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Reviews By Rating

Reviews By Rating

At Bourbon Culture, we decided that a 10 point rating scale was the most appropriate way to grade each of our whiskey reviews

By making the ranking of “5” to be a perfectly average whiskey, we have much more room to grade whiskies on a wide variety of characteristics without them concentrating at one spot on our list. 

You’ll notice that many of the whiskies we’ve scored have a rating between 7 and 8 because this is the point where age and proof have done all they can to make a whiskey “great,” but it requires that extra magic to push it into the realm of “Excellent” and beyond. 

Whiskies that have scored between a 1 and 4 have noticeable flaws that even age and additional proof may not fix.

 

Rating Breakdown

1: Disgusting – Drain pour

2: Poor – Forced myself to drink it

3: Bad – Flawed

4: Sub-par – Many things I’d rather have 

5: Good – Good, solid, ordinary 

6: Very Good – Better than average

7: Great – Well above average 

8: Excellent – Exceptional

9: Incredible – Extraordinary

10: Unsurpassable – Nothing Else Comes Close


1: Disgusting – Drain pour

1.0 – Gray Skies Distillery Breakfast Bourbon

1.0 – Jeffer’s Creek 6 Years Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

1.0 – Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Select 13 Year Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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2: Poor – Forced myself to drink it

2.0 – Fitch’s Goat 100% Corn Whiskey

2.0 – Old St. Nick 8 Year Old Rye Whiskey

2.0 – Hudson Baby Bourbon

2.0 – 18th Street Distillery Single Barrel Bourbon (Papa Joe’s, Barrel 18-0002)

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3: Bad – Flawed

3.0 – Hudson Whiskey Do The Rye Thing Rye Whiskey

3.5 – Penelope Toasted Series Bourbon

3.8 – Rebel Distiller’s Collection Single Barrel Bourbon (Rural Inn #1, 2020)

3.9 – Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey 

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4: Sub-par – Many things I’d rather have

4.0 – Bib and Tucker Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

4.0  – Blaum Bros Straight Bourbon Whiskey

4.0 – Four Roses 2014 Limited Edition Single Barrel

4.0 – High West Double Rye! (2020)

4.0 – Hudson Bright Lights – Big City Bourbon

4.0 – Manifest Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (Barrel BB5)

4.0 – Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey Finished in Moscatel Barrel (Binny’s)

4.0 – Traveller Whiskey

4.0 – Tom’s Foolery Bottled In Bond Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Barrel 111)

4.0 – Wildrye Five Drops Bourbon

4.1 – Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon

4.1 – Cinder & Smoke Founder’s Select Batch 3

4.4 – Spirits of French Lick Lee W. Sinclair 4 Grain Single Barrel Bourbon

4.5 – Barterhouse 20 Year Old Bourbon

4.5 – James E Pepper 1776 100 Proof Bourbon

4.5 – Scotti’s Original Springs Straight Bourbon Whiskey

4.6 – Bluegrass Distillers Blue Corn Bottled in Bond Bourbon

4.8 – Dillon’s Rye Whisky

4.9 – Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star

4.9 – Bird Dog 10 Year Old Small Batch Bourbon

4.9 – Bird Dog 10 Year Bourbon

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5: Good – Good, solid, ordinary

5.0 – Dad’s Hat Single Barrel Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey (Habersham’s Beverage Warehouse, Cask #1)

5.0 – One Eight Distilling Untitled Single Barrel Bourbon (Barrel 1015, 2021)

5.0 – Reservoir Holland’s Blade Rummer (Batch 3)

5.0 – St. Elmo Steak House Cherry Vanilla Infused Bourbon

5.0 – Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

5.0 –Traverse City Whiskey Co. American Cherry Edition

5.1 – My Old Kentucky Home Bourbon

5.2 – Angel’s Envy Bourbon

5.2 – Starlight Distillery Honey Finished Single Barrel Bourbon (Papa Joe’s)

5.3 – Heaven Hill 6 Year Old Bourbon (Green Label)

5.3 – New Riff Red Turkey Wheat Bourbon

5.3 – Tincup 10 Year Old Whiskey

5.4 – Ammunition Straight Rye Whiskey finished in Pinot Noir Barrels

5.5 – Deerhammer Pot Still Rye Whiskey (Total Wine Single Barrel 2020)

5.5 – Rabbit Hole Cavehill Kentucky Straight Bourbon

5.5 – Arby’s Smoked Bourbon

5.5 – Spirits of French Lick William Dalton Single Barrel Bourbon (Red Barrel Pick, Barrel 472)

5.5 – Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

5.5 – Blue Note Juke Joint Single Barrel Bourbon (Lueken’s Wine and Spirits)

5.5 – Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Bourbon

5.6 – Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon

5.6 – West Fork Whiskey Wheated Straight Bourbon Whiskey

5.7 – Old Forester 1897 Bottled In Bond Bourbon

5.7 – Michter’s Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch 18L1810)

5.7 – Old Forester King Ranch Bourbon

5.8 – Benchmark Small Batch Bourbon

5.8 – Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Straight Bourbon Whiskey

