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.
This is a limited edition annual release from Bunnahabhain that spent 8 years in a refill sherry cask, and then was moved to a first fill PX cask for the remainder of its stay. It is bottled at cask strength, with no coloring or filtering.
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 #961 | Scotch Review #322 – Benromach 15 The Schtick: This is a well aged core line expression from Benromach, a Speyside Scotch distiller. Distiller: Benromach Bottler: Benromach ABV: 43% ABV Age: 15 Years Nose: Honey, caramel, graham crackers and s’mores. Really sweet, bread forward notes. Some faint smoke, some salinity here. Taste: Medium mouth feel. No real heat here. Ashy …
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.
This is a release of unpeated Ardmore distillate that is bottled by Signatory Vintage and selected by Winebow. Ardlair is the name given to spirit that is unpeated, and this was matured in a refill sherry butt.
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 #957 | Scotch Review #320 – Bunnahabhain 13yr Marsala Finish Limited Edition The Schtick: This is an older limited edition hailing from Bunnahabhain that was finished in Marsala casks before being bottled. Distiller: Bunnahabhain Bottler: Bunnahabhain ABV: 46.3% ABV Age: 13 Years Nose: Honey, rich syrupy fruits. Less overstated than the PX, which is nice. Lots of apple, pear, raspberry, …
This was a bottle that I tried blind and was reviewed live.
Redemption is a NDP using MGP/LDi distillate to fuel their various bourbon and rye releases.
This is a independent bottler release of spirit distilled at Glen Scotia and bottled by Samaroli. It was aged for 21 years in sherry cask, and bottled with no coloring and filtering.