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Cocktails & Spirits

Bourbon & Tennessee Whiskey Blind Tasting, Round Two

Chicago Mike | Jan 13, 200710:28 PM    

Our blind tasting of various Kentucky and Tennessee whiskies continued recently with Round Two. The results of Round One are posted on a separate thread at this link:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/345859

As with Round One, all whiskeys were tasted blind "side-by-side". The results were as follows:

1st Place: WL Weller Special Reserve 7 Yr Old. "Very nicely balanced, mild aromas, subtle caramels"

2nd Place: Wild Turkey Rare Breed. "Delicious if a bit overwhelming. Sweet floral notes, strong, very pleasant, very bold"

3rd Place: Woodford Reserve. "Nice but with a serious burn. Medium uncomplicated caramel notes. Warmth can overwhelm & detract a bit"

THE ABOVE 3 WHISKIES ARE ALL NOTED AS BEING OUTSTANDING IN THIS TASTING

4th Place: Wild Turkey 101. "Indistinct. Just not that interesting. Soft side of bold. Uncomplicated but pleasant."

5th Place: Old Charter 12 Year Old. "Very easy to sip. No harsh burn. Medium bold complexity. Less flavor development than you might like"

THE ABOVE 2 WHISKIES ARE NOTED AS "FAIR" or "ABOUT AVERAGE"

THE WHISKIES BELOW WERE JUST NOT INTERESTING.

6th Place: Bulleit Bourbon. "Indistinct dry flavors. Medium-mellow. So-So, nothing bad or good."

7th Place: Makers Mark. "Sweetish edge. A slight 'funky' taste edge. Tastes like a bbq grill smells. Strange Flavor notes" This was a huge surprise because Makers Mark was the WINNER of Round One and tied for 2nd in Round Three (which see). It's very possible this was a contaminated bottle or glass.

W.L. Weller 7 year old and Wild Turkey Rare Breed are repeat "top performers" from Round One.

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