Price Point: $10 – $15 for 750 ML
Distiller: Barton Distilling Company
All of the whiskeys I have reviewed thus far have been shown in a favorable light. Frankly speaking, it’s not easy to find a whiskey that I will not enjoy in one capacity or another. I guess it’s a curse; a wonderful curse.
Ten High will most likely rank at the bottom of my reviews at it is probably the lowest quality whiskey I have ever tasted. However, it’s still whiskey, and I can still fight through it and enjoy it.
The nose of Ten High is offensive. Yes, that’s a harsh assessment, but I have pledged to be completely open and honest in this blog, and that’s just how I feel. You’re really not smelling a bourbon, but a cheap, flavorless, well spirit. It might as well be a vodka with brown food coloring. It almost has the aroma of ammonia (try saying that 10 times fast!).
The taste isn’t much better. Drinking it neat, as I always do for my reviews, Ten High repels rather than invites. After a couple of seconds in your mouth, the flavor shows up a little, but not all that much. It’s similar to other basic bourbons, such as Benchmark, but definitely missing a lot of those elements.
The aftertaste is nothing to get excited about.
Rating & Recommendations
Okay, so the moment of truth awaits; the rating. At my lowest rating ever, I give Ten High a 52 out of 100.
After this review, if you still find the need to drink Ten High, or god forbid buy a bottle for yourself, drink it with a mixer. No need to drink this stuff in the fashion of an Eagle Rare or Booker’s; clearly you are either on a budget or out of options at a friend’s house.
Do me a favor and don’t waste your time with Ten High. Although it’s still technically a whiskey, you can find much better offerings for only a couple bucks more.