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Category: Bourbon whiskey (Page 2 of 5)

Eagle Rare 10 yo Single Barrel Bourbon

Eagle Rare bourbon whiskey header

My first Bourbon for 2017.  Last year I started on quite a good note with the Makers Mark. It is one of my favorite bourbons.  Will this year start off with a Bourbon BANG?  First Bourbon for 2017 is the Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.    I tried a variety of Bourbons during 2016.  Very few of them impressed.  I love the sweeter taste of bourbon.  I have a sweet palate and love the sweet toasted oak and vanilla notes that a bourbon offers.   The bourbon variety available in South Africa is quite small and it feels like it is becoming smaller.  Yes, you can buy some interesting bottles through Bottleshop, but they are not readily available to the average bourbon whiskey drinking.

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Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon 2006 Vintage

Evan Williams Single barrel 2006 vintage Bourbon

This Evan Williams Single Barrel is my last official bourbon tasting notes for the year 2016. I can’t believe how quickly this year sped past. What a year it has been. I tried 6 different Bourbons this year as well as 2 Rye Whiskies. However, only 2 bourbon’s genuinely impressed me. It was only the Makers Mark and the Bulleit Bourbon bottles that will need replacing soon. The 2 releases from Heaven Hill were less than stellar.

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Rittenhouse Rye Straight whiskey

Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey

My first experience with Rye whisky was earlier in the year, when I tasted the Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. Rye based whisky is relatively unknown in SA. I liked the spiciness of Rye and looked around for some more.  I found a few interesting expressions at Bottleshop. They do stock a few, such as the Pappy van Winkle Family Reserve 13 yo at R 19 000 a bottle.  Hmmm…Slightly out of my budget. Fortunately for me, I found this bottle of Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey at WhiskyBrother for a lot less.

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Bourbon Heritage Month: Slate Blended Bourbon

Slate blended bourbon Distilling Co Chicago

To kick of Bourbon Heritage Month on tastings I try a Slate Blended Bourbon.  This one is a budget bourbon again. And after my last 2 budget bourbon experiments, I attempt this one with some level of trepidation. I tried both the Heaven Hill Old Style and the Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon and needless to say, they will be part of our collection for a long time to come. For no other reason that it is going to be difficult to finish the bottles. I found the Slate Blended Bourbon in one of the smaller bottle stores that I visit.   The amount of information on this brand, distillery, age and origin is so limited that I needed to scroll to the 4th page on Google before finding anything worth while… Let’s just say, I have a few antacid ready next to my tasting glass, just for in case.

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Is Jack really a gentleman? Gentleman Jack

Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

I got this bottle of Gentleman Jack as a gift from someone about a year ago, and it is certainly time that I open and try it. I have tasted the Jack Daniel’s Old No 7 before and gave it a Very Good rating. Certainly not our favourite dram, but it will do in a pinch (perhaps a very tight pinch, but it will do). Will this premium version of Tennessee whiskey impress us more?

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