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Whiskey, a 2 Year recap

So after around two years since my foray into the whiskey drinking experiment, I believe that I have a much better understanding of the magic elixir that is whiskey. My personal breakdown of approximately 32 bottles of various sizes over a period of 20 months. So rather than do a complete blow by blow analysis, I'll give some very basic specs and a grade ranging from D- to A++.

 

Edit: This blog has turned out to be my public active list of whiskeys for ongoing updates as well as a constantly updated 'On Riffster's Radar' for some booze that I'm keeping an eye out for. Ones that I've picked up are checked off and and have a rating. 

 

 

I would consider drinking anything at a C+ rating and buying anything again at a B or above grade. This list contains mostly bourbons but there are some ryes, a few scotches and some other whiskies. In general, my preference are rye and bourbon. The Macallen 12 kept my scotch interest alive, so I might wander down that expensive road eventually. A recent factoid that I thought was interesting was the designation and ratios of rye whiskey. Since I do favor ryes and rye forward bourbons, this little tidbit made some sense to me and tweaked my inner nerd. 

100% RYE

INDIANA-STYLE 95% RYE

EMPIRE RYE 80% RYE

MONONGAHELA RYE 75%

HIGH-RYE RYE 70% Rye

KENTUCKY RYE 51% Rye

HIGH-RYE 20-35% Rye (bourbon)

Everyone has different tastes and what would be good for one, might not be for another. So you just take a chance and grab a bottle and hopefully you'll not be too disappointed in your 25-100 dollar purchase. I wish that more distillers would bottle in the smaller 375ml bottles as that way you're not stuck with too much if you don't like it. Of the many things that I've learned over the past 32 bottles and forgetful moments, it's that you can truly find a great bottle of bourbon or rye without spending a boatload and that a high sticker price does not necessarily equal a good taste. Snobbery belongs to the collector, not the drinker. Here's mud in your eye!