5.8 – Larceny Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey

5.8 – Old Forester Single Barrel Bourbon (Rural Inn #2, Muddy Waters)

5.8 – Old Tub Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon

5.8 – R6 Distillery Bourbon

5.9 – David Nicholson Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

5.9 – High West Single Barrel American Prairie Armagnac Barrel (K&L Wine Market)

5.9 – Isaac Bowman Port Finished Bourbon

5.9 – JTS Brown Bottled In Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey

5.9 – Mellow Corn Bottled In Bond Straight Corn Whiskey

5.9 – Rittenhouse Bottled In Bond Straight Rye Whiskey 

5.9 – 1792 Single Barrel Bourbon (Sigman Bottle Pick)

5.9 – 1792 Small Batch

5.9 – High West Single Barrel American Prairie Bourbon (Armagnac Finished – K&L Wine Merchants)

5.9 – High West Rendezvous Rye (2021)

5.9 – Noah’s Mill Bourbon (2020)

5.9 – Spirits of French Lick Solomon Scott Bottled in Bond Rye Whiskey

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6: Very Good – Better than average

6.0 – Ammunition Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels

6.0 – Angel’s Envy Private Barrel Port Finished Bourbon (Bitters and Bottles)

6.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 033

6.0 – Benchmark Bonded Bourbon

6.0 – Blade and Bow Bourbon

6.0 – Cumberland Falls Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

6.0 – David Nicholson 1843 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

6.0 – Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon

6.0 – High West Single Barrel American Prairie Bourbon (Rye Finished – Big Red Liquors)

6.0 – High West High Country American Single Malt Whiskey

6.0 – High West Double Rye! Rye Whiskey

6.0 – High West 14 Year Old Light Whiskey

6.0 – New Riff 6 Year Old Kentucky Straight Malted Rye Whiskey

6.0 – Penelope Bourbon Barrel Strength Bourbon

6.0 – Pursuit Series Bourbon (Episode #44)

6.0 – Rabbit Hole Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon

6.0 – Traverse City Whiskey Co. Small Batch Bourbon

6.0 – Very Old Barton Bourbon

6.0 – Warbringer Warmaster Edition Single Barrel Bourbon

6.0 – Whiskey Del Bac Sentinel Rye Whiskey

6.0 – Willett Pot Still Bourbon (2022)

6.0 – World Whiskey Society 15 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon Finished in Japanese Mizunara Oak Shochu Barrels

6.0 – Wyoming Whiskey Private Stock Bourbon Whiskey (TLS of Jackson Hole, Barrel 5798)

6.1 – Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond 6 Year Old Bourbon

6.1 – High West Campfire Whiskey

6.1 – Knob Creek 9 Year Old Small Batch Bourbon

6.1 – Pursuit United Series Bourbon (Batch 2)

6.1 – Starlight Distillery Peach Brandy Finished Single Barrel Bourbon (Big Red Liquors, 2021)

6.1 – Wild Turkey Longbranch Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey

6.1 – Woodford Reserve Straight Kentucky Rye Whiskey

6.2 – Broken Barrel Small Batch Bourbon

6.2 – Buffalo Trace Bourbon

6.2 – Castle & Key Wheated Bourbon (2023)

6.2 – Hickory Hills 12 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Bourbon

6.2 – Old Grand Dad 114

6.2 – Wild Turkey 101

6.3 – Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Old Small Batch Bourbon

6.3 – Wyoming Whiskey Limited Edition “Powder River” Bourbon

6.4 – Elijah Craig Single Barrel Bourbon (Rural Inn #5)

6.4 – Old Grand Dad Bottled In Bond Bourbon

6.4 – Micther’s Unblended American Whiskey (Batch 14G4187)

6.4 – Orphan Barrel The Gifted Horse

6.4 – Willett A Blend Of Straight Whiskeys

6.5 – Bay Horse Inn Bourbon

6.5 – Buffalo Trace Single Barrel Bourbon (Rural Inn 7/7/18)

6.5 – Benchmark Full Proof

6.5 – Early Times Bottled In Bond Bourbon

6.5 – Hancock’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

6.5 – Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 7 Year Old Bourbon

6.5 – Johnny Drum Private Stock Straight Bourbon Whiskey

6.5 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey (Rural Inn Pick 5 yr 6 mo 2019)

6.5 – Knob Creek Twice Barreled Straight Rye Whiskey

6.5 – Legent Bourbon

6.5 – Maker’s Mark Private Select (Big Red Liquors 2018)

6.5 – Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch 18H1191)

6.5 – Old Ezra 7 Year Old Bourbon 101 Proof

6.5 – Old Forester Barrel Strength Single Barrel (Big Red Liquors – Honey Hole)

6.5 – Minor Case Sherry Cask Finished Straight Rye Whiskey

6.5 – Old Forester 100 Proof Bourbon

6.5 – Maker’s Mark 101

6.5 – Cooper’s Craft 100 Proof Bourbon

6.5 – Garrison Brothers Small Batch Texas Bourbon (2023)

