Puckett’s Branch Bourbon
90 Proof – Whiskey
Approx. $21.99 750ml
If anyone were to ask me what my favorite type of alcohol was, I would have to say it’s whiskey by a large margin. But then if I had to narrow it down to what type of whiskey, like rye, Canadian, Irish, Scotch, Bourbon, or whatever, I think I would have to say I prefer bourbons. I don’t know why, but they seem to make the best whiskey and cokes in my opinion.
While I do still enjoy some neat or on the rocks, when it comes to drinking on a normal basis I’m usually mixing it with some type of soda. It just goes well with every situation, whether it be with dinner or while playing drinking games with friends, a good whiskey and coke fits in everywhere. I guess that’s why I generally look forward to reviewing bourbons like tonight’s bottle of Puckett’s Branch.
To get things going I dropped a few cubes of ice into a glass and poured in some Puckett’s. The first thing I noticed was a slight peppery flavor on the tip of the tongue as I took my first sip. It then started becoming a mellow oakiness with a hint of caramel before it went down and the peppery flavor showed up again in the aftertaste. It also went down very easy. It seemed like it was a little watered down, but still decent. I poured a little more whiskey in my cup to try to counter any melted ice, but it didn’t seem to change anything.
To try to get the full flavor, I finished that glass and went ahead and tried it straight. It still goes down pretty smooth, but now a decent burn shows up as well. It’s not too bad especially for a 90 proof liquor, but it is definitely noticeable. Other than that, it wasn’t that much different than on ice. What I originally thought was watered down, was just how it normally tastes. And while it does not have a very potent flavor, it does still have an enjoyable taste. If it was just a little stronger and maybe a little bit or a charred barrel taste, it would be perfect.
I assumed that it would just become hidden in coke, but I tried it anyway. Much to my surprise, it was actually pretty good. There was just a hint of sweetness, mostly coming from the coke, but there was a little bit added from the bourbon. The caramel flavor shows up a lot more, but the peppery-ness seems to have dies out. The oak barrel flavor is still there too, so you know you’re drinking a whiskey and coke. I ended up having a few more glasses before I decided to call it a night because I had to work the next day.
If anyone were to ask me what I thought of this whiskey, I would have to say I definitely like it. It’s priced about what I would expect, and while it’s not a great sipper, it does a decent job, and it also mixes very well which is always a plus. I could drink this all night and be completely OK with it, and almost did last night. There was a brief moment where I contemplated about continuing my drinking and just calling in the next day, but I for some reason took the responsible route and just went to bed. I think I’m getting old…