Highly Underrated Bourbons That You Can Find (With Jason Callori of The Mash & Drum)

On Fred’s latest live stream, he was joined by Jason Callori from the YouTube show The Mash and Drum. Together, they tasted what they believe are – per the title – some highly underrated bourbons that you can actually find.

Let’s face it, the whole world is on the lookout for Blanton’s Single Barrel, which just makes it that much harder to find. But when you’re out and about, scouting liquor store shelves, you just might find something to hold you over in the process. Interestingly, Blanton’s gets discussed quite a lot along the way. (Example: The term “Horsie Chasers” came up more than once.)

Here are some of the bourbons and whiskeys they tasted and talked about:

  • Spirits of French Lick Lee W. Sinclair (Indiana)
  • Ironroot Harbinger (Texas)
  • TX Bourbon Cask Strength (Texas)
  • George Remus Straight Bourbon (Indiana)
  • Remus Repeal Reserve (Indiana)
  • Rare Breed (Kentucky) (Fred: “I love this stuff.”)
  • Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel (Kentucky) (Jason: “I’ll take this all day over any Blanton’s, every day of the week.”)
  • 1792 Bottled in Bond (Kentucky) (Fred: “This is, like, really great every day, you-can-find-it bourbon.”)
  • Stonehammer Bourbon (Kentucky) (Barton-sourced private label brand available at Kroger.)
  • Bell Meade Bourbon (Tennessee)
  • Filibuster Bourbon (Virginia) (Fred: “Walnut bomb.”)
  • Coopers Craft (Kentucky) (Jason: “This was my Covid discovery. An absolute hitter.”)
  • Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond (Kentucky) (Fred: “Deep molasses flavor, brown sugar.”)
  • Woodinville Bourbon (Washington) (Jason: “It has a root beer, cream soda, vanilla ice cream thing going on.”)
  • Bird Dog 10 Year Small Batch (Kentucky)
  • Old Grand-dad 114 Proof (Kentucky)
  • Old Grand-dad Bonded (Kentucky)
  • Michter’s American Whiskey (Kentucky) (Jason: “Kind of like you’re drinking vanilla ice cream with a little caramel sauce on it.”)
  • John J. Bowman Single Barrel (Virginia) (Jason: “A poor man’s Blanton’s.”)
  • Maker’s Mark Cask Strength (Kentucky)
  • Rebel Yell 100 Proof (Kentucky)
  • Rebel Yell Distiller’s Collection 113 Proof (Kentucky)
  • David Nicholson 1843 100 Proof (Kentucky)
  • Noah’s Mill Bourbon (Kentucky)
  • JTS Brown Bottled in Bond (Kentucky) (Fred: “Great everyday bourbon. Fantastic. Those in the know, know.”)
  • Ancient Age 10 Star (Kentucky)
  • Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon (Indiana)
  • Knob Creek 9 Year (Kentucky)
  • Bulleit Blenders Select (Kentucky) (Fred: “Fantastic.”)
  • Tom’s Foolery (Ohio)
  • Chattanooga Bourbon Whiskey (Tennessee)
  • Evan Williams Black Label (Kentucky)
  • Evan Williams 1783 (Kentucky)
  • Wild Turkey 101 (Kentucky)
  • Penelope Bourbon (Indiana)

Note: Fred appeared on Jason’s show on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 9 p.m. to discuss overrated bourbons.

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