints of oak.
- Mild aftertaste on the palate that betrays this bourbons price point.
My dad knows I love bourbon, and him and his girlfriend were very generous and found this Dogfish Head Alternate Takes while out and about on their travels, and I was super excited to try it as I’d never seen it or even heard of it. Dad, if you are reading this, I loved my present.
So how did Dogfish Head Alternate Takes taste? It tastes like it has a very high rye content to me, which always feels overly sharp on my palate. I’m not a huge fan of rye whiskies, they just don’t seem as refined to me. Oddly however, they do seem to make good Manhattans when you add a little vermouth, go figure.
So how did this Dogfish Head Alternate Takes stand up as a sipping whiskey? Not too well, I gave it a 41/100, but will try it in a Manhattan next weekend. Or maybe this week if work is crazy, who knows.
Dad, if your reading this, I love trying new bourbons, and would never have found this one, so even though it didn’t score well, I loved opening it and finding that out. It was a perfect present.
Finding new bottles is hard in my little town, so when I found this bottle of Pure Kentucky I was genuinely excited, especially when I saw this was an award winning bottle.
Unfortunately the high proof and 12 years in the barrel turned this into something my palate just couldn’t enjoy. I’m scoring this as a 28/100 due to the sharpness this whiskey hits you with straight out of the barrel.
- Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
- For me the 107 proof burnt away any flavor.
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.