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#71- Old Forester Bourbon

Distillery: Old Forester
Name: Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Age: N/A
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £34 (Master of Malt)
Nose: Baked fruit, slight citrus, marzipan
Taste: Caramel, oaky, dry
Finish: Long, dry, spicy
Rating: 6/10
As it’s a bank holiday weekend I thought I’d spend my time wisely, doing another whisky review or two. Today it’s bourbons’ turn.
There is good body to the nose from some baked fruit notes, I’m thinking pears, but it also has a lightness about it from a citrus quality and marzipan sweetness. It’s a very pleasant aroma, well balanced.
You get an initial caramel sweetness on the palate, not overly sweet though, more of a dark toffee sweetness maybe. This quickly gives way to the oak however, lots of oak and the dry, spiciness that accompanies it. There is also a fair bit of ABV burn at first and definitely benefits from a drop of water or ice.
Overall it is a pleasant, well priced bourbon. I have to admit that I have had ice with it throughout most of the bottle due to that ABV burn. I’m not really a cocktail man but I could see it being a good option to tame any sweeter concoction due to the heavy oak and dryness.

Midleton Yellow Spot 12 Year Old

Distillery: Midleton
Name: Yellow Spot
Region: Ireland
Age: 12
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 46%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £5.64 (£60 for 70cl)
Nose: Light fruits, sweet, sherry notes
Taste: Creamy, smooth, full bodied, fruity
Finish: Medium length, smooth
Rating: 6/10

The Yellow Spot is a single pot still whiskey that has been matured in three types of cask, Bourbon, Sherry butts and Malaga (a fortified wine) casks. I’ve been looking forward this as I have not really had many Irish whiskies to be honest. I was all up for trying the Green Spot as it has a great reputation, and then I won this sample around my local pub in a raffle they held for a local charity.

It has a lovely nose to it with lots of light fruits coming through with just a hint of sherry from the casks. There is also some sweetness there, a little vanilla coming through, quite refreshing at first but then deepens a little, getting a little richer, as it is allowed to aerate. You also get the impression that this is going to be a very smooth dram. The palate has a lovely rich, smooth, creaminess to it, plenty of body and yet maintains the light fruits quality from the nose. The finish is pleasant, of medium length but nothing stands out to me.

With water – The nose becomes even more fruity, the sweetness remains about the same though. The sherry notes are lost a little with the addition of water. On the palate it is still very smooth, the small amount of burn from the alcohol has gone and the fruitiness is enhanced a little, it does loose some of the body obviously but holds up fairly well. Kills the finish a bit though.

Overall it is a nice dram but as with previous Irish whiskies I have tried, it lacks the complexity I was hoping for. A nice, easy drinking dram, but I would not be looking at paying the circa £60 for that sort of whisky personally.

Heaven Hill – Mellow Corn

Distillery: Heaven Hill
Name:  Mellow Corn Straight Corn Whiskey
Region: Kentucky
Age: 2
Chill-filtered: N/A
Strength: 50%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £25
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Corn, sweet, light
Taste: Corn, sweet, crisp, alcohol kick
Finish: Warm, long, corn, ending slightly dry
Rating: 4/10
Heaven Hill Mellow Corn

As the first corn whiskey that I have tried, I was not entirely sure what to expect from Mellow Corn. I have tried bourbon and rye so I was assuming something along those lines, what I found was it appears to be a cross between the two. It has a sweetness to it like bourbons, just not has much as the ones I have tried, but with a dryness to the finish like with the rye I have tried, again just to a lesser degree.

I have found that it benefits from being left to aerate for a while, it enhances some of the flavours and reduces the kick you get from the 50% Abv. With the addition of water as well, this whiskey is really opened up. The nose becomes smoother and a little less sweet but remains light, all of which continue across to the palate. The high Abv is still apparent as it still coats the mouth but it also bring out more of the corn flavour as a result. The warm finish remains but the dryness is enhanced and prolonged with the corn notes being more apparent also. Due to the strength I thought I would try it with the addition of more water; now the nose is very subtle corn, the sweetness has almost gone and it is a little bland. The palate holds strong however, just made smoother but still with an alcohol kick towards the end. The finish is not as warm but still long lasting and dry.

Overall I would say it benefits from the addition of some water but not too much. It is not a complex whiskey with corn being the overpowering note across the range; I would like to try other corn whiskies however to compare. It is a very drinkable whiskey and for the money is not a bad purchase, I think I would prefer a rye personally though for a similar amount.