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Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2017-01

by Bobby Longon September 27, 2018
Another Booker’s bourbon from the archive, this time from the beginning of 2017.  Dubbed “Tommy’s Batch”, this batch was a roundtable selection, which essentially means that a number of well known industry people had a hand in selecting the barrels that comprise the batch alongside Master Distiller Fred Noe.  Tommy’s Batch received runner up for […]
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Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Cask (2018 Release)

by Andrew Owenon September 25, 2018
The Cairdeas series (Cairdeas is a Gaelic word meaning “friendship”) is an annual limited release by Laphroaig that acts kind of like an experimental maturation series.  Typically featuring some unique cask finish and always bottled at cask strength and without chill filtration, the annual Cairdeas release gives fans of Laphroaig a chance to experience the […]

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Wild Turkey Longbranch

by Andrew Owenon September 24, 2018
Wild Turkey’s newest year-round bourbon release, titled “Longbranch”, is a result of collaboration between Master Distiller Eddie Russell and famed actor (and bourbon drinker) Matthew McConaughey.  The marketing for this release is heavy handed, but artfully done and not ridiculously over the top.  Whether McConaughey is little more than a new celebrity endorser, or was […]

WBSE Barrel Report: Volume 1 Issue 4

by WBSEon September 21, 2018
Sep 21, 2018 Vol 1 – Issue 4 The WBSE Barrel Report Featuring the latest news and updates in the world of whisk(e)y! Brought to you by Bourbon Nerds In This Issue:  2018 BTAC Announced Distiller Moves at Heaven Hill and Beam / Maker’s Mark Bourbon and Beyond TTB Approvals Review of the Week Shameless Plug […]

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Elmer T Lee

Elmer T Lee

by Bobby Longon September 20, 2018
Elmer T. Lee is one of the great, industry-changing figures of bourbon history.  Elmer got his foot into the bourbon door post-World War II, when he was hired as a maintenance technician at the George T. Stagg Distillery (known today as Buffalo Trace).  Elmer quickly rose in rank at the distillery, and before long he […]
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Jim Beam Black

by Robert Dianaon September 19, 2018
As we continue to explore more available and budget-minded bourbons, we land today on Jim Beam Black.  A relatively detailed summary of Jim Beam’s history was given in the review of Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut, so I’ll avoid repeating myself.  Go ahead and give that review a read.  Go on, I’ll wait 🙂 *long, contemplative […]

Filling Out Your Whiskey Shelf

by Andrew Owenon September 18, 2018
Filling Out Your Whiskey Shelf One of the most common questions I encounter is from people who are just getting into whiskey, or have decided to expand their horizons after drinking only the same couple whiskeys.  The question is often phrased, “What are some good whiskeys for a beginner?” “I’m new to whiskey.  What should […]
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Russell’s Reserve Rye 6 Year

by Andrew Owenon September 17, 2018
Anyone who has spent much time in my home or conversed with me in the WBSE Facebook group has learned pretty quickly that I am a huge fan of Jimmy and Eddie Russell and the bourbons that they make at Wild Turkey.  Outside of water, the Russell’s Reserve bourbons – both the small batch 10 year […]

WBSE Barrel Report: Volume 1 Issue 3

by WBSEon September 14, 2018
  Sep 14, 2018 Vol 1 – Issue 3 The WBSE Barrel Report Featuring the latest news and updates in the world of whisk(e)y! Brought to you by Bourbon Nerds In This Issue:  Four Roses Labor Dispute Four Roses 130th TTB Approvals Compass Box Spaniard Wyoming Whiskey – Edrington Deal Review of the Week Shameless […]
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Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2018-02

by Bobby Longon September 13, 2018
Another week, another Booker’s bourbon review as I get all of the gaps filled in to keep you up to date with what’s currently on store shelves!  The second batch release of 2018, dubbed “Backyard BBQ”, is currently on shelves pretty much everywhere alongside 2018-01, leftovers of 2017-04, and in some areas a brand new […]