J Henry & Sons Patton Road Reserve Bourbon

                                                                 Talking Bourbon had never heard of this particular Bourbon until 3 days ago when a friend stopped by with a bottle of this and another one unheard of by TB. That 2nd Bourbon will be reviewed on the next blog.

The full name of today’s tasting is J Henry & Sons, Patton Road Reserve, Wisconsin Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Cask Strength, or JHPRC for short. JHPRC is aged 5 years, comes in a very nice corked bottle, sells for around $70 to $75 for the 750ml and, as the name states, is bottled at cask strength.  This bottle comes from batch # 189 and is 120.32 proof.  Not currently available in Indiana but can be found all over Wisconsin, the Chicago area and online.

JHPRC, according to their web site, is made from heirloom red corn that is grown by Henry Farm Prairie Spirits, the maker of JHPRC .

For the record, TB has never had a Bourbon from Wisconsin, in fact TB has never had anything but beer and cheese from Wisconsin. So not real sure what to expect.

Also today we welcome  back guest taster, neighbor Brett. It has been over a year since Brett last sat in on a review. Brett is a beer guy as well as a lover of Bourbon. His favorite Bourbons are Blanton’s and Weller’s Special Reserve. Can’t fault him on those.

NOSE

Brett:    A very sweet scent, reminiscent of honey and toffee, is the first thing I pick up. Also getting a  slight fruity aroma.

TB:    This does not smell like 120 proof juice. Picking up caramel, maple and vanilla up front with underlying scents of grain and the fruitiness that Brett mentioned. All in all a nice nose.

TASTE

Brett:     I get the caramel, toffee and fruit that was on the nose along with a little corn and vanilla. A very easy drink considering the proof.

TB:      Nothing really jumps out, a little bit of caramel/toffee,  a bit of spice, a little bit of corn and a little bit of a white pepper taste. Also get a slight medicinal taste reminding one of a bandage. Agree with Brett that it goes down easy for such a high proof.

FINISH

Brett:      Medium with more sweetness.

TB:    Medium with a slight hint of a baking spice, maybe clove.

OVERALL

Brett:      A decent Bourbon that goes down smooth.

TB:           The taste and finish are somewhat of a let down after that good nose.

Nose        4 out of 5

Taste        7 out of 10

Finish       3.25 out of 5

Total score   14.25 out of 20 barrels.

Talking Bourbon really wanted to like  Henry & Sons, Patton Road Reserve, Wisconsin Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Cask Strength. That they grow their own corn is a cool story, the bottle is cool looking and TB is always drawn to smaller establishments. And the price is not bad considering you are buying less water at the high proof. However, the taste just did not come through.

Having said that, if an easy drinking and a non complex Bourbon at a high proof is what you are after, JHPRC fits the bill.

Tincup 10

                                                                                                              The weather here in Indianapolis is very cold right now, that makes for a perfect excuse to stay inside a drink some liquor. Today Talking Bourbon is tasting Tincup 10 American Whiskey.

This comes from their website  “Mashbill is 2/3 corn, 1/3 rye, and a small amount of malted barley. It is aged in white American oak barrels with a number three char for a minimum of 10 years before it is cut to proof with Rocky Mountain spring water.”

Tincup 10 comes in what looks like the same somewhat cool looking bottle as the original Tincup, is 84 proof, sells for around $50 for the 750ml and is available at most liquor store that sell nicer products.

TB is not a big fan of the original Tincup, seems whenever there is a gimmick (shot glass for a lid, Rocky Mountain water, etc) the juice is not up to par with the price of the bottle. Hopefully 10  will be a pleasant surprise.

One note, Tincup should have aged this product one or two years longer or one year less. The name Tincup 10 sounds odd. Also, it seems to have all the qualifications for a Bourbon but for some reason they call it an American Whiskey.  Not sure why.

NOSE

TB:     While it has a sweet caramel and vanilla latte aroma up front, the nose is not real strong.  Secondary scents include toffee, stone fruit and oak.

TASTE

TB:   Like the nose the flavors are very subdued.  Getting a little bit of the caramel and vanilla that was on the nose. Also get slight hints of spice(maybe cinnamon), oak and something that reminded one a little of grass.

FINISH

TB:   Medium with a little bit of Rye and more sweetness, not much of a burn.

OVERALL

TB:    Not that impressed. The smells and flavors were both hard to pick up, especially for ten years in the barrel.

Nose       3.25 out of 5

Taste       7.25 out of 10

Finish      3.5 out of 5

Total score      14 out of 20 barrels.

While Tincup 10 American Whiskey is not bad, it’s sweetness might make for a decent starter Whiskey, but $50 is a little steep for that. Was also a little disappointed in the proof, Talking Bourbon considers 90 proof to be the low end threshold. Again, no big deal if this is a $20 product but don’t want to pay a premium for water.

If a lighter body, sweet whiskey is your thing, give it a try. But you can find sweet low proof Whiskey at a lot lower price point.

Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey

                                           Today Talking Bourbon is tasting a relatively new offering from the Woodford Reserve Distillery. It is their Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey. To be called that it has to have at least 51 % malt, the rest of the mash bill is mostly corn with a little bit of Rye. For a point of reference Bourbon usually only has around 5 to 7 % malt in the mash bill. So expecting a very different experience here.

Woodford Malt comes in the same style of corked bottle as all of the Woodford Whiskeys. It is bottled at 90.4 proof, sells for around $38 for the 750 ml and while not found everywhere, it is not hard to find with a little looking.

Talking Bourbon is not a huge fan of Woodford Reserve, but does really like their Double Oak and the Woodford Reserve Rye, here’s hoping that the Malt falls into the like category. Here’s also to hoping it doesn’t taste or smell like Scotch.

NOSE

TB:     Well, it doesn’t smell like Scotch, but to no surprise, being 51% malt, it does remind one of Irish Whiskey. Also get caramel, spice, wood and an earthy aroma. Behind all this is a slight hint of orange.

TASTE

TB:    Very smooth, even neat, and possessing a very unique flavor.  Pretty much getting all the things that was on the nose. Irish Whiskey, caramel, spice, wood and a slight hint of that orange.

FINISH

TB:    Medium-long with a lingering sweetness.

OVERALL

TB:   Talking Bourbon really enjoyed tasting and drinking Woodford Reserve Malt.

Nose        4.25 out of 5

Taste        8.25 out of 10

Finish       3.5 out of 5

Final score        16 out of 20 barrels.

Well keeping with tradition Talking Bourbon likes everything from Woodford Reserve except Woodford Reserve. This is a good Whiskey at a good price point with a very different taste profile from either Bourbon, Scotch or Irish Whiskey.

Talking Bourbon recommends adding a bottle of Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey to your collection and breaking it out on those nights(or days) when you feel like something out of the ordinary.