Tour de Bourbon 2015
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DayDateNameTypeAlc %NotesStarsRankingPrice/bottle (March 2016)Price sourceBuy it?Post link
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112/1/2015FEW BoubonSpirit Drink46.5Light nose, hints of corn, honey. Definite corn flavor, burns like fire. Christina would drink straight with no mixer. 212$66.37MOMNo.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/02/tour-de-bourbon-day-1-few-bourbon/
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212/2/2015Bulleit BourbonStraight Bourbon Whiskey45Light nose, smooth rich flavor, very good. 35$29.29MOMYes!
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/06/tour-de-bourbon-day-2-bulleit-bourbon/
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312/3/2015Michter's US *1Bourbon Whiskey45.7Hint of licorice, in a good way. Strong, kind of medicinal/herbal quality. Rye notes?218$61.03MOMNo.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/06/tour-de-bourbon-day-3-michters-us1/
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412/4/2015Evan Williams Extra AgedStraight Bourbon Whiskey43Strong alcohol nose, medicinal, not much else. Smooth flavor, no corn, nice and drinkable, pretty much evaporates on the tongue.37$28.03MOMSure.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/06/tour-de-bourbon-day-4-evan-williams-extra-aged/
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512/5/2015Booker's 7 Year Old True Barrel BourbonBourbon Whiskey63.7"Very drinkable, once you get past the lighter fluid" says Christina. Surprisingly smooth. Evaporates in the mouth. Bit of a harsh charcoal aftertaste. VERY STRONG. 213$73.81MOMNo.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/06/tour-de-bourbon-day-5-bookers-7-yr-old/
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612/6/2015Smooth Ambler ContradictionBourbon Whiskey50Not much nose, light floral notes maybe? Very smooth mouth feel, hints of chocolate. Bitter, almost harsh aftertaste. 124$78.23MOMHELL no.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/06/tour-de-bourbon-day-6-smooth-ambler-contradiction/
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712/7/2015Roughstock MontanaBourbon Whiskey45Mild nose, *pronounced* corn taste and somewhat bitter aftertaste. Feels young and unfinished. Would mix. A splash of water helps immensely. 1, 2 with water21$57.40MOMVery no.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/10/tour-de-bourbon-day-7-roughstock-montana/
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812/8/2015Blanton's Gold EditionBourbon Whiskey51.5Spicy nose and taste. Vanilla in the flavor, delicious and smooth - "golden" is a very good word for it. 41$69.63MOMYes!
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/10/tour-de-bourbon-day-8-blantons-gold-edition/
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912/9/2015Four Roses BourbonBourbon Whiskey40Little bit of fire going down, surprising for its low alcohol percentage and given that there's little burn in the mouth. Mild, kind of Clark Kent-like. 216$25.24MOMNo.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/10/tour-de-bourbon-day-9-four-roses/
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1012/10/2015Old ForesterStraight Bourbon Whiskey43Something odd in the nose. Almost minty, but more of a pine quality? Christina says it's "medicinal" and it is the most distinctive thing about this one.123$40.27MOMNOPE.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/10/tour-de-bourbon-day-10-old-forester/
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1112/11/2015Elijah Craig 12 Year OldStraight Bourbon Whiskey47Lovely color. Definite booziness in the nose and on the palate - burns on the lips in a quite pleasant way. Has a "warm" smell to it, with notes of nuts, maybe walnuts or pecans, and a cinnamon tingle. 36$85.40MOMMaybe.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/11/tour-de-bourbon-day-11-elijah-craig/
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1212/14/2015Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year OldStraight Bourbon Whiskey49.5Trepidation, but this surprised me. Mild nose, with hints of tobacco. Very smooth mouthfeel, hints of caramel or toffee, almost sweet. 32$59.25MOMYes!
