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Old Crow Reserve

This was one of the first whiskies I bought just because it was in Ian Buxton's 101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die.   I have in general been very impressed with "value" bourbons like this and was hopeful this would be another gem, a diamond in the rough for under $20.  It turns out it was just some $20 rough.  Not a bad thing but better deals and whiskies (certainly in the USA) can be had this price.  Jim Beam Black, Very Old Barton and W L Weller are examples.  The nose is mild, some corn syrup, vaniilla, a little woody and the acetone note I get in many bourbons.  The taste is sweet, think candy corn, and brown sugar and then the finish has a very nice rye note (I would guess a high rye content in this mashbill) and some oaky bite.   Ian suggested adding ice to calm down sweetness and bite and he, as usual, has a point.  Good one for a hot Texas summer day... you can ice it down (and not feel guilty due to price) and it has enough "oomph" to still be able to taste something.   

Additional Info

  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Type: Bourbon
  • In '101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die': No
  • In '101 World Whiskies to Try Before You Die': Indeed