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Ezra Brooks Old Ezra 7yr 101 Proof Rare Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Tier 2
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2015

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Proof66 Notes

Ezra Brooks bourbons are, from our standpoint, of somewhat mysterious origins. Our various nerd books are silent on the subject of "Ezra Brooks" despite the label promising 7 generations of expertise. The bourbons originate in Kentucky as "straight" bourbon, which requires at least 2 years of new barrel aging.

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This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
Tango Tango (121)
Rating: 3.0 (2016-12-05)[Updated Review]
Old Ezra 101 7 years old is a decent bourbon. The nose is complex charred oak,spice , pipe tobacco, and leather The entry is smooth with palate of charred oak,spice, honey ending with short finish of pipe tobacco with faint hint of honey and vanilla.Yankel W. is correct that finish is non -existence. Erza Brooks 90 proof is much better whisky from same company for half the money.It is not a repurchase for me.
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  • - Irishman up voted your review on 2016-10-14.

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Yankel W. Yankel W. (71)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-08-13)
Nose is oak and a hint of vanilla. Palate is pepper all over. Not harsh but a bit like mild cayenne. Finish is absent. Its just gone. You will "breathe" out oak some minutes afterward. A bit of water makes no improvement. I let it breathe before I sipped. I got this to compare to Virgin Bourbon, its near cousin in most respects. Same age, same proof, same distiller, etc. But, Old Ezra is more than 40% more in price. If you enjoy some "sweet" in the bottle, this ain't. I like Evan Williams White Bond considerably more for sipp'n. the additional 3 yrs. in oak didn't work. I see no reason to pay the premium over the cousin Virgin Bourbon. Virgin Bourbon is identical, except the nose is not as noticeable, The pepper is there, but mild. Neither can beat Evan Williams White label Bond for sipp'n whisky. All apparently from Heaven Hill. The afterward is that oak lingers, not the mash. Room temp, a bit of water added halfway through. Can't review the Virgin Bourbon as it isn't in the system. But, you get the idea. Nearly identical except for cost. The filtering may play a role and of course warehousing high or low in the rack. EDIT: Apparently, Virgin Bourbon is the export version of Old Ezra. Same stuff, basically. Likely the export market acquired a taste for tastier Bourbons, so it is now "dumped" here in the US.
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  • - Tango up voted your review on 2016-12-05.

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