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Bourbon: Charles Goodnight Bourbon - Batch 12 (Frank-Lin Distillers Products, LTD)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 100.0 Proof (50.0% ABV)
Distilled by: As of 2014, Austin Nichols Distilling Company (Wild Turkey) in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Nose: Vanilla and rye on the nose. If not for the vanilla, I don't know that I would think this was a bourbon on the nose. It's very rye forward with sweet notes.
Palate: Caramel and brown sugar initially. Very subtle heat and smooth, especially at 100 proof. Sweet cinnamon with a just a little bit of tobacco and leather towards the end. A drop or two of water takes out any bite and creates more vanilla.
Finish: Medium length finish with a good amount of oak and some heat making an appearance.
Geek Fact: This is interesting bottle to say the least. Charles Goodnight is a six year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled in California, honoring the "father of the Texas Panhandle." The brand was originally owned by O'Neil Vitners & Distillers and created by William "Bill" Foley II to honor his great-great uncle, Charles Goodnight's, story. Goodnight was a cattleman, Texas Ranger, real estate mogul, and in 1866, was a literal trail blazer, taking 2,000 head of cattle through what is now called Goodnight-Loving Trail. Able to enjoy the finer things in life, it's recorded that Goodnight smoked 50 cigars a day in his youth until later deciding a pipe was more suitable. As for the bourbon, Bill Foley stated back in October 2014 that he worked with Wild Turkey to develop the bourbon. In 2016, the new owner of the brand appears to be our often mentioned friends at Frank-Lin Distillers. #Cheers

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Bourbon: Medley Bros. (Medley Distillery)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 102.0 Proof (51.0% ABV)
Distilled by: Located in Kentucky, but not disclosed (See below)
Nose: Full, but soft nose of oak, sweet grains, and caramelized sugars. Very little astringency oak, grain,
Palate: Sweet corn flavor initially that evolves into butterscotch or hard caramel candy. There's some oak flavor that starts to develop towards the end. More character than you would expect from a four year old product.
Finish: The finish is on the shorter side and imparts a small bit of burn with more oak, tobacco, and caramel.
Geek Fact: Medley Brothers bourbon is the four year old offering of the Medley family line (e.g. Old Medley, Wathen's Single Barrel, etc.). The brand was originally sold by the Medley brothers in the 1940s and was recently reintroduced in 2013. The mash bill is the same as current Medley products which consists of 77% corn / 10% rye / 13% malted barley. Products like the Medley line of bourbons are "contract" distilled as opposed to "bulk" distilled. The difference is that Charles Medley, and now his son, Sam Medley, have their own mash bill that is being produced by a distiller and being sampled by them before being sold. "Bulk" distilling occurs when distilleries offer whiskey available at that time, without the specification of the buyer, other than quantity. If you're still thirsty for info on contract and bulk distilling, check out Chuck Cowdery's blog, which is full of great information (some used in this post) and bourbon geek facts! #Cheers

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Bourbon: Jim Beam – Devil's Cut (Beam Suntory)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 90 (45.0% ABV)
Distillery: James B .Beam Distilling Company (Beam Suntory)
Nose: Similar to Jim Beam White Label but with more prominent oak characteristics and surprisingly sweet notes of citrus and cherry.
Palate: Oak forward molasses initially. There's some astringency which is highlighted by the tanic oak flavor, which is almost tart. Cinnamon and tobacco emerge later in the profile.
Finish: The finish lingers with the molasses notes continuing but tasting more like the portion that rested on the charred oak providing just a bit of smoke.
Geek Fact: You're familiar with the process of "Angel's Share." The whiskey that is given up (or some may say sacrificed) to evaporation during the aging process. But even after emptying the barrel, there's still about 2 gallons of whiskey left in the wood. Master Distiller Fred Noe recalls his father, Booker, calling this residual, "soakage." Noe states that his may have been a "Bookerism" coined by his father, but he does recall earlier distillers removing the "soakage" using a process referred to as "sweating the barrel." The process involved adding water back to the empty barrel, putting it outside in the heat, and rolling the barrel around to extract the trapped whiskey. The result was a bold, more tanic version of the original whiskey. Jim Beam uses 6 year old bourbon barrels for their proprietary alteration to this process involving water, heat, and agitation. This "Devil's Cut" is then added back to the 6 year Jim Beam originally dumped from the barrels. #Cheers

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Happy Derby Day Bourbon Geeks! 🐎πŸ₯ƒπŸ€“ May your juleps be cold and all your bets hot! #kentuckyderby #bourbongeeks #woodfordreserve #derby #KYDerby #bourbon

