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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

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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Teeling Small Batch

by Andrew Owenon January 26, 2018
While Teeling Whiskey Co. is relatively new to the Irish whiskey scene, the men behind the brand are not.  In 1989, John Teeling started the Cooley Distillery and employed his sons, Jack and Stephen.  In 2011, the distillery was sold to what is now Beam-Suntory, and as part of the sales agreement, the Teelings retained […]