6.5 – Stagg Batch 18 – 131 Proof

6.6 – Elijah Craig Single Barrel Bourbon (Rural Inn #3)

6.6 – Forged Oak 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

6.6 – Old Forester Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

6.7 – Belle Meade Reserve Bourbon

6.7 – Broken Barrel Heresey Rye Whiskey

6.7 – Doc Swinson’s Alter Ego Triple Cask Bourbon

6.7 – Forbidden Bourbon

6.7 – Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey

6.7 – Starlight Distillery Bottled In Bond Bourbon

6.7 – William Dalton Single Barrel Wheated Bourbon (The Vintage Cafe, 2021)

6.8 – 1792 High Rye Bourbon

6.8 – Elijah Craig Single Barrel Bourbon (Tomorrow’s Dream, NDA)

6.8 – Lot No. 40 Rye Whisky

6.8 – Michter’s Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey

6.8 – Old Bardstown Bottled In Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey

6.8 – Old Hamer Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey

6.8 – Union Horse Reunion Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey

6.9 – Ezra Brooks Distiller’s Collection Single Barrel (NJBYC Pick)

6.9 – Hotel Tango Bravo Bourbon

6.9 – New Riff Bottled In Bond Rye Whiskey

6.9 – Colonel E.H. Taylor Bottled-in-Bond Straight Rye Whiskey

6.9 – Frey Ranch Single Barrel Bourbon (Seelbach’s Barrel #437)

6.9 – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey

6.9 – Journeyman Farm Rye Experimental Malted Rye Whiskey

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7: Great – Well above average

7.0 – 1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon

7.0 – Backbone Wheat Whiskey Single Barrel (Rural Inn Pick)

7.0 – Baker’s Single Barrel Bourbon

7.0 – Barrell Single Barrel 18 Year Straight Whiskey (A112 Big Red Liquors)

7.0 – Belle Meade Bourbon Cognac XO Finished

7.0 – Frey Ranch Straight Bourbon Whiskey

7.0 – Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon Whiskey Sherry Cask Finished (Potomac Wine and Spirits)

7.0 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon Whiskey (Elite Beverage Pick 14 yr 4 mo 2019)

7.0 – Old Hamer Cask Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel (Rural Inn, 2020)

7.0 – Old Hamer Single Barrel 100 Proof Bourbon

7.0 – Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel American Whiskey 107 (Toddy’s Liquors Barrel 10340)

7.0 – Fireside Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey

7.0 – Stellum Rye Whiskey

7.0 – Hugh Hamer Single Barrel Rum Finished Bourbon (Rural Inn, 2022)

7.0 – Spirits of French Lick Morning Glory Single Barrel Bourbon

7.0 – Belle Meade Single Barrel Cask Strength Mourvèdre Finish (123.29 Proof)

7.0 – Old Elk Infinity Blend (2021)

7.0 – Hugh Hamer Bourbon (Rum Barrel Finish) Review

7.0 – Hugh Hamer Bourbon (Double Oaked)

7.1 – Barrell Whiskey Batch 003

7.1 – Chattanooga Whiskey Distillery Small Batch High Malt Straight Bourbon Whiskey

7.1 – Down Home Toasted Barrel Bourbon (Batch 2)

7.1 – Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon

7.1 – Joseph Magnus Single Barrel Bourbon (Rootstock Hospitality Group)

7.1 – Old Forester The 117 Series: 1910 Extra Extra Old

7.1 – Weller Antique 107

7.1 – Wild Turkey 101 8 Year Old Bourbon (2022)

7.2 – Barrell Infinite Barrel (May 2018)

7.2 – Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon

7.2 – High West Double Rye! Single Barrel (Warehouse Liquors 2022, White Port Finish)

7.2 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon Whiskey (Rural Inn Pick 13yr 10mo 2018)

7.2 – Mile High Spirits Fireside Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey

7.2 – New Riff Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey

7.2 – Old Elk Single Barrel Straight Bourbon (Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars)

7.2 – Rossville Union Barrel Select Rye Whiskey (Rural Inn 2019)

7.2 – Starlight Distillery VDN Finished Single Barrel Bourbon

7.2 – Tommy Bahama Rye Whisky and Rum

7.2 – Weller Single Barrel

7.2 – Whistlepig 10 Year Old Small Batch Rye Whiskey

7.2 – Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17 Year Old Bottled In Bond Bourbon

7.3 – Bardstown Bourbon Company Brandy Barrel Honey Ale Cask

7.3 – Barrell Craft Spirits Gray Label 24 Year Whiskey (2021)

7.3 – Blanton’s Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey

7.3 – Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon (Fall 2017 Vintage Series)

7.3 – Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

7.3 – George Dickel 110th Anniversary Powderhorn Bottle (1987)

7.3 – Hugh Hamer Bourbon (Port Barrel Finish)

7.3 – Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select Tennessee Whiskey

7.3 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Aged 9 Years Bourbon Whiskey

7.3 – Joseph Magnus Single Barrel Bourbon (The Bourbon Enthusiast)

