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+.

 

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!

 

 

Grade  A

  • New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon, 110pf, 50.00, A-
  • Pikesville Rye, 110pf, 50.00, A+
  • High West Double Rye, 92pf, 40.00, A-
  • Bookers Bourbon 2-2020, 126pf, 85.00, A
  • Old Forester 1920 Bourbon, 115pf, 60.00, A
  • WhistlePig 10 year Rye, 100pf, 90.00, A
  • (new) Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye, 112pf, 60.00, A

Grade B

  • Legent Bourbon, 94pf, 35.00, B-
  • Minor Case Rye, 90pf, 40.00, B
  • Old Forester Rye, 100pf, 21.00, B-
  • EH Taylor Small Batch, 100pf, 38.00, B+
  • Elijah Craig Bourbon, 94pf, 31.00, B+
  • Rittenhouse Rye 100pf, 26.00, B-
  • Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon, 116pf, 43.99, B
  • Weller Antique Bourbon, 107pf, 50.00, B
  • Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye, 104pf, 60.00, B-
  • Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon, 110pf, 55.00, B+
  • MacAllen 12 Scotch, 86pf, 80.00, B+
  • Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whiskey, 80pf, 231.00, B-
  • Knob Creek Rye, 100pf, 35.00, B-
  • Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon, 100pf, 45.00, B+
  • Makers 46 Bourbon, 94pf, 35.00, B+

Grade C

  • Knob Creek Bourbon, 100pf, 35.00, C+
  • Coopers Craft Bourbon, 100pf, 30.00, C+
  • Bulleit Frontier Bourbon, 90pf, 25.00, C+
  • Glenfidich 12 Scotch, 45.00, C
  • Bulleit Rye, 90pf, 25.00, C-
  • Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, 80pf, 35.00, C-
  • Makers Mark Bourbon, 101pf, 39.00, C+
  • Woodford Reserve Bourbon, 90pf, 35.00, C+
  • New Riff Rye,100pf, 46.00 , C+
  • Larceny, 92pf, 28.00, C+

Grade D

  • Tin Cup Whiskey, 84pf, 29.00, D
  • Stranahans Whiskey, 94pf, 55.00, D+

 


On Riffster's Radar

  • Wild Turkey Rare Breed rye, 112pf , 60.00 (reviewed A-)
  • Joseph Magnus Bourbon, 100pf, 85.00
  • Highland Park Cask Strength, 126pf, 90.00
  • Bakers Bourbon Single Barrel. 107pf, 60.00 (reviewed C+)
  • Knob Creek Rye Cask Strength 127pf, 70.00
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, 132pf, 60.00
  • George T Stagg, 138pf, 100.00
  • EH Taylor - anything other than small Batch (impossible to find)
  • Henry McKenna Single Barrel, 50.00
  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon 90pf, 25.00
  • Hotel Tango Rye, 100pf, 30.00
  • WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye, 96.6pf, 50.00 (reviewed B+)
  • Elmer T. Lee , 90pf, 38.00
  • Weller 12, 90pf, 40.00
  • Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon, 90pf, 30.00
  • Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon
  • Balcones Texas Rye, 100pf, 40.00  (reviewed C+)
  • Heaven’s Door Double Barrel Whiskey, 100pf, 55.00
  • Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Rye, 96pf, 50.00
  • Old Overholt Rye Limited Edition, 114pf, 32.00
  • High West Double Rye Barrel Select, 104pf 54.99
  • High West American Prairie Single Barrel 98pf, 50.00
  • High West Campfire Bourbon, 92pf, 69.00
  • Chattanooga Whiskey Cask 111, 111pf, 44.99
  • Old Ezra 7 Year Barrel Strength, 117pf, 60.00  (reviewed A-)
  • Larceny Barrel Proof, 128pf, 50.00
  • New Riff Single Barrel Rye, 112pf, 56.00
  • Coppercraft Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskies, 100pf 39.00
  • Coppercraft Straight Rye, 90pf, 38.00
  • Old Forester Signature, 100pf, 21.00  (reviewed C+)
  • 2Bar Spirits Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 100pf, 40.00 (reviewed C-)
  • Old Forester 1897, 100pf, 50.00 (reviewed B+)
  • Eagle Rare 10 Year, 90pf, 30.00
  • Stagg Jr Barrel Proof Bourbon, 134pf, 47.00
  • Old Forester Single Barrel Rye, 124pf, 80.00


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