Jack Rose 4: Evan Williams Ceramic Barrel Proof

Evan Williams Barrel Proof Bourbon Whiskey ceramic jug 62.5%:
Dark golden color.  Caramel and campfire and graham crackers on the nose. Really nice spicy taste, I wonder if this is high rye? The mouthfeel is ok, probably chill filtered. The finish goes on for a while, with moderate high heat. Enjoyable dram, but doesn’t improve with air.  90/100

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Jack Rose 3: Willett side by side

Willett 23yr Bourbon B78 black wax capsule 136.2 proof:
Dark golden hue. Big nose,  but not up the middle, it surrounds and envelopes with charcoal, French toast, butter and s’mores. Wow. This is what bourbon is supposed to taste like. It’s huge, but not too hot given the proof.  The mouthfeel is awesome, clearly not chill filtered. The finish just goes on and on. This is a three minute+ bourbon. All the flavors from the nose are on the palate and they don’t dissipate at all. If this was all I could drink for the rest of my life I would be ok with that. 97.5/100.  This was a charity bottle for the Bourbon Bonanza Benefit 2016. Bottle number 23/109.

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Willett 24yr bourbon 121 proof Barrel No. 9956:
Nice dark golden color.  Nose is closed with hints of baking spices in the background. Great mouthfeel right off the bat, but the flavor isn’t following through. It’s enjoyable but it’s a shame I tried the B79 first, because this has more wood and tannins and just not as interesting. It’s still solid though–I’m not pouring it out. 92/100

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Jack Rose Part 2: Old Heaven Hill Wheater & Old Bernheim

Kentucky Crest 10yr 1950s bottling by Bernheim 103 proof
Golden color, with charcoal bits; I love charcoal bits. Classic bourbon nose, with some dried apricot fruit as well.  A touch hotter than expected but really nice. Mouthfeel is average and finish is moderate. Really nice but not one you need to mortgage the house for.  As the night went on, the aroma got better and better with vanilla and baking spices really coming through. 92/100

Old Fitzgerald 1849 Heaven Hill 1990s juice
Dull straw yellow coloring. Classic wheater nose, sweet and bready.  Easy down, no heat, enjoyable but not overly complex. Not sure what the hype is on these bottles. As the night continued the aroma stayed the same and did not improve.  88/100

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Jack Rose Trip Part 1: JPS Rye 25yr

I made my way down to Jack Rose recently with some friends and had the great opportunity to meet with Bill Thomas.  If you haven’t been to Jack Rose, please do yourself a favor and get down there and get drunk.  It’s a wonderful place for those who love whiskey, especially Bourbon.  With almost 3,000 open bottles, it’s the place to try all those unicorns you can’t find or afford to get a bottle on your own.  Over the next few weeks I will be posting quick reviews of all the bourbons I tried… enjoy!

First up…. Jefferson’s Presidential Select 25yr Rye batch 1 86 proof: Initial impressions are that it looks far too light to be 25yrs old. Nice candy nose, but doesn’t smell 25yrs old, a touch of candy corn and rock candy.  The taste also is very hard to believe this is 25yrs old, has a spicy fresh taste to it like a much younger rye.  Upon further review of the bottle, I now know why this doesn’t feel/look/smell or taste like a 25 year old rye… because it’s Canadian!  It says “North American Rye” which you would never say, unless it’s Canada.  I bet this is Alberta Distillery, but I don’t know for sure.  I will say this, this is way better than CC20 or any of the other old ones I’ve had from Canada.  25yrs old, and not over oaked because of the used barrels; very nice and enjoyable.  93/100

 

 

The Hits Just Keep on Coming… Barrell Bourbon Batch 012

Batch 12 is the most recent release from Barrell Bourbon, just off the heels of their best Bourbon of the year award from San Francisco Ultimate Spirits (http://www.fredminnick.com/2017/04/27/shocking-whiskey-upsets-17-san-fran-world-spirits-comp/). I also was a huge fan of Batch 011 (link). I think I have a future as a spirits judge…

Batch 12 is quite a bit older than 11 coming in at 9 years, but is lower proof, 108.5. I’m not sure, but this might be the lowest proof they have ever released.

The nose on this one is completely different than any previous batch I have tried. This one is a complete fruit bomb: plums, dried cherries, orange peel, hints of graham cracker and brioche. Very little heat on the nose.

Great oils and tannins on the mouthfeel with a wonderful spiciness I didn’t get first on the nose. Getting the fruit and more on the palate. Warmer than expected, in a good way.  The finish is at least two minutes long.

This is a really solid follow up to Batch 011. While most of the stores I go to have sold out of Batch 011, if you buy 012, you won’t be disappointed. It might be enjoyed even more by people who don’t like their Bourbon at 135 proof–probably is more approachable to most whiskey consumers. 94/100.

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https://newbourbondrinker.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/newest-barrell-bourbon-batch-is-a-home-run-011/

https://newbourbondrinker.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/barrell-bourbon-batch-10/

http://www.barrellbourbon.com/

http://www.barrellbourbon.com/bourbonbatches