SOCIETY REVIEWS

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  • 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

  • 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,

  • 25
    Jul
    Bar Review, Main Feed, Review
    Written By Matt Mottershead
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    The Charred Barrel Society recently visited Whiskey Warehouse in Charlotte, NC. I had never visited the location before, so I was excited about the chance to hang out with friends, drink some whiskey and enjoy a new venue. The aesthetic is rustic - reclaimed lumber lines the walls and floors and old whiskey barrels surround the entrance. The bar is large and L-shaped with more rustic wood. The back of the bar is filled with a wide selection of bourbon, whiskey, scotch and other liquors. A compilation of the three drink sections of Whisky Warehouse's drink options.  Take note that not all sections have only the items from the title on the mirror. Although the décor is incredible, it’s sadly overshadowed by

  • 16
    Jul
    Main Feed, Review, Whiskey
    Written By Paul Stanfield
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    Let me set this up for you.  Picture a lovely, warm June day, and you are in the car with your wife and two young kids heading to the beach! Everyone is in a great mood, the traffic is flowing smoothly, and the radio is blasting a song by an artist you are unaware of, but it sure sounds fun.   As the song nears its completion, all four people in the car are singing and dancing, smiles and laughter abounding.  The last note plays, and you exhale while saying “that was fun…who sings that song?”  Your five year old quickly responds “TAYLOR SWIFT!”  Oh. Crap.   “Yeah, I didn’t like that song very much” you internally say while simultaneously clouds

  • 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
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    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

  • 07
    Apr
    Bourbon, Main Feed, Review
    Written By CharredDave
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    We tend to think of ourselves as pretty opened minded and open taste-budded reviewers. Our mind and bud perspectives were thrown for a loop with this past blind review. With the beauty of The Charred Barrel Society's blind review process, we tend to find ourselves continually surprised with the results of our blind taste test. However, with this week's TCBS review of Knob Creek's small batch 1oo proof aged 9 year Kentucky straight bourbon, the results were not what we were initially expecting of this perceived mid to top-shelf bourbon. The Tasting: The night started with a simple bottle of unknown origins being poured into unmarked glasses- an equal distribution of lightly amber colored liquid for reviewers waiting in anticipation