Jack Rose Part 2: Old Heaven Hill Wheater & Old Bernheim

Kentucky Crest 10yr 1950s bottling by Bernheim 103 proof
Golden color, with charcoal bits; I love charcoal bits. Classic bourbon nose, with some dried apricot fruit as well.  A touch hotter than expected but really nice. Mouthfeel is average and finish is moderate. Really nice but not one you need to mortgage the house for.  As the night went on, the aroma got better and better with vanilla and baking spices really coming through. 92/100

Old Fitzgerald 1849 Heaven Hill 1990s juice
Dull straw yellow coloring. Classic wheater nose, sweet and bready.  Easy down, no heat, enjoyable but not overly complex. Not sure what the hype is on these bottles. As the night continued the aroma stayed the same and did not improve.  88/100


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










Boycott this Store in DC

I legitimately hate this store in DC: Wine & Liquors at 1 West Dupont Circle 2012 P St NW Washington, DC.

I love capitalism and charging market rates is something that should be embraced and if everything was priced at market rates, the reliance on the secondary market would be diminished and prices for average person would be lower–simple Econ 101 (don’t tell Bernie Sanders!). Unfortunately we have a lot of silly laws in our country that go back to the prohibition era preventing an efficient market.

Most people who read this blog are used to bourbon hunting and trying to find the deal or the BTAC for the actual retail price… Although I haven’t given up on hunting, and I do still try and occasionally find a steal, the opportunity set these days is substantially smaller.  Most of the time I have built relationships with store owners and managers with which I do a lot of business, and they hook me up.  They still charge me more than the MSRP, but generally less than the bottle-spot prices.  I then either drink it or if I buy multiples, use them to trade for other bottles through friends or on bottle-spot that I haven’t been able to find.

This store however, charges way above any online or bottle-spot pricing I have ever seen.  What’s so infuriating is that they have everything that I want! If they were charging market or even a little bit above market rates, I would be fine with that.  But they are basically taking the highest price online and doubling it.  Please do not buy anything from these a-holes and hopefully they will go out of business and be forced to liquidate all their inventory on bottle-spot at market levels.  I would be happy to sell you anything from my collection at less than they are charging, just to ensure that they don’t make a penny.

They also are quite obnoxious in the store.  Just take a look at the prices from the photos and you will know exactly what I mean.  Sazerac (baby) $80… Heady Topper $30 a can…$129.99 for Bourbon Country Rye…. $299.99 for the BCBC Rare…. $29.99 for a single bottle of KBS… don’t even get me started on their Pappy, ORVW well north of $500–they are too embarrassed to put a price tag on it.