Sunday, March 6, 2011

Three Bourbon reviews by Randy

A week or so ago, I posted HERE about a new bourbon distilled in Iowa.  Knowing that Randy (from MySideoftheBar) often went to Iowa, I challenged him to give us a review.

Not only did he do that, but he also provided comparison/reviews with two others.

So, sit back….pour a dram and enjoy.

Cheers (and a big thanks Randy).

  • Four Roses Yellow Label
    Price: $15.00 - $19.00
    Color: Very light caramel color
    Nose: Sweet and smooth with a very distinctive Bourbon flair. This could be due to being only 80 proof.
    Taste: Very smooth on both the tongue and finish. Sweet fruit like taste, but very light. The website says a little hints of spice, but I do not get that. However if you have a Cigar with this Bourbon it takes on an entire different complexity and then you may get some hints of spice.
    Overall: Well what can I say this is the official Bourbon of MySideOfTheBar. This is an excellent Whiskey and I enjoy it both neat and in a Manhattan as the price is very moderate.
  • Elijah Craig 12 Year Old
    Price: $26.00
    Color: Darker caramel color than either Four Roses or Cedar Ridge.
    Nose: Much heavier and distinctive Bourbon smell which I relate to being 94 proof.
    Taste: Very surprising as the taste does not reflect what you get from the nose. Very light taste with a slightly heavier finish, but still very smooth with still a sweet flavor, however more a gourmet chocolate sweet than a fruity sweet.
  • Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon
    Price: $35.00
    Color: Very light caramel color similar to Four Roses.
    Nose: Very sweet on the nose almost like a candy sweet similar to a chocolate covered fruit. More apple than cherry.
    Taste: Very, very smooth and you do enjoy a very sweet taste on the tongue and very smooth sweet finish. Definitely a sipping Whiskey and also great in Manhattans, however for the price I would reserve for enjoying neat.

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