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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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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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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 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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Wild Turkey Longbranch

by Andrew Owenon September 24, 2018
Wild Turkey’s newest year-round bourbon release, titled “Longbranch”, is a result of collaboration between Master Distiller Eddie Russell and famed actor (and bourbon drinker) Matthew McConaughey.  The marketing for this release is heavy handed, but artfully done and not ridiculously over the top.  Whether McConaughey is little more than a new celebrity endorser, or was […]
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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

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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Four Roses Small Batch

by Andrew Owenon November 29, 2017
The Four Roses Distillery, built in 1910 in Lawrenceburg, KY, is a bit of a peculiarity in the modern bourbon scene.  The history of its origins are murky, so I won’t attempt to paste them together here, but despite coming of age right as Prohibition was shutting down most of the American whiskey industry, Four […]