Bourbon

Review #970 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Liquor Barn #7 Selection

​Review #970 | Bourbon Review #506 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Liquor Barn #7 Selection The Schtick: Maker’s Mark, one of the larger producers of bourbon in Kentucky, produces wheated bourbon that is sold both domestically and abroad. Until recent years, Maker’s only produced a small handful of products. In the last couple of years, though, …

Review #968 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Crown Liquor Selection 1.1

Day 3 of the Maker’s Mark Private Selection Series

Maker’s Mark, one of the larger producers of bourbon in Kentucky, produces wheated bourbon that is sold both domestically and abroad. Until recent years, Maker’s only produced a small handful of products. In the last couple of years, though, products like Maker’s Mark 46 and Maker’s Mark Cask Strength have seen domestic releases. A major criticism of the brand, though, was the absence of a barrel selection program in favor of wax dipped limited editions. That has now changed. A barrel selection at Maker’s Mark is unique, though, in that you choose a combination of staves to mature in a barrel, and that barrel is bottled. This is different from almost any other barrel selection process on the market. For better or for worse, this creates a very different product than their core line of expressions. I’ve set out to try approximately a dozen of these various private selections, completely blind, to gather my thoughts on how their releases are shaking out.

Review #966 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Total Wine and More Selection

Maker’s Mark, one of the larger producers of bourbon in Kentucky, produces wheated bourbon that is sold both domestically and abroad. Until recent years, Maker’s only produced a small handful of products. In the last couple of years, though, products like Maker’s Mark 46 and Maker’s Mark Cask Strength have seen domestic releases. A major criticism of the brand, though, was the absence of a barrel selection program in favor of wax dipped limited editions. That has now changed.

Review #964 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Mexi Cali Mocha Selection

Maker’s Mark, one of the larger producers of bourbon in Kentucky, produces wheated bourbon that is sold both domestically and abroad. Until recent years, Maker’s only produced a small handful of products. In the last couple of years, though, products like Maker’s Mark 46 and Maker’s Mark Cask Strength have seen domestic releases. A major criticism of the brand, though, was the absence of a barrel selection program in favor of wax dipped limited editions. That has now changed.

Review #962 – Bulleit Bourbon

​Review #962 | Bourbon Review #502 – Bulleit Bourbon The Schtick: This is a Diageo product line that used to be contract distilled by Four Roses in KY. The new producer is undisclosed. Distiller: Undisclosed Bottler: Bulleit (Diageo) ABV: 45% ABV Age: NAS Nose: Caramel, honey, pepper, clove, faint tobacco, light grain. Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel. Corn, honey, young green …

Review #960 – Four Roses Private Selection OBSO, West Lakeview Liquors Selection

Four Roses releases single barrels of a specific recipe at cask strength as their private pick program. This is one of the best values in cask strength bourbon that heralds quality and availability, in my personal opinion. This particular barrel was selected in West Lakeview Liquors and features the OBSO mashbill which uses 60% Corn, 35% Rye and 5% Malted Barley.

Review #958 – Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: George T. Stagg 2017

This is a well aged, cask strength bourbon that exists as part of the exclusive set of Antique Collection releases that drop from Buffalo Trace every fall. This is a 15 year old bourbon, released as a marriage of 309 barrels that were hand picked by Buffalo Trace staff. As we draw upon the fall hunt season, I found myself finishing this bottle from last year’s release and figured that Bourbon review #500 made for a good case to finish off the bottle, and my note taking.

Review #954 – Four Roses Private Selection OESF, Tippin’s Market + Greater Detroit American Whiskey Society Selection

Four Roses releases single barrels of a specific recipe at cask strength as their private pick program. This is one of the best values in cask strength bourbon that heralds quality and availability, in my personal opinion. This particular barrel was selected in a collaboration by Tippin’s Market and the Greater Detroit American Whiskey Society in Michigan and features the OESF mashbill which uses 20% rye.

Review #946 – Four Roses Private Selection OBSK, Bounty Hunter Wines Selection

Four Roses releases single barrels of a specific recipe at cask strength as their private pick program. This is one of the best values in cask strength bourbon that heralds quality and availability, in my personal opinion.

This particular barrel was selected by Michael of Bounty Hunter Wines in Napa Valley, California. The OBSK recipe denotes a mashbill of 60% Corn, 35% Rye and 5% Malted Barley.