May 15, 2007

80 Strong Bourbon Review

80-strong-%20bourbon.jpgWe've always liked Bourbon for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it doesn't have the hoity toity vibe people often attribute to things like Scotch. While there are some definite high end Bourbons that'll set you back a good chunk of your rent money, we've always liked the Good Ole Boy aspects of a quintessentially Southern drink.

80 Strong, the latest Bourbon we've gotten our paws on lives right up to that expectation, and it's got the hot-looking pinup girl on the label to prove it. Read on to find out if the flavor lives up to the packaging.

80 Strong
Premium Small-Batch Kentucky Bourbon
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: Around $20 for 750ML

The Look:
80 Strong is a lighter, almost amber-colored Bourbon. The bottle features a cork instead of a screwcap, and sports a label showing a hot chick in short shorts and a half shirt. We will drink any whiskey that is remotely connected with Daisy Dukes.

The Nose:
Vanilla is one of our favorite attributes Bourbon can have, which is one of the reasons Jim Beam has long been one of our favorite mixing whiskeys. We could smell vanilla and caramel when we whiffed the bottle...and did we mention the half naked girl on the label?

The Taste:
We could taste the vanilla and caramel we expected from the outset, along with hints of honey and brown sugar. We also liked the rye bite we detected, followed by the sour flavor we expect from a bottle sour mash like Jack Daniel's. In fact, if we had to nail down the taste, we'd say it hit us like a straight combo of Jack and Jim, holding forth the best from each. We liked 80 Strong on the rocks more than we did straight, because it kind of straightened out the edges a bit, and we really enjoyed the Strong Cokes (that's what we called them anyway) we mixed up.

The Verdict:
A very good deal for twenty bucks. It has the character of your midrange whiskeys without the high prices, and it isn't afraid to turn its hat around backwards and challenge you to an arm wrestling match. This is the kind of whiskey a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd might drink himself to death on, and if you left us to our own devices with enough cola, we might give it a shot too. Highly recommended for folks who like their whiskey with grease under its fingernails.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at May 15, 2007 8:34 PM
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