Monday, December 7, 2015
New Releases You Don't Need
Given that we are fullt into the holiday season, I thought I would make this easy and review a bunch of new whiskey releases that you don't need to buy.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2015, 12 yo, 50% abv ($80)
I've often been critical of this annual release from Brown Forman (though I did like last year's). This year's release isn't bad. It's got oak and maple syrup on the nose, a touch of acid and vanilla on the palate and a light vanilla finish. It's inoffensive and decent, but why on earth anyone would pay $80 for it, I don't know, especially when you can still get the Old Forester 1897, which is better, for cheaper.
Maker's 46 Cask Strength, 54.45% ($40 for 375 ml; available only at the distillery gift shop)
I was a big fan of the regular Maker's Mark Cask Strength, and I generally like Maker's 46, so I was excited to try this cask strength version of the barrel stave finished Maker's 46. The nose is floral, earthy and fruity. The palate comes on with sickly sweet candy notes, like Kool-Aid. The sweetness dissipates after a few seconds but there's nothing much left, or whatever is left is so dominated by the initial sweetness that it's undetectable. The finish tastes like artificial sweetener. Yuck. Stay away!
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof, Barrel 15-4962, 66.1% abv ($65)
For those of you who love to buy every special release, I just saved you $185 (plus tax) and who knows how much on the secondary market! You're welcome.
Thanks to The Whiskey Jug and Steve Neese for the samples.