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Jan 30, 2013 02:47 PM

Trader Joe's Bourbon

Saw it for the first time this week in their Princeton NJ area store and wondered if anyone had tried it. Two weeks ago they were selling Rebel Yell for $15 for a 750, but this week it was gone. The TJ bourbon, in a similar bottle, is $16.

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  1. Well, it's better than Rebel Yell, but still not great.

    Here's what I said about it in a review:

    Trader Joe's has done a number of private label whiskeys, but never a bourbon, until now. Trader Joe's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a new product on their shelves. It is distilled at Buffalo Trace's 1792 Barton Distillery and goes for a typically TJ's affordable price of $15.

    Trader Joe's Kentucky Bourbon, 45% abv ($15


    The nose is very nice, woody with a nice rye kick, burnt caramel and cloves. The palate is much less complex with lots of vanilla, and some spice on late palate, but it fades to bitterness in the end which lasts into the finish which is quite bitter.

    This one starts well but doesn't hold up. Even for $15, there are better bourbons on the shelf. I expected more out of Buffalo Trace/Barton, but maybe there is a reason they aren't releasing this under their own label.

    3 Replies
    1. re: sku

      So compared to say Evan Williams, this would be a distant second? I'm thinking of using it for high balls. Appreciate your input- I had posted on the Trader Joe's yea/nay thread with no responses.

      1. re: Berheenia

        I'd definitely go for Evan Williams before TJ's.