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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 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 […]
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Barrell Bourbon Batch 011

by Bobby Longon August 9, 2018
Barrell Craft Spirits, founded in 2013 by Joe Beatrice, has established itself as a bit of an eclectic whiskey producing powerhouse over the last several years.  They are sort of a pioneer in the American whiskey scene, although what they are currently doing is similar to what Scottish independent bottlers like Cadenhead and Adelphi have […]

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B518

by Bobby Longon August 1, 2018
The 2nd of Heaven Hill’s three annual Elijah Craig Barrel Proof bourbon releases is now lining shelves throughout the nation.  Labeled Batch B518, the “B” recognizes it as the 2nd batch of the year, while “518” means it was released in May of 2018.  A118 was released earlier this year (read the review here), and […]
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Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2017-03

by Bobby Longon July 19, 2018
This is now the 3rd batch of Booker’s we have reviewed here, and for it we are going to step back in time a couple batches from the previous batch reviewed, “Kathleen’s Batch”, which was the first quarterly release of 2018.  My reason for this is simple:  there’s still a lot of Batch 2017-03 on […]

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Henry McKenna 10 Year

by Bobby Longon July 12, 2018
Henry McKenna 10 year old bourbon is part of American whiskey giant Heaven Hill’s stable of bourbon brands produced at the company’s Bernheim distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.  It remains part of an ever shrinking list of age stated bourbons, and also carries bottled in bond and single barrel designations on the label alongside its age […]
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Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year (2017 Release)

by Bobby Longon July 5, 2018
Pappy Van Winkle.  Just saying those three words in a room of bourbon enthusiasts will cause all heads to instantly turn towards you.  For many bourbon fans, “Pappy” is the holy grail.  It’s the peak of Mount Everest.  Bourbon nirvana.  Once you’ve attained “Pappy”, you can go no higher.  What used to collect dust for […]