So, this is it. My final “Rick’s Mystery Dram”. It’s been a fun, fun time and I am thankful to Rick for A) sending me the samples and B) taking out the time to build this series for me and working with me on it C) opening up my eyes (and hopefully your eyes) to some fine American whiskeys!
As I mentioned in the 3rd post for this “Rick’s Mystery Dram” Series, I’ve decided to make this a wee bit more interesting by sending out a mystery dram to the correct guesser of the week’s mystery dram or, if there has been no correct guess, the sample goes to a commenter (randomly chosen). Last week, “Shai Gilboa” won the mystery dram – congrats Shai!
Details on how to win a mystery dram sample (which will be Scotch or American whisk(e)y, your choice) are listed below, after the review.
Review time (and yes, it’s an American whiskey)!
Obvious wood influence here in the form of a heavily charred barrel – I’m assuming.
This whiskey, by the way, is a very deep & dark amber color.
A boat load of vanilla.
On the mouth – Big, huge heat but all of the flavor is here.
Old wood – reminds me of attic wood (old but slightly dampened with the humidity of summer).
In sum – Big hot bourbony fury that I think would be well suited as a slow summery sipper.
The clues –
- Big hot spirity nose & palate – High ABV! Barrel strength.
- Full flavored – even with all the spirit heat – this is a full flavored, big sweet bourbon.
- Lots of wood influence – heavy charred barrels and, perhaps, some age(?).
JMSWS antes up!
For those who attempt to guess – each week I will be sending out one mystery dram (a small 5cl bottle) and the first person guesses correctly wins the dram. Actually, if there are no correct guesses for the week then a winner will be chosen at random. You win whether your right or not (like a weatherperson – right or not, s/he still has a job)!
So again, I will be awarding a free whisk(e)y sample every week to one lucky winner (whether you guess correctly or not).
How do I enter to win you ask?
Easy, comment on this post with what you think the mystery dram of the week may be. It’s that simple.
I will let you choose the type of mystery dram — Scotch or American Whiskey (though that’s all you’ll know about it). And if you’d like, you can send me your tasting notes and I’ll post them for my readers to guess at. If you’d prefer the blind tasting to be between just you and me… that’s cool too.
For previous “Rick’s Mystery Dram” entries :
Here’s Mystery Dram #1 (which ended up being Parker’s Heritage First Edition)
Here’s Mystery Dram #2 (which ended up being Parker’s Heritage Golden Anniversary)
Here’s Mystery Dram #3 (which ended up being Evan Williams Single Barrel, 2000 vintage, barrel # 234)
Here’s Mystery Dram #4 (which ended up being Tonala 4 year Anejo tequila)
Here’s Mystery Dram #5 (which ended up being Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve, 10 year)
Here’s Mystery Dram #7 (remember, there was no #6 dram. #7 ended up being Jefferson’s Presidential Select, 17 year, batch #3)
Here’s Mystery Dram #8 (#8 ended up being Sazerac Rye 18yr which, by the way, completely threw me off. Not what I was expecting from a rye whiskey. I liked it anyway.)
Here’s Mystery Dram #9 (#9 ended up being Thomas H. Handy Sazerac which, by the way, was correctly guessed by Matt L!! Congrats Matt – great job!)
Here’s Mystery Dram #10 (#10 ended up being Eagle Rare 17 year)