Best Bourbon - Part 2
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Best Bourbon Whiskey - Part 2

 


The Tasting: The Fifty Best held a "blind" tasting of 46 bourbon whiskies with eighteen members of our spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The higher proof spirits (100+ prf) were tasted after the lower proof bourbons. Each of the bourbons were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. Double-Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The states of origin, distilleries and alcohol proofs are identified for each brand.


SILVER MEDAL WINNERS (continued)

Middle West Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey
Michelone Reserve

(Middle West Spirits, OH) 95° prf
Nose: Toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark mocha, demerara sugar, molasses, butter, vanilla, peaches and cream, ripe banana, apricot, dark cherry, bitter lemon, floral, grain, wheat, hay, wet leaves, leather, dust, oak.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, creamy, clotted cream, buttery, smoked chocolate fudge, maple syrup, almond cream, vanilla, marmalade, orange, apricot, banana, apple, mint, cinnamon, spice, pepper, toasted oak, sharp.
Finish: Butterscotch, creamy, chocolate, vanilla, apple cake, light peach, raisins, orange zest, nutty, toasty, hay, cinnamon, spice, tobacco, fireplace, oak, nice heat.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Middle West Spirits Straight Wheated Bourbon Whiskey Michelone Reserve

Timber Creek Southern Reserve Florida Whiskey
(Timber Creek Distillery, FL)  Blended bourbon.
Aged min. 9 ms. 100° prf

Nose: Toffee, dark chocolate, caramel, treacle, burnt sugar, vanilla, buttered pancakes with maple sausage, fermented fruits, apricot, corn chips, grain, cereal, mushroom, eucalyptus, almond, tarragon, wet stone, minerals, wood, oak, sherry, PX sherry.
Palate: Caramel, chocolate, cocoa, honey, cherry, orange zest, green pepper, green leaves, grassy, tea leaves, laurel, peppermint, hay, cereal, nutty, nutmeg, clove, pepper, wet stone, leather, wood.
Finish: Caramel, honey, chamomile, green tea leaves, eucalyptus, menthol, burnt toast, salted almonds, nutty, cinnamon, spicy, mineral, old leather, tannic, smoky, sawdust, blond wood, old oak, heat, clean.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Timber Creek Southern Reserve Florida Whiskey 100 proof


BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS


Texas Gold Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
(Whiskey Hollow Distillery, TX)  Aged min. 6 ms. 110° prf
Nose: Butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, vanilla, honey, jellybean, fresh-picked apples, corn, sorghum, cereal, pecan, walnut, cinnamon, leather, limestone, moss, earthy, char, smoky, oak, old oak.
Palate: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, vanilla pudding, buttercake, honey, mango, orange, citrus, floral, grain, toast, corn chowder, pepper, spicy cedar, cigar box, earthy oak, smooth.
Finish: Vanilla, cream, warm bread pudding, apricot, orange, lemon, mint, toasted almonds, cinnamon, pepper, peppery, tobacco, wet stones, wood, balsawood, oak.

Bronze Medal
bronze medal

 

Whiskey Hollow Texas Gold Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

J. Carver Straight Bourbon Whiskey
(J. Carver Distillery, MN)  Aged min. 2 yrs. 80° prf
Nose: Toffee, white chocolate, maple syrup, cane sugar, cocoa, vanilla, pear, mango, unripe banana, overripe banana, pineapple, coconut, sweet corn, creamed corn, floral, grassy, hay, bright pine needles, almond, nutty, nutmeg, tobacco, leather, oak, almond wood, sweet wood.
Palate: Butterscotch, burnt caramel, creamy, dry chocolate, honey, apricot, honeydew melon, tropical fruit, dates, corn, peppermint, tea leaves, nutty, spice, peppery, earthy, mineral spirits, limestone, pine.
Finish: Milk chocolate, molasses, tropical fruit, elderflower, nutmeg, leather, limestone, mineral spirits, light smoke, pine, oak, soft, smooth.

Bronze Medal
bronze medal

J. Carver Straight Bourbon Whiskey


Three Chord Blended 100% Bourbon Whiskey
(Steel Bending Spirits, MI)  81° prf
Nose: Butterscotch, caramel, buttery, sweet cream butter, burnt toffee, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, fudge, cocoa powder, maple, vanilla bean, vanilla, crème brulee, honey, apple pie, cherry, tangerine, coconut, dried fruit, coffee and cream, oats, walnut, smoked pecans, nutty, nutmeg, cinnamon, Christmas spice.
Palate: Salted caramel, fudge, cane sugar, white chocolate, maple, biscotti, cherry, dark stewed cherries, pear, orange, citrus, orange peel, eucalyptus, herbal, mint, walnut, clove, toasted cinnamon, nutmeg, spice, leather, tobacco, dusty, cedar, viscous oak.
Finish: Caramel latte, honey, coconut, pecan, almond, clove, nutmeg, toasted cinnamon, spice, pepper, white pepper, strong tobacco, earthy, tannic, woody, oak.

Bronze Medal
bronze medal

Three Chord Blended 100% Bourbon Whiskey

Timber Creek Southern Reserve Florida Whiskey
(Timber Creek Distillery, FL)  Blended bourbon.
Aged min. 9 ms. 93° prf

Nose: Toffee, nougat, cane sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla, green apples, prickly pear, citrus, unripe banana, green chili, green leaves, ferns, hay, menthol, tarragon, pepper, pickles, fresh-pressed ginger, leather, bacon fat, earthy, smoke, sawdust, wood, pine, mild oak.
Palate: Caramel, taffy, buttery, maple syrup, raisins, pear, ginger, licorice, mint, rosemary, sage, dried leaves, corn chips, wood smoke, forest fire, mesquite, toasted cedar, pine, oak.
Finish: Cacao, coconut, galangal, minty, licorice, cinnamon, turmeric, allspice, spices, peppery, mossy, fresh tobacco, smoky, peppered wood, mesquite, oak, soft.

Bronze Medal
bronze medal

Timber Creek Southern Reserve Florida Whiskey 93 proof

Springfield Manor White Collar Bourbon Whiskey
(Springfield Manor Distillery, MD) 80° prf
Nose: Ripe banana, prune, lemon, green pepper, grassy, peanut shells, cinnamon, leather, cigar, mineral, musty, smoke, oak.
Palate: Chocolate, fudge, cocoa, maple, creamy, vanilla, raisins, citrus, tea, grassy, palm, peanuts, nutty, nutmeg, clove, Sichuan pepper, peppery, leather, limestone, woody, oak, smooth.
Finish: Dark chocolate, maple, honey, citrus, wintergreen, cinnamon, allspice, light spice, leather, limestone, musty, woody, oak, easy.

Bronze Medal
bronze medal

Springfield Manor White Collar Bourbon Whiskey

Short Mountain Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey
(Short Mountain Distillery, TN)  Aged 52 ms. 93° prf
Nose: Marzipan, maple, cane sugar, honey, raw coconut, toasted coconut, banana, honeysuckle, green pepper, agave wine grass, moss, straw, tea leaves, nutty, light cinnamon, chipotle, tobacco, toasty, mineral, earthy, musty, bamboo, pine, oaky.
Palate: Maple, raisin, dates, acai berry, honeydew, elderflower, rose, ginger, cracked corn, fire-roasted white corn, earthy mushroom, raw almonds, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, pepper, spicy cedar, wood, pine, oak.
Finish: Butterscotch, wintergreen, peppermint, green leaves, dried leaves, chili, hot and spicy, hot red pepper, peppery, cedar, punch.

Bronze Medal
bronze medal

Short Mountain Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey


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