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Whisky Index : American Whiskey - Bourbon

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American Whiskey - Bourbon

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.

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 1920 Prohibition Style
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 57.50%
9 A great dram to finish the evening.

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 2016 Birthday Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 48.50%
7 Totally tropical taste (Lilt!).

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.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
Bourbon - U.S.A. - 48.50%
8 This is seriously intense and seriously impressive!

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!

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

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.


 

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