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[Bourbon Whiskey] WATKINS SELECT
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ScarcerWingman 5th Nov 2014


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If anyone was wondering why I started getting loopy last WW (10/29/14), it's because I was working on that bottle on the right. There's a few sips left and this review will be my excuse to finish off that first bottle straight. Yum

PROLOG


I've just gotten into drinking bourbon regularly this last 12 months. Bought every Jack Daniels staple bottle outside of a locked cage (reg, honey, gentleman jack [yum]) save single barrel. Recently been starting to expand, tried Makers Mark which is definitely not what I'm looking for, I find cheap well whiskeys have better flavor.

So like every perfect story, I went to my local liquor super store (Total Wine) and mister employee/employer dressed in a gentleman's wardrobe with a glass of liquor on a rock (who happened to look like he loved his job a little too much) faithful pointed me to a 750ml bottle of Watkins after I asked for something oak and charred. Under $10 on sale.

The 750ml is normally $15, but the 1.75L bottle goes for only $30. I would of bought the large bottle if I didn't have to buy my dad some Seagrams 7, as it's the only way to keep him out of my office and away from devouring my stash since he stopped buying Budweiser by the 24 pack 2-3 times a week (if not more).

ENOUGH! TELL US  WHY WE SHOULD SHOVE IT DOWN OUR THROATS ALREADY!

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REVIEW

ABSTRACT:
For the love of hypothetical god, if you are trying to have a good time with me, or force me to drink myself to sleep, give me a glass plum full ice, coke and some WATKINS SELECT. I wanted a deep chard oak flavor and I got just that and more. I've just poured it straight onto the rocks now so I can deliver this review with the detail it deserves...

-Complex for a cheaper whiskey, stains the palate
-Matured exotic hues of oak with a sweet undertone
-Charcoal, burned in by the heat of your hot mother
-Subdued vanilla & cinnamon hue that become a part of the oak and smoke flavor.

It blends amazingly well. Coke compliments it's best qualities, and the flavor of Watkins Select stays relevant without overpowering the cola, where in contrast Makers Mark for instance is boring, and Jack is generic.

MANUFACTURER:
I can find jack diddly squat about who makes this other than what's on the bottle and that it's out of Kentucky...

BOOZE METER:
40% Alcohol by volume.

RECOMMENDED:
Hic... Sorry, what was your question again? I was too busy talking over you in a drunken slur.
Last Edit: 10th Nov 2014 by Scarcer
ScarcerWingman 14th Dec 2014


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Update:
Watkins round bottles with corked tops (at least the latest bottle I tried) isn't quite up to par with the previous square bottles I've purchased.

The spices are slightly off.

Once the top has been popped off a few times, and allowed to sit for a few days, the flavor opens wide up... nearly as good.

Update 2:
The round bottles actually happened to be the older versions. And after a week or two from being opened, the spices and bourbon opened up a lot better... almost, as good as the newer stuff.

Was probably just a difference between batches.

I happened to pick up a square bottle 1.5L for $25!
Last Edit: 6th Jan 2015 by Scarcer
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