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Col. EH Taylor Straight Rye

by Andrew Owenon February 26, 2018
Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye was introduced as a new annual release by Buffalo Trace in 2012.  Intentionally placed in the product line honoring the great 19th century Kentuckian Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr, Buffalo Trace crafted this rye to be more reminiscent of a late-19th century rye whiskey.  Like every whiskey carrying Col. Taylor’s name […]

What is Maryland Rye?

by TW Wrighton February 25, 2018
What is Maryland Rye? By TW Wright Since the beginning of the Colonial days in America, Marylanders were trailblazing what would become the state’s signature style of rye whiskey.  In the decades leading up to Prohibition, Maryland along with Pennsylvania and Kentucky, were leading the nation in the production of distilled spirits, and the Maryland […]

There’s Still Great Value In American Whiskey

by Andrew Owenon February 16, 2018
  There’s Still Great Value In American Whiskey By Andrew Owen If you’ve been an American whiskey consumer (particularly a bourbon consumer) over the past couple of years or more, you have witnessed firsthand the rapid rise in bourbon’s popularity, and along with it, a rise in prices, several losses of age statements, new allocation […]
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Cedar Ridge Malted Rye Whiskey

by Andrew Owenon February 14, 2018
Cedar Ridge Distillery, in the tiny farming community of Swisher, Iowa became Iowa’s first licensed distillery since Prohibition when it was founded by local Iowan and winemaker Jeff Quint in 2005.  Cedar Ridge originally started as, and still is, a winery in addition to distillery.  According to Quint, he found it odd that Iowa is […]

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Wheater Showdown: Weller 12 Year VS. Van Winkle Lot B 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon February 8, 2018
Pappy and Weller.  Are there two names more deified in the current bourbon boom?  I would guess not.  But interestingly, one could count on both hands the number of years its been since the Pappy Van Winkle (or Old Rip) and Weller bourbons sat on the shelves in stores for reasonable prices collecting dust.  Sure, they were […]

Rye Twins

by TW Wrighton February 6, 2018
Rye Twins By TW Wright Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection, Rare Rye Selection – 2011 With a break in all the Christmas celebrating and entertaining, I finally found the opportunity to open the seal on the two bottles of Woodford Reserve Rye that I received for Christmas a year ago.  It’s snowing outside this afternoon and […]

Styles of Rock & Styles of Rye

by TW Wrighton February 6, 2018
Styles of Rock & Styles of Rye By TW Wright Some friends from work and I were heading out to lunch when one volunteered to drive so he could show off his new custom car stereo.  As we were climbing in he asked me, “What kind of music do you like?” “Rock,” was my one-word […]
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Pikesville Rye

by Andrew Owenon February 1, 2018
Pikesville Rye is another resurrected rye whiskey label that began in the American Northeast before the old rye industry gradually died out and had the nails hammered into its coffin by Prohibition.  Pikesville was originally produced in Maryland – the other rye whiskey powerhouse state along with Pennsylvania.  It was first produced in 1895, and […]