7.3 – Mayor Pingree Red Label Bourbon

7.3 – Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey (Batch 19H1247)

7.3 – New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Balboa Rye Whiskey

7.3 – Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky

7.3 – Old Forester Statesman Straight Bourbon Whiskey

7.3 – Rebecca Creek 16 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon

7.3 – Smoke Wagon Small Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey

7.3 – Stellum Bourbon

7.4 – Barrell Private Release Bourbon BX1A

7.4 – Belle Meade Bourbon Madeira Finished

7.4 – Big Red Liquors VIP #1 Bourbon

7.4 – Bone Snapper Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (Rural Inn, 2021)

7.4 – Daniel Weller Emmer Wheat Bourbon

7.4 – High West Bourye (2015)

7.4 – High West Rendezvous Rye (2017)

7.4 – Hugh Hamer Single Barrel Maple Syrup Finished Bourbon (Rural Inn, 2022)

7.4 – Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey A120

7.4 – Shenk’s Homestead Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey (2022)

7.5 – 1792 Bottled In Bond

7.5 – 1792 Aged 12 Years

7.5 – 1792 Full Proof

7.5 – AM PM Coffee Bourbon

7.5 – Backbone Bourbon Single Barrel Wheated Bourbon (Rural Inn, 2022)

7.5 – Barrel King Knighted Bourbon

7.5 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 028

7.5 – Barrell Whiskey Batch 001

7.5 – Barrell Whiskey Batch 002

7.5 – Barrell Whiskey Batch 005

7.5 – Barrell Single Barrel Private Release Whiskey AH03 (Finished in Washington State Ice Wine Barrel)

7.5 – Chattanooga Whiskey Distillery Small Batch High Malt Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey

7.5 – Calumet Farm 16 Year Old Bourbon

7.5 – Distillery 291 Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey

7.5 – George Remus Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon (Rural Inn #2, 2020)

7.5 – IBWE Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch 1

7.5 – Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey (Rural Inn #1)

7.5 – Jack Daniel’s Special Release Twice Barreled American Single Malt (2022)

7.5 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon (Rural Inn Pick, 2020)

7.5 – Little Book Chapter 5: The Invitation

7.5 – Mile High Spirits Fireside Single Barrel High Rye Bourbon

7.5 – Mile High Spirits Fireside Stout Finished Bourbon (New Terrain Barrel Share)

7.5 – Old Forester The 117 Series: High Angel’s Share

7.5 – Peerless Small Batch Straight Kentucky Bourbon

7.5 – Penelope Architect Straight Bourbon (Batch 6)

7.5 – Redemption 9 Year Old Bourbon

7.5 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Rural Inn Warehouse G 2020)

7.5 – Stagg Jr. Batch 7 – 130.0 Proof

7.5 – Starlight Distillery Sherry Finished Single Barrel Bourbon

7.5 – Traverse City Whiskey Co. Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey

7.5 – Whiskey del Bac Frontera American Single Malt

7.5 – Willett Wheated 8 Year Bourbon

7.5 – Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Straight Bourbon Whiskey

7.6 – Barrell Single Barrel Private Release Whiskey AH09 (Finished in Ratafia de Champagne Barrel)

7.6 – Barrell Private Release Bourbon BA1C

7.6 – Broken Barrel Americana Whiskey

7.6 – E.J. Curley & Co Single Barrel Bourbon

7.6 – Evan Williams 12 Year Old Bourbon

7.6 – Fireside Single Barrel 4 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey

7.6 – George Dickel x Leopold Bros Collaboration Blend Rye Whiskey

7.6 – Hirsch Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon (Big Red Liquors, KY-028, 136.8 proof)

7.6 – Jack Daniel’s 10 Year Old Tennessee Whiskey

7.6 – Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon

7.6 – Maiden Voyage 6 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon (NJBYC)

7.6 – New Riff Backsetter Bourbon

7.6 – New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon (Crane Whiskey Society, 2023)

7.6 – Old Forester Barrel Strength Single Barrel Rye Whiskey

7.6 – Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch 2)

7.6 – Shenk’s Homestead Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey (2023)

7.6 – Trader Joe’s Barrel Entry Proof Straight Kentucky Bourbon

7.6 – Wild Turkey Rare Breed (116.8 proof)

7.7 – 2XO The Phoenix Blend

7.7 – Backbone Bourbon Uncut Single Barrel (Rural Inn 30 Gallon, 2019)

7.7 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 007b

7.7 – Barrell Single Barrel Private Release Whiskey AH20 (Finished in Pear Brandy Barrel)

7.7 – Barrell Bourbon Cask Finish Series: Amburana

7.7 – Calumet Farm 15 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

7.7 – Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon (Rural Inn, 2021)

7.7 – Elijah Craig Barrel Select Single Barrel Bourbon (The Grenade)

7.7 – Filibuster Single Barrel 15 Year Bourbon (Modern Spirits, 2020) 

7.7 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OESQ (Forecastle 2018)

