Hillbilly hooch night. Redneck slam down. Friday face off. But seriously, both of these whisky’s come well recommended and both are right around the $30 mark here in Alberta. And I’m going to blind taste them to some non whisky drinking friends. Why the hell not, they won’t know the friggin difference. Should be fun 😜
Years ago, I had a client, a Scotchman of means, who would only drink his Famous Grouse. And he could have bought anything he wanted ...so...
And the Weller Special Reserve has a fanatical insta-following, gonna see what the fuss is all about.
Besides, who doesn’t like to keep a cheap bottle in reserve for the mate who pops by and thinks he can raid your stash?
My favorite day of the week - Friday Flight day! Both of these bottles are from the Jim Beam family, with a reported 27% Rye in their identical mash bill. Old Grand-Dad 80 Proof versus Basil Hayden's 80 Proof! Today's flight continues my quest to hone my skills identifying small differences in closely-related products. The OGD is a shade lighter - more like gold, whereas the BH is clearly in light-honey-color country. Side by side, Old Grand-Dad's nose is easier on the spice and rye, as well as having a weaker corn note. Basil Hayden's palate is medium-bodied when contrasted with the undoubtedly thin Grand-Dad. Strong pepper and rye notes make way for corn as the former sits, while the latter remains limp on the tongue, unchallenging and soft. Grand-Dad finishes short, with a dry, bitter sour note that isn't entirely pleasant. Basil provides a medium-length finish with a bit of an oily texture, rye spice and corn - albeit a tad astringent. I don't get the same sour note I detected in OGD, here. These both appear to be from the same stock, however considering both sport a 40% ABV, I'm not sure why the OGD is so much more tame. Although for about double the price, Basil Hayden's is clearly the better spirit. (Basil Hayden was the name of the person Old Grand-Dad was named after!) #FridayFlight#OldGrandDad#OGD#Bas#BasilHayden> #BasilHayden #80Proof#KSBW#Kentucky#Straight#Bourbon#Whiskey#KentuckyStraight#BourbonWhiskey#KentuckyStraightBourbonWhiskey#Spirit#Spirits#HighRye#Rye#WhiskeyPorn#JimBeamDistillery#SuntoryBeam#BeamSuntory#Clermont#Frankfort
Those who know us know we love the EH Taylor range of whiskies. Even though most, if not all of the expressions carrying Edmund Haynes name he had never tried I'm sure he'd be proud.
Cured Oak uses 13 month dried staves to construct the barrels (more than twice normal period), then 'low rye' whiskey is added (same mash build as the regular EH Taylor bourbons, Eagle Rare and George T Stagg) and aged in Warehouse 'C' @buffalotrace which is a limestone brick combo from the late 1800's for 17 years.
You end up with a complex, aged bourbon at a medium length. Dark fruits, a bit if caramel from the wood and a touch of dryness on the close. Magical treacle. Not a million miles from sister release 'Seasoned Oak' but different enough. Gold stars all around here. 🌟
I’ve had this bottle for a few months and it wasn’t anything special. I just opened it again tonight and it’s amazing. The air has changed the taste of this bottle to something completely different. #heavenhill#oldstylebouron
Deductive Tasting Mix and Match Round 1
Trying to up my tasting game by developing the ability to match whiskies “blind”. It is easy to set up with a friend but I have worked out a way to set this up by myself. I add a very small piece of scotch tape to the bottom of each glass and write a letter that corresponds to the correct whisk(e)y. Fill the glasses and look away while shuffling the glasses around enough that you don’t remember which is which (be honest). Nose and taste each and make a guess. Then check the bottom of the glass.
For round 1 I chose a sherried scotch and a wheated bourbon. I figured a rye mashbill would make things too easy. I primarily looked for the malt and the sherry in the scotch.
I was able to correctly match these two.
In the future I hope to do other pairs, then work up to three and four, then more similar styles, eventually being able to make a guess with someone else pouring samples and no knowledge of the choices. It may be a long road but it will be fun.
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