When I think of Ezra Brooks I’m reminded of an old saying from a wise man “Bourbon, on the rocks please.” Now while all of us at the Buffalo Lounge have had their fair share of whiskey, our tastes (Mine especially) centered on Scotch. I sampled a vast amount of different varieties of Scotch, and I had tried Jack Daniels. It wasn’t until that fateful day though, when I was given just a small 375mL of Ezra that I thought the Americans could make a whiskey.
Now don’t get me wrong, Single Malt Scotch may be one of the few things in the world that lets me believe in a benevolent creator. However due to price and taste, you tend to save scotch, you have it every now and then, and at special occasions. Sure you have blended scotch for everyday use, but I’d rather top off a hard day with a nice glass of bourbon.
Which leads to my disappointment in most whiskies and praise for Ezra. As I mentioned I am not prolific in bourbon trying only over a handful of varieties. Yet every time I try something else – I keep coming back to Ezra. The taste continues to grow on me, and best of all not on my wallet. One of the best things about booze reviews is letting us try different things, and it’s worked quite well we’ve found a bunch of new types of alcohol, better and often cheaper than what we were used too.
Ezra breaks this trend, now I can’t give Ezra a perfect because I know I haven’t tried much else, and some whiskies taste a bit better. So while the taste and aftertaste may not exceed other types of whiskey – there’s something else. Something a few of us noticed in the reviews, and something I’ve known for a while. That Ezra just gets better the more you drink it. I of course am not referring to drunkenness, I’m talking long term here, and while it may be a little harder to find, it’s definitely harder to lose.
Let’s see what they say about themselves:
What they say: “Since 1800, Ezra Brooks remains the perfect way to cap off the day. Ezra Brooks is a genuine sour mash, still bottled at an honest 90 proof; aged naturally in new charred white oak barrels and charcoal filtered for a mellow flavor.
We invite you to sit back and savor the experience that is Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and see why through seven generations it is, and always will be, the bourbon for those with a rugged spirit and taste for adventure.”
Taste: 5.125 – Whiskey flavored whiskey. Little bit of sweetness, little harshness.
Aftertaste: 7 – Like the woodiness and warmness. Delicious bourbon aftertaste.
Burn/Smooth: 6.735 – Pretty above standard for whiskey burn, nice warm burn. It grows on you?
Aroma: 5 – Smell does have a kick to it. Pretty average.
Honesty: 8 – Little bit of wank, but a real nice bottle with its shape coloring and cork. Really appreciate the southern style.
Old Fashioned (Bourbon): 8.375 – One of the best Old-Fashioned’s we’ve ever had.
Whiskey on the Rocks: 7.375 – Really heals the taste.
Value: 8.25 – This is really cheap for how good it is.
Google Shop Average: $13
William Henri Neve the IV: 7
Swetta Vest: Still suffering from the STD known as ANTIBIOTICS!
Metric Score: 47.985/70 |+| Metric Average: 6.855 |+| Reviewer Average: 7.375
Eating cherries out of an old fashioned is the best. ~ William. This is a bourbon that has made Justice consider buying more bourbon, and the Buffalo continues to go back too. DJ_Lvl is a big fan. It’s just really good to keep around for bourbon.