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Whisky Index : American Whiskey - Bourbon

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American Whiskey - Bourbon

Old Charter Proprietor's Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
7 Finally made it to lunch.

Old Charter The Classic 90, 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
7 Biscuits and gravy and a shot of Charter 12. The breakfast of champions.

Old Fitzgerald 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Characterful, but not an easy whisky on the basis of this bottling. Bitterness seems to have gained a notch at the expense of the fudge flavours. Water brings it back, but not all the way.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old Fitzgerald Very Special
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.00%
8 Surprising. Seems subdued at first, then shines through when oxygenated.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old Forester 2009 Birthday Bourbon 1997 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 48.50%
8 Another bourbon? A bit austere but elegant and complex. I found more pleasure on nosing than tasting.

Old Forester 86 Proof Kentucky Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 43.00%
7 Easy drinking, but worth more than a moment's thought.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.50%
8 Balanced and complex. Recommended.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 13 Years Old 1994
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00%
7 Assertive but balanced.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2008
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.00%
7 A bit much on its own but a great cocktail spirit.

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2011 12 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 49.00%
7 Not as integrated as one might like.

Old Pogue 9 Years Old, Master's Select
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.50%
7 The body is well rounded, but the flavours less so.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Old Rip Van Winkle's 15 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50%
8 Big . Rich. Hearty. Robust.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Pappy Van Winkle 15 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 53.50%
8 A big guy. On a frosty Christmas Eve maybe, waiting for Santa Claus by the fireplace. No risk of falling asleep with this fellow!

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Pappy Van Winkle 20 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20%
8 Showing its age, but I like its big, earthy, old-fashioned American flavours.

Pappy Van Winkle 20 Years Old, Family Reserve
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 45.20%
7 The family propensity to fall asleep seems to have struck in the bottle; given a chance to breathe and a drink of water, it comes back to life.

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, 23 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.80%
7 Big and robust but very drinkable and soothing.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Parker's Heritage Collection 1996 Cask Strength Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 61.30%
8 Copes with high alcohol well. Great balance, poise and sophistication.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Parker's Heritage Collection 27 Years Old 96 Proof
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 48.00%
8 Heaven Hill has quietly been releasing some stunners in recent years. This is another.

Parker's Heritage Collection Cognac Finish 10 Years Old
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 Everything meshes very nicely here.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Parker's Heritage Collection Golden Anniversary
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 Another big whisky from Heaven Hill. A delight as the nights start to drawn in.

Parker's Heritage Collection Wheated Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 47.50%
8 Rich and sweet with massive energy. A trio of great bourbons.

Parker's Heritage Master Distiller's Blend of Mashbills
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 63.50%
8 It needs to be tamed by a dash of water but not too much. An elegant Bourbon.

Red Stag
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 40.00%
4 What sort of delusional person dreamt this up? Who allowed it to be bottled? Hideous.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Rock Hill Farm Single Cask Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 50.00%
8 The flavours may sound similar but it is the interplay of their subtleties that make this such an interesting whiskey. Try it with a double chocolate-chip cookie. Or a rocky road icecream.


 

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