This time the gathering occurred at the beautiful home of one of the SB members in Wylie. He had a great collection of whiskey (mostly bourbon and rye) and was very generous in allowing us to taste several good whiskies. Here’s what I sampled:
Four Roses Small Batch: I’m surprised that I’ve not tasted this before, but I was glad to get a chance today. It’s fruity, flavorful and a great value at $25-30 here. It made LiquorHound’s list of 10 best bourbons under $30 and it’s easy to see why.
Parker’s Heritage Collection #7, Promise of Hope: A very solid and interesting bourbon, but nothing stellar. I don’t think that this one is worth the effort of seeking out (and it’s very rare).
Rittenhouse 25 Year Rye: This is by far the oldest rye that I’ve ever tasted and I’m quite certain that I’ll never find or be able to afford a bottle, so it was quite exciting to get a sample. A very minty profile for sure, with good woody flavor, mild burn (50% ABV) and a nice balance of vanilla and caramel as well. It doesn’t have the fruit flavors that I favor in a rye, but neither does Rittenhouse 100 Bottled-in-Bond, so this must be the profile of their whiskey. It’s a very solid and well executed aged rye whiskey.
Jefferson 21 Year Rye: Another heavy hitter, this time with much less mint and much less bold. This is an easy drink with good complexity and I enjoyed it a lot while watching the fountains in the pool from the back porch. There’s not a lot of wood as you might expect from the age and it’s nicely balanced and mildly complex. I’d like to spend more time getting to know this one… especially by the pool.
My contributions for the gathering were: Smooth Ambler Old Scout 8 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon (55.7% ABV), Stagg Jr. Batch #3, Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon 2010, StraightBourbon Blend (60% Old Weller Antique and 40% Weller 12 Year), Copper Fox Rye and Four Roses 9 Year & 3 Month Single Barrel OBSK (59.2% ABV McScrooge’s Selection Barrel QS 88-3D). I think they were thoroughly enjoyed and you’ll be hearing more about them here as I get to them myself.