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
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.
I haven't posted in a while. My law practice has been keeping me way too busy. Been mostly drinking the old standbys-Eagle Rare and Stagg Jr. Last weekend I watched the fight with a bunch of friends but otherwise I have been working. I hadn't been to Hokus Pokus on my usual Saturday run in … Continue reading Four Roses 50th Anniversary Al Young Cask Strength Release
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 have to admit I have wanted to try Michter's for some time. I saw various iterations of the brand on the tv show Billions. The protagonist in the show had a stake in the distillery and Michter's was the drink of choice among the billionaires while the political elite drank Johnny Walker Blue. The … Continue reading Michter’s 10 Year Old Single Barrel Limited Release Bourbon
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
I had a hankering today to try Booker's again since I have been really enjoying cask strength bourbon lately. So I went to Hokus Pokus looking for it but they were out. But, low and behold in a box in the back were six bottles one of which was earmarked for me. I could hardly … Continue reading Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon-A Bottle of Wow
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
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
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!