A new addition to the family, there on the end.
My collection from left to right:
Elmer T. Lee - Kentucky Straight Bourbon - Single Barrel Sour Mash - Barrel #13
Oaky, spicy, sweet, savory - an incredibly well-balanced and savory bourbon. It is becoming rare due to Elmer T. Lee’s passing - but in it’s prime was, in my opinion, the best deal to be had on a single barrel product. This particular bottle is from B&B Package Store’s select barrel # 13.
Stagg Jr - Kentucky Straight Bourbon -Small Batch Uncut, Unfiltered - 134.4 Proof
Zesty and packing serious heat, this raw whiskey is surprisingly balanced and rich in flavor for being such a heavy-weight. This small-batch spin-off of George T. Stagg may be a “junior” in comparison, but is still more “stag” than most would venture to handle.
Buffalo Trace - Kentucky Straight Bourbon - Single Barrel Version - Barrel #298
A barrel-select single barrel version of a normally large-batch bourbon. Best value I have ever encountered in the bourbon world. Surprisingly complex and sweetly savor-able. A favorite for sure.
Woodford Reserve Straight Malt - Malted Barley aged in Oak
One of many special edition Woodford bottles, this one in particular is special to me because it is part of a new and emerging style that happens to be my favorite - 100% Malted Barley (like scotch) aged in new charred oak barrels (like bourbon). These whiskeys are incredibly savory, and the taste upon exhale is like nectar from the gods.
Hibiki 12 Year - Blended Whiskey (presumably with lots of barley) aged in Oak
Very smooth, mildly sweet, mildly sour - and a depth of subtle complexity I’ve rarely experienced. Not cheap, but highly recommended for the curious whiskey drinker. My bottle is nearly empty, and I plan to replace it with another of the same. In fairly similar fashion to the Woodford, this is somewhat of a scotch-bourbon style hybrid - and I love the results of this experiment. I only wish I knew more about what makes this particular whiskey.
Hudson Single Malt - Malted Barley aged in Oak
To my knowledge, the pioneer of the barley-in-oak style in the commercial space. Not the most complex whiskey out there, but in my opinion, very much the most delicious. So. So. Delicious.
I am super excited about that last one - it’s pretty much my favorite. (Thanks for the tip on finding some, Rose!) Hudson’s is the first Oak-aged 100% Barley whiskey I ever tried, and it blew my mind. So delicious! At the time I’m not sure there *were* any other barley whiskeys aged in such a way commercially available - but since then, Woodford put put out its Straight Malt - which is both unique and incredibly pleasurable. I have heard that Glenmorangie has released one as well, and I believe there are a few Japanese offerings of the style.
This new, emerging trend in whiskey really excites me - I like it even more than bourbon! “Straight Malt” is the best name I’ve seen for it so far, but I suppose time will tell. I can’t wait to try (and collect) more examples! :)