In no particular order… here are my top 5 disappointments in Bourbon for 2017:
Knob Creek 25th Anniversary edition… once again this bottle was no better, if not quite a bit worse, than a lot of store picks for Knob Creek; but because it came in a nice box, they charged $125 or more and people paid for it. It wasn’t that good. I’m such a sucker that I bought three, and the secondary market dropped immediately on it and everyone like me is stuck with this sub-par product. Good for them for knowing we would buy it, and if they did another Bourbon next year, trust me, I wouldn’t buy it. But now I’m hearing they are doing a cask strength, straight rye, also in a nice box instead. Uggg… what am I going to do???? Touche Knob Creek.
Orphan Barrel Entrapment… Once again, we should never be surprised that Diageo continues to put out poor products under their Orphan Barrel name. It’s crappy. Don’t waste your money on it. You know if Crown Royal thinks it is so bad they wouldn’t release it under their own label, and I mean CROWN ROYAL, then you know it’s bad. It’s also hilarious that it’s a rip off at $149.99, the normal MSRP, but you see it on the shelf at some stores for $300-$500. Crazy.
Basil Hayden’s special release ryes… some good hype for these and yet THEY WERE ONLY 80 PROOF! What were they thinking? This was such a missed opportunity for those of us who love high proof ryes to break into the market that Lot 40 Cask strength and Kentucky Owl Rye moved into this year and Pikesville and Handy had been in for years. The price was right, the proof was wrong. They had two releases this year and both fell flat. I hope they fix it next year.
WhistlePig Farmstock was my most hated whiskey of the year. After loving so much of their sourced product, by only putting in 10% of their new make to completely destroy it was almost unbelievable. They get double negative points for making their Dark Prince $500 minimum retail just because they won Whiskey of the Year from San Francisco Wine & Spirits. Barrell Bourbon won best Bourbon of the year and their retail prices didn’t change, why did WhistlePigs’? I don’t think I’ll buy another WhistlePig product again.
Facebook groups that post too many newbie messages is my fifth disappointment of the year. I had to unfollow a bunch of groups because I spent too much time clicking and seeing nothing useful. I hate to be a hater, but I’m trying for 2018 to spend less time on social media and more time with my family, so staying parts of the groups, but unfollowing the messages is the best way I know how.
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