Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sam Houston American Whiskey: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key

Sam Houston American Whiskey
Sam Houston American Whiskey
Tonight is again the night for Women & Whiskey at Lock & Key. The gathering starts at 6:30 with lessons about different types of whiskey kicking off around 7. Anybody interested in learning more about whiskey should feel free to attend, especially ladies who want to learn a thing or two to impress their significant other! One of the featured whiskeys tonight is Sam Houston American Whiskey ($7). Technically a bourbon, this corn-forward whiskey produces a creamsicle nose with aromas of orange and vanilla met with orange flavored corn syrup candy. Oak comes forward on the tongue as just a hint of cinnamon is present among all the citrus. The 86 proof spirit would pair very well with a Mexican Coke and make an orange centered Old Fashioned. Slight flavors of clove and coconut round out the palate. It finishes just like it starts with great balance but a complete lack of complexity. There's no lingering warmth as the whiskey pleasantly fades away down the gullet. Sam Houston is approachable, drinkable, and affordable, so in that sense it is worth trying, but it won't knock your socks off.

Sam Houston American Whiskey
Average Score: 68.33

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar. Lock & Key has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys available for on premise consumption. This WW feature was scored by Jay Ducote from Bite and Booze, Arthur Lauck from Lock & Key, and Jordan Lewis from tommysTV. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y (though not undrinkable) while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 80 is rather extraordinary and anything above 90 is world class.

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