Always a good sign when the cost of the bourbon is under $10 and the website doesn’t actually exist on it’s own. (I’m only kidding Ezra Brooks you’re not that bad come back). For those of you gamers out there we release this ‘Ten High” bourbon at Noon (we always have) so this a perfect whiskey for Overwatch. Provided you give it to the other team to make them lose and so you don’t hear the coughing.
Editor’s Note: If you’ve been following and you’re wondering where our special Oban tasting is, our reviewers starting having babies and other events so we’ve postponed it for now.
This whiskey speaks to us in the way only a site devoted to honesty can appreciate. In that no one who has this or buys this thinks it’s for anything else then getting fucken drunk. Just pouring it into substandard coke or pepsi and making an evening where ‘Brad downed half a bottle and fought a lamppost – and won’. This has none of the pretense about, and while it’s overall still not good – we respect that.
What they Say: “Kentucky, USA – A quality sour mash whiskey that maintains a wealth of tradition and craftsmanship. Ten High is carefully distilled, and matured in white oak barrels, to create a smooth, distinctive bourbon.”
Taste: 5.0 – This doesn’t go taste nearly as bad as you’d expect, but sadly for the name it’s not earning a 10 in any category. It’s mostly lighter with a tiny bit of that overproof heat you’d expect. (This is not overproof)
Aftertaste: 3.5 – The twinge of awfulness here isn’t a punch to the face or gut, but it’s not good.
Burn/Smooth: 3.0 – We are a humble website, not professionals. Therefore in our amateur, but well-versed opinion: This is not smooth.
Aroma: 2.0 – That gives you a headache. It has all of the hallmarks of warm off-brand Jack Daniels brought to a party that you ultimately regretted going to. There’s no heat or overall smoke to make this pleasant, it’s just bad whiskey.
Honesty: 8.5 – The above text is for lack of a better word: Basic, and claims of being smooth have (as aforementioned) been proven false. That said we have to judge this as something McCree would down before shooting a bunch of folks. We also have to admire a whiskey that isn’t terrible outright but has a smell to ward off lesser beings.
W/ Rocks: 5.5 – It sweetens the whiskey, and makes it overall actually quite palpable. It’s not a ‘whiskey on the rocks’ kinda deal but if this is what you got at least throw some ice and wait so you can live.
Whiskey and Coke: 5.0 – That is so standard whiskey and coke it causes meta-physical pain.
Whiskey Sour: 4.5 – That’s not the worst Whiskey Sour, but it is subpar.
Value: 6.0 – If you are looking for average fucken cocktails at a price lower than the god damn number in the name – well that makes this a halfway decent value then.
Google Shop Average: $9
Metric Score: 33/70 |+| Metric Average: 4.71 |+| Reviewer Average: 4.5
Final Thoughts: This actually wavered between a 4.5 and 5.0 reviewer score and in truth is closer to a 4.75 (we don’t break down that way though). All being said though this is a dirt-cheap but subpar for it bourbon. However there’s so many faults with it that giving it a 5 average pass would feel dishonest coming from us.