Blanton’s Straight From The Barrel

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Thanks to /u/nofansky for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

I really don’t get to try enough bourbon. This is the first offering I’ve ever tried from Blanton’s. It’s a brand of the Buffalo Trace distillery which places an emphasis on single barrel bottlings and hand crafted style bourbon.

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof – Batch 10

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Thanks to /u/nofansky for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

Everyone who’s ever taken an interest in bourbon has tried, or should try Heaven Hill Distillery’s Elijah Craig Small Batch. It’s fairly well aged for a bourbon and has quite a unique and complex yet mellow profile, making it a firm favourite of many a whiskey drinker.

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Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2014

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Four Roses is quite a staple brand on the bourbon market, even out here in Israel we get the regular one along with the fantastically priced Small Batch and the Single Barrel. I’ve tried all of the and found that I like the Small Batch best, I found the Single Barrels a little hit or miss, whereas the Small Batch is consistently good. What I was not aware of was that there is an annually released limited edition of the Small Batch and Single Barrel.

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Prichard’s Rye

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Originally reviewed on reddit: 08/11/15

I’d heard a bit about this one when I started exploring rye whiskies and was happy to actually try some. It’s somewhat unique in that it’s actually distilled at Prichard’s distillery in Tennessee, whereas as mentioned most American rye whiskies are sourced from a small handful of industrial distillers, and in pot stills no less.

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Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7

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Originally reviewed on reddit: 25/08/15

This was the first good rye I ever tried. Previously I’d had some bottom shelf rye whiskies (Rye isn’t a big thing in Israel or in South Africa where I grew up). I got it unexpectedly in a pack of samples and was a bit cautious due to my previous history with bad ryes. I was very pleasantly surprised and this literally opened the whole world of rye whiskies to me. This is distilled at MGP in Indiana

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Bulleit Rye

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Originally reviewed on reddit: 08/10/15

Up until last year my only experience with rye was some bottom shelf stuff I’d tried while travelling around the USA, so I wasn’t so into it. Then I got hold of a sample of Old Scout Smooth Ambler, and it all changed. Bulleit is one of the only Ryes available in Israel (along with Jim Beam and very recently Sazerac) so I got a bottle for when I wanted something a little different. It has some story and is called ‘frontier whiskey’ but it’s likely just some made up marketing nonsense.

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Deer, Bear & Moose Bourbon Lot 1

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This is mystery dram number 3 in the tasting pack from Flaviar. This one was very obviously a bourbon. The nose smacked of wood, spice and sweet stuff. It turned out to be a bit of a unique one. One of the things Flaviar do is sell their own bottlings of things under the Deer, Bear & Moose label, and this was one of their bottlings of bourbon. From what distillery it’s from is not listed however.

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