The Bourbon Future, Part II: From Grain To Glass To Long On Vendome

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

Drinking with Jimmy and Eddie: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Store Picks-Toasts To Tradition and the Future

Hokus Pokus has been picking great barrels all year. After the threefer Knob Creek earlier this month, we now have a twofer Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Pick. One bottle is a Toast to Tradition and the other a Toast to the Future. And how cool is it that the Russells signed the labels! Also, the … Continue reading Drinking with Jimmy and Eddie: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Store Picks-Toasts To Tradition and the Future

Happy National Bourbon Day! Woodford Reserve Batch Strength 2019 Release

Happy National Bourbon Day! And like Christmas in June, I was able to pick up bottles of Booker’s Shiny Barrel and this year’s release of the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Batch Strength release. I will review Shiny Barrel in the near future but I decided to crack open the Woodford tonight. Having had two court … Continue reading Happy National Bourbon Day! Woodford Reserve Batch Strength 2019 Release

Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year Old Bourbon; and what is up with the Pappy Craze anyway?

Yesterday, Pappy Van Winkle Day came to Cenla, which is a rather unpredictable day in late November or early December when Republic, an alcoholic beverage distributor, delivers the fall releases of Van Winkle and the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection to local liquor stores. These bottles do not arrive on the regular delivery trucks, but are … Continue reading Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year Old Bourbon; and what is up with the Pappy Craze anyway?

If I were a Senator having a bourbon on this Friday night what would I be thinking; thoughts on the Kavanaugh/Ford Drama

This blog is not political. It is about whiskey, and generally affiliated with the cocktail party and not the Republican or Democratic Party. However, all of the events over the past two weeks surrounding our Supreme Court have been weighing heavily on my mind, so I hope this side track into political and legal issues … Continue reading If I were a Senator having a bourbon on this Friday night what would I be thinking; thoughts on the Kavanaugh/Ford Drama

Some thoughts on Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Bourbons

Over the last few months I have acquired three different bourbons from Diageo’s Orphan Barrel series. Diageo, who also has Bulleit and Dickel in it’s American stable and great scotches like Oban, is clearly trying to cash in on the Van Winkle craze by issuing some limited release (although not that limited relatively speaking) ultra … Continue reading Some thoughts on Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Bourbons