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Whisky Index : American Whiskey - Bourbon

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American Whiskey - Bourbon

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

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.

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.

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 - 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.

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.


 

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