Bourbon Review: Southern Cross High Proof


February 3, 2023

Southern Cross

“High Proof Bourbon Whiskey”
100 Proof, $110 (Source on price: North Carolina ABC)

The Skinny: Veteran Owned. 45% Wheated Bourbon, 51% Corn and 4% Malted Barley. 5 Years Old. Distilled in Indiana. Federal Label Approved October 21, 2021.

Notes: On the nose there’s a bright anise note that is slightly there on the palate. It’s chewy and grain forward, eventually developing into a lovely granola bar note. It reminds me of one of those Nature’s Granola bars we get from Costco. I definitely liked more the second and third tastings. In all three tastings, the finish was medium.

Score: 83

PointsGrade Equivalent Meaning / Sport Comparisons 
100Perfect.This spirit cannot be improved. If a sport, this would be the GOAT.
97-99A+Greatness in a bottle. Sport = Hall of Fame.
93-96ATop tier. Sport = Pro Bowl / All Star.
90-92A-Cut above the rest. Sport = Everyday starter with flashes of brilliance.
87-89B+Very good. Sport = Starter.
83-86BGood. Sport = Can become dependable starter.
80-82B-Solid. Sport = Consistent contributor.
77-79C+Works in a pinch. Sport = talented, but coach wants more. 
73-76CGreat for cocktails. Sport = Rotating player for starters to rest.
70-72C-Drinkable. Sport = Special teams / 4th middle reliever / pinch hitter called up from minors.
67-69D+Somebody will like it. Sport = Had a cup of coffee in the bigs, but doesn’t fit your system. 
63-66DStruggling to say something positive. Sport = Got an opportunity for tryouts, but didn’t make the team.
60-62D-Hope this isn’t the best they got. Sport = Met with a scout, but didn’t get invited to tryouts. 
40-59FNot drinkable. Sport = Mustard-stained T-shirt guy who never played, but annoyingly thinks they knows everything. 
Below 40F-Possibly poison. Sport = The drunk person at a game who won’t shut up and later picks a fight, but falls over the seat and pees himself.