I love me some Four Roses; not the flagship bottle or the regular small batch, but the single barrel, single barrel cask strength store picks, and their limited editions. The Hokus Pokus barrel pick last year was truly one of the best whiskies I have ever had. A behind the scenes contributor to this blog, … Continue reading Four Roses Small Batch Select: An Amazing Addition To The Four Roses Regular Lineup
In The Bourbon Future, Part I, I made a number of predictions about the future of Bourbon, which I believe to be very bright indeed. One of those predictions is: "The consumer will drive the market, and they will know exactly what they are getting when they buy a bottle, or a case, or a … Continue reading The Bourbon Future, Part II: From Grain To Glass To Long On Vendome
"Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth." ~Jules Verne Bradley Drell wrote a wonderful review last night that got me thinking this morning. It's 6:29am on Saturday, September 14th and bourbon is the first thing … Continue reading Pinhook and a glimpse across the horizon
"Trying to predict the future is a discouraging and hazardous occupation… if by some miracle a prophet could describe the future exactly as it was going to take place, his predictions would sound so absurd, so farfetched, that everybody would laugh him to scorn. So if what I say now seems to be very reasonable, … Continue reading The Bourbon Future, Part I
I have never tried Old Grand-Dad until tonight. I really can't explain why. This was a bourbon that never struck my fancy. Not in college, not as a struggling young lawyer, and for some reason not until now even though I buy just about every high proof release I can get my hands on. I … Continue reading Old Grand-Dad 114; $30?
“Give an Irishman lager for a month, and he’s a dead man. An Irishman is lined with copper, and the beer corrodes it. But whiskey polishes the copper and is the saving of him.” ~Mark Twain Alright, I know what you're going to say. Gibby's lost his fucking mind. Everyone knows I love all … Continue reading Redbreast Lustau Edition (Sherry Finish)
Last November Hokus Pokus bought a barrel of 14 year old Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel. Since then, Barrell has released their last three batches of bourbon all with 14 year old Cascade Hollow bourbon from Tennessee as a component. Last year's and this year's Single Barrel picks from Hokus are this wonderful juice. Tasting it … Continue reading Barrell Bourbon 14 year old Hokus Pokus Pick: Why The Latest Barrell Bourbon Batches Have Been So Good
I had a long chat with one of my close friends about the merits of port barrel finished bourbon and we determined that if done correctly they are excellent, but even done correctly they do have a fairly unique quality to them that honestly isn’t for everyone. This brings me back to an earlier point … Continue reading Boondocks 8 Year Port Barrel Finish American Whiskey