Attending: John, Ryan, Marya and Fuggles!
As usual, we did this as blind as possible. John and I brought four unknowns. Marya poured in another room. Then I mixed them up. Then for no really good reason, we put them in smell order. We didn't know what anything was until it was all over.
- 1792 Bourbon (Bevmo 9 Year) (R)
- Balcones Rumble (J)
- Barrell Bourbon (Batch 6) (J)
- Corbin Cash Merced Rye Whiskey (R)
- Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 138.8 (R)
- Four Roses Single Barrel (K&L OESV 53% 9y10m) (R)
- Hirsch Canadian Rye 20 Year (J)
- Widow Jane Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (J)
We always have a known "starter" whiskey to open up the palate. John usually brings it.
- Breeder's Choice Whiskey Anejo (J)
- Seven Stills Fluxate Whiskey (R)
John recently went to South America and brought this back. Scotch-esque. Surprisingly decent.
You can really taste the cold coffee. It's little unbalanced, though: lots of nose and finish but not much in between.
At the time, we thought only one deserved to move on. The Hirsch was very light in color and pretty different, but 20 years? Why bother.
The Balcones Rumble is a honey, sugar fig liquor or something, but it actually tastes very Scotch-esque. We all thought it was going to have a high barley content. Barrell has that flavor I cannot stand! I'm still trying to figure out what it is. But it's immediate repulsion.
Usually, I write these same day, so things are fresh...all I can remember it was easy to pick the loser. Although we all thought it was the "sympathy" entry from round one...go figure.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. OESV...you let me down!
SummaryThe was a little bit of an underwelming tasting, probably because we had so much great stuff in our previous two. Maybe because John brought a few odd balls. Also, Marya was convinced one of the entries was numbing her lips. And, oh yeah, I swept John!
Oh, usually we put the whiskey in "place" order in our photos, but we messed up. First and second should be reversed.