The Whiskey Jar’s Big Ol’ Whiskey List

This is a growing list of whiskies that Robb Gibb, Mike Bonin, and Bradley Drell are compiling on an ongoing basis.  Any time one of us tries something new, we make an entry on the list. The ratings run A+-F, and are preceded by the initials of the Whiskey Jar writer who is rating the whiskey.  Sometimes we may leave little notes about certain whiskies.

The ratings scale is thus:

  • A+  • This is a platonic form of whiskey. Truly Earth shattering.
  • A   • Amazing. Buy as many as you can; this will surely disappear.
  • A-  • Excellent. We really like this one a lot.
  • B+ • Our favorite daily drinkers or something different that’s worth trying.
  • B   • Nicely done but not a must have; or a decent daily drinker
  • B-  • Pretty good but could be better
  • C+  • Slightly above average; I’m not totally mad if this is all they have.
  • C   • Very average, pass the Coke.
  • C-  • I’d really rather be drinking something else.
  • D+ • Man, I should have brought my own bottle to this shindig.
  • D  • It would be better to use this to clean a lawnmower.
  • D- • Pour this into infected wounds.
  • F   • I’m Blind!!!

1792 Small Batch:  BLD- B; RPG- C+;

1792 Single Barrel:  BLD- A-; RPG- A;

1792 Full Proof:  BLD- B+;

1792 High Rye:  BLD- B-;

1792 Sweet Wheat:  BLD- C+;

1792 Bottled in Bond:  BLD- B+;

Aberlour:  BLD- B

Aberlour A’bundnah:  BLD- A-;

Baker’s: RPG – B+;

Barrell Bourbon Batch 7b:  BLD- B+;

Barrell Bourbon Batch 13:  BLD- A-;

Barrell Bourbon Batch 14:  BLD- B+;

Belle Meade Small Batch Boubon:  BLD- B;

Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve Bourbon: RPG – B+;

Blanton’s Single Barrel:  BLD- B+; RPG- B+;

Blanton’s Straight From The Barrel: RPG – B++;

Bloody Butcher: RPG – F (smells like a corpse was stored inside the barrel during aging);

Bone Snapper Straight Rye SB: RPG – B+

Booker’s Bourbon: BLD- B+; RPG- A-

Boondocks 8 y/o (Finished In Port Barrels) RPG – B+; (Review written by RPG on 9/1/19)

Bower Hill Small Batch:  BLD- C;

Bower Hill Single Barrel:  BLD- B+;

Bower Hill Barrel Strength:  BLD- A-;

Buffalo Trace Bourbon:  BLD – B;

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection:

Bulleit Bourbon:  BLD- C;

Bulleit Rye: RPG- B-;

Bulleit Barrel Strength – BLD- B+;

Bushmills Single Malt 10 y/o: RPG – B;

Bushmills Steamship Collection – Bourbon Cask: RPG – B- (I wanted to love this more);

Bushmills Steamship Collection – Port Cask: RPG – B;

Bushmills Steamship Collection – Sherry Cask: RPG B+;

Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch:  BLD – B+; RPG – B;

Col. E.H. Taylor Single Barrel:  BLD – B; RPG – B+;

Col. E.H. Taylor Four Grain:  BLD – B+; RPG – A-;

Col. E.H. Taylor Straight Rye*:  BLD – B+; RPG – A-;

Col. E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof:  BLD – A+; RPG A;

Eagle Rare 10 year old:  BLD – B; RPG – B;

Eagle Rare 11 y/o FOTT (Harlan Wheatley Selection): RPG – B+; BLD- B+;

Eagle Rare 17:  BLD – A;

Elijah Craig Small Batch:  BLD- C; RPG – C+

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof:  BLD – B;

Elmer T. Lee: RPG – B-; BLD- B;

Four Roses Al Young:  BLD – A;

Four Roses Bourbon:  BLD – C; RPG – C

Four Roses Single Barrel:  BLD – B; RPG – B+

Four Roses Single Barrel Barrel Proof:  BLD – A; RPG – B+;

Four Roses Small Batch:  BLD – C+; RPG – B-;

George T. Stagg:  BLD – A+; RPG – A+;

Glenfiddich Bourbon Barrel Reserve 14 Year Old: RPG – B+; BLD- B;

Glenfiddich Select Cask: RPG – A- (you have to love Duty Free!!!);

Glenmorangie Original:  BLD- B;

Glenmorangie LaSanta:  BLD- B-;

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban:  BLD- B+;

Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or:  BLD- B+;

Glenmorangie Tusail:  BLD- A-;

Glenmorangie Bacalta:  BLD- A-;

Glenmorangie Milsean:  BLD- B+;

Glenmorangie Signet:  BLD- A+;

Hakushu Single Malt 12 y/o: RPG – B+ (The more Japanese whisky I try the more I like it);

Hancock’s Reserve: RPG – B;

Hibiki 12: RPG – B+;

High West Distillery – A Midwinters Nights Dram: RPG – A; BLD-A-;

High West Distillery – American Prairie Reserve: RPG – B+; BLD-B-;

High West Distillery – Bourye: RPG – B+; BLD- B+;

High West Distillery – Double Rye: RPG – B+; BLD- B;

High West Distillery – Rendezvous Rye: RPG – A-;

High West Distillery – Yippee – Ki – Yay: RPG – C+;

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey – BLD – D+; RPG – C+;

Jack Daniels’ Single Barrel Barrel Strength*:  BLD – A;

Jack Daniels’ Single Barrel Select – RPG – B++;

