So late this afternoon I went to the bar with a friend and had a Bourbon Flight. This is the result, I managed to record what I was tasting then looked up the mash bill for the 4 I had a go at. I came home and transposed what I had recorded on voice recorder – Had to put on the ear phones as the music was a bit much in there. Could not do a video because of the music. And all this with a thobing headache. But here it is:
* Buffalo Trace
Mash bill: 90% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Look: Light brown with hints of red and gold
Smell: caramel, citrus peels, honey, cinnamon, brown sugar, marzipan, oak and corn
Taste: caramel followed by hints of toffee, burnt sugar, honey, cinnamon and pepper
After Taste: dark fruit and, again, subdued vanilla
Finish: Woody, caramel.
* Old Grand-Dad
Mash bill: 63% Corn, 27% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Look: Copper colored
Smell: caramel and butterscotch, vanilla, caramelized fruit, spice, oak and raw grain.
Taste: Caramel, oak, spice and vanilla.
After Taste: light notes of white pepper and leather
Finish: Long finish of caramel, oak, spice, vanilla and grain.
* Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve
Mash bill: 77% Corn, 13% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Look: Leather brown with hints of red.
Smell: Corn, buttered biscuits and caramel, dried dark fruit, vanilla and a light bit of butterscotch and wood
Taste: dark fruit, toasted grain, wood, brown sugar, corn and spice.
After Taste: caramel, Crème brûlée
Finish: Woody with notes of caramel, spice, corn and red licorice (Wood taste lingered the longest)
* Angels Envy
Mash bill: 28% Corn, 45% Rye, 27% Malted Barley
Smell: wine, corn, malty sweetness, spice and candied citrus, cocoa, dried fruit
Taste: bourbon and grapy wine, corn, dried dark fruit, caramel, rye-like spice and vanilla taffy.
After Taste: wood, chocolate covered cherries
Finish: Corn, spice, grape fruit, leather