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Jim Beam Black

by Robert Dianaon September 19, 2018
As we continue to explore more available and budget-minded bourbons, we land today on Jim Beam Black.  A relatively detailed summary of Jim Beam’s history was given in the review of Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut, so I’ll avoid repeating myself.  Go ahead and give that review a read.  Go on, I’ll wait 🙂 *long, contemplative […]
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Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut

by Robert Dianaon September 5, 2018
Jim Beam whiskey has been around for a long time.  Like a really long time.  Legend  has it that Jacob Beam sold his first barrel of whiskey under the name “Old Jake Beam Sour Mash” back when the United States of America was still a teenager.  And over the course of a couple centuries, no […]

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Joseph A Magnus Barrel Proof Bourbon (WBSE Single Barrel)

by Robert Dianaon August 22, 2018
Joseph A. Magnus is a young distillery with some old history. They are located in Washington DC’s distillery and brewing district, Ivy City, which is next to Union Market. There are the typical tours and tastings, but the distillery also offers an interesting “Dream Distiller Experience” which also pushes forth their craft inspirations. The older […]
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Black Saddle Straight Bourbon 12 Year

by Robert Dianaon August 8, 2018
In the modern whiskey climate where consumers are more savvy than ever, and more demanding than ever that producers meet at least a minimum transparency requirement, Black Saddle stands out as a black hole completely void of pretty much any information other than the fact that it is Kentucky straight bourbon and at least 12 […]

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Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve

by Robert Dianaon July 25, 2018
Glenfiddich is one of the most iconic single malt scotch brands of all time.  In fact, William Grant’s innovation with Glenfiddich in the 1960s and 70s is largely responsible for the shift of scotch popularity from blended scotch to single malts.  You can find a bottle of Glenfiddich in pretty much every country in the […]
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Tomatin 18 Year

by Robert Dianaon July 11, 2018
Tomatin Distillery has an interesting tale to tell.  While legend holds that whisky has been distilled onsite in the village of Tomatin since the 16th century, the licensed distillery originally known as Tomatin Spey Distillery Co Ltd was not established until 1897.  The company quickly went bankrupt in 1906, reopened under new ownership in 1909, […]

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Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition

by Robert Dianaon June 27, 2018
The great fictional “Parks and Rec” character Ron Swanson once mused, “all of my life I’ve avoided Europe, and its multitude of terribleness, but it turns out, much to my surprise, there is actually one place in Europe that is worth seeing.  These tiny islands off of the coast of Scotland, where God’s chosen elixirs are […]
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Blade and Bow Review

by Robert Dianaon May 8, 2018
Blade and Bow is a relatively new bourbon in the American whiskey scene.  It was introduced by Diageo, a massive London-based spirits corporation, in 2014 in conjunction with the reopening of the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery to the public.  There is perhaps no distillery more famous in bourbon lore than Stitzel-Weller, whose column stills used to […]