7.7 – Four Roses Small Batch Select

7.7 – Hirsch The Cask Strength Finished in Cognac Barrels

7.7 – Hugh Hamer Bourbon (Peach Barrel Finish)

7.7 – George Remus Highest Rye Single Barrel Bourbon

7.7 – Mile High Spirits Fireside Bottled in Bond Bourbon (Batch 3)

7.7 – Mile High Spirits Fireside Port Barrel Finished Single Barrel Bourbon

7.7 – Mile High Spirits Fireside Bottled In Bond Bourbon (Batch 1)

7.7 – New Riff Backsetter Rye Whiskey

7.7 – NULU Experimental Finish Series Single Barrel Bourbon finished in Amburana Barrels (Indiana Exclusive, 2023)

7.7 – Old Forester The 117 Series: 1910 Extra Old

7.7 – Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon 

7.7 – Resilient 15 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon (Barrel #68)

7.7 – Weller Antique 107 Single Barrel (Big Red Liquors 2019)

7.7 – Weller Aged 12 Years Bourbon

7.7 – Wyoming Whiskey Outryder (Batch 4)

7.8 – 1792 Full Proof Rural Inn #4

7.8 – 1792 Full Proof Rural Inn #5

7.8 – Archives Single Barrel American Whiskey (Binny’s, Barrel No.164)

7.8 – Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye Whisky (66.0%)

7.8 – Backbone Bourbon Company Single Barrel Bourbon (Brinkman’s Wine & Spirits, Double Soggy)

7.8 – Backbone Bourbon Company Single Barrel Bourbon (Dep’s Pick)

7.8 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 004

7.8 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 007

7.8 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 008

7.8 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 016

7.8 – Barrell Bourbon New Year 2024

7.8 – Barrell Whiskey American Vatted Malt

7.8 – Barrell Rye Whiskey Batch 001

7.8 – Belle Meade Single Barrel Cask Strength Sherry Finish (Missouri)

7.8 – Blood Oath Pact 7

7.8 – Buzzard’s Roost Cigar Rye

7.8 – Calumet Farms 14 Year Old Bourbon

7.8 – Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bottled in Bond Bourbon

7.8 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon B521

7.8 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OESK (BevMo! 2019)

7.8 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OBSF (Crown Liquors Henrietta)

7.8 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OBSO (Grape & Grain 2019)

7.8 – John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey 

7.8 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon Whiskey (Del Mesa Pick 11 yr 1 mo 2019)

7.8 – Lot No. 40 Cask Strength Rye Whisky (3rd Release, 2019)

7.8 – Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon (2023, 23D1285)

7.8Mile High Spirits Fireside Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (6 Years Old)

7.8 – Obtanium Single Barrel Light Whiskey

7.8 – Old Forester Barrel Strength Single Barrel (Big Red Liquors – Spice Jam)

7.8 – Old Forester Barrel Strength Single Barrel (Rural Inn – 2020)

7.8 – Old Forester The 117 Series: Scotch Cask Finish

7.8 – Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet 22 Year Old Bourbon

7.8 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Rural Inn CNF 2019)

7.8 – Single Cask Nation 24 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon

7.8 – Whistlepig Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (Rural Inn Barrel 2639)

7.9 – 1792 Full Proof Rural Inn #6

7.9 – Bardstown Bourbon Company Ferrand

7.9 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 003

7.9 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 006

7.9 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 012

7.9 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 015

7.9 – Barrell Bourbon New Year 2018

7.9 – Barrell Bourbon New Year 2020

7.9 – Barrell Craft Spirits Gray Label Bourbon (2022)

7.9 – Barrell Rye Whiskey Batch 002

7.9 – Barrell Single Barrel Private Release Whiskey AH18 (Finished in Armagnac Barrel)

7.9 – Barrell Private Release Bourbon BA2K

7.9 – Belle Meade Single Barrel Cask Strength Black Belle (Craftsman Series)

7.9 – Bulleit Bourbon Single Barrel (Rural Inn 1A)

7.9 – Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Uncut and Unfiltered Bourbon Batch 6 – 128.1 Proof

7.9 – Cream of Kentucky (Batch 1)

7.9 – Deerhammer American Single Malt Whiskey

7.9 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon A119

7.9 – Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon

7.9 – Fireside Single Barrel Bourbon (5 Years Old, 122 Proof)

7.9 – Mile High Spirits Fireside Single Barrel Wheated Bourbon (5 Years Old)

7.9 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OBSQ (Longhorn Liquors 2019)

7.9 – Jack Daniel’s Special Release Heritage Barrel (2018 release)

7.9 – Jack Daniel’s Special Release Twice Barreled Heritage Rye Whiskey (2023)

7.9 – Jack Daniel Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey (NJBYC, 2023)

7.9 – Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon (15 Year, NJBYC)

7.9 – Larceny Single Barrel Barrel Proof (Barrel 580306)

7.9 – Lucky Seven 14 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon (Bourbon Street Liquors pick)

7.9 – Maker’s Mark 2023 Limited Release Bourbon (BEP, 109.6)

