Bull Run Distillery’s Temperance Trader
Initial Impression: Cool logo, but not a fan of calling your hooch bourbon unless you’re at least near the South.
Flavor Notes: Hot and spicy. Not not picking up those vanilla notes popular in bourbon.
Bummer: No depth.
After-thoughts: Wanna look like a cowboy and shoot throat-burning whiskey? This is the guy for you. (Although, somebody slipped an ice cube in theirs and it totally opened up.)
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Cowboys
4 Spirits Bourbon Whiskey
Initial Impression: Gosh, everyone is calling their whiskey bourbon these days.
Flavor Notes: Maybe my tongue is still numb from the Temperance, but this hardly tastes like alcohol. Almost too sweet, though not anything near Maker’s Mark.
Bummer: It’s gone?
After-thoughts: This bottle's getting finished tonight!
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 Certain Hangovers
FINAL VERDICT: 4 Spirits wins the neat taste test hands down, but the Temperance would probably hold its own in cocktails.