Kavalan Port Finish Concertmaster

Extremely quick review….

Medium Amber

Hard to describe nose, but enjoyable. Burnt orange peel, tawny notes from the port finish, cinnamon, old leather couch… Not much heat.

Good mouthfeel. Medium finish with citrus notes and sweet port aroma. The heat is enjoyable and smooth.

Adding a little water brings out some nutty aromas but doesn’t do much for the palate or finish. Recommend this one neat.

My first whiskey from Taiwan, pretty bottle but not cheap at all. A lot of hype on this name, and I’ll try to track down their higher end ones at a bar. Quite enjoyable but not going to be one I recommend given the price point. 86/100.

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Bourbon and Charity… special thanks to New York Shaving Company!

The Bourbon Community has always been really great about giving back.  We recently had our third annual Bourbon at the Barbershop special charity event that we hosted at The New York Shaving Company.  We raised over 3k for local children’s charities and everyone had a great time.  Take a look at the photos below, but let’s just say that everyone felt they got their money’s worth.  We had 80% of the BTAC collection, Al Young, Willett Family Estate, a couple great Barrell Bourbon releases, Garrison Bros. Cowboy, Lot 40 Cask Strength, Wiser’s 35yr, EHT Four Grain, Kentucky Owl Rye, Appleton’s Rum 25yr Joy, Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition, Elliot’s Select, JPS 25yr and more!  It was the best heel party I’d ever been to!  Thanks again to New York Shaving Company for being an amazing partner!

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Elijah Craig 18 Barrel 4339 Review

EC18 Single Barrel #4339 bottled 2/4/17 review… this is one of the best values out there in Bourbon world, but how did this single barrel stack up?

Mushroom, forest floor, hints of butterscotch, and a medicinal undertone on the nose, following up with cedar woodiness.

Good mouthfeel, but not amazing due to chill filtering, however the taste builds up nicely with toffee in the background and overwhelming umami sensory experience.

It’s not the best EC18 I’ve had, but it’s solid and hard to beat for a 18yr Bourbon.  92/100

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Beware of BTAC Sellers on Craigslist!! #BourbonFraud

I work in New York City and occasionally will look for Bourbon on the secondary market in the area so no shipping is needed.  I’ve built a decent network of people that drink, collect and trade; they share the passion and I trust them.  I saw an ad on Craigslist for some very old bottles of George T Stagg.  I haven’t seen these Buffalo Trace Antique Collection bottles pop up on the secondary for a while, I don’t have them and I wanted them.  I was hesitant, but really interested, so I emailed the person for additional photos.  This is what the person sent:

It bothered me that there were a lot of empties in the background.  Was this person refilling them?  Was he just a collector of empty bottles they drank?  I don’t know… I actually keep all my BTAC empties too, and I have a shelf I call my graveyard that all the epic bottles I have drank over the year stay.  I decided to give this person the benefit of the doubt and just ask them why there were so many empties around and if he could send me photos of the laser code.

The person, who claimed to be an avid drinker of BTAC and Handy send me a photo of the UPC symbol on the back, saying that was the only code they knew of.  They also claimed to make lamps out of the empty bottles.  The lamp thing I can see, but I don’t know anyone who has a huge collector of BTAC that doesn’t know about the laser codes–that’s pretty much common knowledge for everyone who trades them.  This was a huge red flag to me that required further inquiry.

I told the person that I was still interested in purchasing the bottles, but expressed my concern about them given all the empties in the background, referencing that there have been known to have fakes/refills going around.  If he was a legit seller he would have come back to me and understood my concern, and willing to talk to me, provided references, etc.  Instead he went on an expletive rant, accused me of being a personal ad craigslist troll, and then deleted the ad.  I guess he was upset that I caught him in a fraud.

The moral of the story is that if you think something smells fishy, ask a few questions and most likely if it is a fraud, it will unravel.  Or if you are smarter than me, just stay away to begin with and only trade/sell with trusted/verified people on better websites like bottle-spot.com.  Is there a small chance that this person wasn’t selling fake bottles?  Yes… but then he’s just a mean person with very bad manners that isn’t worth dealing with anyway.

Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

This is a review I wrote a long time ago… but never uploaded… I’m in the middle of a Four Roses kick, so I thought I would do it now:

Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Barrel No. 34-5T, warehouse DN, 50% abv, purchased at Morrell’s in NYC about a year ago.

Watching the Patriots Sunday Night Football, and needed something to drink…

Beautiful medium dark amber color.

Roasted brown sugar slow cooked yams, peanut butter s’mores, graham crackers and maple syrup flavored cereal. Even at 50% abv, very nice, easy to sniff nose.

Nice palate feel, not too hot at all, all the flavors are coming in on the tongue… It feels like it’s was a little too filtered, because I am looking for more in the mouth, and I’m not getting it. It’s very tasty and enjoyable, and the finish is pretty decent too. I made the mistake of having the 2014 FRLESB an hour before which is an epic dram, and although this is very solid, it doesn’t make it to the upper echelon.

For the price, this is certainly a very solid bottle.  I don’t know which recipe this is, which I’m a little bummed about, but it’s good. I think Four Roses makes an excellent product, and highly recommend checking out their higher end products. 88/100.

 

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42nd Street Obnoxious Liquor Store….

42nd and 10th Avenue in New York City… Treehaus Wine and Liquor Store

The pictures just tell it all… it is so obnoxious…

Weller Antique (non store pick) $99.99… Weller 12 $299.99… Yellowstone $249.99… Michter’s 10yr Rye $399.99.. it just gets worse…

Buy This Book! Bourbon Justice by Brian Haara

How many Bourbon books have come out in the last few years?  The answer is too many… how many good books have been released in the last few years?  Not too many is the answer.  Just like every week portends a new “special release” Bourbon, there are very few actually worth buying if you want to drink them.  Fellow blogger Brian Haara is one of the exceptions to the glut of books out there.  He actually has done real research, has a quality product, very good writing, and it’s an enjoyable read.

Unlike so many books out there that just are a bunch of poorly written reviews sandwiched between enough text to warrant a book, Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America actually digs into the law cases behind Bourbon, and presents the information in a very enjoyable read.  Who knew that reading about law cases could actually be interesting?  If I had one complaint, I just wish he wrote more.  This book is not just a bunch of his blogs put into a book like some people have done.

On a shelf that has too many Bourbon books on it, Brian’s book will be placed in a position of honor.  Congrats to Brian making the leap from blogger to legitimate author, joining Minnick and Cowdery.  Buy Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America for yourself and for all your whiskey buddies for the holidays!

What else is worth reading for your list?  If you haven’t read these books, be sure to pick them up too:

Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey

Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker

Bourbon, Strange