Being from the South, I am excited to hear that some southern, older traditions of the past are peaking through the bourbon world. When I think of older southern generations and traditions in the south, I do tend to think of the illegal producers of this great spirit, but it all had to start from somewhere. FEW has taken it upon themselves to combine the best of the North and the South in their Bourbon with traditions and ingredients.
FEW Bourbon uses three grains that are infused together, a corn, a malted barley and they combined that with a Northern Rye to give it a spicy kick. This is a fairly young bourbon since it is ages for one year in a charred oak barrel but it does have some interesting characteristics to it.
On the nose I found a sweet floral scent that would round out into an apricot. No spice was detected at the nosing stage. The first thing I noticed in the taste is how smooth the bourbon felt as I took my first sip. The second sip reminded me of a werther's hard original candy that smooth creaminess of caramel, vanilla and a nutty flavor that is a cross between a peanut and toffee. Towards the end of the taste the spicy from the rye reminds you that it is in there and can probably be diluted with a drop of water if you are not into the spiciness of rye. Please keep in mind that when tasting this bourbon they do produce it in small batches, so there may be some differences within each batch.
Definitely a sipping bourbon that will warm you up on a cold day if you choose to drink it neat, like I do! Nice job FEW, I am looking forward to trying the Rye next.
Day 1 – Booker's 7 Year. Nose – Charred wood and butter. Taste starts smooth with cinnamon pepper finish.
Day 2 – FEW Spirits “Christmas in a Glass”. Nose – Pine trees. Taste Cinnamon and mild pepper finish.
Day 3 – Rough Stock Montana Bourbon. Nose – rough oak. Taste – Young and buttery with cinnamon and pepper.
Day 4 – Four Roses Bourbon – Nose – Caramel and oak. Taste – Butter, caramel mild cinnamon finish.
Day 5 – Old Ezra 7 Year Old – Nose – Tobacco with Vanilla and Oak. Taste – Mild butter and toffee with a mild cinnamon finish.
Day 6 – Bulleit Frontier Whiskey – Nose – Butter, toffee and charred oak. Taste – butter, charred oak and mild pepper.
Day 7 – Smooth Ambler Spirits Old Scout 7 year. Nose – honey, white pepper, spice. Taste – smooth, honey, caramel and spice.
Day 8 – Four Roses Single Barrel. Nose – Caramel, oak, medicinal. Taste – Butter, toffee, pepper.
Day 9 – Mitcher’s US #1 Bourbon. Nose – Brown Sugar and Butter. Taste – Smooth, cherry and cinnamon.
Day 10 – Buffalo Trace. Nose – Mint and oak (love that I can smell the mint). Taste – Vert mild oak and pepper.
Day 11 – Eagle Rare 10 Year. Nose – Caramel and charred oak. Taste – pepper, oak, and smooths out to a caramel finish.
Day 12 – Makers Mark. Nose – cherry and charred oak. Taste – Starts with cherry, oak and caramel fades to a pepper finish.
Day 13 - Hudson Baby Bourbon - Nose- Grassy, wheat feels like on a farm. Taste - heavy leather, and oak.
Day 14 - Kings County Bourbon - New York City's oldest whiskey distillery. Nose - full bodies, oak orange rind fall spices. Taste - thick, leather, earthy.
Day 15 - Rebel Yell - Nose- sweet mint and oak. Taste - sweet corn and pepper.
Day 16 - Larceny - Nose - maple syrup, oak. Taste - pepper up front, orange syrup towards the end pepper lingers throughout the whole taste.
Day 17 - 1792 - Nose - juicy fruit gum, vanilla. Taste - oak, vanilla, pepper overwhelms the finish and warms the soul.
Day 18 - Basil Hayden - Nose - mint, charred wood. Taste - charred wood, vanilla, mild pepper.
Day 19 - Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon. Nose - fig, oak, vanilla. Taste - cross between spearmint and pepper that makes your tongue tingle.
Day 20 - Bakers 7 year old. Nose - Juniper and clove. Taste - an array of baking spices, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.
Day 21 - Jim Beam Double Oak - Nose - Oak, Cinnamon, Nutmeg. Taste - cinnamon, oak mmild cherry medicinal toward the end.
