Beast Masters Club Dusty Battle Tons of Fun

I was lucky enough to buy a ticket and attend the Beast Masters Club dusty battle between the Josh’s:

Josh Feldman of http://www.cooperedtot.com/

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Josh Richholt, co-founder of The Well. http://www.thewellbrooklyn.com/

Josh Feldman posted to his blog the selections he made, which I voted for in both rounds: http://www.cooperedtot.com/2017/10/updated-actual-selections-for.html

Josh R’s picks we both excellent, but to pull out a Pre-Prohibition era Rye and then the epic Beam was just outstanding… The crowd voted against me for the first round, going with the Bourbon De Luxe (a classic National Distillers 70’s piece), but went with me for the second round, voting the 1955 Beam glass decanter, which also ended up taking the night.  The Wild Turkey 101 Decanter was pretty awesome too though! There were lots of side drinks and by the end I think we were all way past the tasting phase.

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I didn’t take tasting notes on anything because I just wanted to enjoy the moment.  But each was unique in their own way and wonderful.  I am not sure I would spring to buy a bottle of any of them however, as the secondary prices have gone through the roof.  The quality of juice these days, despite what many people say, is better and more consistent that it was in the past.  But to be able to taste something like this, from 100 years ago, is something I couldn’t pass up!

Big thanks for Ben and Steve from Beast Masters Club for hosting such an awesome evening and I hope they do it again soon!

http://beastmastersclub.com/

http://beastmastersclub.com/events/beastmastersclublive1027

 

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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

 

Holiday Sample Party: Willett Family Estate Single Barrels WFE Rated

I’ve been trading and collecting samples of lots of different whiskies for a while, especially Willett Family Estate single barrels.  It got to the point when I had too many to drink alone, but I also don’t feel like writing up a full review for a single sample is warranted due to the potential of contamination in a sample.  My brother in law is a big bourbon fan as well, so we tried them all together and gave individual ratings.  The notes are from me.

Willett Family Estate 12yr #751: Nice standard butterscotch and caramel nose, graham crackers. GREAT mouthfeel, sharp, enjoyable, long finish.  I wish I had a whole bottle of this.  94/100   Brian’s Score: 90/100

Willett Family Estate 13yr #780: Very strong nose, maple syrup, much hotter and bolder than the previous sample.  Tons of brown sugar and vanilla on the nose too.  Thick, juicy and spicy palate but finishes in a bitter note. Very different than the previous one.  93/100    Brian’s Score: 94/100

Willett Family Estate 9yr #7174:  Sweet rock candy, Reeses Pieces and vanilla with some pretty strong heat.  Palate is a lot of heat as well, ok mouthfeel, sweet but not overly complex.  87/100     Brian’s Score: 81/100

Willett Family Estate 14yr #2366: Nice nose, caramel and s’mores.  Tannic with oak on the palate but without solid oils leaving it bitter and astringent on the finish.  After a solid nose, the taste is disappointing.  86/100     Brian’s Score: 80/100

Eagle Rare 17 2010 Vintage: Forest Floor, Leather, mushroom, candied walnuts, stewed pears and apple sauce with cinnamon on the nose.  The palate is equally complex with all the nose coming through in an extremely mellow way.  No heat at all, easy down.  Finish is very good.  96/100   Brian’s Score: 92/100 (he also said the nose was better than the taste)

Barrell Bourbon New Years 2017: Reeses Pieces, caramel, Twix, very nutty nose.  GREAT mouthfeel, thick and chewy, nice oils, very comple.  Moderate heat with an amazing finish.  This is a bottle that I am going to hunt and hunt and hunt until I find it and then I’ll do a very proper review.  96-97/100   Brian’s Score: 95/100

2012 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon: Classic OFBB nose with mushrooms, nuttiness, caramel with weight, but hotter than this year’s release.  The palate is less exciting than the nose, but with a bit more bitterness than I would prefer.  Overall better than the overage OFBB.  89/100   Brian’s Score: 94/100

Old Charter 10 (Old Label): Butterscotch, cedar, oak, sour cherries.  This mouthfeel, underwhelming sour finish.  79/100   Brian’s Score: 81/100

Booker’s 25th Anniversary: Hot nose, caramel, butterscotch, ginger snaps.  Amazing mouthfeel, less hot on palate than expected but still classically Booker’s hot.  Long, long and incredible finish. 96/100   Brian’s Score: 92/100 (too hot)

1993 Old Grand Dad (National Distillers): Different than the OGD 114 I had tonight, more vanille, brown sugar, stewed pears, green apple, very mellow nose.  Super smooth, very nice taste, mouthfeel ok but low proof and chill filtering take out a lot of the complexity.  Wish this was cask strength.  93/100      Brian’s Score:  90/100

 

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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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