Woodford Reserve – Double Oaked

Woodford Reserve
Double Oaked 

Proof: 90.4
ABV: 45.2%
Style: Bourbon
State: KY 
Price: $50-$99.99

Rob Allanson – 9.1

Nose: Sweet up front. Candied almonds, coated in hard sugar, caramel toffee chews, Dutch honey syrup wafer and milky coffee.Oak takes hold with tannins and spices.

Palate: More fruit, overpowering the oak. Apples, poached pears and runny honey. Tarte tatin – that caramalized sugar edge. Nutmeg and cinnamon.

Finish: Rich with vanilla cream and spice. Morish.

Comments: A liquid apple pie, just ask for more.

Sam Coyne – 8.4

Nose: Swing back a few months, untangle the lights and put that Christmas tree back up. Sweet, spices; nutmeg, cinnamon and oak. Vanilla, caramel and a touch of honey.

Palate: Stewed raisins and sultanas with honey up-front. Oak spice grabs you by the shoulders and shakes. 

Finish: Rich, the festive spices return.

Comments: Good, straight forward Bourbon, that surprises more than a little. Is there anything not to like about this one?

William Larue Weller – Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Barrel Proof

William Larue Weller 
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Barrel Proof 

Proof: 128.2
ABV: 64.1%
Style: Bourbon
State: KY
Price: $50-$99.99

Rob Allanson – 8.5

Nose: A huge yet gentle nose centering on caramel chews, fresh baked cookies and spiced honey cashew nuts. Butterscotch fondant and wood.

Palate: Gentle and smooth. Plenty of  sweet caramel notes. Dried orange and vanilla ice cream. Hints of fresh figs and cherries too.

Finish: A little short but full of sweetness and a little saline minerality in there too.

Comments: A great, enjoyable Bourbon. To be sipped and savored with friends.

Sam Coyne – 8.0

Nose: Really sweet. Toffee, fudge and milk chocolate cookies. Earthy cereal notes and finally a little oak spice at the end.

Palate: More of the caramel, but this time it covers plum fruits and figs. There’s a biscuity edge too and hints of peppered rye-like spice. 

Finish: Middling, but sweet before ending up with earthy cereals. 

Comments: Very nice, but quite reserved and nothing too punchy. A rounded number that has its place on everyone’s shelf. 

Stonecutter Spirits – Heritage Cake Whiskey

Stonecutter Spirits
Heritage Cask Whiskey 
Stonecutter Spirits

Proof: 90
ABV: 45.0%
Style: Single Malt
State: VT
Price: $50-$99.99

Rob Allanson – 8.4

Nose: Gentle but all these tropical fruits emerge, papaya, mango and dried pineapple. Grain comes through, malt and raisin bread.

Palate: Huge sweetness and then those fruits come through. Gentle and delicate. A wood grip, coconut ice cream and caramel sauce.

Finish: All that fruit – nice and long, Coconut ice cream and gentle spicy notes at the end.

Comments: A delicate and gentle whiskey, one to savour. Takes its time to reveal its delights, but well worth it.

Sam Coyne – 7.8

Nose: Vanilla up-front, before lashings of flambé fruit. A little acetone and those fruit-salad chews. Apricots and cherries. Yum.

Palate: Big ol’ spices welcome you in, we’re talking cinnamon and nutmeg especially. More of those sweeties in the background and a slightly tannic hint. A slightly oily mouthfeel.

Finish: More and more of the chews, but becomes cleansing with a herbal, menthol finish.

Comments: A little surprising, but might not appeal to the purists. 

Sons of Liberty – Bourbon Whiskey

Sons of Liberty 
Bourbon Whiskey 
Sons of Liberty Spirit Company

Proof: 92
ABV: 46.0%
Style: Bourbon
State: RI
Price: $25-$49.99

Rob Allanson – 8.5

Nose: A hot minerality at first, then shelves of old books, dusty and sweet mold. Fruit, damsons and plums. A little mac and cheese.

Palate: A sweet and sour effect, mandarin slices and a lemon citrus edge. Grilled chop with cinnamon and apple sauce. Gentle oak grip.

Finish: Sweet and juicy and then at the end the oak makes itself known.

Comments: Has a complex nose, a little dialled back on the palate, and then what a finish. A rollercoaster of a whiskey.

Sam Coyne – 8.5

Nose: Lots of cereal to begin. Oats, malt and spice. Ripe plums and a banana hint. 

Palate: Banana skins, before the warmth of oak grips. You get a lashing of vanilla before something faintly smoky. Cereals make their presence felt.

Finish: Sweeter, but its more caramel than fruit.Intriguingly smoky. 

Comments: Pretty good fun as it dives around in different directions. Satisfying enough to be your staple, while quirky enough to bring out on special occasions.


Ransom – Rye, Barley, Wheat Whiskey

Rye, Barley, Wheat Whiskey
Ransom Spirits

Proof: 93.4
ABV: 46.7%
Style: Wheat
State: OR 
Price: $50-$99.99

Rob Allanson – 8.0

Nose: Spirity at first, green grass, melon and Parma ham. Lemon cake, citrus, sugary, then sharp green fruits, apples, limes and gooseberries. Becomes malty, cornflakes and bread sticks.

Palate: Spirity at first, green gauges, apples and unripe pears. Then spun sugar, iced buns and a lime juice zip and agave sweetness.

Finish: Sweet and very swift. Vanishes to caramel sweetness.

Comments: Wheat is present, feels like it needsmore time in the oak.

Sam Coyne – 8.0 

Nose: Dried citrus peels. Coriander and cereal notes. Lightens a little bit towards the end with a floral note.

Palate: Very savory with a salty note to it. Hints of rye, but then more cereal from the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty coating. Coriander returns. 

Finish: Quite long, more of the coriander from the nose, but some fruit offers light relief.

Comments: Balances all the flavors nicely. Good variety.