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye – RPG – B-;

Jefferson’s Ocean Cask Strength:  BLD- B+; RPG – B+;

Jefferson’s Presidential Select 16 Year Old Twin Oak:  BLD- A;

Johnnie Walker White Walker: RPG – C+;

J.T.S. Brown: RPG – B;

Kilchoman: BLD F (when I ordered this in a bar people 25 feet away could smell it);

Larceny Bourbon:  BLD – C- (I just can’t get over the peanut funk);

Little Book (Jim Beam):  BLD – B;

Lusty Claw: RPG – C-/D+ (VERY cool bottle)

Maker’s Mark:  BLD – C; RPG – C+;

McKenna 10 year BIB: RPG – B+;

Michter’s Unblended American Whiskey: RPG – B-;

Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon: BLD – B+; RPG – B+

Michter’s Sour Mash*: – RPG – B;

Michter’s Straight Rye*: – RPG – B+;

Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Rye: RPG – A-;

Oban 14 Single Malt Scotch: RPG – B; BLD – A-;

Oban 18 Single Malt Scotch: BLD- A; RPG – A;

Oban Distillers’ Edition:  BLD- B+;

Oban – Little Bay: RPG – B+ (Drank this the night my son was born…very good); BLD- B+;

Oban Bay Reserve / Game of Thrones Night’s Watch Highland Whisky: RPG – B;

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2017:  BLD- B-;

Old Forester Whiskey Row Bottled in Bond:  BLD- B;

Old Forester Whiskey Row Statesman:  BLD – B-;

Old Forester Whiskey Row Prohibition Style:  BLD- B+;

Old Medley*: RPG – B+;

Old Medley Barrel Strength: RPG – B;

Old Rip Van Winkle:  BLD – A; RPG – A-;

Orphan Barrel Barterhouse:  BLD- B; RPG – B;

Orphan Barrel Forged Oak:  BLD- A-; RPG – B+/A-;

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric:  BLD- B+;

Pappy Van Winkle 15:  BLD – A; RPG – A+;

Pappy Van Winkle 20:  BLD – A-;

Pappy Van Winkle 23:  BLD – A+;

Pinhook Bourbon Country: RPG – B;

Pinhook Bourbon Country Cask Strength: RPG – B-;

Pinhook Bourbon Resolution: RPG – B+ (LOVE this, buy if you can find it);

Pinhook Bourbon N Rye: RPG – B+;

Pinhook Bourbon War: RPG…TBD

Pinhook Rye Humor: RPG – B+;

Pinhook Rye Humor Single Barrel: RPG…TBD

Redbreast 12: RPG – B;

Redbreast 15: RPG – B+;

Redbreast Lustau (Sherry Cask Finish): RPG – B-;

Rock Hill Farms: RPG – B;

Sazerac: RPG – C- (funky aftertaste and gives me a headache); BLD- B- (great in cocktails).

Shackelton: RPG – B- (good whiskey, better story);

Shieldaig 18 y/o: RPG – B-;

Slane Irish Whiskey: RPG – B-;

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel 7:  BLD – A-;

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel 11: RPG – B+;

Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel 12*: RPG – B+;

Smooth Ambler Very Old Scout: RPG – A-;

Smooth Ambler Contradiction:  BLD – D; RPG – D- (PASS all week long & twice on Sunday);

Springbank 10: RPG – B+;

Springbank 12 Cask Strength: RPG – B+

Springbank 15: RPG  – B++;

Springbank 18*: RPG  – A (One of my favorite Scotch Whiskeys that I’ve tried…Excellent);

Nose: Organic honey and fresh baked goods. Smells like a ferry on a clear day in the north atlantic. Long fingers. Very viscous.

Palate: Bold w/ cayenne pepper, general citrus, black licorice & dried fruit.

Finish: Satisfying, salty, dark chocolate with hints of red fruit.

Springbank Hazelburn: BLD- B;

Stagg Jr.*: BLD- A-; RPG – A-;

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey: RPG – B;

Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey: RPG – B;

Teeling Brabazon Bottling Series*: RPG – B+; (Review written by RPG on 5/16/18)

Thomas H. Handy: RPG – B+; BLD- B+;

Toki Blended Whiskey: RPG – B-; (Good, but not a favorite. I’m not really a fan of blends);

Tullamore Dew:  BLD- B+;

Tullamore Dew Caribbean Cask: RPG – C+ (I really wanted to love this one more)

Van Winkle 12 year old:  BLD – B+; RPG – B;

Wathen’s: RPG – B;

Wathen’s Barrel Proof: RPG – B+;

Weller 12:  BLD – B+; RPG – A-;

Weller 107:  BLD -B++; RPG – B;

Weller Special Reserve:  BLD – B; RPG – B;

Weller CYPB: RPG – B+ (wanted to like this more, but it’s a stronger SR nothing more)

Weller Full Strength: RPG – A;

Woodford Reserve Bourbon:  BLD – B; RPG – B+;

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked:  BLD – B+; RPG – B+;

Whistle Pig Straight Rye: RPG – B;

Whistle Pig Straight Rye (Single Barrel): RPG – B+;

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit:  BLD – C; RPG – C+;

Wild Turkey Rare Breed:  BLD – B+; RPG – B+;

William LaRue Weller:  BLD – A+; RPG – A+;

Writer’s Tears: RPG – B;

Yamazaki 12 y/o: RPG – B+ (Very good representation, solid daily drinker)

Yellowstone Select Bourbon:  BLD – C;


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