Without further ado, let’s meet the competitors:
Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – According to Wikipedia, Wild Turkey “suggest[s] a rough, hard-living person” or “a person with ‘white trash’ traits”. Those of you who know us personally understand how those descriptions fit us to a T. I’m as hard as they come. The suburb I grew up in didn’t even have all-brick houses. Through hard work and perseverance, we were able to work our way up to our current brick-fronted Bottle Wonderland Estate. We did it with no help from anyone other than our parents paying for college and buying us stuff. That hardscrabble life is why we drink Wild Turkey.
Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky – Maker’s Mark is a little more froo-froo than Wild Turkey. There are some clues right on the bottle. The first is the famous red wax seal, although I admit it looks kind of cool. The second clue is that they spell whisky without the “e”. Typically, bourbon whiskey is spelled whiskey, not whisky. Who are they trying to kid with this tomfoolery? I guess it worked, though, since we have a bottle. It is 90 proof, making it stronger than most of today’s competition. Maker’s Mark has a lot of information on their web site, but I couldn’t find anything that really described what the taste is.
– There are several drinks in the Mr. Boston guide that specifically call for rye. It turns out that rye can be a little difficult to find at the ABC store. Once we found it we were presented with the choice of Jim Beam or Wild Turkey. The Beam was cheaper, so that’s what we have. According to their web site, Jim Beam is Rye ’s best selling rye. Congratulations, Jim Beam, you beat out your one competitor! I think it may have more to do with their cheaper price than the fact that it is “spicy, bold, and flavorful”. I was also glad to see that Jim Beam is made with 51% rye, which is the minimum amount required to be called rye. We here at TBIAW are huge supporters of doing the minimum required. If they used more than 51% it might make the other rye look bad. America
Jameson Irish Whiskey – When we do our taste tests, we try to learn a little about each of the contenders. We distil the information and share with you only the most interesting tidbits. For example, it turns out that Jameson Irish Whiskey is made in
. The main thing I learned from the Jameson web site is that in Ireland they spell “distill” with only one “l”. They had to conserve the “l” to make up for the extra “u” they liberally sprinkle where it doesn’t belong. Their site also infourms us that Jameson has a “sweet nutty flavour” and “toasted wood and vanilla notes”. I love toasted wood with some cinnamon sugar and a nice poached egg. Ireland
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