logo

My Handcrafted Opinions on Whiskies, Distilleries and Other Related Stuff

Most Recent Whisky

Most Recent Whisky Review

Jameson Black Barrel

The name of this 40% expression comes from heavily charred oak barrels used in the process.   The nose is fruity and sweet, with toasted pineapple and vanilla.  The mouth feel is very smooth and sweet with notes of butterscotch, floral honey, vanilla custard and toasted nut notes.    The finish has some chilli peppers and bitter lemon peel and dries out.  With some water it thins out and mouthfeel gets a little less creamy.   Lots of classic bourbon and oak notes which is what they were going for.

Read More
  • Monday, 23 July 2018 17:50

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #42

    Written by

    Location: Black Hat Whiskey Room, Terminal E, Houston Intercontintal Airport

    Date: July 2018

    Price: 2220 United Airmiles (or $14.00 USD)

    Recipe: Same online system as #41 but this time with Knob Creek and I paid with United Airmiles.... cool.

    Garnish: Black Cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments:  Same as experiment #41, overall good but lacked bitters

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

    Whiskies Tried...

    Total to Date: 686

    Distilleries

    Visited to Date: 66

    Follow Me on Twitter!

    Random Whisky

    Red Handed Bourbon

    Another of the increasingly hard to keep track of Texas “band wagon” whiskies. This once claims to be “double barreled and bottled in Austin”. I admit that is slightly better than just sticking the word “Texas” on label as many do, and these guys do distill other spirits and plan to produce their own bourbon, but compared to Dan Garrison, Chip Balcones or the boys at Ranger Creek this as about as close to Texas whiskey as the 2014 Houston Astros are to being a major league baseball dynasty. The nose is quite dry, even winey, to the point of woody. Definitely get sense this nose is all about the wood rather than the spirit. With time I did get a little sweetcorn in the nose as well. The taste is smooth and quite light, vanilla, butter, milk chocolate and then some spice builds into a dry finish along white pepper and rye. This one misses the mark for me, but perhaps they will do better when they make their own juice.