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Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey

Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey

This is quite an interesting addition on the 101 whiskies list. The first American whiskey to be a straight wheat whiskey. It’s not solely wheat, but they do purport to include at least 50% wheat in the mash bill along with the more standard barley, rye and corn. Aged for 7 years, and bottled at 45% ABV.   Nose: Acetone is quite strong initially, then mellows to gloss paint. So there’s still the solvent smell, but something more organic in…

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Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon

This bourbon contains a reasonably high proportion of rye, 72%. It’s unusual for a bourbon in that it has been triple distilled before maturation. Bottled at 43.2%ABV. Let’s see what it has to offer. Nose: Sweet with honey, oak, cut grass, vanilla, spicy pepper. Peaches and almonds as it develops. 8/10 Palate: Very oaky, pepper spice, a little leather, a little honey. Disappointingly lacking in depth. 6/10 Finish: Warming, but actually quite short with a little pepper. 6/10 Value for…

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Buffalo Trace – George T. Stagg 2016

Buffalo Trace – George T. Stagg 2016

I am incredibly lucky to have a small (3cl) sample of this incredibly highly sought after whiskey to try. Huge thanks to Master of Malt for giving me the chance to try it. George T. Stagg is one of a collection of very limited releases from Buffalo Trace called the Antique Collection. It consistently wins awards, having topped Jim Murray’s Bible at times, along with a plethora of other awards. Consequently the releases are incredibly over-subscribed, with bottles selling at…

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Rebel Yell Bourbon

Rebel Yell Bourbon

This evening, being Election Eve in the USA was the perfect night for a big slice of liquid Americana. It came to us courtesy of The Whisky Wire and Rebel Yell Bourbon. Rebel Yell has distilled wheated whiskey since 1849. The Weller family were the first to produce Kentucky straight bourbon using wheat instead of rye in the mash bill. Over 150 years later and they are still doing it. In fact in 2017 they will be opening a new…

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Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit Bourbon

The Frontier Spirit. I bought this bourbon because it was on a good offer, and I wanted to get something interesting for the Christmas cake feeding. Naturally I will be drinking the leftovers, so it goes without saying I should add notes here. Bottled at 45% ABV. A deep gold colour that hints at copious amounts of caramel. Nose: Bags of vanilla. citrus zest – grapefruit and orange. Some brown sugar. Hints of marzipan. Background of that smell/sensation when you…

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Heaven Hill – Mellow Corn

Heaven Hill – Mellow Corn

In order to qualify as a corn whiskey, it has to have 81% corn in the mash tun. The rest is made up from barley and rye. Bottled at 50% ABV Nose: Creamy and floral, malted milk biscuits, brown sugar Pallate: Very spicy but then mellows out to sweet and creamy. Really oily as well. Hints of boot polish. Finish: Lingering spice, and a long oily, mouth coating delight.   Not a drink to rush, but definitely one to have…

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