A local store got in a shipment of T.W. Samuel’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey which is usually not available here in Texas. When I was trying to buy something else they told me I should really get this, it was super good, very cheap, etc. I was skeptical but since it was only $10.99 for a liter I went ahead and bought it. Let’s see if it’s any good.
Age: 3 years
Abv: 80 proof
Price: $11 for 1 liter
Nose: Corn, nuts and caramel
Taste: Lots of grain, slightly harsh, some nicer caramel towards the end. Very thin mouthfeel.
Finish: Short with corn and caramel.
Nose: Dark fruit, cola, faint corn, hints of caramel and nuts
Taste: The grain cuts right through the cherry and cola notes.
Finish: Short with primarily cola notes.
I’m not a fan of this one. Thankfully it didn’t have any offensive notes but it was very grainy and didn’t really have much going for it. Honestly it wasn’t a good mixer either. If I absolutely only had $11 for bourbon I would buy a 750ml of Evan Williams or Ancient Age over this everyday or if I really needed a cheap liter of bourbon it is only $4 more for for Evan Williams, here in Texas at least.
TL;DR: Thin, grainy and boring. Well that was disappointing.
3 - Better than not drinking whiskey but just barely
Poor - Overpriced, not worth the money