SCOTCH

  • 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
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    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

  • 15
    Mar
    Bands On Bourbon, Main Feed
    Written By CharredDave
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    As The Charred Barrel Society expands is taste, the next logical place for us is the category of music.  Being that we all come different musical backgrounds, Bands on Bourbon easily seemed like the next direction for The Society.  We kick off this series with the band Jeremiah Wilde. A North Carolina band gifted with the ability to blur the lines between genres with songs that deliver exhilarating blasts of alt rock magic, superbly crafted pop hooks, and achingly beautiful heartland melodies; in the midst of all this, Jeremiah Wilde swiftly changes gear into passionate soulful cries of convincing rhythm and blues. They dare to craft music that cuts to the heart with breathtaking honesty, unabashed originality, and intoxicating sonic

  • 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

  • 19
    Feb
    Main Feed, Review, Scotch
    Written By Kevin DeShields
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    Every so often a new whisky will come around generating a lot of buzz.  As much as I enjoy trying new bourbons and scotch, I tend to stick with a select handful to keep on my shelf.  However,  after several recommendations from store owners and managers to give Monkey Shoulder a try, I decided it would make for a great blind tasting night with the Society. The Nose: Monkey Shoulder has a very gentle nose.  Notes of malt chocolate and vanilla presented themselves.  Though not incredibly complex, it was certainly inviting. The Pallet: Vanilla was greatly reinforced.  It is also quite malty and sweet.  Overall, the taste was a bit generic.  Notes of peat were not to be found in

  • 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

  • 03
    Dec
    Main Feed, Review, Scotch
    Written By Kevin DeShields
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    Glenmorangie was the very first distillery I ever toured.  My wife and I were living in Scotland at the time and I had only recently been introduced to Scotch.  It was incredible getting to meet some of “the sixteen men of Tain” and behold the tallest stills in Scotland.   Since then, Glenmorangie 10 Year Original has been a staple single malt in our house.  So how did it fare at a Society blind tasting? The Nose: Nearly everyone at the tasting agreed that Glenmorangie has a very “clean” nose.  Notes of citrus, lemon, and sweet pear came through initially.  After a while, notes of vanilla and honeysuckle made themselves known.  There was no harsh burn which everyone appreciated. The Pallet:

  • 08
    Oct
    Irish Whiskey, Main Feed, Review
    Written By CharredDave
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    Twelve years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Sir Thomas Phillips was granted a license to distill whiskey.  Some 400 years later, the oldest registered distillery in the world is still going strong.  Bushmills family of whiskeys continues to fill shelves in bars, and decorate cabinets at homes around the world.  And on one lovely evening with cooler temperatures settling in, we blind tasted Bushmills Irish Whiskey. Bushmills Irish Whiskey is more popularly known simply as Bushmills White Label.  This clever name comes from the fact that it has a white label on the bottle.  This trend continues in the equally clever naming of Bushmills Black Label.  That particular whiskey has a black label on the bottle. Anyway, back