7.9 – Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 25 Year Bourbon

7.9 – Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

7.9 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (LL/HG)

7.9 – Shenk’s Homestead Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey

7.9 – Stagg Jr. Batch 14 – 130.2 Proof

7.9 – Stagg Jr. Batch 12 – 132.3 Proof

7.9 – Starlight Distillery Single Barrel Rye Whiskey

7.9 – Sweeten’s Cove Bourbon (2021 Release, 56.48%)

7.9 – Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B 12 Year Old Bourbon

7.9 – Whiskey del Bac Normandie American Single Malt Whiskey

7.9 – Willett Family Estates 4 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey

7.9 – Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel (Warehouse T, 2015)

7.9 – Yellowstone Hand Picked Collection Single Barrel (NJBYC Pick)

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8: Excellent – Exceptional

8.0 – Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey finished in Caribbean Rum Casks

8.0 – Backbone Bourbon Company Uncut Single Barrel Cigar Blend (Naptown Bourbon Company)

8.0 – Baker’s 13 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon

8.0 – Bardstown Bourbon Company The Prisoner

8.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 001

8.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 002

8.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 008b

8.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 010

8.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 013

8.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 014

8.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 017

8.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 019

8.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 020

8.0 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 035

8.0 – Barrell Single Barrel 14 Year Rye Whiskey (Big Red Liquors)

8.0 – Barrell Single Barrel 9E50 (Lincoln Road Package Store)

8.0 – Barrell Single Barrel Private Release Whiskey AH07 (Finished in Oloroso Sherry Cask)

8.0 – Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Bourbon (2020)

8.0 – Belle Meade Single Barrel Cask Strength Madeira Finish (Plumpjack Wine and Spirits)

8.0 – Bone Snapper Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (Rural Inn)

8.0 – Chattanooga Whiskey Distillery 1816 Single Barrel (Alabama Bicentennial)

8.0 – Doc Swinson’s Alter Ego Rye Whiskey

8.0 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OBSO (Crown Liquors Peggy)

8.0 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon B519

8.0 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon C919

8.0 – Evan Williams 23 Year Old Bourbon

8.0 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OBSF (Central Indiana 2018)

8.0 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OBSV (Big Red Liquors 2018)

8.0 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OBSV (Westport Whiskey and Wine 2019)

8.0 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OESK (Rural Inn 2018)

8.0 – High West Single Barrel Campfire Whiskey finished in a Cognac Cask (Distillery Release)

8.0 – George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whiskey (2022 Release)

8.0 – Jack Daniel’s Heritage Barrel (2019 release)

8.0 – Jack Daniel’s 12 Year Old Tennessee Whiskey

8.0 – Joseph Magnus Triple Cask Bourbon

8.0 – Maker’s Mark Private Select (NJBYC Gold on Gold)

8.0 – Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength Bourbon

8.0 – Noah’s Mill Bourbon (2010)

8.0 – Old Forester President’s Choice (Barrel #007, 2019)

8.0 – Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength Bourbon (r/Bourbon 2022 Selection)

8.0 – Redwood Empire 12 Year Old Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Bourbon (Crown Liquors Single Barrel)

8.0 – Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch 7)

8.0 – Rock Hill Farms Straight Bourbon Whiskey

8.0 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Vine and Table Warehouse F 2019)

8.0 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Swan Song CNA)

8.0 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Toddy’s Twix VII)

8.0 – Single Cask Nation Wild Turkey Single Barrel (Warehouse G, 2021)

8.0 – Stagg Jr. Batch 10 – 126.4 Proof

8.0 – Vance’s Private Select Single Barrel Straight Bourbon

8.0 – W.B. Saffell Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

8.0 – Weller Full Proof Bourbon

8.0 – Weller Full Proof Single Barrel Pick (Noblesville Costco)

8.0 – Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Cornerstone

8.0 – Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Voyage

8.0 – Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked Straight Bourbon Whiskey (2020 release)

8.0 – Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Very Fine Rare Bourbon (2020)

8.0 – Stoll and Wolfe 7 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey (Kindred Spirits Release 1)

8.1 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 011

8.1 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 022

8.1 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 023

8.1 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 025

8.1 – Barrell Single Barrel 9E66 (Potomac Wine and Spirits)

8.1 – Barrell Whiskey Batch 004

8.1 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 031

8.1 – Barrell Craft Spirits Gray Label 16 Year Old Seagrass Rye Whiskey (2021)

8.1 – Big Red Liquors VIP #2 Bourbon (Taxman Stout Barrel Finish)

8.1 – Bone Snapper Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (Cork ‘N Bottle)

8.1 – Corsair Ryemageddon Rye Whiskey Single Barrel (Rural Inn)

8.1 – Deerhammer Mead Barrel Finished Single Malt Whiskey (Redstone Collaboration)

8.1 – Doc Swinson’s Exploratory Cask 15 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon (Batch 6)

8.1 – Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon (Rural Inn, 2020)

8.1 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OBSQ (Vine and Table 2019)

8.1 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OESK (Molly’s Liquors 2019)