Bourbon: Evan Williams - White Label - Bottled in Bond (Heaven Hill Brands)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 100.0 Proof (50.0% ABV)
Distilled by: Heaven Hill Distillery
Nose: Vanilla and oak with sweet cream and sweet baking spices.
Palate: Little bit of heat that develops the longer it stays on the palate. The flavor profile edges towards some of the darker flavors of the barrel with caramalized brown sugar, spicy, peppery oak and just a hint of maple. Most of the flavor shows up at the start, leaving more pepper and vanilla at the finish.
Finish: Medium finish, with oak, pepper and spice.
Geek Fact: One of the more popular Evan Williams offerings, the White Label (Bottled in Bond) Evan Williams is aged 5 years and made from a mash bill of 75% corn / 13% rye / 12% barley. It was introduced to market in 2012. Evan Williams is lauded to be the first individual to open a commercial distillery in Kentucky in 1783 but some historians disagree as to validity of this claim. #Cheers

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Bourbon: John B. Stetson Bourbon Whiskey ( John B. Stetson Spirits, LLC .)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 84.0 (42.0% ABV)
Distilled by: Unnamed Kentucky Distillery
Nose: The lower proof, coupled with relatively young age, creates a sweet nose of vanilla, sweet corn, lemon peel, oak, and pink bubble gum.
Palate: At 84 proof, there's very little burn and an initial burst of butterscotch. The flavor develops into notes of caramel and butterscotch with some faint hints of vanilla.
Finish: The finish is very tanic with notes of charred oak and caramel.
Geek Fact: Before we get started, yes, it's the hat guy. John B. Stetson started creating his now iconic hats in 1865 and is a synonymous name with "American Spirit." So, of course, it makes perfect sense he would delve off into bourbon, the native American spirit. Some posts show this bourbon as 6 months, but it is clearly stated as being a minimum of four years old. This Kentucky bourbon whiskey is made and barrelled by an unnamed Kentucky distiller but is bottled by the familiar Frank-Lin Group (see our last post) out in California. This bourbon was originally introduced into German markets before attempting to make a splash in the U.S. in 2011 and there's some great German marketing brochures available if you have the chance to look them up. #Cheers

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Bourbon: Buck - 8 Year Old Bourbon (Frank-Lin Distillers Products)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 90.0 Proof (45.0% ABV)
Distilled by: Distillery Located in Kentucky - Bottled in Fairfield, CA
Nose: Light and sweet vanilla with caramel and honey. The oak is a bit dry and is mixed with just a bit of earthy grass. A bit of cherry towards the end.
Palate: Buttery texture with notes of caramel, vanilla, waxy maraschino cherry, and charred oak.
Finish: Medium length dry finish with toasted grains, caramel, pepper, and more of the charred oak flavor.
Geek Fact: Much like other Frank-Lin products, there's not much information available about Buck bourbon. We know that it's distilled and aged in Kentucky because of the "straight" designation. The brand is owned by Frank-Lin Distillers, a bottling company based out of Fairfield, California. Frank-Lin distributes Old Medley, Wathen's, Black Saddle, Joshua Brook and other spirits. The label for Buck bourbon was originally approved back in 2009. Always read the label for a bourbon you purchase. Defining language like "straight" and "bourbon whiskey" help identify quality bourbon products. Also check for a state of distillation and an age to make sure the product isn't a blend. If the whiskey is under 4 years old, it must have how long it's aged on the label. Personally, I would like more information about Buck bourbon and the "ranch hands" the label says "certify" it, but it is a good bottle at the $20 - $25 mark and provides the basic information to make an informed opinion. #Cheers

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Bourbon: Booker's 2017-4 "Sip Awhile" (Beam Suntory)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 128.1 (64.05% ABV)
Distilled at: James B. Beam Distilling Co. in Clermont, KY (Stated as Knob Creek Distillery)
Nose: Cinnamon and baked apple with a little bit oak at proof. A few splashes of water really bring forward the caramel and vanilla notes and soften any harsh alcohol on the nose.
Palate: At proof, be ready for that trademarked Booker's heat and notes of honey. A few drops of water really help this offering shine. Lots of creamy vanilla, honey, and roasted almonds.
Finish: Spicy finish at proof but with water, well balanced and sweeter with caramel and a peppery finish.
Geek Fact: Booker Noe is one of the most notable figures in bourbon history. His larger than life size stories are rivaled only by introduction of his "Small Batch Bourbon Collection" including Basil Hayden, Baker's, Knob Creek, and of course, Booker's. Booker was Master Distiller at Jim Beam from 1960 to 1992. This edition was recently rated 92 points by Fred Minnick in Whisky Advocate. Aged for six years, eight months, and 14 days, this release was selected from five different locations. 4% from the 6th floor of Warehouse F; 4% from the 7th floor of Warehouse F; 8% from 4th floor of Warehouse E; 39% from the 5th floor of Warehouse E; and 45% from the 7th floor of Warehouse H. The name "Sip Awhile" is a tribute to Booker himself and includes his invitation to friends and family that stopped by. #Cheers

