Jack Rose: Final Tasting of the Night: Noah’s Mill

Vintage Noah’s Mill
Drunk at this point and the uber is almost here. Great nose. Good mouthfeel. Not like the current NM. Finish is solid. 92/100.

And I’m out. Thanks Jack Rose! Brittany you have been great. Charlie is the bomb. Bill is amazing. Thanks!!

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Jack Rose: Old Fitzgerald BIB Stitzel Weller

Old Fitzgerald BIB Stitzel Weller:
Golden hue–just like expected. Baking spices, vanilla, heat is more than expected, creme brûlée and graham crackers.  If you were expecting me to orgasm at this point, unfortunately, you will be disappointed. The mouthfeel is good but nothing special. The taste is good, but again, not life altering. It’s solid but to be honest the finish very quickly turns bitter and isn’t that exciting. It’s similar to the Old Crow dusty in terms of enjoyment. The difference is the mouthfeel is slightly better but the bitterness on the finish is significantly worse. There is no Fucking way these bottles are worth even remotely close to what they go on the secondary market. I’m torn on how to rate this. If price was not a factor I would rate it two points lower than the dusty Old Crow, but my system takes price into account. 84/100.

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Jack Rose: Turkeys & A Crow

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17yr 86.8 proof:
Lighter color than I expected for an older bourbon. Necco wafers, cinnamon toast, bricks and fresh brownies on the nose. The taste is very smooth, but not in a good way. It’s too smooth. It’s almost boring how smooth it is. Chill filtered to the max, the mouthfeel is boring; why do people bottle whiskeys so low?? The finish is moderate. Disappointing and not worth the price. 85/100.

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Old Crown 1970s 80 proof sour mash:
Light golden brown color. Huge vanilla and baking spices on the nose. Reminds me a little bit, in a good way, of really old Canadian Clubs. Mouthfeel is ok given the low proof. Heat is basically nonexistent. The flavor is lovely with baking spices and pound cake but does finish in a slightly bitter way. Really exciting to try this one, especially given how low the price ($10 a pour). 90/100.

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Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary 91 Proof

I feel like a bad person. I want to like Wild Turkey. I’ve met the Russel’s at tastings. They are great people. Why don’t I like their whiskies?  Maybe this will be the change.  Light golden straw. Light heat, muted caramel nose. Again, easy to drink, but not in a good way. I hate to say this but it’s boring!!! Sorry guys, it’s just not exiting. The mouthfeel is lame and the finish is short. And it is expensive!! 84/100

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Dusty 1970’s Wild Turkey Decanter… It’s good!!!

This is the third 1970’s decanter that I’ve blogged about in the past year or so, and the last two were not very good.  The first one was terrible, but that was probably because the cork was broken and was leaking the past decade or two.  The last one was drinkable, but nothing spectacular.  The expectations were sufficiently low for this one.

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This decanter is a Wild Turkey 101, 8 year old 4/5 quart Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, made by Austin Nichols.  This is a limited edition decanter series, this is the 6th in the series.  I got this in the original box from the basement of a liquor store that shut down over a year ago.  The dust you can see on the top of the box is original dust from the store in the basement… talk about legit.

When removing the turkey head off the bottle, the cork cracked in half, but it was definitely sealed for the last 40 years so the chance of it being good was ok.

Dark amber color…. the nose it muted, a little musy and charcoaly, but not getting much spice or sweetness.

The taste however, it much better than the nose.  The heat is coming through nicely, warming my throat, but I’m getting pepper spices and some cinnamon as well.  The mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too bad.  The first sit was the best, and after it was in the glass for an hour, it lost some of it’s initial pop.  I’m hoping that won’t be the case for the rest of the bottle I poured it into.

I’ll be honest… this is better than I expected.  Very drinkable, and I probably will keep drinking it over the next few months and if there are any significant changes, I will provide an update to this blog.  80/100

 

1976 Canadian Club Dusty ‘eh

There are few whiskies out there with less respect than Canadian Club.  It’s relegated to the lowest of bottom shelves, inconceivable to be drank in anything other than a cocktail and tends to linger on home whiskey shelves for decades.

My dad retired from the corporate world and now runs people’s estate sales for a second career.  He loves it, doesn’t have any bosses to have to deal with, sets his own hours, and genuinely enjoys the work that he does.  What am I mentioning this?  Well, one of the things you can almost always count on in a house of a very old deceased person that needs a estate sale, is a three quarters full bottle of Canadian Club sitting on their bar or kitchen cupboard: it’s virtually a guarantee.  It was most likely gifted to them in the 1960’s or 1970’s and suffered more from evaporation than consumption.  The bottle being reviewed today comes from one of those sales, but it was one of the rare sealed ones, as opposed to the opened ones which inevitably gets poured down the drain at the end of the garage sale…

Like most 6yr whiskies not aged in new charred oak barrels, it is on the lighter side of amber.  The 1L bottle looks pretty cool with the big Hiram Walker in script and the 1976 boldly written on the tax stamp.

Pure vanilla on the nose, so strong and powerful, almost like someone poured a touch of vanilla extract into the bottle before trying it (I didn’t).  I’m also getting notes of apples, pears and crushed almonds.

The taste is remarkably enjoyable.  It’s not overly complex and at 86.8 proof there is literally no heat on the mouth at all, but it’s playful and enjoyable.  I guess with the 40yrs in the bottle, this has mellowed out so much and now only vanilla and fruit notes remain.  Although the mouthfeel is not overly complex due to the chill filtering and low proof, the finish is surprisingly long, well over a minute while never losing any of the satisfaction.  Vanilla and smiles all the way to the end.

This is what I would say… next time you are at grandma’s house and she offers you a drink, go check out the back of the bar.  Dust off that 1970’s CC that someone, maybe at a key party, brought to her house 40+ years ago, and pour yourself a glass of it.  You will probably be impressed.  94/100.

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Ancient Age 80 Dusty

I love me a good dusty.  I traded for this one as part of a larger bottle-spot.com trade as a throw in.  Ancient Age Straight Kentucky Bourbon 80 proof, most likely from the 1970’s, with the tax stamp.  Ancient Age is one of the Buffalo Trace brands.

Vanilla, cloves, mushrooms, butterscotch, caramel, nutmeg and allspice.  Almost no heat at all.

The taste is ok, with all the elements from the nose coming through, but all on a very weak level.  The flavors are not strong, and the mouthfeel is very thin.  It’s enjoyable but it’s not complex.  The finish is quick turning slightly bitter at the end.

I love a good dusty, but this one isn’t one worth seeking out.  Nice to try to cross off my list.  80/100.

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Ezra Brooks Train Decanter Serious Dusty

Ezra Brooks 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon 90 Proof in Train Decanter

I found this recently in my travels and the cork was still in it, but the seal was broken and although I don’t think it was ever opened, I think the cork disintegrated enough so it was exposed to the elements. But…. I figure I would try it anyway. They say alcohol doesn’t go bad, this experiment will test that assertion.

The liquid is cloudy brown. I even decanted this for two weeks, ran it through cheese cloth twice and did everything I could to get the clouds to settle, but they never did. It’s just brown, cloudy and unappealing.

The nose is very faint, almost nonexistent.

The taste… Also nonexistent. You feel a small amount of burn on it, but there is nothing there. It’s like the flavor just disappeared. Very weird.

I’m not even sure if this is safe to drink so I’m going to stop. But it’s boring and worthless. It’s too bad though, because I bet it wasn’t that bad when it was fresh.  1/100

At least I didn’t pay much for it and the train still looks cool…. It gets a one instead of a zero because I am keeping the train, but dumping the whiskey.

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