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Whisky Index : American Whiskey - Bourbon

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Whisky Magazine Issue 136

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American Whiskey - Bourbon

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George T. Stagg
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 70.90%
8 An interesting character. Again a bourbon which does not drown your tastebuds with sweetness but you have got tolikeoakywhiskeys.

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George T. Stagg
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 71.30%
8 Something of a gentle giant.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

George T. Stagg
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 70.70%
8 A big,muscular bourbon. George T. Stagg ? Good guess...For a stag night maybe...

George T. Stagg 17 Years Old 2010
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 71.50%
8 When neat it's so strong it feels like your mouth is bleeding. Cut down, as ever it's hugely impressive - but would anyone ever have more than one?

Grand Traverse Distillery Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.00%
8 Curious – it was more like a liqueur than a whisky.

Hancock's President's Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 44.45%
8 Liked that spicy-lemon rye character, but lacking in complexity and roundness.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Heaven Hill Signature
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.80%
8 Great personality. Seems to have age but has the weight to balance.

Henry McKenna Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
7 Shy. Diffident. But with its own delicacy.

High West American Prairie Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.00%
8 The nose is possibly too subtle and the palate simplistic, but it really comes alive on the finish.

High West Whiskey Silver Oat
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00%
6 Two questions - why bottle this at 40 when even a drop of water kills it? And given this fragility what on earth is going to happen when it goes into cask?

Jefferson's Reserve 15 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.10%
8 Stylish and disarming, but not to be taken lightly. Reminds me of Kentucky's greatest boxer.

Jim Beam Kentucky Dram
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00%
6 A curious beast! The name suggests a fusion of Bourbon and Scotch. Interesting idea in theory!

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
9 Monstrous but elegant and complex. What would it have been like at cask strength?!

JTS Brown
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00%
7 A pleasant balance between oaky and creamy notes. The finish is surprisingly long for the alcoholic strength. The mid palate is a bit watery.

Kings County Distillery Peated Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Gives the impression of a worn out old spirit and revived by vatting in youthful spirit.

Knob Creek 9 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 Easily drinkable, appetising.

Knob Creek 9 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 Teasing interplay of sweetness and dryness, with the latter eventually winning.

Knob Creek Single Barrel 9 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 60.00%
8 Interesting how a few years ago an 8yo bourbon would have been considered old, yet here you can still pick put ‘youthful' vibrancy.

Whisky Magazine - Best Buy - Winner

Larceny Larceny
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 46.00%
8 Interesting combination of flavours. A Bourbon? Avoid water, spoils it.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Maker's Mark 46
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00%
8 Energetic and with considerable class. Highly recommended.

Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Beautifully structured. Tightly combined flavours. Every bit as smooth as it claims to be.

Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 This famously smooth whisky seems slightly less sweet than I remember, especially in the nose and finish. Better balanced, but perhaps fractionally less distinctive.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Michter's Single Barrel Bourbon 10 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.20%
8 An absolutely fascinating nose.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Michter's US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.70%
8 A superb dram with an intriguing oak character.

Old Charter 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
7 A good, substantial bourbon.


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