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Breaking Bourbon

A few weeks back I made the error of purchasing a second bottle of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked (it was erroneous because I must not quite have assimilated the full depth of my disappointment first time round). A minority view, I know, but I just found the extra oaking a case of “over-egging the pud”…

Bourbon vs Scotch

Having just cracked open a long anticipated bottle of Yellowstone I have bourbon on my mind — and this coincides with Julia Reed’s discussion taking wing from Walker Percy’s famous essay. Sociological musings aside, I’m of the view that the pitching of Bourbon vs Scotch is a false dichotomy: there is no legitimate comparison. If I had…

Two super interesting brews

Being a chili head (and brew head) it was a no-brainer for me when I had to try the Jalapeño Ale at the lovingly repurposed Steam Plant (see photo). My initial scepticism was assuaged by the nose which really had the smell of the pepper and on drinking, it wasn’t at all the bland half-heartedness…

Jefferson’s Bourbon

I chanced across this new item at my off-licence and gave it an enthusiastic go, given the limited selection of bourbons usually on offer there. It is a blend, typically not my usual preference especially for Scotches, not on the grounds of snobbery (blends have 90% of the market and there are superb blends), but because I appreciate the…

Booker’s vs. Taylor

I just can’t choose between these two — a tied verdict. Other opinions here and here. (Update: I’m inclined towards the Taylor. It is smoother but the Booker’s has a gorgeous nose). alcoholbooker’s bourbonbourbongastronomyqualiataylor bourbon

Noah’s Mill Bourbon

I’ve been singing the praises of Bulleit bourbon on the grounds that it out performs most of the bourbons I’ve tried that are double and even triple the price. So I was rather excited to discover a bottle of Bulleit aged 10 years (about $45). Unfortunately it was a big disappointment and certainly was not…

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon

I agree with Jason and most of the comments that this is disappointing, overpriced and like so many claims made by the majors for their small-batch premium tipples, this really doesn’t live up to the marketing hype. Stick with good ‘ol budget Bulleit. bourbonbulleitgastronomyqualiawhiskeywoodford bourbon