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Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel

by Bobby Longon November 1, 2018
Many bourbon fans know that the Buffalo Trace Distillery uses a unique “high rye” mash bill for creating its famous Blanton’s and Elmer T. Lee bourbon brands.  What some may not know is that there is an entire line of bourbons that Buffalo trace distills from “mash bill #2”, including Ancient Age, Hancock’s Reserve, and […]
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Little Book Batch 2: Noe Simple Task

by Bobby Longon October 23, 2018
Beam surprised the majority of people in the whiskey community in 2017 when they announced a new limited release whiskey that would not be a bourbon.  Nor would it be a rye whiskey.  How about a blended whiskey!  Wait, what?  If you’re like me, blended whiskey is often associated with what we may call “rot […]

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Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve Batch Proof

by Bobby Longon October 10, 2018
Woodford Reserve Batch Proof is a limited edition offering of the standard Woodford Reserve straight bourbon bottled essentially without any dilution, giving fans of the brand a chance to experience the bourbon about as close as straight from the barrel as possible.  For a more comprehensive summary of the Woodford Reserve brand, see last year’s […]
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Booker's Batch 5

Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2016-05

by Bobby Longon October 4, 2018
Today we grow ever nearer to completing my quest to have every Booker’s bourbon release from the past two years reviewed in full for you here.  The fifth batch of 2016 was dubbed “Off Your Rocker”.  Let’s see how it compares to the rest! Notes: Distilled, aged, and bottled by Beam-Suntory at the Jim Beam […]

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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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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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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 […]
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Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2017-04

by Bobby Longon September 6, 2018
I’ll save you the introduction, as this is now the fourth batch of Booker’s we’ve reviewed here.  My reasons for reviewing multiple batches are simple:  not every batch tastes the same – some are much better than others – and it’s not uncommon for you to be picking between two different batches at the same […]

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Hochstadter’s Family Reserve Rye Whiskey 16 Year

by Bobby Longon August 23, 2018
Hochstadter’s Family Reserve Rye is a limited release of sourced rye whiskey, bottled by The Cooper Spirits Company in Philadelphia, PN.  The Cooper Spirits Company has been around since 2006, and also owns the Hochstadter’s Vatted Rye, Slow & Low Rock and Rye, and Lock Stock & Barrel Rye brands.  For Hochstadter’s Family Reserve and […]
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Orphan Barrel

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 22 Year

by Bobby Longon August 16, 2018
The “Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co” is a relatively new producer that is not actually a distillery or distilling operation at all.  Rather,  it is a Diageo-created and owned brand releases old whiskeys from casks that have some way or another ended up in Diageo’s possession.  In other words, they’re a pretty run-of-the-mill non-distilling producer […]