8.1 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OBSF (Elite Beverages, Fruitopia)

8.1 – High West The Prisoner’s Share

8.1 – Little Book Chapter 3: The Road Home

8.1 – Maker’s Mark 2020 Limited Release Bourbon (SE4 x PR5)

8.1 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Elite Beverages Warehouse D 2019)

8.1 – Templeton Single Barrel 10 Year Reserve Rye Whiskey

8.1 – Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Batch Proof (2023, 124.7)

8.1 – Smoke Wagon Uncut and Unfiltered Straight Bourbon Whiskey

8.1 – Stagg Jr. Batch 13 – 128.4 Proof

8.1 – Staves and Grain 8 Year Old Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (NDA, 2021)

8.2 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 021

8.2 – Barrell Bourbon New Year 2019

8.2 – Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Bourbon (2019)

8.2 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 029

8.2 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 027

8.2 – Barrell Private Release Bourbon BX2i

8.2 – Barrell Vantage

8.2 – Barrell Special Release Single Barrel Whiskey finished in a Rhum Agricole Cask (Rural Inn, 2021)

8.2 – Barrell Bourbon New Year 2022

8.2  – Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Bourbon (2021)

8.2 – Cascade Moon 13 Year Rye Whisky

8.2 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon B517

8.2 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon B518

8.2 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Single Barrel Store Pick (Superior Liquors, 133.4 Proof)

8.2 – Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2016

8.2 – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey (Gift Shop, 2023)

8.2 – Lot No. 40 Cask Strength Rye Whisky (2nd Release, 2018)

8.2 – Lux Row Distillers Double Barrel 12 Years Old Bourbon 

8.2 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection Bourbon (Queen #3, Rural Inn)

8.2 – Mammoth Distilling Borrowed Time Single Barrel 12 Year Old Rye Whiskey (Honey)

8.2 – Michter’s 10 Year Old Bourbon (Barrel 18G1006)

8.2 – Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Barrel Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (2020)

8.2 – Michter’s Limited Release Toasted Barrel Finish Rye Whiskey (2023)

8.2 – Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch 3)

8.2 – Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch 4)

8.2 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey (California Drammin’)

8.2 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey (John O’s Liquor/Hardin County Bourbon Club, 2022)

8.2 – Smoke Wagon Single Barrel 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Total Wine 2019)

8.2 – Weller Create Your Perfect Bourbon (2021)

8.2 – Whistlepig Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (Binny’s Cracklings)

8.2 – Wilderness Trail 7 Year Old Bottled in Bond Rye Whiskey

8.3 – Barrell Armida

8.3 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 018

8.3 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 024

8.3 – Barrell Bourbon New Year 2017

8.3 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 030

8.3 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 032

8.3 – Barrell Craft Spirts Gray Label Dovetail

8.3 – Bomberger’s Declaration Bourbon (2018)

8.3 – Copper & Cask 6 Year Old Single Barrel Straight Bourbon (Barrel MK-155)

8.3 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon (Batch 12)

8.3 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Single Barrel (Neat Drinker’s Association/Quality Bourbons and Barbecue)

8.3 – Four Gate Release 5 “Foundation”

8.3 – Jack Daniel Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey (WIMWR, 2023)

8.3 – Little Book Chapter 4: Lessons Honored

8.3 – Maker’s Mark Cellar Aged Bourbon (2023)

8.3 – Michter’s Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (Barrel 19C447)

8.3 – Murray Hill Club Special Release #3

8.3 – Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength Bourbon (MTS: The Last of O House)

8.3 – Old Forester The 117 Series: Bottled-in-Bond

8.3 – Old Overholt Cask Strength 10 Year Old Rye Whiskey

8.3 – Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Bourbon

8.3 – Rebel Reserve Single Barrel Barrel Strength 12 Year Bourbon

8.3 – Remus Gatsby Reserve (2023)

8.3 – Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Recreational Cough Syrup, 2022)

8.3 – Smoke Wagon Desert Jewel 10 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey

8.3 – Stagg Jr. Batch 9 – 131.9 Proof

8.3  – Stagg Jr Batch 15 – 131.1 Proof

8.3 – Whistlepig Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (Crown Liquors #Nah)

8.4 – Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Release #15

8.4 – Bardstown Bourbon Company Collaborative Series Copper and Kings Apple Brandy Finished Bourbon

8.4 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 005

8.4 – Blanton’s Single Barrel Gold Straight Bourbon Whiskey

8.4 – Bomberger’s Declaration Bourbon (2023)

8.4 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon C923

8.4 – Maker’s Mark DNA Series

8.4 Maker’s Mark Private Selection (New Kid on The Block, Hudson Wine Market/Tomar’s Discount Liquors)

8.4 – Maker’s Mark 2023 Limited Release Bourbon (BEP, 110.7)

8.4 – Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2023)

8.4 – Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch 5)

8.4 – Whistlepig Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (Total Wine and More St. Matthews Square 2019)