Day 22 - Kentucky Vintage - Nose - Apricot, slight mint. Taste - light, airy, leather and tangy on the tongue.
Day 23 - Blanton's Gold Edition. Nose - sugar cooke with a whiskey icing. Taste - mulling spices heavy on the cinnamon charred oak.
Day 24 - Wild Turkey 101 8 year 1970a - Nose - Roasted Peanuts. Taste fig, dates, mild pepper finish down the back of the throat.
Great Calendar for any whiskey lover!
Day 1- Nikka 12 Year Blended Whisky - Nose - not as pronounced. Taste - smooth, smoky and charred oak.
Day 2 - Hibiki Harmony Blend - Nose - Sweet, nutty and oak. Taste like black licorice and mild pepper finish.
Day 3 - Akashi White Oak Blended Whisky - Nose- pears, and grapes. Taste- fruit, mild pepper finish.
Day 4 - Togouchi Kiwami Blended Whisky - Nose - Floral, apricot. Taste - mild, sweet and smooth.
Day 5 - Taketsuru Pure Malt Bended Whisky - Nose - Floral and vanilla. Taste - Cherry, leather, and a grassy meadow.
Day 6 - Nikka Pure Malt White Blended Whisky - Nose - Mild peat, floral and oak. Taste - Smooth, floral, butter and cinnamon.
Day 7 - Nikka from the Barrel - Nose - nutty, sugar, oak. Taste - mild cinnamon, peat, spice lingers
Day 8 - Hibiki 17 Year Blended Whisky - Nose - Sweet, fig and vanilla. Taste - Brown sugar and mild leather.
Day 9 - Togouchi 18 year Whisky - Nose - Mild citrus and floral. Taste - Floral and black licorice.
Day 10 - Nikka Blended Whisky - Nose - Floral. Taste - Floral mild pepper finish
Day 11 - Hakushu Dustukkers Reserve - Nose - Floral, mild pepper. Taste - pepper, smooths out with a lite buttery oak taste.
Day 12 - Nikka Pure Malt Red Blended Whisky - Nose - Oak and corn syrup. Taste - starts spicy, mellows to a sweet and then warms the tongue.
Day 13 - Nikka Whisky Coffey Grain Whisky Nose-sweet, smooth, floral and sugar. Taste - honey and mild pepper.
Day 14 - Mitagikyo Single Malt - Nose - semi-floral, nutty caramel. Taste- warm not spicy. Toffee nutty.
Day 15 - Okayama Single Malt - Nose - pears, mild cider. Taste - hard cider
Day 16 - Togouchi premium whisky - Nose-expensive Italian olive oil. Taste- starts silky, buttery toffee, mild pepper finish.
Day 17 - Yamasaki 12 year old. Nose-floral, oak, citrus. Taste- vanilla, charred oak and mild pepper finish.
Day 18 - Mars Maltage Cosmo - Nose - floral, caramel. Taste - silky, nutty cedar on the end.
Day 19 - Nikka Pure Malt Black. Nose - floral, caramel, sweet. Taste- buttery, mild pepper.
Day 20 - Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky - Nose - banana and caramel. Taste - malt, old fashioned butterscotch and with a hint of clove. Think I found a new favorite Japanese Whisky.
Day 21 - Yoichi Single Malt - Nose light and floral. Taste - black licorice and pepper coats the tongue.
Day 22 - Super Nikka Revival Limited Edition. Nose - butter, toffee. Taste - silky, buttery smooth mild pepper finish. Very tasty!
Day 23 - Akashi White Oak Single Malt 5 Year. Nose - sweet, buttered rum. Taste - buttered toffee, sweet, mild pepper finish.
Day 24 - Nikka Taketsuru 17 Year Old. Nose - honey and oak. Taste - sweet, oak tingles on the lips.
