Tag Archives: single barrel

Willett – Pot Still Reserve – 85/100


Price – 750 ml – $47.99 – (Heights Beer and Wine Emporium)

Method – 50 ml in a Glencairn – two fingers in a rocks glass

Rating – 85-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits

Review –

So I think like a lot of people, its the bottle that really makes this whiskey jump off the shelf.  Once I got it home the biggest quandary became where to put it on my shelf.  The wide base of this bad bourbon is quite a foot print of prime real estate, so I had to jostle around the collection a bit to get it to make sense.  I have been hearing a lot of buzz about this particular bourbon, so I thought I’d give it a go during “WWTWW2k12” (Whiskey World Tour Whiskey Week 2012).   Continue reading


So what’s next?


I have far too many choices at this point and I have no idea what to review next, and thats just in the bottles I own.  So I figured I’d see what you wanted an opinion on.  Maybe I have something you haven’t tried and would like a heads up on or about.  Anyway vote in the poll and I’ll review something this saturday night.

So enjoy, and I’d love to read the feedback so please vote if you have an opinion.

Sláinte,

Chuck


My first 1000


 

Milestones are all about reminding yourself about the journey it’s taken to get to a certain point.  My first 1000 views have been a blast, getting to know new people, learning new things, and drinking new whiskeys all along the way.  Here’s to my next 1000, and for those of you who read and comment, thank you for acknowledging me, even if it is only by spending the time to look at the words I string together on the page.

Sláinte,

Chuck


Jack Daniel’s – Single Barrel Select – 89-100


Price – 750 ml – $39.99 – (Costco.  Gift set with two rocks glasses.)

Method – 2 ice cubes in 3 fingers

Rating – 89-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits

Review –

Let me start this review by saying that I’m fairly certain I was born with a small amount of Jack Daniel’s no. 7 in my blood.  It was a favorite of both of my parents and my mother still talks about her glory days drinking “good ‘ol Jack”.  (I should also note that my mother is now 23 years sober, congratulations Ma 😉 )  The first whiskey I ever drank was Jack, when I snuck a dram out of a friend of my mom’s bottle.  It went down like water and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to drink.  I don’t drink Jack much nowadays but my grandfather, before he passed, bought us a bottle of Gentlemen Jack which I seem to remember enjoying, and so as I began my recently renewed foray into the world of craft whiskeys, I knew I would have to visit both the Single Barrel and the Gentleman Jack sooner or later.  So when I went to Costco and saw a bottle for 40 bucks that included a couple of fairly nice rocks glasses, I figured now was the time. Continue reading


Blanton’s Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon – Rating 94-100


Price – 750 ml – $45 – ( http://www.shoppersvineyard.com )

Method – 1 tablespoon water in two fingers

Rating – 94-100

Review –

The first review of 2012 should be a good one to kick us off, and being the bourbon-head that I am I decided to go with a whiskey, recently purchased, and thoroughly loved.  Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon is touted to be the first single barrel whiskey to be sold on the open market, and its refinement definitely shows.  The bottle is unique, if a little odd, and reminds me of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch from Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail.  The bronze horse on the top of the cork is actually pretty cool looking up close and it comes in a nice bag that I’ll probably use for a while in any case.  I know of a few different levels of Blanton’s, Silver Gold and Green labels, (rather like JW does) but its really hard to find anything other than the standard brown label bottles (in my experience). Continue reading


Buffalo Trace vs. Buffalo Trace Single Barrel – Side by Side Review – BTSB 79-100


The format of this review may be a bit different since I’m doing a side by side comparison, but I figured I would at least give the regular information for the new and unreviewed whiskey, being the single barrel Buffalo Trace.  As far as I can tell this is a special selection for the liquor store I frequent in New Jersey.  ( www.shoppersvineyard.com )

Price – 750 ml – $26.99 – ( http://www.shoppersvineyard.com )

Method – 1 Ice cube in Glencairn glass

Rating – 79-100

Review –


So this would be my first side by side comparison of what promises to be two very similar whiskeys.  The first, Buffalo Trace, I have already reviewed and you can click to read that review which was a favorable one.  The new one is a Single Barrel version of the same whiskey, aptly names Buffalo Trace Single Barrel.  Like I said above as far as I can tell this is a very limited occasion and was hand selected by the purchasing team at Shoppers Vineyard.  This is their explanation:

“I made my first trip down to Kentucky about 8 years ago. Back then, bourbon wasn’t as big as it is now, but I had a feeling it was ready to explode… and I was right. Items that were readily available back then are impossible to get now. The prices have also SKYROCKTED, which is not a good thing but that’s what happens when demand FAR exceeds supply.  Continue reading