8.5 – Bardstown Bourbon Company Discovery Series #11

8.5 – Barrell Bourbon Batch 009

8.5 – Barrell Dovetail

8.5 – Barrell Rye Whiskey Batch 003

8.5 – Barrell Craft Spirits Gold Label Bourbon (2021)

8.5 – Bomberger’s Declaration Bourbon (2021)

8.5 – Bomberger’s Declaration Bourbon (2022)

8.5 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OESO (Perilous Journey)

8.5 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OESO (Rural Inn, 2020)

8.5 – Knob Creek Limited Edition 18 Year Old Bourbon

8.5 – Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon (2023, 23A0044)

8.5 – Michter’s Barrel Strength Bourbon (Barrel 18F877)

8.5 – Michter’s Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (Barrel 16C391)

8.5 – Old Carter Bourbon Batch 3

8.5 – Parker’s Heritage Heavy Char Bourbon (Release 14)

8.5 – Remus Gatsby Reserve (2022)

8.5 – Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse Camp Nelson F

8.5 – Stagg Jr. Batch 6 – 132.5 Proof

8.5 – Thomas H. Handy Rye Whiskey (2015, 126.9 proof)

8.6 – 13th Colony Double Oaked Bourbon Batch 1

8.6 – Barrell Bourbon 10th Anniversary Blend

8.6 – Blackened x Willett Cask Strength Rye Whiskey

8.6 – Four Roses Private Selection Barrel Strength Bourbon OESO (Somerville Super Saver, 2020)

8.6 – Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2022)

8.6 – Smoke Wagon Single Barrel 13 Year Old Bourbon (NJBYC Barrel #5636)

8.6 – Stellum Black Rye

8.6 – Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Unforgotten

8.7 – Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2021

8.7 – Blanton’s Single Barrel Straight From The Barrel (126.7 proof)

8.7 – Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (Barrel 17C583)

8.7 – Bardstown Bourbon Company Discovery Series #4

8.7 – Barrell Seagrass

8.7 – Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Uncut and Unfiltered Bourbon Batch 10 – 127.3

8.7 – Down Home 12 Year Old Bourbon (Batch 2, 113.2 proof)

8.7 – Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old Bourbon

8.7 – Stagg Jr Single Barrel Bourbon (Binny’s Barrel #009)

8.7 – Wild Turkey Generations

8.8 – 13th Colony Double Oaked Bourbon Batch 2

8.8 – Boone County 14 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon (Barrel B0598)

8.8 – Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2022

8.8 – Parker’s Heritage Collection Double Barreled Blend Bourbon (Release 16)

8.8 – Parker’s Heritage Collection 10 Year Old Rye Whiskey (Release 17)

8.8 – Russell’s Reserve 13 Year Old Barrel Proof Bourbon

8.8 – Wild Turkey 101 12 Year Old Bourbon (2022)

8.8 – Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Batch Proof (2021)

8.9 – Kentucky Owl Rye Whiskey (Batch 3)

8.9 – Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2012)

8.9 – Barrell Craft Spirits Gold Label Dovetail

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9: Incredible – Extraordinary

9.0 – Barrell Single Barrel 13 Year Rye Whiskey

9.0 – Barrell Craft Spirits 15 Year Bourbon (2018)

9.0 – Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon (Batch 13)

9.0 – Kentucky Owl Rye Whiskey (Batch 4)

9.0 – A. Smith Bowman Cask Strength Bourbon (Batch 1)

9.0 – Starlight Distillery Cigar Batch Single Barrel Rye Whiskey

9.0 – Old Forester Barrel Strength Single Barrel (Towne Spirits and Fine Wine)

9.0 – Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2021)

9.0 – Smoke Wagon Experimental Rye Whiskey

9.0 – Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Batch #39

9.0 – Kentucky Owl Rye Whiskey Batch 1

9.0 – Jack Daniel’s Coy Hill Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey

9.1 – Bardstown Bourbon Company Chateau De Laubade

9.1 – Wild Turkey Rare Breed W-T-01-99 (2001)

9.2 – Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2020

9.2 – High West Single Barrel Rendezvous Rye (Cask Strength Rye Barrel Finish – T5C)

9.2 – Remus Volstead Reserve 14 Year Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey

9.2 – Old Forester 150th Anniversary Bourbon (Batch 2)

9.2 – William Larue Weller (2021)

9.3 – Old Forester President’s Choice Bourbon (Barrel 004, 2018)

9.3 – Old Forester Birthday Bourbon (2019)

9.5 – Belle Meade Single Barrel Cask Strength Honey Cask Finish (2020)

9.5 – Barrell Craft Spirits 25 Year Whiskey (2018)

9.5 – Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch (2023)

9.5 – Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Bourbon

9.7 – Mister Sam Tribute Whiskey (2019)

9.9 – Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon (2021)


10: Unsurpassable – Nothing Else Comes Close

10 – King of Kentucky Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2021 Release, Barrel 21)

10 – Mister Sam Tribute Whiskey (Batch 2, 2021)

10 – Mister Sam Tribute Whiskey (Batch 3, 2023)

10 – William Larue Weller (2015)

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Not Scored:

Rare Perfection 15 Year