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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 […]
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Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Review

by Bobby Longon April 26, 2018
A step up in age and proof over the standard Evan Williams Black Label, Heaven Hill’s bottled in bond offering of the Evan Williams brand represents one of the cheapest bottled in bond bourbons in America, as well as one of the cheapest bourbons bottled at 50% ABV.  To be labeled as bottled in bond […]

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Evan Williams Black Label Review

by Blake Cortrighton April 24, 2018
Evan Williams bourbon is produced by Heaven Hill at their Bernheim distillery in Louisville, KY, and is by volume sales Heaven Hill’s most popular bourbon brand.  In fact, according to Spirits Business, Evan Williams was the 7th highest selling whiskey in the world in 2017, and 2nd highest selling bourbon brand (behind Jim Beam). The […]
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Old Overholt Bonded Review

by Andrew Owenon April 18, 2018
Old Overholt has been around for a long time.  And I mean a long time.  Like so many modern Kentucky rye whiskeys (such as Rittenhouse, Michter’s, and Pikesville), Old Overholt was initially a rye whiskey produced in the New England area during the period between the late 18th century and Prohibition when Pennsylvania and Maryland rye dominated […]

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Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2018-01 Review

by Bobby Longon April 16, 2018
The first 2018 batch of Booker’s, dubbed “Kathleen’s Batch”, follows 2017’s inaugural batch as a roundtable selection.  This just means that, alongside Master Distiller Fred Noe, a few industry experts were brought in to help select the barrels that would be batched together for this release.  The batch is named after Kathleen DiBenedetto, who, according to the […]

Kilchoman

by WBSEon April 12, 2018
Kilchoman (pronounced kill-ho-man) is one of the newest distilleries in Scotland, and the newest distillery on the island of Islay (until Ardnahoe opens its doors this May).  Founded in 2005 by former-independent bottler Anthony Wills, Kilchoman is a true “farm distillery”.  Situated on Islay’s Rockside Farm, Kilchoman has a couple thousand acres of farmland leased […]

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Kilchoman Machir Bay Review

by Andrew Owenon April 12, 2018
Kilchoman (pronounced kill-ho-man) is one of the newest distilleries in Scotland, and the newest distillery on the island of Islay (until Ardnahoe opens its doors this May).  Founded in 2005 by former-independent bottler Anthony Wills, Kilchoman is a true “farm distillery”.  Situated on Islay’s Rockside Farm, Kilchoman has a couple thousand acres of farmland leased […]
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Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon Review

by Bobby Longon April 11, 2018
The Jefferson’s brand of bourbons was created in 1997 by Trey and Chet Zoeller.  Jefferson’s, named after American Founding Father and 3rd President Thomas Jefferson, started as – and still is – a non-distilling producer who sources the bourbon it bottles from various distilleries.  In the early 21st century, the Jefferson’s brand was acquired by […]

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Four Roses Single Barrel Review

by Andrew Owenon April 10, 2018
Along with its bottom shelf “Yellow Label” and mid-shelf Small Batch bourbons, Four Roses also releases a more premium level single barrel bourbon year-round.  Note that this is different from their barrel proof single barrel bottles. As you may recall from the small batch review (linked above) or from any previous knowledge of Four Roses […]
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Aberlour 16 Year Double Cask

by Andrew Owenon March 30, 2018
Like Aberlour’s 12 year old single malt, this southern Speyside distillery also releases a 16 year old using the same “double cask matured” technique.  Rather than starting all of its whisky in ex-bourbon casks and then “finishing” the malt by transferring it to ex-sherry casks (like Balvenie does with their 12 Year Doublewood) Aberlour marries […]