So I have been working my way through tasting various Rye, Corn, etc. American whiskeys recently. Jim Beam, while simple is always a standby. I like Old Overholt quite a bit.
In general I like my American Whiskey on the leaner side. Real favorites are the products from Tuthilltown Distillery, but at $35 a 375ml quite pricey. You can find a full 750ml bottle of the unaged corn whiskey on the internet for about $30 and it is well worth it.
Been meaning to try Wild Turkey 101 Rye, but have not gotten around to it. Jim Beam Rye is just a little simple.
I find increasingly the sweeter beefier American whiskey's are just too much. I used to like Jim Beam Black quite a bit, now I find it just swamps my palette. Likewise for the Rittenhouse 100 Rye. Too sweet, too much wood, just too much.
In another thread someone mentioned George Dickel Tennessee whiskey a while back and I realized I had not tasted it for 10+ years. An old friend swore by it... I remember tasting it way back when and neither loving nor hating it.
Just bought a bottle last night, and I must say, it really hit the spot. Lean, not overblown, yet complex, and very smooth on the palette. Felt like I could just keep refilling my glass. A hint of sweetness, a hint of wood, a dash of vanilla, and then numerous other complex notes that I will have to re-taste to get a handle on.
And it's not crazy expensive. Think I paid $18 at Martignettis.
Might have a solid spot on my permanent rotation.
Curious to see how it stands up to a cocktail with some of my house-made bitters and the Carpano Antico Vermouth a friend just gave me.