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Kentucky Straight Bourbon: W L Weller Special Reserve, Buffalo Trace, 1792 Ridgemount Reserve, Elijah Craig

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Part of a tasting notes series from a monthly private whisky club in Mumbai, India.

Tasting Notes from 18 September 2014

This evening featured Kentucky straight bourbon… taking our usual approach we tried ‘blind’ then unveiled! Our whiskies included: WL Weller Special Reserve, Elijah Craig, Buffalo Trace and 1792 Ridgemount Reserve.

W L Weller Special Reserve

  • Colour – Dark burnished copper
  • Nose – Banana toffee, sweet vanilla, caramel
  • Palate – Spicy honey sweetness, perhaps a pinch of nutmeg? (some disagreed), “one track one direction”
  • Finish – Warm
  • Add water – Even spicier then mellowed out

Comments: “A lot more body than a regular Bourbon.” “Has all the ticks for bourbon…. A bit predictable.”

Unveiling: Straight bourbon with wheat substituting for rye.

W L Weller Special Reserve

W L Weller Special Reserve

Buffalo Trace

  • Colour – Dark reddish gold
  • Nose – Citrus honey flowery perhaps a little fruit
  • Palate – Spirity spice, chewy, a little harsh and dry
  • Finish – Stretched after taste, slightly bitter
  • Add water – Enhanced the sweet and spice

Debate: Some preferred the Weller, one thought the Buffalo Trace had more character

Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace

1792 Ridgemount Reserve

  • Colour – Dark reddish gold, perhaps a hint paler than the others
  • Nose – Aged rancio sweet overripe bananas, strong rye quality, after time became fruity floral
  • Palate – Dry weak body, cinnamon, astringent on the tongue
  • Finish – Very dry finish

Speculation was likely a straight bourbon with rye – turns out we were right!

Unveiling: The distinct feature of this bourbon is that it is produced in small batches

1792 Ridgemount Reserve

1792 Ridgemount Reserve

And for just a little extra, we re-sampled:

Elijah Craig

  • Nose – Corn medicinal banana wet leather
  • Palate – Sweet spice
  • Finish – Says hello and then flits off
  • Add water – Spice!!!!

Just what we’ve come to expect from a bourbon!

Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Was an interesting departure to take a little tipple trip to Kentucky however gotta admit, for my taste, this whisky lady prefers her single malts from Scotland. 🙂

For more posts on our tasting sessions and whisky explorations… check out my other blog Whisky Lady.

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