Larceny

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Grade: C+

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $23

Availability: Wide

The nose is about as light as a bourbon can get. The palate is much of the same, light sweetness on both, buttery. This almost reminds me of canadian whiskey. The finish is the best part of this expression, there is some nice rye spice here. Overall, this is an ultra smooth bourbon with no real character.

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Buffalo Trace

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Grade: B-

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $24

Availability: Wide

The nose has a lot of oak and honey with some brown sugar. The palate has a typical American bourbon big caramel taste (I like this taste) more wood, really nice balance here, there is a touch of citrus thats lingers into the finish. The finish reminds me of pancakes and marmalade. For the cost this is a splendid purchase. Not overly complex but enjoyable.

Angel’s Envy

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Grade: B-

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $44

Availability: Wide

This is a bourbon that was finished in port pipes. The nose has a lot of wine on it and quite floral. The palate is woody with more wine berries and dried fruit, though very light on all of the above mentioned. Nothing really stands out as a significant quality or taste. The finish is faint with the slightest taste of port. This is a very drinkable expression but not complex at all and hardly worth the money when considering the other options in this price range.

Colorado Gold Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Grade: B-

Type: America, Bourbon, Colorado

Age: N/A

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $55

Availability: Not available yet in many states

Here is a nice blend of corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley. The corn is the dominating ingredient. The nose is mostly rye with some roasted corn. The palate has some nice maple/brown sugar and honey to it. The finish is light and sweet, smooth and tasty. This is actually a decent craft bourbon here. I stress this because I have sampled many “craft” bourbons that are just terrible. I do think this expression is worth trying.

Balcones Brimstone

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Grade: B-

Type: American, Texas, Corn

Age: N/A

ABV: 53.00%

Price: $65

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose on this is smoked BBQ and corn. The palate tastes like BBQ ribs, very unique profile here, smoked salmon. The finish is really smokey, much different from what you may think as an Islay scotch, it’s more like a smoked fish or rib meat. I tried this a few times, the first time I really liked it. However, by a second and third dram I had lost my taste for it. It tasted like BBQ that had way to much sauce on it. Meh…. I think that it’s unique and worth trying; however, I’m unlikely to ever purchase a bottle. B-/C+

Prichard’s Double Chocolate Bourbon

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Grade: C+

Type: American, Bourbon, Tennessee

Age: N/A

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $60

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The chocolote on the nose is pretty dominate over any other typical bourbon smells. On the palate there is a decent amount of chocolate, though not overly sweet, slight hints of vanilla and chocolate make this taste like a black and white cookie. the finish is medium and easy to swallow. There is nothing that is offensive here, I just can’t get into the chocolate taste as there isn’t much else to it.

Stagg Jr.

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Grade: B-

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: 8-9 Yrs

ABV: 67.20%

Price: $50

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

Buffalo Trace has said that this will be a regular expression. However, so far it has been a bit hard to find for customers. The nose on this is wood, spice and lots of oak. The palate is rye, oak, nice candied caramel taste here. The finish is hot, plastic, finger nail polish remover. I think this expression by Stagg is worth trying and owning but it does fall a bit short if you have expectations based on the original Stagg expressions. B-/B