Category Tasting Notes

Lodestar Whiskey Review

Lodestar Whiskey Review
Lodestar Whiskey, co-founded by Anna Axster and Wendelin von Schroder, is a blend of Straight High Rye Bourbon and American Single Malt Whiskeys. The whiskey, which embodies the laid-back California lifestyle, offers a sweet malty graininess with flavors reminiscent of honey granola bar, with apple juice, dark cherries and some spice later on. Learn more in our full Lodestar American Whiskey Review!

Redwood Empire Foggy Burl Review

Redwood Empire Foggy Burl Single Malt Review (Bottle photo: Redwood Empire Distilling)
Redwood Empire Foggy Burl Single Malt, part of the new Small Lot Series, is a complex blend of seven different malts, offering a balance of sweetness from lighter malts and tannins from darker ones. This American Single Malt, which differs significantly from those of Ireland and Scotland, provides a very enjoyable pour with plenty of flavor that doesn’t stray too far in any one direction. Learn more about it in our full review!

Fortuna Barrel Proof Bourbon Review

Fortuna Barrel Strength Bourbon Review - Rare Character Whiskey Company
Fortuna Barrel Proof Bourbon is the second release from the brand. This 7+ year old cask strength blend brings confectionary flavors on the nose, with brown sugar, dry oak, earthiness and white pepper spice later on. Learn all about it in our review!

Green River Rye Review

Green River Rye Review
Green River Rye is a new, approachable, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. This 95/5 rye should appeal to those new to rye or who prefer a more balanced flavor profile than some of the other ryes out there. Blended from 4-6 year old barrels and bottled at 95 proof, it offers a great value at just $34.99. Want to learn more about its tasting notes and why it deserves a spot on your bar? Read our full review!

Bulleit Single Malt Review

Bulleit American Single Malt Review
Bulleit Single Malt surprised whiskey enthusiasts with its sudden appearance. Aged in new oak barrels and offering notes of honey, caramel, and malt, it leans heavily on grainy and earthy flavors. While enjoyable, the balance falls short compared to other American single malts that I have tried. Want to know more? Read our full review!

Peerless Double Oak Bourbon Review

Kentucky Peerless Double Oak Bourbon Review
Peerless Double Oak Bourbon was initially created out of necessity by the Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. This particular bourbon, aged for 6 years in total in two different new charred oak barrels, offers a rich flavor profile with notes of vanilla, ample dry oak, tannins, toffee, brown sugar and dark cherries. It’s a bourbon best enjoyed one sip at a time, and is ideal for oak lovers. Read our full review to learn all about it!

Bardstown Bourbon Company Amaro Nonino Review

Bardstown Bourbon Company Amaro Nonino Review
Bardstown Bourbon Company Amaro Nonino is a recent release in their Collaborative Series. It is a blend of straight bourbon and ryes finished in Amaro Nonino Reserva barrels for 17 months. The result is a delicious whiskey, displaying the Amaro's flavors, but in a very complementary way. Learn all about it in our full review!

Woodford Double Double Oaked Review (2024 release)

Woodford Double Double Oaked Bourbon Review (2023 bottling, January 2024 Release)
Craving a rich, decadent bourbon with a unique flavor profile? Dive into our in-depth review of Woodford Double Double Oaked (2024 release)! We compare it to past years' releases and to its "Double Oaked" cousin, revealing its complex notes of brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, dark cherry, and burnt caramel with dryness and spice in the finish. Is it worth the new hefty price tag? Discover the answer and more in our detailed review! Cheers!

Old Forester 1924 Bourbon Review

Old Forester 1924 Bourbon Review
Old Forester 1924 is the latest addition to the Old Fo' Whiskey Row Series. Aged for 10 years, it brings older characteristics to the younger flavor profile of the other bourbons in this series. However, 1924 carries a significantly higher price tag, as well. Read on to learn all about it!

Traveller Whiskey Review

Traveller Whiskey Review
Traveller Whiskey, a collaboration between Grammy-winning musician Chris Stapleton and Buffalo Trace Distillery, is a blended whiskey named after Stapleton's first album. This easy-drinking whiskey offers a light body with flavors of sweet apples, light caramel, mild rye spices, and a hint of citrus. It's a pleasant, flavorful, relatively low proof pour that's perfect for anyone looking for a lighter whiskey experience. Curious to know more? Read our full review!

High Wire Jimmy Red Bourbon Review

High Wire Jimmy Red Bourbon Review. Bottle photo: High Wire Distilling
Ever heard of Jimmy Red corn? Nearly extinct, this heirloom grain imbues High Wire's Jimmy Red Bourbon with a creamy mouthfeel and unique flavor profile. While there is sugary sweet corn in the nose, expect honey, minerals, vanilla and a surprising hint of pepper later on. Intrigued? Read our full Jimmy Red Bourbon review to learn more!

Remus Gatsby Reserve Bourbon Review (2023)

Remus Gatsby Bourbon Review
The Remus Gatsby Reserve Bourbon, crafted by Ross & Squibb Distillery, is a 15-year-old straight bourbon whiskey that celebrates F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”. The 2023 edition features a delectable flavor profile with notes of cherry and crème brûlée, making it hard to stop at one glass. While it’s a significant investment at $200, it’s a worthy consideration for special occasions or as personal splurge. To learn more about it, read our full review.

New Riff Single Malt Review

New Riff Sour Mash Single Malt Review
New Riff Distilling’s Sour Mash Single Malt Whiskey, made the Kentucky way, is a full-bodied, grain-forward whiskey with complex flavors from a multitude of different malts. If you’re a fan of single malts and the American style, you’ll likely enjoy this whiskey. For all the details, read our full review!

Ironroot Hubris Corn Whiskey Review

Ironroot Hubris Texas Corn Whiskey review
Ironroot Hubris Corn Whiskey, from Ironroot Republic Distillery, has won multiple awards at the World Whiskies Awards. Made with Heirloom Blue Corn and non-GMO Yellow Dent Corn, all from Texas, Hubris offers a complex flavor profile with sweet fruit, caramel, and butterscotch notes up front, and a spicy finish. To learn all more, read our full review!