20 Blind Bourbons

a special 2 part event of twenty expressions

Tuesday, September 8 + Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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In September we'll continue the blind tasting theme with another set of 20 1oz. samples we'll send out and taste over the span of two Zoom meetings. The only hint we'll give you is the proof goes up over the course of the tasting; details will not be revealed until the end of each round. 

 

Like with the rye, we'll send out all 20 of the samples at the same time and they'll be labeled with round 1 and 2. A scorecard and other details will also be included. We suggest tasting the whiskeys before each round but don't drink all 10 of the samples beforehand. Make notes, get your initial ratings done and try to save about 1/2 for the live event.

 

Like the 20 Blind Ryes, the whiskeys in this massive tasting were ordered by proof. We did this to keep a cask strength whiskey from overpowering and killing the subtleties of lower proofed whiskey in the lineup. Outside of that knowledge, and that the whiskey was all going to be bourbon, the members had no other clues about what they were drinking. Also like with the 20 Blind Ryes event we had a full house for voting in round 1, but 3 members couldn’t make it for round 2 so I had to normalize the scores for the final-final results which I’ll include at the bottom. But first, let’s go round by round to see how the members ranked the different sets of 10.

The Whiskey Jug Article [link]

A big thanks to Josh Peters for making this happen!

20 Blind Bourbons Part I

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20 Blind Bourbons Part II

Points

46

47

53

52

48

63

74

73

79

75

Letter

A

B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J

Name

Heaven’s Door Tennessee Bourbon

High West American Prairie

Clyde May’s Bourbon

Balcones Pot Still Bourbon

A.D. Laws Four Grain

Daviess County Bourbon

Daviess County French Oak Finish

Daviess County Cab Sauv Finish

Kentucky Owl Confiscated

Still Austin The Musician

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Points

59

55

50

49

54

71

61

50

56

65

Letter

M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
V
W

Name

Bardstown Fusion 2

Old Tub Bonded

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep BiB 17 Years

Wilderness Wheated

New Riff Single Barrel

Wilderness Trail High Rye

Barrell Batch 24

Willett 4 yo

Archives Heaven Hill 10 Years

Booker’s "Noe Secret"

And now for my favorite part, seeing how everything looks once we normalize the votes and account for the 3 missing. These are the official rankings by the Southern California Whiskey Club members:

20    40    Heaven’s Door Tennessee Bourbon
19    41    High West American Prairie
18    42    A.D. Laws Four Grain
17    46    Balcones Pot Still Bourbon
16    47    Clyde May’s Bourbon
15    49    Wilderness Trail Wheated
14    50    Wild Turkey Master’s Keep BiB 17 Years
13    50    Willett 4 yo
12    54    Daviess County Bourbon
11    54    New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon
10    55    Old Tub Bonded
09    56    Archives Heaven Hill 10 Years
08    59    Bardstown Fusion 2
07    61    Barrell Batch 24
06    64    Daviess County Bourbon Cab Sauv Finish
05    65    Daviess County Bourbon French Oak Finish
04    65    Booker’s Noe Secret
03    66    Still Austin The Musician
02    67    Kentucky Owl Confiscated
01    71    Wilderness Trail High Rye

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