I didn’t spit it out. I also wouldn’t pay $55 for it again. After such a glowing recommendation and such an unequivocal “meh” by my taste buds, I took a look at their website and realized there’s different varieties of the .36 Ranger Creek. Maybe the Cask Strength or Single Barrel variants are better. I got the “regular” one. For me it’s just another mid shelf bourbon. It’ll make for some interesting mixing in my infinity flask which is getting low.How was it?
.36 Ranger Creek may have changed on me, the last bottle I had did not taste quite the same, that is because the owner sold the company. In fact, he worked full-time at USAA. I still have an orginial vintage bottle left, it came out of his early batches.I’ve seen very mixed reviews on the Ranger Creek, but I’ve never seen anyone say it’s the best whiskey to pass their lips. I’ll definitely give it a try since I have access to it.
Garrison Brothers does the same song and dance about how the smaller barrels and sweltering Texas heat age whiskey faster so that their $75 for 3 year old whiskey is justified. I get the science. But to my tastebuds 3 year old whiskey and 10-12 year old whiskey are different. Not saying that the baby whiskey is bad. It’s not. I really like the Balmorhea and the Single Barrel. It just needs to sit longer in the oak.
I’ve been to Garrison’s distillery and tasted them all back to back, including some that have been aging longer that’ll be released in the future. The older it was, the better it was. For $75/bottle I wish they’d age it at least 6-7 years instead of 3 or 4. That’s coming. Probably for a hefty premium.
Grabbed the last one on the shelf for $40 this afternoon. I had been kicking myself for not getting one a month ago when they had it last.I saw a bottle of eagle rare in my town for $150. I laughed it was so ridiculous. $75 is typically what I can get it for here. I’ve never seen in these parts for less than that.