Wednesday, September 20, 2017

High West Bourye "Limited Sighting" (2017) Review & Tasting Notes


Bourye is a beautiful whiskey with a great dark amber color. With a slight twirl of the glass, it gives off some nice thick legs. Past renditions of this blend I have not enjoyed, however, I have been very happy with this “Limited Sighting,” as High West is calling it.

You can read this review in its entirety at Bourbon & Banter. Cheers!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rowan's Creek Bourbon Review & Tasting Notes


Tonight I'm pouring Rowan's Creek Small Batch Bourbon. This is a sourced whiskey aged and bottled by Willett Distillery and bottled at 100.1°. My batch number is 15-54.

In the glass, Rowan's Creek has a deep golden appearance. A swirl in the glass leaves a very heavy rim that soon produces fat legs.

The aroma is a husky caramel mixed with a floral bouquet. Behind that is a hint of honey. Inhaling through my mouth features a stronger honey and light citrus.

The mouth feel is amazingly thick. It coats the tongue, but soon thins out. The palate is cinnamon, caramel, corn, nuts, cereal and honey. It is a bit complex and takes several sips to nail down the various flavors.

The finish is not as long as one would hope. There's a very enjoyable flavor that just disappears too quickly. Dry wood is left behind along with vanilla.

Rowan's Creek is fairly easy to locate and for the $30 and change this sets you back, it is well worth it. As usual, the folks at Willett are very skilled at sourcing and aging great whiskey. Cheers!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon Review & Tasting Notes

In honor of my friend Brent, tonight's pour is Maker's Mark Cask Strength Kentucky Bourbon Whisky (Maker's uses no "e"). This is a completely different profile than your standard Maker's Mark. The standard is 90°, and Batch 15-02 Cask Strength is 111.6°. If you're not into high-proof whiskeys, this may be the pour that changes your mind.

The appearance is an inviting copper. Swirling it in the glass leaves a thin rim that generated a combination of thin and thick legs. The thin drop to the pool quickly, the thick take their time. That's an interesting, unique quality I've not seen before.

The nose is sweet and spicy with caramel, cinnamon and wheat, which if you enjoy Maker's Mark is expected, but is more pronounced. That's followed by orange peel and a gentle aroma of oak. Vanilla becomes a big deal when inhaling through my mouth.

Once this Bourbon hits the tongue and palate, the assumed "burn" never appears. There is warmth but no fire. The mouth feel is soft and thinner than expected. Caramel and cinnamon, sweet corn and vanilla is what's there. They are bold flavors and perfectly matched.

The finish disappoints if you're seeking that burn. It isn't the longest finish and is a reminder of everything enjoyed so far with an added flavor of dry oak.

Adding two drops of water blows up the caramel and vanilla on the nose, adds citrus to the palate, yet doesn't modify the mouth feel or finish. Honestly, I prefer this neat.

I'm very impressed with this Bourbon and hope this is a permanent offering from Maker's Mark. A 750ml runs about $65 and is worth every penny.