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.

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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+

Old Grand Dad (80 proof)

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Grade: C

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $15

Availability: Wide

The nose on this is rye, spice, but with a slight chemical compound. The palate is dry again with moderate spice and lingering rye into the finish. The finish is tart and semi offensive. There is a lot of youth here. This is certainly a below average bourbon and was better when it was at 43.00% ABV.

Corner Creek

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Grade: C

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: 8 yrs

ABV: 44.00%

Price: $24

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This is a blend of rye, wheat, and corn. The nose on this has some floral notes and maybe a bit vanilla. On the palate this expression is very dry and has a little bit of spice, but mostly it becomes an intense¬†astringent taste that lingers into the finish. While it’s not a terrible bourbon…it’s not far off either. C/C-

Bookers

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Grade: C+

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: 6-8 Yrs

ABV: 65.00%

Price: $60

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The ABV will vary on this small batch expression by Jim Beam. The nose on this is really rich with maple syrup and wood. The palate is one of the sweetest and driest bourbons I have ever tasted. I am guessing that this was made into a sugar bomb so as to mask the high ABV. The finish is long and hot, this stuff really lingers and does have a nice spice to it. Overall this is decent stuff but way to sweet for me and not all that interesting beyond the sugar.