Hokus Pokus’ First 2020 Barrel Picks: 1792 Bottled in Bond, 1792 Full Proof, and Maker’s Mark Private Select I and II

I have reviewed 1792 Bottled in Bond, 1792 Full Proof, and Maker’s Mark Private Select before, so I am not going to delve into the histories of these whiskies. Short descriptions are 1792 is the flagship bourbon of Sazerac’s Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown and Maker’s Mark is Jim Beam’s flagship wheated bourbon made in … Continue reading Hokus Pokus’ First 2020 Barrel Picks: 1792 Bottled in Bond, 1792 Full Proof, and Maker’s Mark Private Select I and II

The Bottle I didn’t need to sneak into the Twelfth Night Mardi Gras Ball: 1792 Full Proof

Well, it is Mardi Gras time again in Louisiana. Which, for me and Catherine, means Mardi Gras balls. We get dressed up for these black tie affairs only to find subpar bars with Jack Daniel’s Black Label and Dewar’s Blended Scotch. So, typically, Cat and I sneak in a good bottle of scotch and bourbon. … Continue reading The Bottle I didn’t need to sneak into the Twelfth Night Mardi Gras Ball: 1792 Full Proof

Today was a rough day for good bourbon; 1792 Single Barrel Review

Today, disaster struck in Bardstown, Kentucky. Half of warehouse 30 at Barton 1792 Distillery collapsed, with 9000 barrels of bourbon involved in the collapse with another 11,000 at risk in the still standing part of the warehouse. For a bit of history, Barton Distillery is the oldest distillery in Bardstown, which is arguably the bourbon … Continue reading Today was a rough day for good bourbon; 1792 Single Barrel Review

1792 Sweet Wheat-competition for the Heaven Hill Wheated Bourbons

I had a conversation with a friend recently about wheated versus rye recipe bourbons yesterday in the context of gift giving. If you are going to plunk down a lot of bucks for a really nice bottle, you want some assurance that they will like it. Scotch and bourbon have such diverse taste profiles that … Continue reading 1792 Sweet Wheat-competition for the Heaven Hill Wheated Bourbons

The Whiskey Jar Best Whiskies of 2017 List; A Buying Guide

Jim Murray recently came out with his 2017 Whiskey Bible wherein he ranks the world’s best whiskies from around the world. Often, what he picks out is controversial; often what he picks out is not readily available. I also have friends ask me all the time for recommendations for whiskies to try in bars (they … Continue reading The Whiskey Jar Best Whiskies of 2017 List; A Buying Guide

Eagle Rare Single Barrel Select From Hokus Pokus and Stagg Jr.-Great Bottles!

It’s really hard to beat a Single Barrel Select bottling of Eagle Rare. This one has this great corn syrup sweetness and slight rye spiciness that is reminiscent of Buffalo Trace’s EH Taylor bourbons. This bottling has a lot of character. Glad I bought a case.  I was also able to pick up some more … Continue reading Eagle Rare Single Barrel Select From Hokus Pokus and Stagg Jr.-Great Bottles!