We are always on the hunt for what whiskey we want to blend for the next Bourbon Trapper House Blend. We blend a couple different types of bourbon or whiskey into a 750ml whiskey decanter and call it our House Blend, in this case Bourbon Trapper House Blend. It’s a fun display piece on your bar that always strikes up a conversation. The beautiful decanter that is filled with whiskey goodness sticks out on a home bar and will be sure to make people curious. We have always had people ask what is inside, there is a sense of pride while talking about your House Blend, as there should be. If you put a lot of thought into what types of whiskey you want to blend and think about the flavor profile that you want to achieve, there is a sense of achievement when it comes to your own House Blend.
This is our third Bourbon Trapper House Blend and we chose to blend three different types of whiskey this time around. We chose Booker’s Batch no. 2013-6 for it’s sweet flavor, high proof, and “straight from the barrel” qualities. Next, is Old Grand Dad 114, which we’ve used in past House Blends as we learned that it blends very well with other whiskey. We chose Old Grand Dad 114 for it’s high proof, complex dark fruit flavors, and for it’s relatively high-rye mash bill. Last, is Bulleit Rye Whiskey, which we chose for it’s 95% rye mash bill and it’s semi-sweet and spicy flavor profile. We blended these bourbons equal parts in a 750ml whiskey decanter. Our goal for Bourbon Trapper House Blend 3 was to pick whiskeys that we felt were going to give us an end result of a high proof blend that was a balance between sweet and spicy rye flavor with complex fruit notes. We also try choose whiskey that will not break the bank, and choose whiskey we love with certain qualities and characteristics that we seek out based on what end result we are trying to achieve. We always let the flavors marry for about a week in the whiskey decanter before reviewing the blend.
-Booker’s no. 2013-6 has a golden mahogany color with a mash bill of 77% Corn, 13% Rye, and 10% Malted Barley.
– Old Grand Dad 114 has a dark henna color with a high-rye mash bill of 63% Corn, 27% Rye, and 10% Malted Barley.
-Bulleit Rye is a deep golden copper color with a mash bill of 95% Corn, and 5% Malted Barley
Distiller: (Booker’s) Jim Beam, (OGD114) Jim Beam, (Bulleit Rye) Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana (LDI) /Midwest Grain Products (MGP)
Age: 7 years and 6 months (only Booker’s had an age statement)
ABV: ~57% (~114 proof combined)
Price: $105 total (All Three Bottles Included)
A blast of rye spice and caramel filled the nose. A bit more alcohol burn than expected, but a quite a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon helped tame the burn. Dark fruit is very apparent with hints of vanilla amongst a fair amount of oak.
Rye spice takes the stage with some cinnamon and clove. Getting past the rye spice and alcohol on this one is difficult, but after digging for more, there are dark cherry notes with a decent amount of toffee and vanilla along side a good amount of oak on the back of the tongue.
The finish is long and full-bodied, and was probably the best part of this blend with notes of toffee and vanilla lingering with the rye spice finally balancing out. Dark fruit, baking spices and oak mingled together even minutes after each sip.
The value on Bourbon Trapper House Blend 3 is right along the middle ground. We don’t usually go up into the $60 price range for a bottle to put in a House Blend like we did with the Booker’s, but considering only one third went into the blend there is still a good amount to enjoy on it’s own. This House Blend was definitely my least favorite so far. I had high hopes, but the astringent alcohol was muting the other flavors even after letting it open up for several minutes. If you read past Bourbon Trapper House Blend reviews, blending two different types of whiskey had better results than blending the three whiskeys we did for this blend, who knows maybe it was just the three choices we picked. However, the Old Grand Dad 114 and the Bulleit Rye Whiskey are a great values, both sitting right around the $25 price point. Bulleit Rye is a great whiskey, but it’s a Rye whiskey that I believe makes killer cocktails, not great for sipping neat.
To Trap or Not to Trap:
Trap these bottles for your home bar, but we don’t recommend this blend to show off as your House Blend.