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Cedar Ridge Silver Label “P/C Hogshead”

by Andrew Owenon December 3, 2018
Nestled within the rolling hills of farmland just west of the large urban city of Cedar Rapids sits the Cedar Ridge Distillery – a quaint and picturesque estate of two buildings, a couple small grain bins, several barrel warehouses, and rows of grape vines.  Secluded from the bustling city a few miles away and tucked […]
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Little Book Batch 2: Noe Simple Task

by Bobby Longon October 23, 2018
Beam surprised the majority of people in the whiskey community in 2017 when they announced a new limited release whiskey that would not be a bourbon.  Nor would it be a rye whiskey.  How about a blended whiskey!  Wait, what?  If you’re like me, blended whiskey is often associated with what we may call “rot […]

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Whistlepig 10 Year Rye

by Blake Cortrighton October 22, 2018
Whistlepig is an interesting company to talk about in whiskey circles. On the one hand, their 10 year old rye whiskey is one of the most awarded ryes in the world. On the other hand, many of their bottles are sourced rye whiskies primarily from Canada and some from Indiana. With their new Farmstock line […]
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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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Redbreast Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Redbreast Lustau

by Brett Mullinson August 7, 2018
Redbreast Lustau is a relatively new release by Ireland’s massive Midleton Distillery, and it appears to have become a mainstay in the Redbreast portfolio for the foreseeable future.  To create Lustau, Midleton takes single pot still whiskey aging in sherry and bourbon casks, marries the casks together, then finishes the whiskey for one additional year […]

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Woodford Reserve Straight Malt Whiskey

by Andrew Owenon July 2, 2018
Brown-Forman’s relatively small and eclectic Woodford Reserve Distillery has built its reputation on innovation.  Situated in the country side of Versailles, Kentucky, Woodford distills using only copper pot stills rather than the large column stills typically employed for producing almost all of America’s bourbon.  Woodford commonly experiments with different cask finishes, wood types, grain variants, […]
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Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye

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 […]