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Clynelish 14 year

by Robert Dianaon March 19, 2019
As part of my whiskey journey, I like to try all sorts of different drams. So, when I get to a store, it may take a while for me to decide what to buy. On a recent shopping excursion, I was having a lot difficulty finding anything interesting until I noticed this Clynelish on the […]

Red Brick Barrel Strength Single Malt Whiskey

by Robert Dianaon February 25, 2019
Throughout my whiskey journey, I am always trying to find drams that are budget friendly, but taste like they go for a premium price. If you search through the site, you will find a series of articles about some cheaper Jim Beam bottles, as well as my favorite high proof value, Knob Creek Single Barrel. […]


Glenfarclas 105

by Robert Dianaon February 7, 2019
The historic Glenfarclas Distillery in Ballindalloch is literally one of the most traditional distilleries in Scotland.  It was officially licensed in 1836, and has been ran by the Grant family since 1865, making it one of few remaining independently owned Scottish single malt distilleries.  While it’s six pot stills make it no small operation (the stills […]


Rabbit Hole Bourbon

by Robert Dianaon January 30, 2019
The Rabbit Hole Distillery is a baby by Kentucky standards, just being established in 2012. While their product is currently “contract distilled”, they have big plans for their distillery which began operating in 2018. Bear in mind that contract distilling is different from barrel sourcing.  Distilling contracts often afford the recipient control over mash bill […]

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C918

by Robert Dianaon January 15, 2019
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof bourbons are definitely a favorite here among us writers, and generally are in the broader bourbon community as well. We have already reviewed the previous two 2018 batches of ECBP – the B518 batch and the A118 batch. If you read those reviews, yes I will wait, you will see that […]


Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit

by Robert Dianaon December 12, 2018
Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit is a single barrel bourbon proofed down to Wild Turkey’s iconic 101 proof. That means the warehouse, rick and barrel, all have an important part to play in the quality and flavor profile of the bottle you receive. We have reviewed several Wild Turkey products already, from the inexpensive Wild Turkey […]


Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon

by Robert Dianaon December 5, 2018
Here we have another installment in our series of value priced barrel proof bourbons. Today we look at Knob Creek Single Barrel. Of course, Knob Creek Single Barrel is not bottled at its true barrel barrel proof, but is minimally diluted to standardize the proof at 120, making it pretty much the highest proof bourbon […]

Old Ezra 7 Year Barrel Strength

by Robert Dianaon November 26, 2018
Luxco was founded in St. Louis in 1958. They have been a non-distilling producer for many years. In addition to the Old Ezra brand, you might have seen their Rebel Yell, Blood Oath or David Nicholson brands adorning your shelves as well. Interestingly, earlier this year, Luxco opened its first bourbon distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, […]


Bluebird 4 Grain Bourbon

by Robert Dianaon November 7, 2018
Craft distilleries tend to be a bit of a controversial point in the whiskey world. Some “craft” brands are little more than non-distilling producers who source their whiskey from large distillers, while other traditional start up distilleries end up selling young whiskey at a premium price. So, for the whiskey lover that loves local businesses, […]


Jim Beam Single Barrel

by Robert Dianaon October 9, 2018
If you have been following our reviews lately, you’ve probably noticed our focus on exploring budget-friendly bourbons. Several of these have come from the Beam Distillery, including Old Granddad Bonded, Old Granddad 114, Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut and Jim Beam Black. Today we’ll look at another Beam bourbon friendly to most budgets – the Jim Beam […]