Tasting Notes

Four Roses 2017 Limited Edition Small Batch

107.3 proof (barrel strength) Blend of 15-year-old OESK, 13-year-old OESK and 12-year-old OESV $130/750ml suggested retail price The story:  Every year, Four Roses celebrates Bourbon Heritage Month with the release of a Limited Edition Small Batch. The 2017 edition features two of…

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Old Forester Statesman

95 proof; no age statement $54.99/750ml suggested retail price The story: I’ve always said that bourbon has a lot of character. But Old Forester Statesman is the first one I’m aware of that actually is a character. The new Brown-Forman…

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Jim Beam Double Oak

86 proof; 4 years, then aged “to taste” in second charred barrel $22/750ml The story: Jim Beam Double Oak, the latest new expression from the brand, is first aged for four years in charred American white oak barrels, then poured…

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2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

97 proof; 12 years old $79.99/750ml The story: Each September, Brown-Forman celebrates the birthday of founder George Garvin Brown with a limited edition release of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the series. The 2016…

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Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky

80 proof; no age statement $19.99/750ml suggested retail price The story: In order to be classified as rye, the mashbill of a whisky (or whiskey, if you prefer) must be at least 51 percent rye. Canadian Club 100% Rye, the company says in…

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Elliott’s Select Limited Edition Single Barrel

Barrel strength (this sample, 116.8 proof); 14-year-old OESK recipe $125/750ml suggested retail price The story: This limited-edition barrel-strength bourbon is the first solo release by Brent Elliott, who became Four Roses’ master distiller last fall after the retirement of Jim…

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Booker’s Batch 2016-01: Booker’s Bluegrass

127.9 proof: 6 years, 11 months $59.99/750ml suggested retail price The story: Beam has bottled the first of six planned releases in its 2016 Booker’s Batch Collection, a limited-edition series honoring legendary master distiller Booker Noe. Each batch will be selected by…

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