Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

1792 Full Proof

Full proof signifies 125 proof when entering the barrel. 1792 is non-chilled filtered. This one is surprising and takes a few tastes to settle in. Smells and feels heavy in alcohol initially but delivers pleasantly to the palate.

Barton 1792

Bardstown, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Dry caramel, oak and hint of vanilla

Sweeter than expected. Sweet corn, cinnamon, dried cherries and a little vanilla.

Lots of heat initially, lingers but fades with oak, pepper and a little sweetness.

75/15

93.7

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$50

Angel's Envy

After aging 4-6 years, the last 6 months are finished in a Ruby Port Cask. Small batching 8-12 barrels at a time.

Louisville Distilling Company

Louisville, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Maple, vanilla, red wine

Creamy vanilla, custard, sweet

Long finish, no bite

72/18/10

86.5

Yes - DEW

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$45

Basil Hayden's

The Basil Hayden's bourbon brand was introduced in 1992 and is named in honor of Meredith Basil Hayden Sr. Hayden was a distiller, and he used a larger amount of rye in his mash than in some other bourbons.

Jim Beam

Clermont, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Spice, caramel, tea

Spicy but smooth, caramel

Clean, quick, no lingering

63/27/10

80

Yes - DEW

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$50

Bib and Tucker

Its a mix of Tennessee whiskeys (some think Jack Daniels and , charred in #1 barrels, the lightest char to give it a leathery taste and smoothness

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Green apple, vanilla, leather

Crisp, fresh, apple, vanilla, no smoke/oak

Lingers, smooth and sweet

70/26/4

92

Yes

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$45-50

Blade and Bow

To this day the original 5 keys hang on the door of the distillery Each key represents the 5 steps of crafting bourbon grains, yeast, fermentation, distillation and aging.

Stitzel-Weller

Louisville, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Dried fruit, apricot

Spice, citrus, toasted grain

Lingers, heavy on the tongue

N/A

91

Yes - Alton

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$65

Blanton's

The most elusive to collect.

Buffalo Trace

Frankfort, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Vanilla, Caramel, Butterscotch, Clove

Sweet, citrus, oak

Smooth

N/A

93

Yes - Kratt

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$35

Buffalo Trace

One of the only distilleries to stay open and produce during prohibition.

Buffalo Trace

Frankfort, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Brown sugar

Slight mint (Alton), Dr. Pepper (Kratt)

Very smooth, full, warm

N/A

90

Yes - Alton

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$30

Bulleit Straight Bourbon

One of the original bourbons, still distilled at the Bulleit distilling company

The Bulleit Distilling Co.

Louisville, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Sweet, oaky, spicy

Maple, oak, baking spice, clove

Long, toffee, spice

68/28/4

90

Maybe

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$40

Clyde Mays

Southern heritage in a bottle.

Unknown (sourced somewhere in KY)

Kentucky

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Caramel

Mild flavor, herbal spices

Good balance, smooth finish

78/12

92

Maybe

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$45-50

Eagle Rare

Part of a long history but originated only in 1975, Eagle Rare comes in two versions. 10 year and 17year. Originally distilled as 101 proof both are now 90 proof. Aquired by the Sazerac Family iin 1989 it is now distilled by Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Buffalo Trace

Frankfort, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Complex with aromas of toffee, hints of orange peel, leather and oak

Candied almonds and very rich cocoa - considered bold and delicate

Dry and Lingering

N/A

90

Yes - Kurt

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

Elijah Craig

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$17

Evan Williams 1783

This small batch Bourbon is pulled from less than 200 barrels. It’s extra-aged and uses the same sour mash process and traditional recipe made popular by Evan Williams..

Evan Williams Distillery

Bardstown, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Oaky vanilla, sautéed butter, and sweet corn

Semi-sweet, oaky, and honeyed

Minimal to nothing. Fades quickly

75/13/12

86

No - Kurt

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$13

Ezra Brooks

Neat drinkers are encouraged to stay away... "Ezra Brooks exists for those who appreciate quality at a fair price." Price is good and this should be used only for dares and mixing drinks.

Lux Row Distillers

Bardstown, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Spicy

Burns

Harsh

78/10/12

90

Nope

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

Four Roses

Four Roses

Lawrenceburg, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$120

George T Stagg

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

116.9

Yes - Kratt

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$13

Henry McKenna

Heaven Hill Distillery

Bardstown, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

75/13/12

80

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$60

Henry McKenna - 10 Year

Aged excellence.

Heaven Hill Distillery

Bardstown, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Oak, spices

Smooth oak, sharp spices and surprising sweetness

Long, the spices stay around for a bit

75/13/12

100

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

Jefferson's

Castle Brands

Crestwood, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$17

Jim Beam

Jim Beam

Clermont, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Oaky sweet

caramel, rye spice

Short and sweet

75/13/12

80

Nope

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$40

Longbranch

Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey Distillery announced the introduction of Wild Turkey Longbranch, a collaboration between the whiskey brand’s creative director (McConaughey) and Master Distiller Eddie Russell. Inspired by McConaughey’s Kentucky and Texas roots, this rare small-batch Kentucky Bourbon is refined with Texas Mesquite and oak charcoals

Wild Turkey

Lawrenceburg, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Butterscotch, brown sugar

Cinnamon, vanilla spice, sweet

Smooth, long finish, chest warmer

75/13

86

Yes - Kurt

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

Maker's Mark RC-6

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Yes

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$16.95 (350ml)

Makers Mark

A nice introductory bourbon for the new bourbon drinker. Smooth, rich taste and one of the only bourbons with no Rye in the mash.

