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    Brewyerown got a reaction from Goober Pyle in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    First Jefferson's I tasted was a store pick with a finish that tasted like a wet cigarette. Completely turned me off the brand for a while. I picked up one of the wheated Ocean voyages, and it's a keeper. Ridiculous price point for what it is, but a decent special occasion gift for a casual drinker. 
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from k-train in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    First Jefferson's I tasted was a store pick with a finish that tasted like a wet cigarette. Completely turned me off the brand for a while. I picked up one of the wheated Ocean voyages, and it's a keeper. Ridiculous price point for what it is, but a decent special occasion gift for a casual drinker. 
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from Goober Pyle in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    It disappears quickly off the shelves when it is delivered here. One member of the Atlanta allocated bourbon group posted at 3:45 on Friday that the local store had some bottles. At 4:30 all were gone. Missed it by 15 minutes.
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from k-train in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    Good news! RR 13 is starting to show up in GA.
    Bad news! Shelf time is measured in minutes.
     
    Has anyone tried the New Riff Malted Rye? This one is starting to garner some buzz online.
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from Goober Pyle in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    Garlic throws mine off by a lot, and if it's ample garlic like some Italian food my palate takes a day or two to return to baseline. Cumin has a similar effect but lasts a few hours at most.
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from k-train in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    Garlic throws mine off by a lot, and if it's ample garlic like some Italian food my palate takes a day or two to return to baseline. Cumin has a similar effect but lasts a few hours at most.
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    Remember a few posts back when I was talking about things we eat or drink that can wreck the palate? Well, I got another for that list. Made some vegetable fried rice this evening & soon realized everything I drank tonight tasted a bit off. I've had that happen a number of times now after eating Asian food. I know things with substantial amounts of garlic tend to be palate wreckers, so I guess that's not too surprising since so many Asian dishes tend to have a good amount of garlic & ginger.

    I actually decided tonight that from here on out, when doing my tastings for a review, I'm going to start writing down what I ate for dinner. Not listing that in the reviews, but keeping track in my tasting notes. That way if I have a tasting that seems way off from the others (I typically do at least 2 tastings, usually 3 per review), I can see it that may have been due to outside influence from what I ate. Then I'll know I need to do an additional tasting with a non-wrecked palate before posting a comprehensive review.
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from Goober Pyle in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    The wax dipping experience doesn't appear on any Maker's tour descriptions, possibly a Covid casualty. One of the options at Bardstown Bourbon Co is barrel thieving. Heaven Hill hooked me with the "bottle your own."
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from k-train in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    The wax dipping experience doesn't appear on any Maker's tour descriptions, possibly a Covid casualty. One of the options at Bardstown Bourbon Co is barrel thieving. Heaven Hill hooked me with the "bottle your own."
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from k-train in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    Heaven Hill's Bourbon Experience expansion is now open. Looks like another trip to bourbon country is in order.
    https://www.wdrb.com/news/wdrb-video/heaven-hills-19-million-expansion-lets-visitors-personalize-bourbon-experience/video_6569e86b-b3d9-5193-8397-b4734bb227fd.html
     
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from Goober Pyle in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    Heaven Hill's Bourbon Experience expansion is now open. Looks like another trip to bourbon country is in order.
    https://www.wdrb.com/news/wdrb-video/heaven-hills-19-million-expansion-lets-visitors-personalize-bourbon-experience/video_6569e86b-b3d9-5193-8397-b4734bb227fd.html
     
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    Apparently today is National Bourbon Day… So cheers to that!!!
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from Goober Pyle in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    I'm in middle TN on business now and checked into some local stores. The prediction is toward the end of the month here for RR13. 
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    For the RR fans. Just starting to show up in stores.
    https://rarebird101.com/2021/05/03/press-release-russells-reserve-13-year-old-bourbon/
     
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from k-train in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    I'm in middle TN on business now and checked into some local stores. The prediction is toward the end of the month here for RR13. 
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from k-train in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    For the RR fans. Just starting to show up in stores.
    https://rarebird101.com/2021/05/03/press-release-russells-reserve-13-year-old-bourbon/
     
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    Brewyerown reacted to Goober Pyle in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    So, it was a good day today. 

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    Saturday's choice
    Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength
    Old Forester Distillery
    NAS
    126.7 proof
    MSRP $69.97 for 750 mL(BoozApp). I paid a little over $70 for a store pick at Westside Bottle Shop in Athens.
    On the nose
    Neat. Dark amber color. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. The proof is evident on the nose.
    Tasting notes
    Tasted neat. Rich with bold baking spices. I'm not tasting the typical banana note that I usually get with Old Forester, but this could be due to the store pick. Medium finish is on the dry side. The flavor is there and then is replaced by dry sweetness. Not overly complex. The addition of three drops of water brings out more sweetness and cinnamon. It drinks easier than the proof. 
    Value
    The price is in line with Four Roses Barrel Proof and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof and less than what stores are charging for Stagg Jr. If you want a switch from the sweeter barrel proof offerings I would recommended at MSRP. 

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    Saturday's choice
    Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength
    Old Forester Distillery
    NAS
    126.7 proof
    MSRP $69.97 for 750 mL(BoozApp). I paid a little over $70 for a store pick at Westside Bottle Shop in Athens.
    On the nose
    Neat. Dark amber color. Brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. The proof is evident on the nose.
    Tasting notes
    Tasted neat. Rich with bold baking spices. I'm not tasting the typical banana note that I usually get with Old Forester, but this could be due to the store pick. Medium finish is on the dry side. The flavor is there and then is replaced by dry sweetness. Not overly complex. The addition of three drops of water brings out more sweetness and cinnamon. It drinks easier than the proof. 
    Value
    The price is in line with Four Roses Barrel Proof and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof and less than what stores are charging for Stagg Jr. If you want a switch from the sweeter barrel proof offerings I would recommended at MSRP. 

