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Every Blue Note Bourbon Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Feb 21, 2021 | Published on Jan 31, 2021

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by Matty Sims

Disclaimer: The whiskey reviewed was furnished for free courtesy of the spirit distiller. The distillery did not pay us for this review. This review is our honest and unbiased opinion based soley on how the spirit tasted.

Both small batch Blue Note Bourbon expressions are unfiltered and bottled at 93 proof because Prohibition was repealed in the 1930’s and the Blues rose to prominence as well. If you didn’t catch on from the name, Blue Note is named for the Memphis born blues. B.R. Distilling aimed to craft a bourbon that was bold and smooth just like the blues.

A couple of interesting notables. You don’t see many $30 3YO small batch bourbons that are unfiltered. Not being chill filtered was in Juke Joint Whiskeys favor. Also, Juke Joint is a Kentucky bourbon while the premium small batch and single barrel are from TN. Not going to lie, I was prejudiced toward the Juke Joint because of that but after reviewing both my mind was changed. Don’t sleep on a good whiskey blend from TN.

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Blue Note 9YO Premium Small Batch Bourbon Review

Blue Note Premium Small Batch

Blue Note Premium Small Batch
Blue Note Premium Small BatchDetails
Mashbill84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley
70% corn, 22% rye, and 8% malted barley
In the Bottle93 Proof
ABV46.5%
Age9YO
SourceTennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
TypeSmall Batch Blend of Two Mash Bills
Suggested MSRP$55
DistilleryBig River Distilling Co.
802 Royal Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38107
ProsComplex Beyond Proof
Great Mouthfeel
ConsThe Nose If I Had to Nitpick
RatingGold 93 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy, Drink, Enjoy — Repeat
Buy OnlineBuy at Seelbach's

Nose – 91 out of 100 Points

The aroma is vanilla cake batter and charred oak. I also pick up a cinnamon-spiced baking chocolate

Taste – 93 out of 100 Points

Spinning this bourbon in my glass produced thick ribbons of oily bourbon. That’s got me excited for the mouthfeel. It does not disappoint. It’s creamy. The palate offers more sweetness than the nose. It’s more of a tropical vibe like mango and papaya rather than your traditional red fruits found in many bourbons. The side of the palate is white pepper. The back of the palate offers just a hint of cinnamon as well as some oak.

Finish – 93 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium to long with more of the creamy tropical fruit notes, subtle oak, and white pepper.

Complexity – 93 out of 100 Points

The palate was complex beyond its proof with traditional flavors like cinnamon, oak, and pepper mingled with tropical fruits. I also loved how the fruit notes carried over to the finish and played so well with the cinnamon and oak.

Value – 95 out of 100 Points

Blue Note Premium Small Batch bourbon is 9YO and $55. It’s unfiltered which lends to its creamy mouthfeel. At that price, with the level of complexity, depth of flavor, and mouthfeel it’s an amazing value. Buy. Drink. Enjoy. Repeat.

Verdict – Gold 93 out of 100 Points

Blue Note Premium Small Batch
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Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey Review

Blue Note Juke Joint

Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey
Blue Note Juke Joint WhiskeyDetails
Mashbill70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley
In the Bottle93 Proof
ABV46.5%
AgeMinimum 3YO
SourceKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
TypeSmall Batch
Suggested MSRP$30
DistilleryBig River Distilling Co.
802 Royal Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38107
ProsThe Aroma
ConsLacked Complexity on Palate and Finish
RatingSilver 87.6 out of 100 Points
InventoryDrinker
Buy OnlineBuy at Seelbach's

Nose – 91 out of 100 Points

I’m loving the nose on this bourbon. It’s bright and vibrant. It reminds me of candy apple, thick, dark caramel, subtle baking spice, and cane sugar charred oak.

Taste – 87 out of 100 Points

Oak and ripe fruit on the tip of the tongue with the sweetness extending through the mid-palate. Black pepper rolls into balance out the sweetness. The body is viscous and creamy. Just hints of toasted grain at the very back of the palate.

Finish – 86 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium. Juke Joint is surprisingly oaky for a younger bourbon. Baking spice party with the oak. I also get just a hint of burnt caramel.

Complexity – 86 out of 100 Points

The nose hinted at the complexity that could be, but it didn’t follow through on the palate and finish. They both lacked complexity for different reasons.

Value – 88 out of 100 Points

This is the kind of bourbon you enjoy without much thought. You just sit back. Sip. And appreciate it for what it is. A solid drinking bourbon for $30. It’s able to hang with the bourbons twice its age in this price point.

Verdict – Silver 87.6 out of 100 Points

Juke Joint Whiskey
87.6 / 100 Reviewer
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Nose91
Taste87
Finish86
Complexity86
Value88

Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey Uncut

Blue Note Juke Joint Whiskey UncutMcCauley Williams, President & CEO of B&R Distilling Co. just announced on IG a new Juke Joint expression (see above) — Uncut. Based on tasting their other whiskeys, I expect Uncut to be delicious.

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Blue Note 11-Year Single Barrel Bourbon Review

Blue Note 11-Year Single Barrel Bourbon

Blue Note Single Barrel Bourbon
Blue Note Single Barrel BourbonDetails
Mashbill84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley
In the Bottle115.4
ABV57.52%
Age11YO
SourceTennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
TypeSingle Barrel Selected by Citi Wine and Spirits, Atlanta, GA
Suggested MSRP$59.99
DistilleryBig River Distilling Co.
802 Royal Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38107
ProsOut of This World Value
ConsMissing Unifying Element
RatingSilver 89.4 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It Now

Nose – 88 out of 100 Points

The aromas are orange and warming baking spice with nutmeg as the standout. Toasted oak also shows up as well as burnt salted caramel and brown sugar. I’m also picking up something briny I can’t put my finger on but once I smelled it it bloomed.

Taste – 88 out of 100 Points

There’s a moment of creaminess when it hits your palate followed by a gentle tingle and a building spicy warmth. Think red peppercorn and gojuchang. I also get that brininess that’s balanced with butterscotch.

Finish – 89 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium with oak and fruity red peppercorn.

Complexity – 87 out of 100 Points

It just felt like it was missing something to tie it all together.

Value – 95 out of 100 Points

I paid $50 for an 11YO bourbon. That’s a great value. I’d say if you have a store you trust with picks already these Blue Note single barrels are a must-buy at the price.

Verdict – Silver 89.4 out of 100 Points

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.
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