Oct 25, 2015

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon...

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon (45.2%): Somehow I didn't review Woodford Reserve before here on tire-bouchon even though I drink it quite often. Let's make it right... It is one of the best price/value ratio bourbons on the market with a price tag of $25 and it is widely distributed all around the world. The distillery is owned by Brown-Forman who also owns Jack Daniels and the bourbon distilled there is treated as the boutique brand of their portfolio. It is triple distilled in Scottish style pot stills from a mash bill of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley at the lowest proof allowed by law and aged six years minimum in oak barrels. Let's do it..! Color: Clear amber, clover honey. Nose: Buckwheat honey, leather upholstery and milk chocolate. Dried sour cherries, sticky toffee pudding and toasted hardwood. Jordan almonds. Palate: Creamy mouthfeel with vanilla, nutmeg and cortado. Corn flakes topped with granulated brown sugar, Christmas cake and carrot cake frosting. Ground ginger, coriander candy and molasses. Finish: Ginger bitterness, cloves and cinnamon. Medium long. Overall: I don't know if it is the triple distilling or the pot stills but Woodford Reserve is very recognizable with its smooth, creamy and delicate qualities. Cannot help comparing it to Irish grain whiskies just to figure out what new barrels might add on to a similar kind of whiskey. It pairs great with a pint of an American ale at your favorite watering hole... Tested and approved at many many nights. Very much recommended in its price category.

Oct 19, 2015

Single Cask Nation Cooley 13yo...

Single Cask Nation Cooley 13yo (54.8%): Now, this bottle was my favorite expression of Single Cask Nation's recent line-up when we tasted almost all of them a couple of months ago here in Los Angeles. I put my order right away after the tasting, the bottles cleared the customs some time later and they finally started to ship them to the members just a few weeks ago. The cask #200201 is distilled in Ireland by Cooley distillery. It is a 13 years old single malt whiskey, was bought by a whisky broker in Scotland back in time and then found its way to US with the help of SCN after being bottled in May 2015. The refill Oloroso sherry butt yielded 252 bottles. If this whiskey is half as good as I remember I will have a blast at home today. Color: Light amber, heavily oaked Chardonnay. Very thin legs around the glass, Nose: Freshly sliced green D'Anjou pears, Cripps Pink apples and strawberries. Eucalyptus leaves, honey simple syrup and dandelion leaves. Old buckskin jacket and barley husk. Adding water shifts the nose to a much greener territory: Bitter greens, fresh green asparagus and malted barley. Stainless steel containers. Palate: Gosh... Bergamot, orange marmalade, clover honey and crunchy oatmeal cookies. A little tart, dry and chewy. Yummy... Adding a few drops of water works very well. Now it is smooth, thinner and velvety. More honey notes, vanilla and ground ginger. Candle wax, white wine vinegar and white pepper. Finish: Long with black and white pepper mix and more of those metallic notes, almost like a Sigg bottle. Overall: It is such a warming and comforting dram. It's beautifully tart and dry and fits perfect to fall months we are in... Again, I loved this whisky and I am so happy that I have a full bottle in front of me right now after I tasted it instead of an empty wee sample bottle. Cannot wait to brew Irish coffee with it. Congrats again boys, another great cask selection. Happy to be a SCN member...

Oct 2, 2015

Wyoming Whiskey Single Barrel Bourbon...

Wyoming Whiskey Single Barrel Bourbon (44.0%): Well, to begin with I have to admit that Mark Gillespie of WhiskyCast fame is the sole reason why I ordered this bottle all the way from Wyoming... I actually remember him talking about Wyoming Whiskey way before but a few weeks earlier he really got my attention with his remarks about their new Barrel Strength release. The whiskey on my desk now is not that particular bottle he was raving about nor a rare one but a single barrel bottling nevertheless I ended up ordering online from Bottled Wyoming. The distillery is located in Kirby, Wyoming and the bottle I am about to taste is filled from barrel number 841 on September 1st, 2015. Color: Polished copper, orange blossom honey. Nose: Subtle and soft. Sour cherry jam, cinnamon dusting and baklava syrup prepared with lemon and honey. Rosemary and dried pine cones, lemon vanilla pound cake. Walking into a carpenter's shop: plane shavings, smell of burnt wood in the air, tung oil and butchers wax. Palate: Very similar to the nose but a little more herbal: Thick honey, Greek baklava, candied almonds and orange zest marmalade. Barrel aged gin, fennel seeds and corn bread. Old school cream soda, mead brandy and heavily toasted oak staves. Finish: Quite long with a fizzy feeling at both sides of the tongue: White pepper, ground clove and cinnamon. Overall: It is a complex, well matured and tasty bourbon. Smooth, sweet and I have to say it is way too easy to drink. One can clearly see the master distiller Steve Nally's three decades of Maker's Mark experience in this whiskey combined with limitless freedom he must be enjoying very much without worrying about the brand's heritage. Thanks to Mark for encouraging me to get this bottle, I surely will enjoy every drop of it.