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/14/tour-de-bourbon-day-12-smooth-ambler-old-scout/
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1312/15/2015Jefferson'sStraight Bourbon Whiskey41.2Lots of fire for its low alcohol content. A bit of sharpness in the nose, lots on the palate, to the point of being bitter. "A great mint julep bourbon" says Christina. 215$40.79MOMNah.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/17/tour-de-bourbon-day-13-jeffersons/
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1412/15/2015Noah's MillBourbon Whiskey57.2Warm honey and long summer grass. Smooth and strong, hints of vanilla, and a long finish with a bit of smoke, maybe maple? Definitely a pleasant woody smoky quality. 34$64.68MOMYes.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/17/tour-de-bourbon-day-14-noahs-mill/
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1512/17/20151792 Ridgemont Reserve BourbonWhiskey46.7Medicinal, not a lot of flavor. "This is whiskey without a character, the most characterless bourbon I have ever had," says Christina, and hastens to add "It's not bad!" I think she means that it's a good mixer. 2, meh20$68.95MOMNo!
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/17/tour-de-bourbon-day-16-eagle-rare/
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1612/17/2015Eagle Rare 10 Yr OldBourbon Whiskey45Vanilla, some sharpness. Smooth and drinkable, with a bit of a bitter finish leading to a mild grimace at the end. 2, low19$45.46MOMNo.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/18/tour-de-bourbon-day-15-1792-ridgemont-reserve/
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1712/18/2015Four Roses Single BarrelStraight Bourbon Whiskey50Strong! Vaporizes on the tongue, burns going down. Not much subtlety, but very nice. Something like a sandalwood quality in the background giving it what complexity it has. 2, high9$52.78MOMNo.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/18/tour-de-bourbon-day-17-four-roses-single-barrel/
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1812/19/2015Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004Straight Bourbon Whiskey43.3Warm smell with woody notes. Taste is kind of lost behind the booziness. It evaporates and tingles. There is a kind of herbal quality. Christina says "I taste scotch. Peat. This is the scotchiest bourbon I've ever had." I agree, this is more scotchy than bourbon-like, with a smoky sharpness instead of the sweet smoothness that I associate with bourbon. 214$40.08MOMIf you're looking for scotch and can't find a decent one, yes. If you're looking for bourbon, no.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/19/tour-de-bourbon-day-18-evan-williams-single-barrel-vintage-2004/
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1912/19/2015Hudson Baby BourbonSpirit Drink46Leather, cinnamon, cloves, corn, juniper. Not much richness to it - feels thin in the mouth. Kind of peppery. 122$45.18MOMNo!
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/19/tour-de-bourbon-day-19-hudson-baby-bourbon/
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2012/20/2015Smooth Ambler Old Scout 9 Year Old Bourbon (Cask 1868) Single Barrel ReleaseBourbon Whiskey55.6Dry nose, almost a musty attic quality to it. Fireball in the mouth that burns all the way down. "Whoa," says Christina, handing it back and walking away. 2 for firepower, but its a low 217$87.72MOMNo.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/29/tour-de-bourbon-day-20-smooth-ambler-old-scout-9-year-old-bourbon-cask-1868-single-barrel-release/
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2112/26/2015Jefferson's ReserveStraight Bourbon Whiskey45.1Solid, well-mannered bourbon, with some fire. Smooth and very nice. 2, very solid. :)8$62.86MOMNo.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2015/12/29/tour-de-bourbon-day-21-jeffersons-reserve/
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2212/27/2015Four Roses Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey45Not a lot in the nose - pretty clean, maybe a hint of apple. Hints of corn in the mouth, some bitterness and a mild bitter aftertaste. No (or almost no) burn going down. A reasonable but not remarkable bourbon. I'm not getting the "small batch" quality - seems like an industrial standard product. 2, ordinary10$31.66MOMDepends on the alternatives.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2016/03/05/tour-de-bourbon-day-22-four-roses-small-batch/
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2312/29/2015Blanton's Straight From the BarrelBourbon Whiskey65.7Cherry nose, smooth mouthfeel, burns in a delicious way. "Powerful but flavorful" is Christina's comment. I'm getting some honey, maybe honeysuckle? Incredibly smooth for its alcohol content, and very drinkable. 3, very high 33$93.81MOMYes.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2016/03/05/tour-de-bourbon-day-23-blantons-straight-from-the-barrel/
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2412/29/2015Wild Turkey 8 Year Old (1970s)Bourbon Whiskey50.5Toffee and brown butter, smooth and mellow with some late bitterness. "It has a late backbite" says Christina. 211$355.84MOMNo, because of the price. Things I like better are much cheaper.
http://kevinmatheny.com/wordpress/2016/03/05/tour-de-bourbon-day-24-wild-turkey-8-year-old-1970s/
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