Makers Mark

Loretto, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Woody oak, caramel vanilla

Sweet, vanilla with a fruity hit

Smooth and subtle

16 wheat, 70 corn 14 barley

90

No

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$38.99

New Riff

New comer to the bourbon world.

New Riff Distilling

Newport, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Butterscotch rounding into fresh oak with hints of vanilla and rye spice

Broad, fulsome - leading to sweeter vanilla with a hit of spice at the end

Long rye finish - white pepper and clove

65/30/5

100

No

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$58

Old Forester - Statesman

There is a great deal of history in this bottle, maybe not. It was produced as a promotional piece for the movie The Kingsman. The flavors represent the characters in the movie

Brown-Forman Distillers

Louisville, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Oak

Sweet taste on the second and third sip

Slight bite with the rye

75/15

95

Yes

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$45

Old Forester 1870 Original Batch

Bring back of the original batch creation from George Garvin Brown. Modern day this bourbon is blended by Marianne Barnes making it the fist bourbon from a major producer blended by a female in the modern era!

Brown-Forman Distillers

Louisville, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Little fruit, with caramel and vanilla

Oak with undertones of sweetness

Fades quickly

72/18/10

90

No -KJ

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$26.99

Old Grand Dad

Full flavored but not for everyone. This is not for the faint at heart but while not smooth going down, it does have some good flavor

Jim Beam - Beam Suntory

Clermont, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Cinnamon, brown sugar, rye heat with fainter hints of orange peel

Fruity but firm, the high rye can sometimes lean into high alcohol taste which can get in the way

Long, candied, hot cinnamon

63/27/10

114

No

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$45-50

Rare Breed

This Powerhouse Blend combines 6, 8, 12 year old bourbons. This is full cask-strength, so it is not cut with water to proof.

Wild Turkey

Lawrenceburg, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Toffee, brown sugar, oak char

sweet tobacco, spicy honey, caramel

Full, smooth, long finish, black pepper

75/13/12

116.8

Yes - Kratt, Kurt, Alton

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$40

Russell's Reserve

Jimmy Russell - longest tenured Master Distiller in the world and his son Eddie who in 2015 was named in his own right Master Distiller. The only father and son duo both being Master Distillers. Thus earning them the right to set aside - reserve - the best casks for the making of this special bourbon.

Wild Turkey

Lawrenceburg, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Sweet cinnamon bread, sweet vanilla and honey

Caramel, vanilla

Very smooth, long finish

75/13

90

Yes - Kurt

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

Southern Star - Single Barrel

Southern Distilling Company

Statesville, NC

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$50

Southern Star - Standard

Distilled in the original bourbon county in North Carolina, this start up distiller is producing a full flavored, high bite bourbon.

Southern Distilling Company

Statesville, NC

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Brown sugar, butter cookies

Caramel, spicy

Very smooth, full, warm

70/30

90

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$36-$40

TX

Actually a blended whiskey. Leather integrated into the caps. Bring your own leather boots or other source and they will make custom caps for you to put on your very own bottles.

Firestone & Robertson

Ft. Worth, TX

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Vanilla, pear, slightly sweet

Honey butter, banana, caramel

No bite. Smooth all the way through.

82

Yes (if I was in Texas)

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$50

The Clover

Sourced from multiple distilleries, but single barreled and bottled, never blended An exceptionally rich flavor and incredibly smooth finish. With an aroma of toasted oak and a taste of caramel, forward vanilla and slight char, this premium straight Tennessee bourbon finishes long, smooth & soft.

Piedmont Distillery

Madison, NC

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Maple, oak, vanilla

Smooth, burnt pancake

No bite, smooth finish

N/A blended from other distillers

90

Yes - DEW, Alton

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$55

Tin Cup 10 Year

Rooted in the coal mining pioneers and the cups they drank from, its a blend of 2 American whiskeys aged in #3 char barrels then cut with clear rocky mountain water to proof and hand bottled in CO.

Tin Cup Distillery

Denver, CO

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Cinnamon, pine with hints of honey

Sweet Pepper and raisins hint of leather

Caramel with a lingering but not long finish

2/3 corn 1/3 rye

84

Yes- KJ

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$40-45

Woodford Reserve - Double Oaked

The standard bearer for the mid-range pricepoint

Woodford Reserve Distillery

Versailles, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Oak, caramel, vanilla

Caramel, pepper

Smooth, lingers for just the right amount of time

90

Yes - DEW

Old Forester Statesman

Avg Price

$40

Yellowstone

Started in 1872 as a commemorative batch in honor of the first national park. In 2010 was reborn in the Beam family to bring the tradition back with this blended bourbon. Proceeds go to the National Parks 100th Anniversary Fund.

Limestone Branch

Lebanon, KY

Nose

Taste

Finish

Corn/Rye/Barley

Proof

Last Call

Smokey, cherry, brown sugar

Smooth, smokey, caramel

Short, oaky, butterscotch

N/A

93

Yes - Kratt