#BBBR = Budget Bourbon Battle Royale
What the scores mean:
  • 95+        Epic
  • 90-94     Excellent, Good representative of its style
  • 85-89     Solid sipper
  • 80-84     Drinkable, but potentially flawed.
  • 75-79     Low quality, flawed, use as a mixer only
  • <75        Rot Gut, avoid
WhiskeyScore (out of 100)
1792 Ridgemont Reserve86
Ancient Age 80 (#BBBR) 75
Ancient Age 90 (#BBBR) 79
Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star (#BBBR)80
Barterhouse85
Basil Hayden’s82
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey (private barrel selection)83
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey Small Batch (Comparison Review)87
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey Liquor Barn Private Selection88
Blade & BowNA
Blade & Bow 22 YearNA
Black Ridge85
Blanton’s89
Booker’s90
Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon88
Bulleit Bourbon86
Bulleit Rye87
Buffalo Trace88
Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel88
Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch88
Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof (2014)92
Eagle Rare (2014 Label/Batched)84
Eagle Rare (Pre 2014 Label, Single Barrel)89
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof91
Elijah Craig Small Batch89
Elmer T. Lee89
Evan Williams (Black Label) (#BBBR) 82
Evan Williams Barrel Proof91
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 200388
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 (Society selection)89
Evan Williams White Label (#BBBR)86
Ezra Brooks Single Barrel 12 Year88
Forged OakNA
Four Roses LE Small Batch   (2014)92
Four Roses LE Small Batch 125th Anniversary (2013)96
Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel (2014), OESF95
Four Roses Single Barrel88
Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection Barrel Strength OBSV (Whiskey Women/Liquor Barn)89
Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection Barrel Strength OESF (Liquor Barn)94
Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection OESQ (Liquor Barn)89
Garrison Brothers Bourbon (Fall 2013 Vintage)83
George T. Stagg, 2009 Bottling95
Heaven Hill 6 Year Bottled in Bond (comparison)86
Henry McKenna Single Barrel Private Selection (Liquor Barn)88
I.W. Harper 15 year BourbonNA
I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon (4 years)NA
Jefferson’s Presidential Select 25 Year85
Jim Beam Harvest Collection Soft Red Wheat84
Knob Creek86
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve90
Larceny86
Lost Prophet90
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength90
Masterson’s Rye Whiskey85
McAffee’s Benchmark Old. No. 8 (#BBBR) 75
Michter’s Small Batch US*187
Noah’s Mill89
Old Crow (#BBBR) 72
Old Fitzgerald 12 year88
Old Fitzgerald BiB 100 (#BBBR) 83
Old Forester 1870 Original Batch92
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 201490
Old Forester Signature88
Old Grand Dad BiB 100 (#BBBR) 76
Old Grand-Dad 11486
Old Taylor (#BBBR) 69
Old Weller Antique   (Liquor Barn)85
Parker’s Heritage 7th edition, Promise of Hope (2013)93
Parker’s Heritage Collection 8th Edition Wheat Whiskey (2014)95
Rittenhouse Rye Bottled-in-Bond91
Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel90
Rowan’s Creek86
Single Oak Project Barrel 17590
Single Oak Project barrel 7785
Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 year Bourbon89
Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 year Bourbon87
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye Whiskey88
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon88
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Cask Strength Rye Whiskey92
Stagg jr. (2014)94
Very Old Barton BiB 100 (#BBBR) 83
Virginia Gentleman Small Batch75
W.L. Weller Special Reserve   (Liquor Barn)80
Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Private Selection (Westport Whiskey & Wine)89
Willett Family Estate 4 Year Rye90
Willett Family Estate Single Barrel 10 Year (Westport Whiskey & Wine)93
Willett Family Estate Single Barrel 8 Year (Liquor Barn)88
Willett Pot Still Reserve87
Willett XCF Version 1.085
William Larue Weller (2013)94
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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. Since college, he has dabbled in beer, bourbon, wine tasting, beer making, and currently works in finance. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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