Tasting Notes

Elijah Craig Small Batch

The signature Bourbon bearing the name of Rev. Elijah Craig, a Bourbon pioneer who is credited with being the first distiller to age his whiskey in charred oak barrels.

Nose: Delightfully complex with notes of vanilla bean, sweet fruit, and fresh mint
Taste: Smooth and warm; pleasantly woody with accents of spice, smoke, and nutmeg
Finish: Long, sweet, and slightly toasty

 

 

Four Roses

Four Roses is unlike any other Bourbon. Perhaps it’s because only Four Roses handcrafts 10 distinct and extraordinary Bourbon recipes. One has been selected by hand to become Four Roses Single Barrel. Four are expertly mingled by hand to create Four Roses Small Batch. And as many as all 10 are used to create Four Roses Bourbon.

 

  • Straight Bourbon
    • Nose: Fruit, floral essences, gentle spice & honey.
    • Palate: Crisp, yet soft & smooth, fresh fruit, hints of pear & apple.
  • Small Batch
    • Nose: Mellow spice, rich fruit, hints of sweet oak & caramel.
    • Palate: Mellow, ripened red berries, dried spice, well-balanced, rich.
  • Single Barrel
    • Nose: Dried spice, pear, cocoa, vanilla & maple syrup.
    • Palate: Hints of ripe plum & cherries, robust, full body, mellow.

 

Henry McKenna Single Barrel

This high proof (100), Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon was named for Henry McKenna, the Irish immigrant who adapted his family’s whiskey recipe to work the grains he found in Kentucky. Henry McKenna is the longest aged Bottled-in-Bond available today, resting in the barrel through 40 Kentucky seasons (10 years). Critics agree that this is perfectly balanced Bourbon.

Aroma: Vanilla, caramel, oak, and a light herbaceous note
Taste: Smooth oak, sharp spices, honey and sweetness
Finish: Long, sweet and spicy

Jefferson’s Whiskey

 

  • Jefferson’s Bourbon
    • Nose: Very crisp and fresh on the nose, lots of creamy vanilla and warm, spicy flavour. Notes of oak, toffee, hints of smoke.
    • Palate: Soft, warming and supple. Notes of sweet vanilla, spices, toffee, berry fruits, a touch of orange zest, spices and honey.
  • Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon
    • Nose: Gentle, dried fruits, hay, warming, hints of spice, cream, vanilla. Lovely sweetness.
    • Palate: Very summery, light and supple bourbon which offers good, clean delivery, pleasant sweetness, hints of cigar leaf, pepper and toffee.

Jefferson’s Ocean

This bourbon started out as an experiment with just three bourbon barrels on Trey’s friend, Chris Fischer of OCEARCH’s ship, in a curious effort to discover what would happen if bourbon was left to weather the extreme elements: temperature fluctuations, salt air and the gentle rocking of the ship. The result was a thick, dark bourbon that showcases complex flavors reminiscent of other spirits; the almost black color and caramel flavors resemble a dark rum as the sugars within the barrels caramelized; the briny, savory taste from the barrels breathing the sea air is reminiscent of Islay Scotch; and at its core, it’s a true bourbon. Due to a massive demand from consumers, Trey has now commercialized this experiment and sent hundreds of barrels around the world. Each voyage of Jefferson’s Ocean typically crosses the equator four times, visits five continents and over 30 ports on an average sailing.

Estimated: Aged 7-8 years on land before casks are placed on a ship for 5-10 months

  • Nose: This particular batch lines up with its rye grain recipe bourbon with strong floral notes that balance with salted caramel.
  • Palate: The front of the palate leads off with floral notes, citrus notes, and a light black pepper spice. In the mid palate, those flavors taper off and the bourbon sweetens with caramel driving most of the flavor.
  • Finish: Dark chocolate really appears as well as more cinnamon and vanilla.

 

Knob Creek

There’s no faking full bourbon flavor. It has to be earned. So that’s what we do in Clermont: we earn it. We start by selecting the finest grains. And we finish by meticulously aging our whiskey in white oak barrels with maximum char, for an unmistakable richness and signature sweetness. It’s the natural way. And there’s just no cheating nature.

 

  • Straight Bourbon
    • Nose: Quite spicy and sweet. Melted salty butter on granary toast, toasty oak and a touch of rye with caramel sweetness.
    • Palate: Peppy and full. Notes of candy floss and nut oil, a touch of spice and dark chocolate, a little spice and charred oak.

 

  • Straight Rye
    • Nose: Rich caramel, bright ginger and lingering menthol hints, with more herbaceous touches developing with the robust rye notes. A good core of oak spice, too.
    • Palate: Traditional rye spiciness, rich and mouth-coating, but not as overpowering as some other rye whiskey. Instead, there’s more development of the vanilla, brown sugar and soft butter notes.
  • Single Barrel Reserve
    • Nose: The aroma is intense, with a nice blend of oak, navel orange, pencil, and vanilla bean, with a twinge of heat.
    • Palate: Medium body and heat, although it’s less than expected for 120 proof. It’s fairly sweet and rich, with notes of sweet corn, dark caramel, medium kilned barley.

 

Larceny Wheated Bourbon

Larceny was hand selected by the Master Distillers to have a taste profile of a six-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Made with wheat as the secondary grain, instead of the traditional rye, Larceny is a smoother tasting Bourbon.

