Our blind tasting of Kentucky and Tennessee Whiskies continued yesterday with Round Three. Previous tastings in Round Two with a link to Round One can be found at the following link:
As in Round One and Two, these whiskies were tasted neat, side-by-side. The results are as follows:
1st Place: BUFFALO TRACE. This whiskey grabs your attention from first sip "Big, impressive, slight alcohol notes detract a bit, nice, complex, edgy" From the first sip of this it was really a question of which whiskey would finish 2nd although the top 3 whiskies were so close that there could have been a 3-way tie.
2nd Place(tie): EAGLE RARE TEN YEAR OLD. "Dry and interesting. Very nice. Medium complexity. Delicious" This is a really beautiful bourbon.
2nd Place(tie): MAKERS MARK. "Nice medium complexity. Low burn and bite. Good nose. Complex, non-alky. Sweetish flavor edge. Very nice. Winey" This was a remarkable comeback for Makers which had come in first in Round One and last in Round Two. Leads to our suspicion that the bottle or unmarked glass this was poured into may have been contaminated for Round Two.
THE ABOVE THREE WHISKIES WERE JUDGED TO BE APPRECIABLY BETTER THAN THE NEXT GROUPS...
4th Place: ANCIENT ANCIENT AGE (10 Year Old). "Smooth with nice finish. Uncomplicated. Lovely. Subtle warming finish"
5th Place: WOODFORD RESERVE. "A bit semi-dry. Stronger alcohol notes. Fair, residual burn. Not bad, not remarkable. Evolves. A bit on the simple side with just too much of a medicinal edge to rate higher."
6th Place: OLD GRAND DAD BOTTLED IN BOND. "Woodsy notes. Fair flavor if a bit medicinal. Rough but tasty. Bitter medicinal edge detracts from this"
7th Place: W.L. WELLER 7 YEAR OLD SPECIAL RES. "Nice fruity mild simple flavor. Dry, fair. Bitterness detracts." Another surprise as Weller had scored much higher in both Round One and Round Two
8th Place: EVAN WILLIAMS 1783 TEN YEAR OLD. "Neither good or bad. Dry. Somewhat medicinal backnotes. Nice nose. Fair. Unremarkable"
THE FOLLOWING TWO WHISKIES WERE QUITE DISAPPOINTING THIS TASTING.
10th Place (tie): WILD TURKEY RARE BREED. "Strange Flavors. Very strong and burny. Strange." Out in the second round. A major surprise as Rare Breed had finished so highly in both Round One and Two.
10th Place (tie): ELMER T. LEE. This is a "legendary" bourbon that did not fare well in this tasting at all. "Soft, so-so taste. Kind of nasty." Gone early and quite a surprise. Will be given another try in Round Four.
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