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.
I picked up this bottle of Old Grand-Dad 114 because I remember my actual grandfather drinking bottles of Old Grand-Dad, so many in fact that when he passed we found the attic crawl space littered with empty bottles. He’d lived in that house since he returned from WWII in 1945, and from what I can put together, there were a few rough years before he settled back into normal life.
Myself, I only have a few sips on the weekends, and I traded my big cup for this smaller, more reasonable tumbler.
That smaller tumbler was a blessing when it came to this Old Grand-Dad 114. It is a high proof whiskey, although it oddly didn’t taste that way to me, or at least it didn’t overpower the spice and sweetness.
What the alcohol level did was make this taste like syrup on my tongue. For me, this was so sweet I couldn’t enjoy it, which earned Old Grand-Dad 114 a score of 59/100.
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.
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 am so sorry to have to share the news, but I think someone peed in the creek.
I’m not a fan of rye bourbon’s, and my taste buds really bitched about being forced to try this Rowan’s Creek. I’m sure that if you like rye whiskey, you will enjoy it, it just wan’t my cup of tea.
For me, Rowan’s Creek scores a 39/100.
- I got to say, someone peed in the creek.
- The high rye content reminds me of drinking astringent.
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.