Rated 1 out of 5Â by mark379 Poor quality, bad taste
I bought a bottle of after a sales associates recommended it to me. It had very high ratings. It won a gold medal at some bourbon tasting event in San Francisco. I thought it to be a great bargain at $10.49.
Anyhow, when I got home, I surprised by how bad this stuff tastes. I mean, it's drinkable, but it's bottom shelf.
I'd compare it to a Jim Beam or something slightly lower.
February 18, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by redcheeks79 not that good
it cracks me up that so far people either hate this or love this. I am looking for sipping whiskey and this ain't it. only good for mixing which I don't do. not much of a flavor. not recommended.
September 17, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by blackey73 Cheap Swill
Not good at all. Maybe it's ok for mixers at a college party but I wouldn't suggest sipping on this unless your palate is wrecked.
August 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tier2Politics My replacement for JD
Unlike others, I found this sour mash to be a great value. Goes down smooth. I can sip this all night with a decent cigar or shoot in in a pinch. Honestly, a good replacement for JD at a great price. And much easier to stomach than Evan Williams.
August 9, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Christopher Unrefined, one-note cheap swill. Not worth your time.
I am a fan of good bourbon and other American whiskeys. I don't have a clear favorite. Some of my favorites include Four Roses, Maker's Mark, Knob Creek, Bulleit, Gentleman Jack and JD's single barrel reserve. I prefer my whiskeys straight or with a splash of water or a few ice cubes, if it enhances the flavor. Most of the inexpensive bourbons I have tried (Evan Williams, Jim Beam, etc.) have been drinkable in a pinch, if admittedly uninspiring. Few that I have purchased fit in the "never gonna get it again" category, and even fewer fit in the "can't even justify finishing what I've got" category. This bourbon fits squarely in the latter. Here's why I purchased this bourbon: I was at Total Wine to buy a couple good (pricey) bottles when I happened upon Southshot. Clearly posted under the rack was a San Francisco World Spirits Competition "Gold" medal. I thought "any spirit earning a gold medal for less than $20 must be a fluke." I threw it in my basket without a second thought.
Either the bottle Southshot submitted for judging was significantly different from the one I bought, or the judges at that competition have wildly different sensibilities regarding desirable bourbon flavor characteristics than I.
The flavor is altogether harsh and unflattering. It's like licking an old leather belt. There is a noticeable burn. Tried it with ice. While a little less harsh, still, no nuance. Tried adding a splash of water. A tiny bit of vanilla appeared, but only for a moment, retreating back into the dirty, musty flavor of old belt. Resolved to give it a second chance, I went back to it a few days later and tried it in reverse order (water, then ice, then straight) with exactly the same experience.
I wish I hadn't bought this. I will not buy it again. I will also not trust the judges at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition any more.
For their sake, I truly hope I just got a bad bottle.
If you are saddled with a bottle of this, load it up with mixers in a sweet cocktail and it may be useful purely to get drunk. Maybe bust it out after everyone at the party is already drunk and unable to tell how horrible it is.
July 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Pilipuka1 Jack Daniels Jr.
Just as good as the high priced Jack Daniels label bourbon.
June 27, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by TheBibulousBartender One of the Cheapest Bourbons I've Tasted
Decided to purchase this one on na day I felt like trying something new, and was treated to one of the ugliest bourbons I've tasted. Sickeningly sweet with no oak (or other wood) tastes. After every sip the thought continuingly ringing in my head was "this bourbon isn't challenging me". Old Granddad and Evan Williams are both at or below this pricepoint and are infinitely superior. Do not buy under any circumstances.
May 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Very Nice
Smooth with a clean finish, easy to drink
May 2, 2013