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Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye

by Bobby Longon June 26, 2018
Knob Creek rye whiskey, launched by Beam-Suntory in 2012, has by all accounts been a successfully consistent and solid mid-shelf rye whiskey over the past several years.  In late 2017, Beam finally threw fans of the whiskey a bone by announcing that a new single barrel program would be launched for Knob Creek rye, with […]
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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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Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel

by Andrew Owenon March 10, 2018
Full disclosure:  I am a fan boy Knob Creek Rye small batch.  Readily available at $25-30 and carrying a hefty 100 proof, it has served faithfully as my “House Rye” and primary cocktail whiskey for some time now.  So when I heard late last year that Beam-Suntory was going to release a 115 proof single […]
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Col. EH Taylor Straight Rye

by Andrew Owenon February 26, 2018
Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye was introduced as a new annual release by Buffalo Trace in 2012.  Intentionally placed in the product line honoring the great 19th century Kentuckian Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr, Buffalo Trace crafted this rye to be more reminiscent of a late-19th century rye whiskey.  Like every whiskey carrying Col. Taylor’s name […]

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Cedar Ridge Malted Rye Whiskey

by Andrew Owenon February 14, 2018
Cedar Ridge Distillery, in the tiny farming community of Swisher, Iowa became Iowa’s first licensed distillery since Prohibition when it was founded by local Iowan and winemaker Jeff Quint in 2005.  Cedar Ridge originally started as, and still is, a winery in addition to distillery.  According to Quint, he found it odd that Iowa is […]
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Pikesville Rye

by Andrew Owenon February 1, 2018
Pikesville Rye is another resurrected rye whiskey label that began in the American Northeast before the old rye industry gradually died out and had the nails hammered into its coffin by Prohibition.  Pikesville was originally produced in Maryland – the other rye whiskey powerhouse state along with Pennsylvania.  It was first produced in 1895, and […]

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Rittenhouse Rye

by Andrew Owenon January 31, 2018
Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, like many of it’s peers, got it’s start in the birth place of American rye whiskey – Pennsylvania – but is now made in Kentucky.  With a history that even predates bourbon, Pennsylvania rye can claim to be the the United State’s first indigenous distilled spirit, but unfortunately the style has all […]
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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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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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Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye

by Bobby Longon November 29, 2017
The Michter’s (pronounced Mik-ters) brand is steeped in American whiskey history dating all the way back to the 1850’s, when the Bomberger’s distillery was producing Pennsylvania rye near Shaefferstown, PA.  Bomberger’s had a tumultuous journey through the 20th century, temporarily closing multiple times while simultaneously passing through the hands of several owners.  Eventually renamed Michter’s, […]