Review: Johnny Drum Private Stock 101

Weeknight Bourbon Review No. 1

Review: Johnny Drum Private Stock 101

  • Distillery: Willett Distillery
  • Age Statement: None provided
  • Proof: 101
  • Weeknight Bourbon Rating: 9.0
  • Recommended Bagger: Charred
  • Typical Price: $39.99

Online Reviews:

Breaking Bourbon: 3/5
The Bourbon Culture: 6.5/10
Bourbon By Proxy: 6.6/10

"Expert Notes"

"Final verdict… This is a very unique and solid pour. Highly recommended, but be patient with it. You have to get past the first couple pages in this book before it wins you over." - Bourbon By Proxy
"The nose is sour apple, vanilla, and oak. The palate is a snowball rolling over fruits, vanilla, and spices, mixing them all together into a well balanced and complex Whiskey." - The People's Bourbon Review
"So this is a pretty darn nice bourbon. In fact, if you had this blind you may well assume this is a moderately priced 7-8 year old rye whiskey.  It appealed to me by boxing above its weight class, but the label, bottle, screw cap and general lack of identity will probably keep this setting on shelves at a store near you for a long time." - The Bourbon Culture

My Notes:

Okay, so this is the very first review put on this site and blog. So obviously there is a reason for that. Johnny Drum is my personal go-to weeknight bourbon and has been for some time. A liquor store rep put me on to it when I was out chasing a Willett Pot Still that was out of stock. He claimed it used the same mash bill but didn't have the same aging. I believe him after tasting it. At ~$35-40 per bottle it is on the pricier side as a weeknight bourbon, but well worth the extra few dollars if you ask me.
Admittedly, it can be harsh at the beginning and at the finish, but in between it is quite good. I highly recommend water or an ice cube with it to take the bang out of the alcohol. I like the expert comment that it is "boxing above its weight class."
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