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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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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 […]

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Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond

by Andrew Owenon October 8, 2018
While less than a century old, Willett Distillery has a bit of a convoluted history for me to briefly summarize.  The original Willett Distilling Company was founded in 1936 by the eponymous family that had a long history of distilling prior to building its own distillery on a farm on the south side of Bardstown, […]
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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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Benromach 10 Year

by Andrew Owenon October 1, 2018
About 12 miles from Elgin near the north shore of Speyside sits the Benromach Distillery.  Originally built in 1898, the distillery changed ownership a number of times before it was mothballed in 1983 and listed for sale by the corporation known today as Diageo.  In 1993, the distillery complex was purchased by famous independent bottler […]
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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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Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Cask (2018 Release)

by Andrew Owenon September 25, 2018
The Cairdeas series (Cairdeas is a Gaelic word meaning “friendship”) is an annual limited release by Laphroaig that acts kind of like an experimental maturation series.  Typically featuring some unique cask finish and always bottled at cask strength and without chill filtration, the annual Cairdeas release gives fans of Laphroaig a chance to experience the […]
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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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Elmer T Lee

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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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 […]