User Reviews-The Rabble Roundup (July 2014)

User Reviews-The Rabble Roundup (July 2014)


Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

PiggDogg, Rating: 1.0

I really am sorry to have to pan this whiskey, but the bottle of this whiskey that I had smelled like M16 gun cleaning oil and tasted bad. (I was in the US Army Reserve years ago, and I still have a part can of M16 gun oil. A few hours after I tasted the whiskey, I smelled that old M16 gun oil can. Yep, the Kilbeggan smelled like the gun oil.) Maybe, I got a bad bottle with some sort of bad cut during distillation. I don't know. In any case, this Kilbeggan was outright bad. I would not buy this whiskey again and would so inform others.

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve

Muncher, Rating: 5.0

Great whiskey, just like everything else from KC. Did a side by side with my Stagg Jr and I can't decide which one I like better. The Stagg is oakier, drier, and a little more potent. The KC, though also a potent and powerful whiskey, has a little more emphasis on the sweetness and the cinnamon. Both are wonderful, what I pick just depends on whether I'm in the mood for oaky goodness or something to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve

degbert, Rating: 2.0

This is just a weird puppy. The nose is redolent of incense - it's like the whisky was infused with sandalwood and frankincense. For the price, it was thin and harsh on the front of the palate; it opened up afterwards, and was sweet and rich, but the nose and opening punch was way out of whack, especially when you consider the price tag. I can't recommend this one.

Benchmark #8 Bourbon

BDanner, Rating: 4.0

I've been searching for a bourbon in the under $20 price range that I like. I'd steered away from this one since I thought there was no way that an $11 bourbon would be worth drinking (had I realized it came out of the Buffalo Trace Distillery, I would've tried it much sooner). Boy was I wrong. Not quite as refined as it's big brother, but I've definitely had bourbons at three times this price that I didn't enjoy as much. Caramel, vanilla, cinnamon with a dry finish. Perfect amount of char. Good neat or on the rocks. Great with a splash of ginger ale. Looking forward to trying it in a Manhattan. This blows the doors of any $10-$20 bourbon I've had, and is equal to some in the $30-$40 range. Try it...You'll like it!

Midnight Moonshine

BDanner, Rating: 5.0

I agree with some of the reviews here. To me this is a vodka with body. I've never had "real" moonshine, so I can make no judgement there, I can only rate it based on my opinion of its flavor and mix-ability. I seldom buy vodka anymore. I find this adds MUCH more character to my vodka drinks. This is also available now in 100 proof and a martini made with it outshines any vodka martini I've had. Definitely recommended, especially in the 100 proof version.


Milagro Silver Tequila

scollings, Rating: 4.0

A very interesting tequila. Polarizing is a good description. The first taste you get, and a lot of it, is aqave and pepper (zesty}, which can be a bit much if you are not expecting it. But add a little Kalamansi & honey and a dash of Peychaud's an it's off to the races.

Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila

DakotaGuy, Rating: 5.0

The nose hit me as soon as I pulled the cap off. Wonderful traditional tequila along with citrus. Great flavor, too. Peppery, citusy, clean, smooth. Wonderful for sipping. I haven't tried it in a margarita yet, but I don't know if I will ever get that far.


Blackheart Spiced Rum

Nurgle, Rating: 5.0

Just had some of this and I really liked it. My previous go-to has been Sailor Jerry, and Blackheart is similar in style. I taste tested it against SJ in a 2oz shot glass and Blackheart had a greater aroma and sweeter taste to it. Frankly I like those qualities in a spiced rum. I prefer Kraken neat but I think Blackheart would accept a fruit juice mixer better. 93proof is great for a base for mixed drinks, and for those with high tolerances you are getting quite a bit more payload per bottle compared to many 70proof rums, for a handle it's like getting an extra 575ml of CM for free or 33% more alcohol, factored into the price it's a great value.


Covington Vodka

BDanner, Rating: 4.0

I love that this distillery is 2 hours down the road. I love that they use local surplus sweet potatoes as their base. I also love the unique flavor profile that those sweet potatoes bring to the table. Smooth with limited burn and a great body. I can sip it straight or mix. The only vodka I "splurge" on (it goes for $30 in my area). If they stock at your store or bar, try it. You won't regret it.


Saint Brendan's Irish Cream Liqueur

GeorgiaRebelBoy, Rating: 5.0

Every bit as good as Baileys and some of the more expensive brands of Irish Cream, and a whole lot better than some of the cheaper brands like Brady's or Carolans. The quality for the price simply can't be beat.

Yellow Chartreuse Liqueur

scollings, Rating: 4.0

I'm not giving this three because it is simply better than that. Its just that nothing will make you miss the Green faster than being served the Yellow. This is Chartreuse for beginners. While the Green is definitely hitting from the blue tees, Yellow is definitely hitting from the red tees. In short, the strong and long lasting herbal flavors of the Green have been muted, shortened, and sugared.

Green Chartreuse Liqueur

scollings, Rating: 5.0

No bar can be without this bottle in the freezer. The" widow's kiss " is a taste not to be missed. This is not for the faint of heart. No liquorice here, so sappy sweet Elderflower. This is what an herbal was meant to taste like. Not bitter, not particularly sweet, but POWERFUL. Plus, one shot of this and you've had your veggies for the month.


scollings, Rating: 5.0

A wonderful and favorite liqueur for Winter. Sweet, and complex, similar in many respects to Chartreuse though significantly more subtle. Most importantly, its the saviour of many a questionable Brandy investment. Benedictine is high on the list of any Winter survival kit.

Royal Combier Grande Liqueur

scollings, Rating: 5.0

WOW ! Not sure why this is ranked so low. This is by far the most flavorful and balanced of the Orange liqueurs and triple secs. Not easy to find where I am, but well worth the special order. A favorite, to be sure. Simply a delightful balance of spice, orange and brandy.

Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

BDanner, Rating: 4.0

Let's preface this by saying, I'm reviewing it for what it is: a mixer and a shot for college kids. If you rate it as such, it's a 4.5 star. My first taste immediately reminded me of the Atomic Fireballs you got in the 2 cent candy bins at the corner store. I have yet to find something that I didn't enjoy this in. High lights so far: *Fireball with ginger ale and a couple splashes of bitters *Fireball and hard apple cider *Fireball and Regular or Diet Dr Pepper *Fireball and cream soda *Fireball and Iced Tea. If you're looking for a smooth sipping whiskey, move along...nothing to see here. But if you just want a fun mixer for summer cookouts, this foots the bill quite nicely.

BVSco Krupnikas Spiced Honey Liqueur

BDanner, Rating: 4.0

I purchased this since it's made in my home state, not knowing what to expect. Definitely a small batch spirit. Each bottle is hand numbered and initialed by the bottler. Attractive packaging. To me this is a winter time liqueur. Nose is heavy with mulling spices. Straight, the honey and spices were a bit cloying or overpowering for me. This really shines as a mixer. Not knowing what to do with it, I visited their website and tried several of their recipes. The highlights were the "Boxcar" (Krupnikas, Bourbon, Orange Bitters and ginger ale) and Krupnikas and Ginger Ale. Also excellent in a cup of black coffee.

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