beverageNotes

Recording whiskies, beers, and other cocktails or beverages I think are interesting.

It's been a while!

This evening I've cracked open a bottle of Holladay One Barrel Bourbon. It is a result of a collaboration with The Saint Louis Bourbon Society and Barrel Blends—this is the “Nice” bottle. It's a Missouri Straight Bourbon Whisky, made with corn, wheat, and barley—percentages wasn't shared. It comes in at 120 proof and was aged six years, 2 months.

I'm a fan.

Trying it neat at first, I smell cherries, leather, cloves and black pepper. There are other aromas in there as well, but I haven't quite cottoned onto them. It starts with a smooth mouthfeel and I can taste cherries and maybe some cinnamon. The heat starts later and then sticks around after swallowing.

After adding some water, the cherry aroma dies off and the cloves pick up a bit. Checking the spice drawer—because there was something there I couldn't quite get—I check mace, nutmeg, and cardamom. Mace and nutmeg are there, but the cardamom's astringency is not there. The flyer did pitch “baking spices”. There's still a hint of black pepper at the finish.

Time to add a little more to my glass and add an ice cube. This is a good one!

Uffda!

Uffda! -ath0

I've been enjoying some Eagle Rare 10 year. At 90 proof, it's not enough to warrant some ice and I've been enjoying it neat. It smells sweet with hints of cinnamon, leather, and a wee bit of cardamom. The first sip of the night is a bit hot, but it drops off and there's a lingering warmth in subsequent sips.

The flavors have been harder to pin down. It's been different on different night. Sometimes caramel. Sometimes leather. Some food may go well with this.

Adding in snacking on sharp cheddar and Triscuits doesn't affect the tasting much.

I've got more, so I'll have to revisit this. Maybe with some chocolate or something sweet.

Uffda! -ath0

This evening is very pleasant and a fine end to a pleasant day. A bit on the warm side, but nowhere near has hot as it has been the past couple of weeks.

Sitting on the patio, I'm having a post-dinner dram of Red Line Elements Amburana Small Batch (https://www.redlinebourbon.com/elements-1). I picked it up for $60 from a local joint. They have several brick and mortar locations, offering a wide variety of whiskies and wine, along with smaller selections of beers, cheeses, and chocolates.

This is my second bottle and I'm a fan. The 103 proof warrants an ice cube or two and requires an “easing in” to get the bouquet—spicy caramel apple pie. That's my summation of the experience. I love it!

There's cinnamon and cloves. Hints of orange.

This offering is non-chill filtered and having learned more about the implications, I can pick out how it is not as 'thin' as Irish or Scottish whiskies.

Some neighborhood deer are in my backyard now, checking me out. The doe is chomping on some honeysuckle, which I would love to have eaten to the roots. One of the two fawns keeps laying down and neither seem very interested in eating. Maybe they're not quite old enough to have been weaned.

With this being my 3rd post, I'm probably not in any danger of creating a run on Red Line Elements Amburana Small Batch, but if you find it—it's limited to a couple of handfuls of states in distribution—and give it a go, please let me know what you think.

Uffda! -ath0

Revisiting the Four Roses, while listening in and occasionally watching the USWNT play The Netherlands in the Women's World Cup. Go USA! (They are down by one at the half, as I write this.)

This will be a bottle kill. A more generous pour than I usually go for, but it was nearly empty.

My cold is mostly gone, but the flavors haven't changed much. I'm detecting a hint of anise or licorice on the nose—maybe it's the astringency. There's a hint of it in the back third of the sip, as well.

I've some chocolate covered bing cherries to go with the whisky and they complement it well. Having a sip just after the cherries accentuates some pipe tobacco and sweetness.

Overall, I like the whisky and would certainly have some if offered or if I received a bottle as a gift. It's not the best I've ever had. This is about $60/bottle, so I'd prefer picking up a Penelope Toasted, an Eagle Rare, or even a Kirkland BiB.

Uffda! -ath0

I'm finally on the other side of a cold. A couple of days were no good. Minor coughing today and a little sinus drainage, but most certainly on the mend. I wish for a drink, while a pizza is in the oven.

I have a dram of Four Roses Small Batch Select. It's non-chill filtered and is 104 proof. There is a wee string on the label, 331SFA2, which could be a lot identifier. (The 'S' could be a '5'. I needed more light to see for sure, but I'm largely indifferent to be sussed to get the needed lumens.)

I won the bottle in a bourbon raffle. Bottled lightening! (The Weller's Antique 107 was a pleasant discovery and will be another post.)

Without ice, the first sip is a bit harsh and hot. I usually add an ice cube to these higher proofs. I smell some cinnamon and fruit, maybe pear? Some caramel, too.

The heat hits at different places at different times through the sip. It hits the back of the palate and works its way forward. I taste some caramel and cinnamon.

I've been to several whisky tastings and during one with reps from Penelope, I learned non-chill filtered will leave behind some elements to a whisky that chill-filtered will remove. It changes the mouth feel. The feel on this one starts smooth and slightly more viscous than other spirits. I then feel velvet and the sip slips into a slightly rougher cloth.

Continuing on, I also taste butter. I'm reminded of Kerry Gold. I can still pick out some cinnamon, but there are other spices I can't quite put a finger on. Not quite pepper. I feel compelled to say cardamom, but I don't think that's right either.

Perhaps the next dram on another day.

Uffda! -ath0