BOURBON

  • 26
    Jan
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    Written By CharredDave
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    When it comes to whiskey and stereo types, I believe that Wild Turkey is one of those whiskies that carry a lot of them. It's a cheap one, for country folk. Its got a turkey on the front. There should be at least two empty bottles on the floor boards of your truck, and there are probably empty ones on the side of the street somewhere in the country. Well the society turned a blind eye to the stereotypes and tasted this one blind. This is the beauty of how we preform a society review. They are always done blind. Its just us and the whiskey. With its color, fragrance, taste, burn, and aftertaste. These are the things that should

  • 22
    Nov
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    Written By Kevin DeShields
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    Now where were we…. I know it’s been ages since our last review.  Sometimes life can get the better of you and your free time.  But we are happy to finally be back at it here at the Charred Barrel Society.  And we’re glad that you’ve stuck around. Since it’s been a while, let me just remind everyone that all of our tastings are done blind.  Nobody reviewing the whiskey knows what they are drinking.  Everybody writes down their thoughts and gives it a score.  We take those scores and average them for the official Charred Barrel Society finger pour rating. Now let’s talk about Four Roses Small Batch bourbon.  I remember a few years back trying Four Roses Small

  • 19
    Apr
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    Written By CharredDave
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    Woodford Reserve has always been the standard for what a good whiskey should be. We have given it as gifts. We have received it as gifts. Woodford is what we got each other when we wanted to do something nice or for special occasions. When a memorable whiskey was needed, more times than I can count, Woodford was the whiskey of choice.  Now, was this due to incredible marketing? Or can a drink be that palatable that it gets passed around via word of mouth? Is it some combination of the two? Or, is there an endless circle of comfortability? Are we so scared to buy something that we are unfamiliar with, that it keeps us to what is comfortable,

  • 05
    Apr
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    Written By Kevin DeShields
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    I’m a creature of habit.  I've been wearing the same 3 pairs of denim for the past 2 years.  When I go out to eat, I usually stick with something familiar.  The same is true when buying a bottle.  My initial love for whisky began with single malt scotch.  It took a while for me to branch out into bourbon.  But over the years it has become my go-to spirit.  One of my favorite things about being part of the The Charred Barrel Society is that it forces me to try bottles that I’d otherwise pass by.  Baker’s is one of those bourbons I’d been curious to try, but shied away from due to it’s higher price point.  Hailing from Jim Beam’s

  • 08
    Mar
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    Written By CharredDave
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    I didn’t start drinking until my late 20’s, and when I did drink it wasn’t whiskey.  But in those glorious years that whiskey and especially bourbon were introduced into my life, my friends always said Blanton’s was the standard for excellent bourbon. So when I was ready for the good stuff, Blanton’s was the one I knew I had to order. Blanton’s presents itself as the first single barrel bourbon, with a standard aging time of 8 years. This spirit lives in the middle of warehouse H at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, and is one of the most recognizable bottles on the shelf. The bottle is unique with a geometrically round body and a classic racing horse topper, letting you know it's not

  • 17
    Dec
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    Written By Paul Stanfield
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    Without question, the whiskey industry is experiencing a similar boom to that of craft beer, and is growing at a record pace.  Within the last decade, masses of beer lovers finally realized, and/or admitted, that Miller Lite simply does not taste anywhere close to as good as local, fresh craft beer.  And many of those same people have also realized that whiskey has fantastic complexities to offer their taste buds on relaxing evenings. Bourbon particularly has become a choice whiskey of both young and old.  Deep bourbon lists are as commonplace at restaurants as the thick draft lists that rotate the newest breweries and hoppiest favorites.  And every list includes all the staples.  One such staple is Maker’s Mark Kentucky

  • 24
    Sep
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    Written By CharredDave
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    'Murica Simply said, there is nothing more American than a bourbon bottle that is called Eagle Rare. With a swooping eagle, a descriptor on the back claiming how tried and true this whiskey is, and of course, American stars all over it.  The packaging on this bottle is nothing short of patriotic.  Thus, another bourbon bottle was snatched off the shelf for a blind tasting based on the look of the bottle. A product of Buffalo Trace Distillery, Eagle Rare comes from a great line up of well tested bourbons. But all of this means nothing when it comes time for a blind tasting by The Society. Nose: A wonderfully complex aroma that includes citrus, toffee, and old leather. Tasting: Notes of almond,

  • 28
    May
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    Written By CharredDave
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    Sometimes you come across a bottle that simply stands out on the shelf because of the basic nature of its shape.  With an old world feel, as if it was hand blown or primitively cast, Bulleit's bottle alone attracted my attention enough for me to purchase it for a society tasting.  Having no history with the drink, the bottle made me commit to the purchase, and now Bulleit 90 Proof Bourbon is no longer a stranger to the society's senses. When the society performs its reviews, they are always performed blind. We believe that our tastings and ratings are less biased.  With our blind tastings being carried out by multiple society members, we do not go off of any single individual's

  • 07
    May
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    Written By Kevin DeShields
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    The Charred Barrel Society was birthed out of a desire to find the greatest values in whiskey - be that top OR bottom shelf.  In the fall of 2013, my family went through a bit of a financial transition - going from a dual income family to a single income. Suddenly I could no longer afford the $30+ bottles of whiskey I was accustomed to buying each week. I hoped for a hidden gem on the bottom shelf that would still be a satisfying (albeit, not perfect) whiskey that would fit our new budget. I remember walking into my local ABC store looking once again for a cheap bourbon, unsatisfied with previous endeavors.  After browsing for a while, I picked

  • 24
    Apr
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    Written By Kevin DeShields
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    After the surprising results from our first review, we at The Charred Barrel Society were eager to continue the blind review process. We are happy to say this time around - we were equally as surprised. The Nose: Approaching the bourbon with the nose, there was a pleasant, not overbearing, sweetness. Notes of caramel, vanilla, leather, and freshly cut grass were present. The Tasting: The initial tasting confirmed the caramel notes found in the nose. Larceny is a relatively sweet bourbon. However, this sweetness was pleasantly complimented by the warm burn from its 92 proof strength. If there is one thing that sets Larceny apart from other whiskies in its price range, it is the fantastic lingering aftertaste. This is