The goal was to have everyone's number one move one and then the next most popular based on "points."
Attending: Marya, John, Ryan and Fuggles
- Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel (90 Proof)
- Four Roses Single Barrel LE (OESK) Ludwigs
- Lock, Stock & Barrel 13 Year Rye
- Maker's Mark Cask Strength
- Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey
- Noah's Mill
- Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Years (2014)
- Old Scout 8 Years (SF Wine Trading)
- Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet (22 years)
- Stagg Jr. (128 Proof)
- W.L. Weller Special Reserve
- Woodford Reserve Sonoma-Cutrer Finish
Yes, John snuck in a few non-bourbons.
Stagg Jr., Elmer T. Lee & Woodford SCF moved on.
Old Rip Van Winkle, Lock Stock Rye and Lost Prophet moved on. Four Roses was supposed to move on, but some how Lost Prophet made it in. Being blind we didn't catch it until the unveiling.
We didn't really crown a winner, but it would probably have to be: Elmer T. Lee. Although the new version is lower proof and costs more, it's still obviously tasty.
Well, what did we learn? Tasting 12 things is too many. We probably already new this, but there's just so much stuff out there. Which brings me to number two: there's so much good stuff out there.
In fact, the only horrible thing in our tasting was the Maker's Mark Cask Strength. The smell was described as "what you get when you turn over a big rock in the backyard" to "turpentine" to "kerosene" to "the old smelly cabinet in your dads garage that stored his old paint cans and chemicals." The taste sort of matched. John and I were both excited about this, because it's made a lot of people's "best of the year" lists. Don't get suckered!