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Bourbon: Jim Beam Distiller's Cut (Beam Suntory)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 100.0 (50.0% ABV)
Distillery: James B .Beam Distilling Company (Beam Suntory)
Nose: Loads of vanilla bean with caramel and oak in equal measure and just a hint of oak.
Palate: A fuller, more robust flavor than the average White label. Strong notes of caramel and vanilla cased in smoky oak. Towards the end, there's a just a bit of bright, fruity, cherry to break everything up. Impressive for the price point.
Finish: Medium finish that coats the mouth more than it stays on the tongue. Oak with some light mint to round out the flavor.
Geek Fact: Whiskey is full of proteins, esters, and natural fatty acids, which are natural products of the distillation process. These esters and acids can cause a whiskey to get cloudy if it's too hot, or too cold. You may have noticed this if you put some ice in your bourbon and noticed a haze, or left a glass out overnight. In the early 1900s, this was seen as "undesirable" and could be remedied by "chill filtering" or cooling the whiskey down and then filtering it through a series of metallic meshes and paper filters. Some Bourbon Geeks love the fatty acids and think they impart a truer, more flavorful product. This limited release offering is a 5 to 6 year old Jim Beam bourbon, picked by Master Distiller Fred Noe and unfiltered to provide a fuller taste and palate feel as if selected straight from the barrel. #Cheers

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Bourbon: Kings County Distillery - Bottled in Bond - Batch 4 (Kings County Distillery, LLC)
Type: New York Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 100.0 (50.0% ABV)
Distilled by: Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn, NY
Nose: Rich notes of molasses and milk chocolate offset by sweet corn notes. A little bit of ethanol at proof but a drop of water smooths that out.
Palate: More oak than I would expect from a 4 year old distillate, and the molasses aroma matches the flavor with darker fruit notes of fig and date. It's a darker (flavor-wise) and richer bourbon, that would pair well with similar desserts.
Finish: Long finish with just some burn balancing between sweeter fruit notes and charred oak.
Geek Fact: Kings County Distillery is New York City's oldest operating whiskey distillery and the first since Prohibition. One of the most unique qualities of Kings County bourbon (and there are many) is that Master Distiller Colin Spoelman does not use rye or wheat. Rather, Spoelman opts to use a mash bill consisting of 80% New York corn and 20% English malted barley. This award winning batch was barrelled in the Spring of 2013 and bottled in the Spring of 2017. Like all of Kings County products, it was barrelled in a 10 gallon barrel with a #3 char. Spoelman has stated that he thinks the more food forward flavors of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla are the product of the softer char and lower entry proof around 116 proof. #Cheers

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Bourbon: Basil Hayden's (Beam Suntory)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 80.0 (40.0% ABV)
Distilled at: Kentucky Springs Distilling Co. (Jim Beamin Clermont & Frankfort, KY)
Nose: A lighter, fruity nose with red apple peel, lemon, and vanilla.
Palate: More delicate in terms of flavor. The "typical" bourbon flavors of caramel and vanilla are present but aren't as as prominent, putting forward more pear and vanilla flavors than dark fruits and caramelized sugars.
Finish: No burn (at least for me) and more on the shorter side of a finish, likely because of proof. The rye provides a nice dash of pepper at the end.
Geek Fact: Introduced in 1992, Jim Beam's Basil Hayden's honors Meredith Basil Hayden, Sr. Mr. Hayden is also the namesake of earlier introduced (pre-1899) Old Grand Dad bourbon created by his grandson R.B. Hayden. Basil Hayden's carried an 8 year age statement up until 2014. It is now NAS and "artfully aged." BH is regarded as the lighter bourbon of the Jim Beam lineup clocking in at only 80 proof. The mash bill consists of 63% corn / 27% rye / 10% malted barley and has the highest rye percentage of the Jim Beam bourbon products. #Cheers

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Bourbon: Wathen's Single Barrel (Medley Distillery)
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Proof: 94.0 Proof (47.0% ABV)
Distilled by: Located in Kentucky, but not disclosed (See below)
Nose: Wonderfully sweet nose that smells like pecan pralines with vanilla.
Palate: The palate is sweet and light with caramel, roasted pecans ending with a sugar coated peach note.
Finish: The finish is slightly warm and medium in length. Slightly oily mouth feel with just a bit of spice.
Geek Fact: The Medley family of bourbons includes Old Medley, Medley Brothers and Wathen's Single Barrel. The brand is sourced in Kentucky and bottled by Frank-Lin Distillers Products in California. The mash bill for all of the Medley products is unique because it has a higher malted barley portion than it does rye. The mash bill consists of 77% corn / 10% rye / 13% malted barley. Each bottle has the barrel number and date is was bottled handwritten on the label. This bottle is from barrel number 0139 and was bottled on January 26, 2017. #Cheers

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