High n' Wicked The Judge 14-Year Straight Bourbon Review

Review by Mark Pringle |
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85 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of High n' Wicked The Judge 14-Year Straight Bourbon

A review of High N Wicked The Judge 14-Year Straight Bourbon finished in Hungarian Tokaji Barrels. Sometimes, an impromptu bourbon purchase can be a spectacular winner. That is the case with High N' Wicked The Judge. 

The Purchase Story

I was in one of my favorite liquor stores, which, unfortunately, is not very close to where I live, so when I go there, I spend a lot of time looking around because they often have whiskeys that are rare where I live.

High n' Wicked The Judge 14 Year Straight Bourbon Review

While perusing the whiskeys, I noticed this extremely dark bourbon in an unusually shaped bottle named High N' Wicked The Judge 14-Year Bourbon. It had a very nice logo, so it immediately attracted my attention. As I read the label, I noticed it had a 14-year age statement and was a bourbon. My interest began to peek further. I then saw 104 proof, an acceptable proof range for my palate. I continued to examine the label and noticed it was a Tennessee bourbon with 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley mash bill finished in Hungarian Tokaji Barrels. What's Tokaji? That's when I started to become skeptical because that's a George Dickel mashbill, and I am not a fan of Dickel. 

Still, the other features were so intriguing that I purchased The Judge after a quick Googling to see what others said about this whiskey.

Before I review this whiskey, let's start by saying High N' Wicked The Judge 14-Year Bourbon was an outstanding purchase.

Rating: 85


Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour

Detailed Tasting Notes

Nose Review - Rating: 86

Fig and dark cherries mixed with a caramel-sweet aroma. Nose hair-tingling ethanol that's not too distracting. The aromas of the dried fruits are not too sweet; however, the smell of High n' Wicked The Judge 14-Year Straight Bourbon is dense, weighty, and a wonderful experience. Once you get below the dark fruits, there is a consistent layer of brown sugar.

Palate Review - Rating: 85

Silky smooth with fig, molasses, char, and what seems like toasted French Oak. High n' Wicked The Judge 14-Year Straight Bourbon is more dry than sweet but complex. This is a good whiskey. It drinks below 104 proof, but the assertiveness of the flavor is still there. This is different. Coffee, dark cherries, and charred oak. These complex notes have this dusty layer that adds to the tasting experience. The only thing missing is a thick and oily mouth feel, which The Judge does not have. Oiliness is an attribute that I always anticipate in good whiskeys. Still, High n' Wicked The Judge has almost everything else I typically look for.

Finish Review - Rating: 86

The finish radiates forever, but it does not burn. Crazy. The finish keeps that same dusty dried fruit, char, and dark cherry notes.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 85

I finally have what I'm assuming is a Dickel-sourced whiskey that I love.

Value Review - Rating: 80

I may need to purchase a backup of High n' Wicked The Judge at $91.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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