Reviews

Review #0011 Jack Daniel’s Bicentennial Whiskey

Who makes it? ack Daniels – Brown Forman

Mash Bill: 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye. Then ages a minimum of 4 years.

Our good friend and Whiskey Krew member “D” aka: Dan,  generously provided this bottle to review.  Upon a visit to his dad, it was found in a closet and Dan instantly googled it and decided to hold onto it for just over a decade. Kris thought it was very smooth with a strong finish with a buttery oaky flavor, definitely an improvement over black label Jack. Erik thought it had a buttery flavor and wouldn’t have guessed that was Jack Daniel’s. Dan enjoyed the butterscotchery flavor with no bite and just a tingle around the lips. Overall, very enjoyable!

Kris gave it 7.5

Erik gave it 8.6

How much: It’ll cost you about $400-600 on the secondary market. Currently not available in stores.

A little history: On June 1796, President George Washington signed a bill granting statehood  to Tennessee.  In 1866 Jack Daniel aka Jasper Newton Daniel) officially started his distillery.  In 1896 he bottled Jack Daniel’s Centennial in celebration of Tennessee 100 birthday in a special bottled he himself designed and due to the time it took to craft this unique twisted glass shape few were made.  For the bicentennial Jack Daniel’s (now owned by Brown-Forman) bottled a Jack Daniel’s Bicentennial at 96 proof.  The highest proof bottling at that time. Now you have Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel and Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select at 100 proof.

Review #0010 Missouri Spirits Bourbon

Who makes it? Missouri Spirits

Mash Bill: 75% Midwest-grown corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley. Then ages a minimum of 2 years in a new white oak charred barrels from Missouri!

From the nose right down to the finish, it was all good. Erik was getting a scent of apples while Kris could tell it had a different nose, sweet and tame. Both agreed from the initial to pull to the last a very good bourbon. Not agressive, very smooth and opened up slightly from a little melt but very good neat.

Kris gave it 8.5

Erik gave it 7

How much: It’ll cost you about $30

A little history: Springfield’s first and only spirit house from midwest-grown ingredients to locally made barrels. Started in 2011 by founder Scott Shotts. Used to be a body shop, they gutted it made a distillery.
Having a background in Marketing and sales he helped a friend start a distillery and then decided to start his own.

Currently it can be found in Missouri and 6 surrounding states.

Review #0009 Metaxa

Who makes it? The House of Metaxa

Something totally different than we are used to. It is very smooth at 40% alcohol and definitely has fruity smell and taste. Erik could taste plums at the first taste while Kris could pin down what kind of fruit he was tasting, then after adding ice it brought out more of the botanicals. Grapes more on the finish. With a full melt Kris could taste the rose petals and Erik enjoyed it more with a full melt.

Since it’s not a whiskey we didn’t think it would be fair to rate plus being in a league of it’s own we decided to just give our opinion.

What do you get in the bottle: wine distillates, muscat wine and Mediterranean botanicals that is a closely kept secret except for the rose petals

How much: It’ll cost you about $30

A little history. Founded by Spyros Metaxa who was a silk merchant and of the day did not like the spirits of the day being to harsh and not very smooth. He then got his brother involved and built a distillery and upon digging the foundation found a medallion of a Salamania warrior and that is on the bottle today. It was first introduced as a Cognac but in 1936 Cognac was defined and it didn’t fit the bill. So it was then considered a brandy but again in 1987 brandy was defined and because Metaxa contains wine and botanicals that it couldn’t be a brandy. So it now in a class all of its own.

Currently it can be found in most liquor stores.

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