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Moar bourbon

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

Tried a new bourbon recently – Jim Beam Black Label.  I’m not generally a fan of Beam, but I thought I’d give this one a try.  Not bad overall; better than the regular-label Jim Beam, but a bit more bite than I care for.  This still doesn’t supplant my go-to everyday bourbon: Old Charter 10 Year.  Worth a try; YMMV.

Jim Beam Black


New bourbon review – Very Old Barton

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

In your Wiccapundit’s continuing quest to discover good cheap bourbon, I present Very Old Barton 6 year old:












A touch of vanilla in the nose; a bit of a bite on the finish.  Not bad at all for a bourbon that was about 15 bucks for a liter and a half.





We been gone, but now we’s back …

Monday, January 16th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

El and I have been just swamped the last few weeks, and we have been remiss in not posting.   Since I don’t have much to say at the moment, how about Bourbon!

I recently tried the Early Times 354 Bourbon.  One review at said the following:

Tasting Notes for Early Times 354 Bourbon

Color – deep amber

Aroma – spicy with sweet fruit, fresh oak and delicate corn notes underscored by a layer of vanilla and caramel.

Taste – a lively entry with spice, caramel and vanilla that melt into a mixture of fresh and dried fruit notes.

Finish – warm with subtle hints of apple and corn

My thoughts:  It’s OK.  Not a bad bourbon; just not my favorite.  But really – “spicy with sweet fruit, fresh oak and delicate corn notes underscored by a layer of vanilla and caramel”?  Delicate corn notes?  WTF?  Bourbon is a man’s drink.  It shouldn’t be the subject of metrosexual comments more appropriate for a pretentious wine-tasting.  And please – “a lively entry with spice, caramel and vanilla that melt into a mixture of fresh and dried fruit notes.”  With all the “lively entry” and “melt into” going on, you’d think this is a review of a soft-porn VHS tape.

My assessment?  Eh, 2 and 1/2 stars, with 1/2 star being for the cool retro label on the bottle.


Mmmm, Honey Bourbon…

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

Honey Bourbon don’t give a shit!  Honey Bourbon is badass!

I tried some honeyed whiskeys; the Jack Daniel’s Tenessee Honey and the Wild Turkey American Honey.


The Wild Turkey is the sweeter of the two; more like an after-dinner aperitif.  The Jack Daniel’s has a bit more “smoke” and a little less sweet, so you can sip a bit more of it before your pancreas begins to object.

Both of these remind me somewhat of Drambuie, except with bourbon as a base instead of scotch.  If you are a bourbon drinker but also like Drambuie, either of these is worth a try.


Another bourbon review.

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

In my quest to find the perfect bourbon (which, Goddess willing, will be a lifetime search), I came across this one in a local liquor store that didn’t carry my usual bourbon du table – Old Charter Ten Year Old.

I find this to be a very smooth bourbon to drink.  The nose is not as pungent as many bourbons, and the foretaste offers hints of vanilla, but not too much sweetness.  There is a mild burn with a touch of pepper, and the aftertaste lingers with a very enjoyable complexity.

Highly satisfying, and at about $23.00 a fifth, not too expensive.  Thumbs up from WP for this one.


Mmmmm, Bourbon.

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

– Wiccapundit

Old Granddad Bonded 100 Proof, to be precise.  I found it to have a rather forward nose, somewhat sweet; a perception that did not follow through on the tasting.  On the tongue, there is a pungent smokiness very reminiscent of many Scotches I’ve had, particularly single-malts.  It provided a very pleasant burn, which remained on the back of the tongue for a considerable time.  Totally different from the Old Charter I recently reviewed.  Nice, but I think my taste runs more to slightly sweeter bourbons.


Since all the best blogs talk about booze, here we go…

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

Sadly, the superior talent over at Hookers & Booze have been seriously deficient in their liquor reviews of late.  So, in the interest of a well-informed blogdom, I dip a cautious toe in those waters.

The Old Charter 10 Year Old.  ‘Round ’bout these parts, you can get a 1.5 liter bottle of this bourbon for a double sawbuck.  For as inexpensive as it is, it’s a nice little bourbon.  I was raised up on Mr. Daniel’s fine fare, but in my dotage I’ve gravitated more to true bourbons.  You wouldn’t expect a bourbon aged this long to be this cheap, but there you have it.  It is quite mellow as bourbons go, and it is a pleasant sipping whiskey.  Not in a class with Maker’s Mark, but in this economy, who can afford that kind of habit?  Anyone have experience with this one?  What say you?