Was at a retail liquor store trade show today. Sampled PLENTY of stuff, and I will comment on some of them. All tested neat, room temperature.
Four Roses, small batch: 90 proof. OMG!!!! 5+ stars on this one. It tasted as fine as my best product. No heads at all. Super smooth. Perfect bouquet and just the right amount of oak accents. This bourbon is a blend of 2 of the 10 recipes 4roses has. I would HIGHLY recommend this one. I actually bought a bottle on the way home tonight.
Four Roses, single barrel: 100 proof. Heavy rye. Nice and peppery. A decent bite. A bit headsy on the back end. Much stronger flavor and bite than the small batch, however, still a nice sipping bourbon.
Breckenrigdge Bourbon Wiskey (Colorado Distillery) 86 proof. A very young bourbon. Brand new distillery, only around 4 years, and just now bringing product to market. Was drinkable, but young. Definite headsy.
Beam Devil's Cut. 90 proof SUPER over woodsy. Does not live up to the hype. The bourbon flavor was masked by over charred woodyness. Actually seemed a little on the young/raw side.
Michael Collins 12 yr single malt. moderatly peated malt flavor. A little strong neat. Was fruity flavored, and had a nice finish, somewhat dry. Would not be my choice for a neat drink.
Michael Collens blended Irish whiskey. Delecate, sweet. Very different than the single malt. Much easier to drink, with most of the harshness of the single malt removed. Could be drank neat.
Hillbilly Rebel: Unless you are one of the people on this site who are legalling distilling, keep a low profile, don't tell, don't sell.