#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
Whiskey Score (out of 100)
1792 Ridgemont Reserve 86
Ancient Age 80 (#BBBR) 75
Ancient Age 90 (#BBBR) 79
Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star (#BBBR) 80
Barterhouse 85
Basil Hayden’s 82
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey (private barrel selection) 83
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey Small Batch (Comparison Review) 87
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey Liquor Barn Private Selection 88
Blade & Bow NA
Blade & Bow 22 Year NA
Black Ridge 85
Blanton’s 89
Booker’s 90
Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon 88
Bulleit Bourbon 86
Bulleit Rye 87
Buffalo Trace 88
Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel 88
Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch 88
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 Proof 91
Elijah Craig Small Batch 89
Elmer T. Lee 89
Evan Williams (Black Label) (#BBBR) 82
Evan Williams Barrel Proof 91
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2003 88
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2004 (Society selection) 89
Evan Williams White Label (#BBBR) 86
Ezra Brooks Single Barrel 12 Year 88
Forged Oak NA
Four Roses LE Small Batch   (2014) 92
Four Roses LE Small Batch 125th Anniversary (2013) 96
Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel (2014), OESF 95
Four Roses Single Barrel 88
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 Bottling 95
Heaven Hill 6 Year Bottled in Bond (comparison) 86
Henry McKenna Single Barrel Private Selection (Liquor Barn) 88
I.W. Harper 15 year Bourbon NA
I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon (4 years) NA
Jefferson’s Presidential Select 25 Year 85
Jim Beam Harvest Collection Soft Red Wheat 84
Knob Creek 86
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 90
Larceny 86
Lost Prophet 90
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength 90
Masterson’s Rye Whiskey 85
McAffee’s Benchmark Old. No. 8 (#BBBR) 75
Michter’s Small Batch US*1 87
Noah’s Mill 89
Old Crow (#BBBR) 72
Old Fitzgerald 12 year 88
Old Fitzgerald BiB 100 (#BBBR) 83
Old Forester 1870 Original Batch 92
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2014 90
Old Forester Signature 88
Old Grand Dad BiB 100 (#BBBR) 76
Old Grand-Dad 114 86
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-Bond 91
Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel 90
Rowan’s Creek 86
Single Oak Project Barrel 175 90
Single Oak Project barrel 77 85
Smooth Ambler Old Scout 10 year Bourbon 89
Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 year Bourbon 87
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye Whiskey 88
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon 88
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Cask Strength Rye Whiskey 92
Stagg jr. (2014) 94
Very Old Barton BiB 100 (#BBBR) 83
Virginia Gentleman Small Batch 75
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 Rye 90
Willett Family Estate Single Barrel 10 Year (Westport Whiskey & Wine) 93
Willett Family Estate Single Barrel 8 Year (Liquor Barn) 88
Willett Pot Still Reserve 87
Willett XCF Version 1.0 85
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, and the President and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. 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. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. 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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