A Preview of Hokus Pokus Alexandria’s latest store pick: Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Bourbon – aged 11 years 2 months

This is apparently going to be for my Alexandria bourbon buddies, given the stay at home orders we are under. Hokus Pokus Alexandria is releasing a new store pick of Knob Creek Single Barrel Select, this one aged 11 years and 2 months. These will be available tomorrow, and I am told they will have … Continue reading A Preview of Hokus Pokus Alexandria’s latest store pick: Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Bourbon – aged 11 years 2 months

Drinking with the man himself: Elmer T. Lee and Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute

Most folks in the bourbon world know who Elmer T. Lee is - former master distiller at Ancient Age which became Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, who revolutionized bourbon and began a bourbon renaissance when he developed Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon. After he went into semi-retirement he served as a brand ambassador for the … Continue reading Drinking with the man himself: Elmer T. Lee and Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute

Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey, or how a Texan restored an Irish Castle and started an iconic whiskey brand

Happy St. Patrick's Day! While I would normally be sucking down pints of Guinness and drinking Green Spot or Tullamore DEW, Louisiana has closed down all bars. So, I am at home, hanging with my step son who is home from LSU, celebrating St. Patrick's Day the best way we can - with a bottle … Continue reading Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey, or how a Texan restored an Irish Castle and started an iconic whiskey brand

Blanton’s – The Whiskey That Began The Bourbon Premiumization Revolution

Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon continues to be a sought after bourbon in today's bourbon boom. Some folks love it, some folks think it is over-hyped. But, one thing is for certain, Blanton's began a premiumization of bourbon that took hold and changed bourbon and how we consume it. Elmer T. Lee created Blanton's in 1984, … Continue reading Blanton’s – The Whiskey That Began The Bourbon Premiumization Revolution

Happy National Bottled in Bond Day! A Little History of Bottled in Bond and a review of A.D. Laws Four Grain Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Happy National Bottled in Bond Day! On March 3, 1897, 123 years ago, Congress passed the Bottled in Bond Act, one of the federal government's first efforts at ensuring pure consumable products and truthful labeling for those products. Col. E.H. Taylor who ran both the George T. Stagg and Castle & Key Distilleries was the … Continue reading Happy National Bottled in Bond Day! A Little History of Bottled in Bond and a review of A.D. Laws Four Grain Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Glen Grant 15 Year Old Batch Proof – A Wonderful High Proof Single Malt For Your Bar

While most of my blog posts are about American whiskies, and, moreover, bourbon, a good bit of scotch gets drunk at my house. I started drinking scotch in college, but it was mostly blended cheap stuff. Then, as an adult, Macallan came out with a hipster malt scotch brand, Jon Mark & Robbo's. It came … Continue reading Glen Grant 15 Year Old Batch Proof – A Wonderful High Proof Single Malt For Your Bar

Drinking with Jimmy, Eddie & Bruce: Russell’s Reserve Barrel Picks Toasting Family and Homecoming

Hokus Pokus has two more Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Picks, these being Kentucky Ghost I, A Toast to Family, and Kentucky Ghost II, A Toast to Homecoming. Wild Turkey makes some of the best bourbon you can buy so long as it is non-chill filtered. I won't go on again about how I wish I … Continue reading Drinking with Jimmy, Eddie & Bruce: Russell’s Reserve Barrel Picks Toasting Family and Homecoming

“Louisiana” Bourbon, and finally a good one: Sugarfield Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Louisiana. Next to Kentucky, Louisiana is the best place to drink bourbon. Bourbon's popularity started in Louisiana, as a very thirsty market down river from Kentucky. While many bourbon historians claim the moniker Bourbon originated from a county or region in Kentucky, Michael Veach claims the timelines don't add up, and that the whiskey whose … Continue reading “Louisiana” Bourbon, and finally a good one: Sugarfield Straight Bourbon Whiskey