Luke’s Pick – Calumet 15-Year Bourbon
My pick this month comes in at a slightly higher price point than my prior picks, but even at $150 this bourbon is still a good value in the current bourbon market. This 15-year bourbon was distilled in Kentucky from a mash bill of 74% corn, 18% rye, and 8% malted barley (you can guess the distillery) and the blend was made from only 19 select barrels. It is bottled at 105 proof (52.5% abv).
The nose on this bourbon is well-balanced and consists of layers of traditional bourbon aromas of vanilla, toffee, dark cherry, and oak. On the palate, this bourbon delivers a rich bouquet of dark cherry and tobacco, with an intensifying spice mid-palate that is complimented by a musty oak char, a product of that additional aging time. The peppery spice lingers on the finish along with milk chocolate, toffee, more cherry, a hint of citrus peel, and some slightly tannic oak that leaves a somewhat dry mouthfeel.
Don’t look at that price tag, just grab this bottle and pour a few fingers. I promise you won’t be worried about it in a few minutes!
Jon’s Pick – Ology Bourbon and/or Rye
I keep a precious few bottles open for occasional sipping. Ever since the folks at Ology – right here in Tallahassee – unveiled their private barrel selections, I have been hooked. I have the rye on my kitchen counter and the Tallahassee Whiskey Society bourbon open in the garage retreat. If you can get your hands on any of their releases to date, including the small batch bourbon and rye .. do it! The single barrels are perfectly aged, nicely balanced, and as delicious as any you’ll find. The small batch bourbon and rye are also nicely blended and provide a smooth and flavorful sipping experience. Soooo enjoyable. Always neat. Always slow. And always with a Luxardo Cherry!
Go ahead. Treat yourself to a local treasure.
As always, you can find these monthly picks at the original Market Square Liquors on Timberland Road. Give them a try and then come find us on the porch and let us know what you think!