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Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve

by Andrew Owenon December 15, 2017
The Woodford Reserve brand has been around since 1996, but it is produced at an ancient (albeit renovated) distillery that has been producing whiskey since the late 1700’s outside of Versailles, Kentucky.  The distillery has changed owners a number of times, but has been continuously distilling since it was built except for two brief periods […]
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Wild Turkey 101

by Andrew Owenon December 13, 2017
Wild Turkey has been a stalwart on the Kentucky bourbon scene since the 1940’s, and its modern day iterations seem to have a fairly polarizing effect on the whiskey drinking populace.  Many firmly entrenched whiskey enthusiasts are extremely fond of the Wild Turkey line of bourbons (this author included), yet there seems to be a […]

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Blanton's Bourbon

Blanton’s Straight From the Barrel

by Andrew Owenon December 12, 2017
We are back for another round with the iconic Blanton’s bourbon produced by the Buffalo Trace distillery.  Here we have the straight-from-the-barrel bottling, which paradoxically is the most sought after bottle in the U.S. and is only sold outside of the U.S.  While Blanton’s is a Buffalo Trace product for all essential purposes, one must remember […]
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Highland Park 18 Year

by Andrew Owenon December 10, 2017
To complete the core range of Highland Park’s age stated whiskies, we now turn to the 18 year old.  Note that there are older bottlings in Highland Park’s core range, but they are well beyond the price range of 99% of enthusiasts, us reviewers included.  Sure, reviewing a $600 whisky sounds fun, but publishing it […]
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Highland Park 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon December 5, 2017
Before we even get into this review, let me answer one of the most common questions I see:  Yes, Highland Park 12 and Highland Park 12 “Viking Honour” are the same thing.  Throughout 2017, Highland Park, the northernmost distillery in Scotland, has been undergoing a re-branding effort in order to better, er, embrace? the Norse roots of […]

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Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye

by Andrew Owenon December 2, 2017
Following my semi-disappointing experience with this year’s limited edition Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye Toasted Oak Finish, which everybody and their mother except for me (and my mother, who doesn’t drink whiskey) seems to love, I started looking for an opportunity to try this standard version of the Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye.  This is supposedly the […]
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Four Roses Small Batch

by Andrew Owenon November 29, 2017
The Four Roses Distillery, built in 1910 in Lawrenceburg, KY, is a bit of a peculiarity in the modern bourbon scene.  The history of its origins are murky, so I won’t attempt to paste them together here, but despite coming of age right as Prohibition was shutting down most of the American whiskey industry, Four […]
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Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye

by Andrew Owenon November 29, 2017
The Michter’s (pronounced Mik-ters) brand is steeped in American whiskey history dating all the way back to the 1850’s, when the Bomberger’s distillery was producing Pennsylvania rye near Shaefferstown, PA.  Bomberger’s had a tumultuous journey through the 20th century, temporarily closing multiple times while simultaneously passing through the hands of several owners.  Eventually renamed Michter’s, […]

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Bunnahabhain 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 26, 2017
The Bunnahabhain distillery (pronounced Boon-uh-hah-ven) was built in the late 1800’s, and lies on the northeast shore of Islay near Port Askaig.  In defiance of mainstream Islay distilling, it mainly produces unpeated single malt whiskies. Due to its style and its somewhat remote location far away from the peated powerhouses on the south side of […]
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Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask

by Andrew Owenon November 25, 2017
The Aberlour distillery sits in between Tamdhu and Macallan right on the south shore of the River Spey (although it still classifies itself as a “speyside”, and we will classify it the same).  It was built in 1879, and is currently owned by spirits-megalodon Pernod-Ricard.  Aberlour is in the middling range for total output among […]