Totally Unfair! I review a Whiskey that really is unobtainable: Eagle Rare 11 year old Single Barrel Select Selected By Harlan Wheatley for Friends of the Trace

Distilleries have these people called brand ambassadors. Some are paid to tour around and promote their brand, like Al Young for Four Roses, or to make cool commercials like Matthew McConoughay does for Wild Turkey, or you can sign up with tens of thousands of people to be a brand ambassador for Maker's Mark via … Continue reading Totally Unfair! I review a Whiskey that really is unobtainable: Eagle Rare 11 year old Single Barrel Select Selected By Harlan Wheatley for Friends of the Trace

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Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof – A Heaven Hill Bourbon I Actually Love. 

I decided to open another of the bottles I picked up the other day. I had some trepidation since Heaven Hill and Beam use the same wild yeast recipe that gives most of their whiskey that peanut after taste. If properly balanced, it's tolerable, as in the Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Cask Strength Bourbon. At … Continue reading Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof – A Heaven Hill Bourbon I Actually Love. 

The Science Behind Why You Should Drink Higher Proof Whiskey from WaPO

Read it all.  However the final paragraph sums it up well: "If diluting whiskey really does mean that aromatic molecules evaporate from the surface, “by bottling at higher concentrations, you get less deterioration of taste,” Lacks said. Whiskey, by definition, has to be 40 percent alcohol, said Hughes. Diluting it would also increase packaging and … Continue reading The Science Behind Why You Should Drink Higher Proof Whiskey from WaPO

I Finally Solved the Mystery – The Beam/Heaven Hill Funk

For months I have been trying to figure out my aversion to the finish on Heaven Hill products, this strange peanut flavor on the finish.  Thanks to Chuck Cowdery responding to my emails, I finally figured it out.  The Beam family, both at Jim Beam and Heaven Hill, uses a particular yeast strain and this … Continue reading I Finally Solved the Mystery – The Beam/Heaven Hill Funk

Col. E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof -all that and a bucket of Southern Classic Chicken

Uncut, unfiltered, straight from the barrel E.H. Taylor. At 128.1 proof, this is definitely heavyweight bourbon. However, compared to Stagg Jr., this Buffalo Trace expression is less oakey and really tends toward dark cane syrup or molasses. This one is really growing on me and my wife Catherine really likes it as well. Honey rather … Continue reading Col. E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof -all that and a bucket of Southern Classic Chicken

It’s a Wood Off:  Woodford Reserve Double Oaked vs. Double Double Oaked

Ever since I got back from Kentucky in April I have been waiting to do this: to try the Woodford Reserve Double Double Oaked you can only get at the distillery. Of course, I wanted to compare it to the Double Oaked that is readily available.  Now, I have drunk some Woodford Reserve in my … Continue reading It’s a Wood Off:  Woodford Reserve Double Oaked vs. Double Double Oaked

Eagle Rare Single Barrel Select From Hokus Pokus and Stagg Jr.-Great Bottles!

It's really hard to beat a Single Barrel Select bottling of Eagle Rare. This one has this great corn syrup sweetness and slight rye spiciness that is reminiscent of Buffalo Trace's EH Taylor bourbons. This bottling has a lot of character. Glad I bought a case.  I was also able to pick up some more … Continue reading Eagle Rare Single Barrel Select From Hokus Pokus and Stagg Jr.-Great Bottles!