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    Friday's drink of choice
    Russell's Reserve Single Barrell

    Wild Turkey Distillery
    NAS
    110 proof
    MSRP $56.40 for 750 mL(BoozApp). I paid a little over $60.
    On the nose
    Neat. Medium-dark amber color from the #4 char. Cinnamon, honey, and orange citrus. Ethanol is there but not overpowering which is as expected for the proof.
    Tasting notes
    Tasted neat. First pours out of the bottle are cinnamon red hots, honey and citrus in the middle, more cinnamon, a little toasted coconut, and then a nice Kentucky hug. Long finish. Two weeks later I revisited this bottle and the flavors are cinnamon with the honey and citrus. The toasted flavors in the middle are more prominent on the second pour. Long finish is still there. 
    Value
    The Four Roses SiB that I have is 100 proof and just over $44 with a sweeter profile even with the high rye mashbill. Old Forester SiB 90 proof comes in ~$45 with more of a baking spice profile. While I like both of those expressions neither has the complexity of RR SiB. I like this one a lot. MSRP is a good price.
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from Goober Pyle in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    Friday's drink of choice
    Russell's Reserve Single Barrell

    Wild Turkey Distillery
    NAS
    110 proof
    MSRP $56.40 for 750 mL(BoozApp). I paid a little over $60.
    On the nose
    Neat. Medium-dark amber color from the #4 char. Cinnamon, honey, and orange citrus. Ethanol is there but not overpowering which is as expected for the proof.
    Tasting notes
    Tasted neat. First pours out of the bottle are cinnamon red hots, honey and citrus in the middle, more cinnamon, a little toasted coconut, and then a nice Kentucky hug. Long finish. Two weeks later I revisited this bottle and the flavors are cinnamon with the honey and citrus. The toasted flavors in the middle are more prominent on the second pour. Long finish is still there. 
    Value
    The Four Roses SiB that I have is 100 proof and just over $44 with a sweeter profile even with the high rye mashbill. Old Forester SiB 90 proof comes in ~$45 with more of a baking spice profile. While I like both of those expressions neither has the complexity of RR SiB. I like this one a lot. MSRP is a good price.
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    Henry McKenna 10Y Single Barrel Bottled in Bond
    Parent Company/Distillery: Heaven Hill/Heaven Hill
    Proof: 100 (50% ABV)
    Age: 10 years old
    Barrel #: 9995
    Barreled Date: 08/28/2009
    Price: $45.95



    Nose: A sugary vanilla note brings forth visions of cupcakes, while rich dark caramel meets bright cherry. This is all accompanied by undertones of tobacco, leather, and slightly dusty oak. The faintest hints of honeydew melon funk & bubblegum can be picked up if you dig deep. With adequate time to open up, the caramel really begins to take center stage & ethanol becomes nonexistent. This is a wonderfully inviting set of aromas, balanced  very well.

    Palate: Exceptionally delicious caramel starts things off, with a perfect balance of sweet oak. The same light/bright fruitiness that is found on the nose comes through here as well. A bit of vanilla shows through & becomes more pronounced as this moves toward the finish. There is a pleasant amount of slightly cinnamon tasting spice, which is joined by a bit of black pepper/rye spice. Mouthfeel is what I’d consider to be medium.

    Finish: Rich caramel & vanilla transition to toasted oak as a blast of jalapeño pepper heat comes out, but quickly fades into a more tolerable black pepper burn. This gives a slight hug, which stays more in the throat & upper chest. Way late in the journey, a touch of dark chocolate & pecan/walnut nuttiness coat the mouth & linger. The end result is an enjoyable semi-dry finish that’s medium in length, but on the verge of being long.

    Overall: Full disclaimer… I had honestly written this bourbon off for the past few years, because when I last had it in 2017, I thought it was just “ok,” but not worth all the hype it gained shortly after that. I remember seeing it on the shelves here in NC literally all the time, and nobody cared. It was seriously on sale almost every other month for just $25, because they couldn’t give the stuff away. The idea that it would become a highly coveted bourbon would’ve seemed almost laughable at the time. So when it did blow up in popularity… and price… I didn’t think it was worth chasing. I held true to that for a long time.

    Then a few weeks ago, I went to my local store to pick something up & they happened to have two bottles of this on the shelf. It’s the first time I’d seen it since early 2018 & honestly wasn’t sure if/when I’d ever see it again. So, I decided to give it another go just to be absolutely sure I was correct in thinking it’s not worthy of the hype. And I’m so glad I did, because I was totally wrong!!! This is an outstanding bourbon.

    While I do think it sucks that it’s gone up in price so much over the past few years, it really is much better than a lot of other bourbons available in the $40-$45 range… so it’s not that bad when you look at it like that.

    It’s sooooo much better than I remember it being a few years ago, and it made the room smell completely amazing during the photo shoot. Over multiple tastings, it consistently brought awesome flavors & rock-solid balance. Nothing is really jumping out, and this isn’t offering up anything particularly unique… but everything that is here is tasty & complimentary to the other elements. This truly is a very delicious, enjoyable pour that’s almost too easy to drink.

    Score: 7.5/10
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    Brewyerown got a reaction from Goober Pyle in Bourbon lovers come in here   
    Justified and bourbon from 2015. Now I want those 2015 prices that are mentioned. 
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2015/03/03/how-bourbon-explains-everything-there-is-to-know-about-justified/
     
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