Attending: John, Ryan, Marya and Fuggles!
As usual, we did this as blind as possible. John and I brought four unknowns. Marya poured. Then I mixed them up. We didn't know what anything was until it was all over.
- Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection (Wheat, 12 Year, W:K, F:1)
- Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (128)
- Forged Oak Orphan Barrel
- Garrison Brothers
- High West Rendezvous Rye (Binnie's Manhattan Barrel DR#394)
- Hirsh Reserve Small Batch
- Hooker's House
- Old Forester 1870
Forged Oak and Elijah Craig BP moved on
High West RR MB and BTEC moved on.
High West Rendezvous Rye (Binnie's Manhattan Barrel)! This, um, rye, had a unique floral aroma and subtle fruity notes that stood out. The taste was extraordinary. This release doesn't get much hype with the critics, so if you see it, pick up a bottle. The Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (128) was a close second.
Well, the most amazing thing was how much we were in agreement. I don't think that has happened since we started tasting blind. Also, all the picks in the final round were John's. And young bourbon is pretty bad.