Picks and Critiques

“The light music of whiskey falling into a glass—an agreeable interlude.” — James Joyce

We enjoy different whiskeys, with barrel picks and critiques to our favorites.

From recommendations to experimental, our society enjoys the barrel pick experience with each distillery.

What's hot and what's not? Every whiskey you enjoy has a specific taste profile. It may be from the same distillery or even the same rick house! However, the resulting nose, palate, and finish can vastly differ, and the Lexington Bourbon Society loves to share tasting notes, especially on our most recent barrel picks.

Recent Critique

Wilderness Trail Rye Cask Strength

LBS | November 2022 | 104.5 proof

Aromatic butterscotch with marshmallow, walnut, black pepper, and graham cracker forming a light spice and slight fruit notes. This cornucopia of flavors leaves any sipper thankful to enjoy this season.

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Maker's Mark Private Selection

KY Bourbon Societies

February 2022

110.7 proof

Photo Finish – All the senses packed into one, this collaboration starts with a whiff of hazelnut and chocolate, followed by its minty & floral taste explosion. The white pepper finish lingers making a picture perfect pour enjoyed across-the-board.

Castle & Key Restoration Rye

Wine + Market/LBS

January 2022

118.3 proof

Rye Me To The Moon – Soft and sweet citrus peel, the front is light and the back is bright. Deceptively smooth for a rye and easily a daily pour.

Ezra Brooks Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon

Happy Hour Liquor/LBS

August 2021

120 proof

Raisin and spice on the nose dive into a taste of sweet candy corn and honey. The milk chocolate provides an after delight complimenting the rich flavor.

Rebel Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon

Happy Hour Liquor/LBS

August 2021

120 proof

Mystical dark cherry forces dance with white pepper and simply kick us with what we need in our pours.

Yellowstone Single Barrel

Wine + Market/Base 249/LBS

June 2021

115 proof

A nose full of fruit and dark flowers, the heat is initially very present but blows off quickly. Apple pie with a heavy dose of cinnamon, but an ice cube or splash of water will open it up to more subtle baking spices.

Knob Creek Single Barrel

TBS/LBS

February 2021

120 proof

LBS-TBS: PRESIDENTS PICK 2020 – An amazing depth of rich plum and blackberry flavor, you could easily compare it with their Cask Strength 12 Year.

Elijah Craig Single Barrel Bourbon

LBS

January 2021

94 proof

September 11, 2020 “Liberated” – Nuttier on the nose, maybe some peach. On the palate, more honey, baked goods, developing into cinnamon rolls: This barrel leads to a more balanced spice throughout.

Bulleit Single Barrel Bourbon

Happy Hour Liquor/LBS

November 2020

104 proof

Fruity, creamy, and yummy with a hint of tobacco: The dried fruit and citrus on the nose morphs into brown sugar and watermelon on the palate with a nice viscosity and lingering hug.

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon

Wine + Market/LBS

October 2020

106 proof

More honey and caramel than expected, we open to light cinnamon and other drying baking spices with light nutmeg before unleashing the wild oak and forest frenzy onto my taste buds.

Knob Creek Single Barrel

LBS

June 2020

120 proof

Friday 13th + Final Onsite Pick = Love – Honey and citrus wake up the senses and open to a refreshing orange peel kick. This is followed by a pleasant oak finish with a slight hint of mint.

Town Branch 10-year Single Barrel

Wine + Market/LBS

August 2019

111.28 proof

Taste the pleasant barley and dark notes of oak, chocolate, and coffee. A brown sugar chocolate finish that leaves you with a smile.

Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel

Wine + Market/LBS

April 2019

115 proof

Apricot spice enriched with oakey pecan. This rye hits you right up front but lingers nicely with each subsequent sip.

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel

Whiskey Bear/LBS

April 2019

110 proof

Oak, baking spice, and dried fruit on the nose. A rush of toasted orange peel followed by a nice sweet tea with a lingering finish.

Wilderness Trail Single Barrel

Wine + Market/LBS

April 2019

116 proof

Brown sugar and cinnamon Teddy Grahams compliment the caramel and baking spice notes. The finish is medium with the spice up front, but a light sweetness that lasts.

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon

Wine + Market/LBS

March 2019

110.2 proof

Chocolate covered coffee beans with a peppermint note on the end. The finish is shorter than expected, making you want more.

Knob Creek Single Barrel

Big Daddy/Coliseum Liquors

January 2019

120 proof

A complex pour with dark fruit, vanilla taffy, oatmeal raisin, and a hint of tobacco. The finish is medium and very smooth – a true surprise for this 14-year beauty.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel

Hops2go/LBS

October 2018

110 proof

“D”elicious – Caramel and spice on the nose. A hint of orange, vanilla, and nutmeg lasting through this holiday season.

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel

Coliseum Liquors

March 2018

110 proof

March Madness 2018 “Final Pour” – A creamy bourbon filled with honeysuckle, dark chocolate, and slight tannins with a wonderfully long finish.

Woodford Double Oaked Single Barrel

Hops2go/LBS

January 2018

90.4 proof

Smooth, dark, and mysterious: Hints of coffee, chocolate, crème brûlée, and salted caramel. The right amount of nutty and sweet mingling just in time for Derby.

Have a pick or favorite bourbon you would like for us to critique?

Reach out to the Lexington Bourbon Society to share your favorite sips and critiques today.