Damn do I love doing these comparisons! It’s really safe to say there isn’t a real loser here. While I enjoyed one of these slightly more on this tasting, it isn’t because one is inferior. This highlights the subjectivity of whiskey tasting and trusting your palate to steer you in the right direction.
The heavier, darker, and sweeter side of Act 8 won me over on this tasting. I honestly wouldn’t give either of these up, though, as they’re both really damn good. Going back and trying these side-by-side was fun and I’m glad I did it.
If you’ve never had MWND, or even if you’re newer to finished rye whiskey, I think this expression would totally be a worthwhile bottle to grab the next time they hit shelves. Thanks for reading along. Cheers!
Our grading system: As mentioned in our About Us page, we’re excited to share bourbon with our friends, family, and readers. There are enough critics, cynics, and curmudgeons in the whiskey world as it is, so our goal is to foster the bourbon community in a positive way by bringing fun and entertaining content whenever possible–as such–we decided that applying precise scores to whiskey was simply too serious for us (and didn’t accurately showcase variability in taste from day to day). We use a simple grade school system to apply a grade to the whiskeys we review because we feel it is indicative of the whiskey’s grade for us on that particular day. A grade of a “B” today may very well be a “B+” or even a “B-” on another day, so rather than focusing on a precise score today that may not stand the test of time, we are just sharing our overall grade of that pour for that one tasting. Pour a bit and enjoy, friends, these are the good old days of whiskey!