Over this Thanksgiving Day Holiday thought it would be best to try some of the Wild Turkey Rare Breed with the family. This barrel 112 proof whiskey bourbon is definitely a Rare Breed. One of the many characteristics that I enjoy is when you nose the whiskey to sense the flavors that your taste buds might be getting ready to enjoy only to taste a little surprise in the end. This Rare Breed will have you smelling molasses and maple syrup with a dry oak finish. The taste brings out the fig, dates, oak and finishes with a mild pepper flavor that will linger on for a little bit. A friend of my father's, who was experience this tasking with me, told me that when she nosed the whiskey she could remember the smell of her grandmother's fruit cake, when they would soak it in bourbon and apples while it set. So tis the season for Fruit Cake (dark fruit cake not light) so pair this whiskey bourbon with your families favorite recipe to see if you get the same experience.
Love the story behind Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea. Two barrels are strapped to a boat and transported down river from Louisville, KY to New Orleans, LA. Then they go up to coast from Key West to New York. Along the way the boat stops for breaks and photo ops for tourists to see the barrels on their journey.
The bottle above is the 3rd Voyage. The nose on this whiskey will remind you of a Sandalwood Candle which has hints of vanilla and oak. With a hint of bacon, caramel and well yes some whiskey I definitely think we have a new candle that many would purchase.
The taste reminds me of candied bacon and sea salt caramel bites. The black pepper and crystallized brown sugar on the bacon and the silky smooth taste and texture of melted down caramel with bits of salt is a perfect description of this whiskey. In fact I think these items would definitely enhance the flavors.
Thanks to Rich & Rare for sending me this great bottle of whiskey to sample and this is definitely the time of year to sample it. With a nose of vanilla and cream with a slight pepper smell it gets you in the mood to bake a pumpkin pie. The taste of this whisky will not disappoint you with what you were able to smell. Definitely a vanilla, oak flavor in the beginning ending with a cinnamon, peppery finish.
I think this whisky would go great with a nice fall baked good. So pull out your recipes and sip this whisky with your pumpkin or apple flavored baked goods.
This 90 proof whisky is of a high rye content (95% to be exact). The nose gives you an aroma of oak from the barrel and you can almost smell the sugar maples that are burnt to produce the charcoal for their filtration process. The taste in my humble opinion is smooth for a high rye content but you will still get the spice in the end. This whisky is definitely one that can be sipped and I would not recommend putting into a mixed drink.
What is different about this whisky versus the Jack Daniel coal filtration is that George knew the best time of year to make whisky was in the Winter, and he couldn't wait all year to produce whiskey so he created a cold coal filtration process. This way he could make great whisky all year long. Thank you George!
While visiting my favorite Marriott in Salt Lake City, which by the way has the best Goat Cheese and Fig Appetizer, I was able to try this interesting Rye Whiskey.
Nose: Smells sweet, almost too sweet for a Rye Whiskey. (Wondering if the goat cheese fig app, played a part in that).
Taste: Bit of spice in the beginning and black licorice in flavor towards the middle. The finish is sweet and savory. Definitely has a full rye flavor and mellows out nicely. I find that it is a great sipping whiskey and a great rye to mix in your Old Fashion or other Rye Whiskey cocktails.
I have been searching and searching for Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye for awhile now. We have found small batch and single barrel but no rye. Then it dawned on me, if it is this hard to find what are the chances that I am going to be disappointed when I do get my hands on it. Even though there are only a few bourbons and whiskeys that have disappointed me in the past (that will remain nameless) I could be pleasantly surprised with this one too. The struggles, I tell you.
Well... this past weekend I was at lunch with my family. Glancing at the Whiskey and Bourbon list, like I always do, I see the five little words that get my attention and I had to try it. The nose had a tobacco smell with a sweet finish. The taste was of caramel, charred oak, vanilla and a mild tobacco flavor that ends with a mild pepper finish on the tip of your tongue. This is definitely a whiskey that I will be keep looking out for and get a number of them for my collection if I can.
The first time I tried this whiskey I was at the Principal's Office in Colorado Springs. I was very surprised on how smooth this rye whiskey tasted. This particular rye whiskey is distilled and bottled by the Heaven Hill Distillery in Louisville, KY. It has notes of a Pennsylvania style rye whiskey that has a mild peppery finish. You would not expect this when you nose the whiskey. The smell is of vanillas and oak, almost sweet in nature. The taste is more of a toasted vanilla, charred oak flavor with a mild pepper finish. For one who really enjoys rye whiskeys, like myself, this will definitely be one that I will keep on my shelf.