Today I am comparing Taylor and Whistlepig, with glasses in front of me each. Both 100 proof straight rye whiskey. Alas, a blind tasting does not seem feasible, so I will note the spirits look quite different. The Taylor is much darker. From Whistlepig I got a lot of vanilla on the nose, but then I went back and found the same vanilla from the Taylor.
Be right back, I need to go refill my experiment...
Swirling the glasses, each rye has its legs, though perhaps more so the Taylor. Not sure it matters. My background as a wino compels me to note such things.
But must have more data. Now where was I? Both go down pretty smooth. No complaint there. However after a good swallow there is a distinct bitterness from Whistlepig (maybe tannin?) that I don't get from Taylor. And I do not find much finish from Whistlepig, something I really, really like about the Taylor.
For swilling neat, it's no contest, I prefer the colonel. Though I'm of course an amateur, so take that with a grain of salt -- or at least a salted peanut.
Now to test how Whistlepig performs in a Ward Eight!