September 2011 Archives
Elijah Craig 12 year old is a quality, "classic," small-batch style Bourbon from Heaven Hill Distilleries. At first nosing it may seem simple and straight-forward, but you don't want to rush into this one. Add a splash of water and let it sit covered for a few minutes before tucking in and you'll be rewarded with a fine, economical, sippin' Bourbon.
Looking for a new workhorse Bourbon?
Look no further.
Refined and mellow, Borco's Pennypacker Straight Bourbon Whiskey is one of the most versatile Bourbons I've come across to date. Pennypacker contains a blend of corn, rye, barley, with corn making up 70% of the mash. At a restrained 40% ABV, Pennypacker offers well-balanced flavours at a very reasonable price.
In what seems to be a great trend for Scotch (and spirits) lovers, more and
more marketing firms & liquor importers have been showcasing their products
at smaller intimate events. Lifford Wines hosted such an event and invited
Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon Whiskey is a blend of wheat, rye and corn whiskies which have been aged in new American oak for 8 years. According to the bottle, it's only lightly filtered "so that it retains all its complex flavor and is bottled in as natural and pure a state as possible."
I wish they'd have ran 'er through the filter a couple of more times as there's too much heat on the nose and an off-putting sourness that muddles the flavours. You're gonna need some water with this one!
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery's 10 "Summers Old" Handmade Bourbon has become my benchmark for a smooth, complex, aged Bourbon. I purchased this bottle at the Kenmore, NY location of Prime Wine & Spirits. Standing in the spirit section, in front of a wall of Bourbon and American whiskey, my eye was drawn to the old timey label design. Enchanted by the label and, noticing that it's 53.5% ABV, I picked 'er up on sight only.
Nice eh? My bottle no. B3982
In addition to our near unquenchable thirst for Scotch whisky, we at ScotchBlog.ca also have a torrid love affair with Bourbon.
Although the selection of Bourbons in Toronto, Ontario is pathetic compared to what you'd find just south of the border in Buffalo, NY; as a group we've tried nearly everything that's passed through the LCBO and we've even made a point of buying harder-to-find bottles during our individual trips to the USA.
So why bother reviewing Bourbon on a blog specifically dedicated to Scotch? Quite simply, we all enjoy it. Moreover, as a group we recognize Bourbon's invaluable contribution to the Scotch industry: oak barrels.
That fine Single Malt you're drinking right now probably spent some time co-mingling with wood which was once soaked in Bourbon.