(Fun fact: I’m writing this while Prohibition, the new PBS special, plays on the TV!)
I first heard of Ancient Ancient Age after reading a review by David Wondrich in Esquire. He raved about Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star.
Binny’s, Chicago’s booze superstore, sells Ancient Age — but not Ancient Ancient. Lisa is pretty sure we had it at one of our visits to Longman & Eagle. That may be true, but it’s sometimes hard to remember what all you sample there. $3 whiskeys have that effect.
Anyway, I stumbled across Ancient Ancient Age 10-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at Lush Wine and Spirits while we lived temporarily in Roscoe Village. Lush has been a great reason to live in Roscoe Village for years. I miss it, and we only lived there for a month. They have a great selection of wine and spirits. The selection isn’t huge — it’s precise and delicious. And they serve snacks. They do not, however, serve cigars. And this whiskey wants one.
But the story of this Bourbon is value. It’s <$30 and smoother than most at this price point. I may prefer Bulleit Bourbon, but that may be because of the awesome name (we should do a head-to-head tasting). Bulleit is usually a few dollars more. They’re both Bourbons, and their burn has a little sweetness to it.
The Ancient Ancient Age is good, but I find myself wanting that great peat-smoke flavor found in the Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 1992. That peaty flavor is going to be tough to track down for $30.