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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

by Bobby Longon January 16, 2018
Here it is, the runner up for 2017’s Whiskey of the Year as chosen through popular vote by all of you!  The Elijah Craig bourbon brand was introduced by Heaven Hill Distillery in the mid-1980’s, and like so many American whiskeys, is named after some prolific historical figure who made an impact on the American […]
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Col. EH Taylor Four Grain

by Andrew Owenon January 11, 2018
  Thank you to each WBSE group member who voted in our poll for your favorite whiskey release of 2017!  With polling now closed, we’ll take time to highlight the top three vote-getters, and share our own reviews of them.  The first of the three winners chosen by you:  Col. E.H. Taylor Four Grain Bourbon. […]

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Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof

by Bobby Longon January 8, 2018
The Jack Daniel’s Distillery, residing in the otherwise small and quiet town of Lynchburg, Tennessee (population of about 6,000), has always been a sleeping giant in the American whiskey industry.  No other American distillery has the resources available to it that Jack Daniel’s does, which includes ownership of its own private cooperage.  Nevertheless, for decades […]
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Jack Daniel’s Old No.7

by Andrew Owenon December 31, 2017
99% of the time, my endeavors as a whiskey enthusiast and reviewer are an absolute joy.  I buy and try whiskeys that are personally intriguing, and that I have usually done somewhat extensive research on to make sure they are worth my money.  But sometimes I review a whiskey not because I want to, but […]

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Sazerac Rye

by Andrew Owenon December 21, 2017
Sazerac Rye, perhaps better known in enthusiast circles as “Baby Saz”, is Buffalo Trace Distillery’s entry level rye whiskey.  Remember, Buffalo Trace Distillery is owned by the Sazerac family’s company which is based in New Orleans.  This whiskey was created to pay homage to the Sazeracs, as well as the famous New Orleans-based cocktail that […]
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Woodford Reserve

by Andrew Owenon December 15, 2017
The Woodford Reserve brand has been around since 1996, but it is produced at an ancient (albeit renovated) distillery that has been producing whiskey since the late 1700’s outside of Versailles, Kentucky.  The distillery has changed owners a number of times, but has been continuously distilling since it was built except for two brief periods […]

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Wild Turkey 101

by Andrew Owenon December 13, 2017
Wild Turkey has been a stalwart on the Kentucky bourbon scene since the 1940’s, and its modern day iterations seem to have a fairly polarizing effect on the whiskey drinking populace.  Many firmly entrenched whiskey enthusiasts are extremely fond of the Wild Turkey line of bourbons (this author included), yet there seems to be a […]
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Blanton’s Straight From the Barrel

by Bobby Longon December 12, 2017
We are back for another round with the iconic Blanton’s bourbon produced by the Buffalo Trace distillery.  Here we have the straight-from-the-barrel bottling, which paradoxically is the most sought after bottle in the U.S. and is only sold outside of the U.S.  While Blanton’s is a Buffalo Trace product for all essential purposes, one must remember […]

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Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye

by Andrew Owenon December 2, 2017
Following my semi-disappointing experience with this year’s limited edition Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye Toasted Oak Finish, which everybody and their mother except for me (and my mother, who doesn’t drink whiskey) seems to love, I started looking for an opportunity to try this standard version of the Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye.  This is supposedly the […]
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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 […]