So this is what I feel like after the first round of the Great Whiskey Challenge of 2012. See I got almost everything wrong based upon price, but based on flavor I still contend I’m spot on. Here is how it broke down.
Remember I said:
All in all for those that are keeping score for me the whiskeys stacked up this way:
- Whiskey A: ”A” is for Amazing!
- Whiskey B: was the runner up. A nice middle shelfer.
- WhiskeyD: This one was good, but not my kind of good.
- Whiskey C: Bottom Shelf all the way, “Meh”
Well here were the actual whiskeys and how they ranked based on price.
From Rob Wallace:
To answer your question regarding the price order:
C. Eagle Rare 17 lists at $67.95. It is in the top 10 highest priced bourbons in the Idaho Price Book, and was the high end for this round.
D. Wild Turkey Rare Breed lists at $38.95-middle shelf
A. Wathen’s Single Barrel lists at $26.75-lower middle shelf
B. Jim Beam Devil’s Cut lists at $24.95- low end for this round
So what I want you to notice is how I got everything totally wrong! Is a matter of fact I couldn’t have been more wrong if I intentionally tried to be wrong.
That said, how wrong was I? See whiskey is all about flavor and personal preference. I have long said that there are gems on the lower shelves and that some of the higher priced ones weren’t all they were cracked up to be. One other thing that plays in here is the Wathens, which I said was the best of the lot was a single barrel bourbon. This particular barrel from which my sample was drawn must have been a honey barrel. That is the kind of whiskey people always hope to get when they buy a single barrel bourbon. Had my Wathens I had when I did the single Barrel showdown been from this barrel it would have made it into the latter rounds. This whiskey was absolutely amazing. And that is what you get with single barrel bourbons, there is a great variation from barrel to barrel.
The Wild Turkey Rare Breed I’ve had a bunch of times, and really loved it. Like I alluded to in the post by that time my palate may have been fried. I think this may have been the case. The Eagle Rare 17 is shameful. I have a bottle of the 10 that was complete garbage IMO and this one isn’t much better. Don’t know who is drinking this stuff, but it isn’t and it won’t be me. Finally the Jim Beam Devil’s Cut. I said in my review of this bourbon that it tasted like a much more expensive bourbon, and this proves it. Great stuff, and most of the time you can find it below $20 for a fifth.
Well, this proves two things, I’m an Idiot, and that you need to follow your taste buds when it comes to good whiskey, the price doesn’t always follow quality. Can’t wait for round two.