Every year there are more and more “special releases” which some are actually special… and a lot are not… there are also more and more bloggers and podcasts about Bourbon… we are at an all time high of Boubon commentary and releases… a lot of that is positive, some not so much. I just wanted to put together a few of what I thought were the biggest disappointments of the year…
The Fall of BSM and Bottle-Spot… These were the two biggest secondary sites for trading. There are so many haters out there about flippers, but the truth is that sometimes you can’t get the bottle you want, but you can find some bottles you don’t, so you trade them. Losing these sites was disappointing for Bourbon overall.
St. Cloud… this was literally the worst thing I tasted all year. I did a whole interview with the founder, really enjoyed it, was writing up a huge piece… and then I tried it. It was disgusting. I didn’t publish the piece because I felt bad about it, but at $100 a bottle for 2 year juice that is barely quaffable, I had to mention it here. Happy to discuss privately more details.
Parker’s Heritage Collection Rye Heavy Char gets PHC on the list two years in a row… A lot of people really liked it, I really didn’t. I didn’t even write a review on this one because I was so disappointed by it. Hopefully they come up with something better this year!
Kentucky Owl Confiscated… worst thing ever from Kentucky Owl. Use in a cocktail only. Their batch Bourbons and Ryes are awesome. This felt like a money grab from their new owners. Amazing to see this trade up in secondary the moment it came out, and then crater to below where Costco was offering it… definitely hurt the brand as well as you now see all the Bourbon batches sitting on the shelves and trading under MSRP too. The Rye remains the bright spot, but I hear they are done at batch 3?
Cream of Kentucky… Too hot. Expected more out of Jim Rutledge. It’s hard to charge $120-$150 for a bottle that just has this much heat on it. Would be reasonable at $40. Another review that is still stuck in my drafts that will probably never get out…
Again… I’m sure people will threadshit all over this post. These are my opinions only. Enjoy.