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
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, 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
Yellowstone is an old bourbon brand that was resurrected by a part of the Beam family and the brand has since been sold to Luxco who is most well known for their Rebel Yell whiskies. So, this, like most Luxco whiskies, will be made at Heaven Hill and aged at Luxco. This really wasn’t on … Continue reading Yellowstone Select 93 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Finally getting to review this one. Mardi Gras has kept me busy and my 1792 Bottled in Bond had not yet been tried even though I had the bottle for two weeks. I ended up grabbing it for the Garden District Promenade and Block Party last Saturday. Drank almost half of it neat out of … Continue reading 1792 Bottled in Bond: Classic!
Well, they weren’t kidding when the Barton 1792 distillery came out with their High Rye release of their iconic 1792 Bourbon. A hefty bourbon at 94.3 Proof. The nose just wacks you with rye. It has a lovely corn syrupy mouthfeel that reminds me of E.H. Taylor bourbons but the taste is all Rye. This … Continue reading They weren’t kidding: 1792 High Rye Bourbon
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
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
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!
I am very lucky that in the small city in Louisiana I call home we have Hokus Pokus. The owner and the store manager aim to bring top shelf bottles to Alexandria. One of the ways they bring top shelf whiskey in us to buy whole barrels of certain whiskies and have them specially bottled. … Continue reading Shop Local For Whiskey