Age statements going away… prices going up… there is just so much to complain about, but I would argue there is so much more to celebrate. So please check out my top 5 drams of the year (my review) first because I do believe 2016 was a great year in bourbon. But here are my complaints….
#1 Retailers charging more than secondary prices… it’s a huge pain in the butt and here are the ones that I found to be most obnoxious:
#2 Your favorite low cost bourbon going away… whether it was going NAS for some, but for me it was losing OGD114. However… I called up my local retail store, took down two cases, so I now have more than 24 bottles in the bunker which should last me quite enough time 🙂
#3 Trying some really terrible new craft stuff… 99% of the time when you are at a farmers market and someone has some small batch, small barrel, new whiskey they are excited about from some local farm with locally sourced grain, it’s horrible. There are too many to cite, but they are almost all bad (https://newbourbondrinker.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/orange-county-distillery-back-to-the-drawing-board-please/)
#4 Diageo and their never ending cash grab… latest example was Whoop & Holler which should have been used as an industrial cleaner… it was literally not worth drinking. There was some whiskey writer who put it on his top whiskeys of the year… I tweeted that guy directly, and I’m not sure he even knows what bourbon is. (https://newbourbondrinker.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/orphan-barrel-whoop-holler/)
#5 Willett’s new make 3yr rye. I love Willett products, but this was just terrible. I’m really hoping it was a one off and will get better, but this was just disappointing. (https://newbourbondrinker.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/3yr-rye-distilled-aged-bottled-by-the-willett-distillery/)
Again… this is just my top 5… a few things barely missed the cut, most specifically the Knob Creek 2001: put it in a wooden box, call it limited release and 3x the price? Seriously? I hear they are already over 60k bottles, and to be honest, I’ve yet to have one that I like. I’d love to hear from my readers what their biggest disappointment was and what they are most excited for in 2017!