Aroma:Fresh bread and toffee, with a note of butterscotch
Taste:Buttery caramel and honeyed notes, with a rich mouthfeel
Finish:Long, gently sweet and savory

 

Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release Bourbon

Finished with 10 very distinct wood staves (Stave Profile RC6), the Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release Bourbon was crafted to feature more pronounced fruit notes and a brighter finish while retaining the balance of baking spice and sweetness found in the original Maker’s Mark.

Released as a permanent fixture back in 2010, Maker’s 46 was the distillery’s first stave-finishing experiment. Likewise, the brand’s Wood Finishing Series showcases not only the extreme influence that wood has on bourbon, but also how distillers are able to manipulate wood to coax out certain flavors.

RC6 stands for Research Center 6. The 6 denotes the specific stave recipe used to finish this bourbon. The stave recipe was developed through a close partnership between Maker’s Mark and the Lebanon, KY-based Independent Stave Company. In this case, Maker’s Mark was looking to bring forward the fruit notes that are present in the distillery’s proprietary yeast strain.

  • AROMA: Fruit and sweetness
  • TASTE: Fruit up front, a wave of baking spice hitting midpalate and the classic Maker’s Mark sweetness coming in at the end
  • FINISH: Vibrant and bright with spice and sweetness perfectly balanced for a lingering, light finish
  • PROOF: Cask Strength (108.2–110.5)

 

Old Forester

 

  • Classic 86 Proof
    • Nose: Sharp and sweet, with a strong floral character that swirls with hints of mint, rich tobacco leaf and vanilla. A touch of oak and pine provides a strong underpinning.
    • Palate: Sharp at first, but softens quickly, with hints of oak, sweet corn and rye grain character. Spicy, with soft vanilla and light orange notes.
  • Signature 100 Proof
    • Nose: Strong, sweet coffee laced with chocolate, creamy butterscotch and a hint of licorice.
    • Palate: Ripe apple and other sweet fruit, bakery spice (clove and nutmeg), and toasted oak.
  • 1897 Bottled in Bond
    • Nose: Robust, intense caramel. Rich vanilla with roasted coffee notes, spiced dark fruit and mature oak.
    • Palate: Mouth-filling. Sweet and intense. Deep fruit, spice and oak notes layered over dark caramel and vanilla.
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Sagamore Spirit

 

  • Straight Rye
    • Nose: Vanilla, caramel, and baking spices.
    • Palate: Traditional Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey. Candied dried orange peel with notes of clove and nutmeg. Lingering hints of walnut and brown sugar to finish.
  • Cask Strength
    • Nose: Bold cinnamon with lingering aromas of clove and vanilla.
    • Palate: Smooth dark chocolate paired with intense notes of black pepper and brown sugar. A light hit of honey for balance.
  • Double Oak
    • Nose: Baking spices, dried orange peel, and warm cinnamon.
    • Palate: Smooth caramel and rich toasted coconut. Nutty flavors of hazelnut and pecan meld perfectly with vanilla and caramel.

Wathen’s Kentucky Bourbon Single Barrel

The Medley family has a long storied history when it comes to bourbon distillation. They’ve been a family of master distillers going back 8 generations. In fact, they play up that fact front and center on the label of this bourbon with a big number 8, which at first glance can almost be mistaken for an age statement. However don’t let that 8 on the bottle fool you into thinking it’s an age statement, this is most certainly a No Age Statement (NAS) Bourbon.

Wathen’s Single Barrel uses the standard mashbill that all of the Medley bourbons use: 77% corn, 10% rye, and 13% malt and the Medley Family Yeast (“a guarded secret”). While Charles Medley distilled bourbon up until the late 1900’s, the Medley family now sources all their Bourbon. This Wathen’s Single Barrel is a (Non-Distiller Producer) NDP bourbon with research pointing to the fact that the Medley family contracts out their specific mashbill to be distilled. While no distillery is confirmed, most people assume that Heaven Hill is the one filling the contract. That being said, any distillery could theoretically produce this bourbon to the specifications of the Medley Family.

 

  • Nose: Slightest traces of alcohol are mixed with very light traces of new wood, straw, and vanilla.
  • Palate: The palate doesn’t blow you away on this single barrel. Initially, you’re presented with a strong taste of clove and walnuts. Lingering behind that is a light sweet orange citrus taste.
  • Finish:The finish starts off with a mixture of charred wood and lightly spiced pepper and ends on tones of sugary raisins.
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Woodford Reserve

 

  • Straight Bourbon
    • Nose: Heavy with rich dried fruit, hints of mint and oranges covered with a dusting of cocoa. Faint vanilla and tobacco spice.
    • Palate: Rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, with complex citrus, cinnamon and cocoa.
      Toffee, caramel, chocolate and spice notes abound.
    • Finish: Silky smooth, almost creamy at first with a long, warm satisfying tail.
  • Straight Rye
    • Nose: Spicy with distinct notes of rye, black pepper, cedar and cassia bark sweetened with a dusting of marzipan. Hints of pear, apple and almond dance in its depths.
    • Palate: Clove, rye, mint, molasses, sorghum and honey mingle together with hints of apple and malt.
    • Finish: Long and sweetly spiced.
  • Double Oaked
    • Nose: Rich notes of dark fruit, caramel, sharp honey, chocolate, marzipan and toasted oak.
    • Palate: A full-bodied mix of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices.
    • Finish: Long and creamy with lingering hints of honeyed apple.

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