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Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

by Bobby Longon January 11, 2019
While it’s one of the most popular bourbons in the United States by sales volume, Maker’s Mark tends to get overlooked in enthusiast circles.  It’s ironic how a community that usually appears starved for wheated bourbon can ignore the most readily available one on the shelf.  This is of course speaking of the ordinary release […]
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Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2018-04

by Bobby Longon December 17, 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, the final batch of  the year of Booker’s – the unfiltered barrel proof bourbon of the Jim Beam lineup – is starting to hit store shelves across the nation.  You can expect to get a consistently solid bourbon with any batch of Booker’s, but as retail prices rise it’s […]

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Johnny Drum Private Stock

by Bobby Longon December 12, 2018
Johnny Drum Private Stock is a straight Kentucky bourbon produced by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, which is more or less the name Willett takes up when acting as a non-distilling producer.  The bourbon is sourced from an undisclosed distillery from an undisclosed mash.  It used to contain a 15 year age statement, which has since been […]
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Old Weller Antique

by Bobby Longon November 30, 2018
Old Weller Antique is a bourbon that needs no introduction, and if you are reading this review, chances are it is not by accident.  The wheated mash bourbon made by Buffalo Trace has reached near-fabled status due to its on paper associations with the rarer-than-unicorns bourbon known as Pappy Van Winkle, whose 23 year old expression most […]
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Bookers Bourbon Batch 2018-03

by Bobby Longon November 19, 2018
The third of four 2018 releases of Beam’s behemoth Booker’s bourbon is officially everywhere, with the previous batch, Backyard BBQ, beginning to dwindle from shelves and the fourth batch “officially released”, but to my knowledge not actually on any store shelves yet.  Dubbed “Kentucky Chew”, the third release of 2018 is an ode to the […]

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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 […]