Nice stuff and much better value than it's shelf mate Gentlemen Jack.. These two always seem to be next to each other on shelves and usually for around the same price. This is a superior product and has more depth of flavour. If you can get it on a lightning deal or special offer in the shops it is a five star Bourbon at full or near full price it drops a star as for me some cheaper Whiskey's offer more flavour for the money spent.
I first discovered this many years ago in the US thanks to an airline lounge. And then I re-discovered it thanks to another airline's lounge. This is somewhat mass market but still at the top end of it. Deep woody flavour, hardly any burn even when sipping with just a little bit of ice. This has become a preferred gift within my friends as well. And the price was awesome thanks to an offer for 2 bottles.
I'd wanted to try this Bourbon since hearing and reading good things about it, and having finally got round to doing so I'm pleased that I did!
Being a novice as far as Bourbon goes at my first time of trying this, I initially found it quite strong, however in time I've put that down to the fact that I was indeed a novice when it came to sampling whiskeys, I'd only really drank Buffalo Trace before this (and you can't really compare it to scotch)
It didn't take my palate long to adjust however, as by my 2nd or 3rd glass it's lovely, more rounded flavour had completely won me over.
I'd definitely recommend it to any bourbon fan out there who's yet to try it, I'm still in no position to say it's better or worse than any other bourbon in it's price range as I'm far from a connoisseur, however I would say that it is a step up from the slightly cheaper however still decent bourbons.
I went into a liquor store in Tennessee where the owners were knowledgeable and talkative! I commented that Jack Daniels and Jim Beam were pretty much what we got here and could they recommend some decent US bourbon. They sent me away with Woodford Reseerve and Knob Creek - both decent and I'd highly recommend them!
I've now tried a few bourbons and can 100% say that this is by far the best I've tried. It's smooth and luxurious; and that's a fine compliment after trying the likes of Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey and Makers Mark as they are all fine drinks. This fella tops them all, it borders on dangerous as it's such a fine tasting bourbon.