Stagg Jr. 132 proof

Stagg Jr. has been sitting on my shelf for a month, waiting to be tasted. The nose from afar is very sweet, with floral notes giving way to hints of vanilla and brown sugar. When you really dive in nose deep the high alcohol content clears up your nasal passages right quick. On the palate there is a thick, warm mouthfeel that gives off a lot of heat. Cherry cough syrup brings me back to the days of faking sick to get out of tests, and more brown sugar leaves me longing for some cookies. The finish is long, with campfire smoke mixed with wood and char. This whiskey really opens up with a drop of water, bombarding your nose and mouth with intense cherry. This is not a whiskey for the weak willed; however, it is an excellent dram, and if you can find it, buy two.

*Originally written for Barrels & Drams

Smooth Ambler’s Old Scout 7 Year Bourbon

Smooth Ambler’s Old Scout 7 Year Bourbon comes to us from West Virginia with a mash bill of 60% corn, 36% rye, & 4% malt. The high percentage of rye is ever present on the nose filling the nostrils with floral spice. There was also a very light hint of cherries and apple. The mouth was über spicy, with strong cinnamon giving way to hints of mint gum. The finish didn’t stay long but was easily the best part with tobacco lingering on the tongue. It’s definitely a great whiskey to try, but i think there are better whiskies for the price point.

*Originally written for Barrels & Drams

Johnny Drum Private Stock

Johnny Drum is an NAS bourbon out of Kentucky. Its name honors the drummers of the Civil War who joined the war effort under the age of 18. We start off with a sweet nose of bubblegum and apples. Vanilla lingers underneath, but the sweetness intensifies on the second and third sniffs, building the anticipation to taste this golden, amber liquid. Personally, I like the tease, so I put the taste off for another three or four nosings. The fore is an oily coating that fills the mouth; hints of toffee on the teeth. The finish is long, with oak and light char notes giving way to more sweet bubblegum. This is an excellent everyday whiskey.

Old Weller Antique

Old Weller Antique – Like its younger brother, the Special Reserve, we start off smelling honey but this  adds a hefty amount of burn and a slight hint of vanilla. Through the palate there is a touch of cinnamon and maybe some apple/apple pie. The finish is long and stays with you forever. Take your time with this one & it will reward you with a fantastically smooth whiskey that is a great addition to anyone’s collection… if you can find it!

*Originally written for Barrels & Drams

W.L. Weller Special Reserve

Tonight’s dram comes to us from W.L. Weller. A hard to find gem priced on the lower end of the scale, pairs perfectly with a Montecristo. Honey on the nose with a touch of leather. Cinnamon and apple on the palate with a touch of Carmel. Strong burn throughout that stays with you to nuts and more honey. This is an absolute must try, if you can find it! 

*Originally written for Barrels & Drams

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