Tasting Notes: Four Roses Single Barrel Barrel Strength 2021 New Orleans Bourbon Festival Release

It has been a long time since I got my hands on an OESQ Four Roses Single Barrel bottling. This one is ten years old to boot and is at a hefty 114.2 proof. OESQ is the low rye floral yeast recipe of Four Roses. While OESK, with its spicy vanilla yeast, is probably my … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Four Roses Single Barrel Barrel Strength 2021 New Orleans Bourbon Festival Release

Notes on Growth at Sugarfield Spirits Co. and a Review of Sugarfield Bourbon Batch SR2 121.3 proof

Since Catherine and I have at least some immunity from Covid we decided to go visit my daughter in New Orleans last weekend and, on the drive back, stopped in to Sugarfield Spirits Co. in Gonzales, LA, slightly more than a year before our last visit. Despite the pandemic, their operations and offerings have really … Continue reading Notes on Growth at Sugarfield Spirits Co. and a Review of Sugarfield Bourbon Batch SR2 121.3 proof

Tasting Notes: Wilderness Trail Kentucky Straight Bourbon New Orleans Bourbon Festival Release

Well, it is that time of year again, and, due to Covid, New Orleans Bourbon Festival Bourbons are being released in stores rather than at the festival. Wilderness Trail has a release this year as they did last year. I picked one up this weekend in New Orleans and Hokus Pokus will have some in … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Wilderness Trail Kentucky Straight Bourbon New Orleans Bourbon Festival Release

Tasting Notes: Belle Meade Reserve Bourbon 108.3 Proof

A really nice high proof release of Belle Meade bourbon likely sourced from MGP. Color: Beautiful dark amber and mahogany. Lovely film and gravity defying legs on the swirl. Nose is very traditional bourbon with vanilla, caramel and oak, with just a slight hint of herbal rye. On the palate is Caribbean vanilla, sweet dark … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Belle Meade Reserve Bourbon 108.3 Proof

Penelope Straight Bourbon Barrel Strength Batch 5

So, two guys from New Jersey decide to get in the bourbon business and name their bourbon after one of the founder's baby daughter, Penelope. Definitely not your traditional bourbon story, but, like Pinhook, they are sourcing their bourbon from MGP in Indiana and bottling at Castle & Key in Kentucky. Interestingly, they source their … Continue reading Penelope Straight Bourbon Barrel Strength Batch 5

High West Double Rye! “Ghost Town Rye” Barrel Pick, With A Comparison to A Midwinter Night’s Dram

High West out of Utah has been an innovator in whiskey for some time now, first starting with sourced barrels and are now bottling their own whiskies. The most sought after whiskey is A Midwinter Nights Dram, which is their Rondevous Rye finished in port wine casks. Double Rye! on the other hand in a … Continue reading High West Double Rye! “Ghost Town Rye” Barrel Pick, With A Comparison to A Midwinter Night’s Dram

Courage & Conviction – An American Single Malt Whisky True To Old World Single Malt

Recently, I was contacted by a marketing firm that works for Virginia Distilling Company, letting me know that Courage & Conviction, an American Single Malt Whiskey, was now available for purchase by mail order in my home state of Louisiana, and would I be interested in a sample bottle to review for this blog. The … Continue reading Courage & Conviction – An American Single Malt Whisky True To Old World Single Malt

Rabbit Hole Derringer-an interesting but expensive take on cask finished bourbon

I received a bottle of Rabbit Hole Derringer for Christmas, which is a Kentucky Straight wheated bourbon aged for four to five years in alligator char new oak casks and then finished in Pedro Ximenez Spanish Sherry casks for six months. I am a huge fan of sherry aged and sherry finished scotches. But, for … Continue reading Rabbit Hole Derringer-an interesting but expensive take on cask finished bourbon