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Old Granddad 114

by Andrew Owenon September 11, 2018
On the heels of last week’s review of the bottom-ish shelf Old Granddad Bottled in Bond, it seems fitting to follow up with its “big brother”, which clocks in at a hefty 114 proof and does not have an age statement, and typically only costs $3-5 more than the bonded version. For a bit more […]
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Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2017-04

by Bobby Longon September 6, 2018
I’ll save you the introduction, as this is now the fourth batch of Booker’s we’ve reviewed here.  My reasons for reviewing multiple batches are simple:  not every batch tastes the same – some are much better than others – and it’s not uncommon for you to be picking between two different batches at the same […]

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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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Old Granddad Bonded

by Andrew Owenon September 4, 2018
Old Granddad is an historic bourbon brand that has been around since the mid-1800s.  Originally created by distiller Raymond Hayden to commemorate his grandfather Basil Hayden, the Old Granddad label changed ownership a couple times in the 19th century before landing in the capable hands of the National Distillers Products (NDP) group, who owned and […]

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Hochstadter’s Family Reserve Rye Whiskey 16 Year

by Bobby Longon August 23, 2018
Hochstadter’s Family Reserve Rye is a limited release of sourced rye whiskey, bottled by The Cooper Spirits Company in Philadelphia, PN.  The Cooper Spirits Company has been around since 2006, and also owns the Hochstadter’s Vatted Rye, Slow & Low Rock and Rye, and Lock Stock & Barrel Rye brands.  For Hochstadter’s Family Reserve and […]
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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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Rebel Yell 10 Year Single Barrel

by Andrew Owenon August 20, 2018
The Rebel Yell bourbon brand is a sourced bourbon belonging to the portfolio of Luxco, a non-distilling producer headquartered in St. Louis.  Luxco is not a new face in bourbon industry, and they also own the Ezra Brooks, Old Ezra, David Nicholson, and Minor Case labels, among a slew of other whiskeys and spirits brands.  […]
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Orphan Barrel

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 22 Year

by Bobby Longon August 16, 2018
The “Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co” is a relatively new producer that is not actually a distillery or distilling operation at all.  Rather,  it is a Diageo-created and owned brand releases old whiskeys from casks that have some way or another ended up in Diageo’s possession.  In other words, they’re a pretty run-of-the-mill non-distilling producer […]

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Barrell Bourbon Batch 011

by Bobby Longon August 9, 2018
Barrell Craft Spirits, founded in 2013 by Joe Beatrice, has established itself as a bit of an eclectic whiskey producing powerhouse over the last several years.  They are sort of a pioneer in the American whiskey scene, although what they are currently doing is similar to what Scottish independent bottlers like Cadenhead and Adelphi have […]
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Black Saddle Bourbon Whiskey

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 […]