Monday, August 27, 2012

Fixing the Whisky Advocate Bourbon Cover

The latest Whisky Advocate came out recently and it is a great issue featuring bourbon, but the cover has some serious flaws which I have seen fit to correct.  I will have to admit that they have better lighting conditions than my basement bar.

  1. What's up with the full bottles fellows?  I have a steadfast rule, no full bottles on the bar.  It's more fun that way.
  2. A rocks glass for top shelf bourbon.  Shame.
  3. Top shelf bourbon on the rocks.  Double shame.  That better be iced tea or Canadian Whisky stunt dick.
  4. It's a bourbon issue.  Splurge for the "e".
I couldn't quite replicate the cover.  I don't have the Pappy 20, just the 15 and 23.  Poor me.   The Glencairn glass has the Taylor single barrel, lower proof and almost empty as I hit post... and all the way empty as I hit re-post with the stunt dick joke.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pendleton 1910 12 Year Rye

I really wanted to like this.  I like rye (duh), I think that Pendleton's normal whisky is one of the better Canadian whiskys on the market.  In the end, that's what this is, a Canadian whisky, not a rye whisky.  Sickeningly sweet butterscotch and vanilla.  I'm doing a side by side with Russel's rye and they couldn't be more different.  If you want a quality Canadian whiskey, save your money and get their normal product, or Forty Creek, which I'll get around to reviewing some day soon.

I don't know how a nation that came up with something so wonderful like poutine, could screw up whisky on such a consistent basis.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Jefferson's Bourbon Tiered Flight

It's been over a month since I've put up a review.  I had this great idea for doing a Jefferson's flight and using the characters from the Jefferson's for the grade, and then Sherman Helmsley died on the same night that I was searching for images from the show.  I feel that we've moved past the too soon stage.

The grades:

A Florence: Pretty much exists to piss me off, like Woodford Reserve Double Oak 

A Mister Bentley, fun to have around, but you may not be inviting him back.  Like Maker's 46.

A George: Costs too much, but I still don't regret it, like Colonel EH Taylor.

A Weezie: My wife tells me how her brother was drawn to Weezie as a kid and didn't understand why.  There is a lot going on with a Weezie, you just might not understand it, like Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit.

A Tom Willis: Smooth as they come.  Like Pappy Van Winkle.

Now to the bourbon!

Jefferson's Straight Kentucky Bourbon: This is the "entry" level bourbon from Jefferson's.  Tastes great, but not quite worth $30.  I give it a Mister Bentley.

Jefferson's Reserve: I'll have to get back to you on that one.  Don't currently have it.

Jefferson's Presidential Select 17 Year Old: If there was ever going to be a Tom Willis, this is it.  You drop a dime on it and say money well spent.  (It is the old release, if you ever see it buy it, as good a bourbon as you'll have.)

Jefferson's Presidential Select 18 Year Old: I have to give it a George.  It's pretty much the same as the 17, but slightly rougher with more bite.  Still worth it.

Nothing like a set of bourbon reviews without the words, oak, cinnamon, vanilla, spices.