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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 […]

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 […]

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Old Granddad 114

by Andrew Owenon September 11, 2018
On the heels of last week’s review of the bottom-ish shelf Old Granddad Bottled in Bond, it seems fitting to follow up with its “big brother”, which clocks in at a hefty 114 proof and does not have an age statement, and typically only costs $3-5 more than the bonded version. For a bit more […]
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Old Granddad Bonded

by Andrew Owenon September 4, 2018
Old Granddad is an historic bourbon brand that has been around since the mid-1800s.  Originally created by distiller Raymond Hayden to commemorate his grandfather Basil Hayden, the Old Granddad label changed ownership a couple times in the 19th century before landing in the capable hands of the National Distillers Products (NDP) group, who owned and […]

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Johnnie Walker Double Black

by Andrew Owenon August 27, 2018
Progressing up the Johnnie Walker price ladder, we now find ourselves at the Double Black, which sits about $10 more than the standard 12 year Black, and is advertised as a “darker, smokier interpretation of the world famous Johnnie Walker Black Label”.  Diageo’s blenders achieve this by using a higher proportion of west coast and […]
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Rebel Yell 10 Year Single Barrel

by Andrew Owenon August 20, 2018
The Rebel Yell bourbon brand is a sourced bourbon belonging to the portfolio of Luxco, a non-distilling producer headquartered in St. Louis.  Luxco is not a new face in bourbon industry, and they also own the Ezra Brooks, Old Ezra, David Nicholson, and Minor Case labels, among a slew of other whiskeys and spirits brands.  […]

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Johnnie Walker Red Label

by Andrew Owenon August 13, 2018
As the most popular (by volume sales) scotch whisky in the world, and second highest selling of any whiskey only to Brown-Forman’s Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Johnnie Walker needs little introduction.  The blended scotch brand is the face of worldwide spirits behemoth Diageo’s operations in Scotland. Diageo owns over two dozen malt and grain distilleries […]
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Wild Turkey Revival

by Andrew Owenon July 30, 2018
Wild Turkey Revival is the third installment of the “Master’s Keep” series, which appears to have become the brand’s new annual limited edition bourbon.  Each year’s Master’s Keep has been a bit different.  The inaugural release in 2016 was a cask strength 17 year old – the oldest age stated Wild Turkey ever released.  2017 […]