Hokus Pokus Private Release Barrell Whiskey finished in used Sauternes barrels

Some call it American Whiskey, some call it Light Whiskey, I call it Carondolet Whiskey (Bourbon Street on the other side of Canal Street), but whatever you call it demand for ultra-aged bourbon has many whiskey producers experimenting with bourbon mashbill whiskey aged in used bourbon barrels. Sometimes this is an amazing and delicious whiskey, … Continue reading Hokus Pokus Private Release Barrell Whiskey finished in used Sauternes barrels

Tasting Notes: Hokus Pokus Barrell Single Barrel KENTUCKY Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Yes, you read the title correctly. Heretofore, every Barrell Single Barrel I have had was Tennessee bourbon from Cascade Hollow. But Hokus Pokus managed to get their hands on a six year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottled at cash strength, 120.94 proof. They are selling these for $99. Considering what some 3 and 4 … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Hokus Pokus Barrell Single Barrel KENTUCKY Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Tasting Notes: Barrell Bourbon Batch 31 and a Review of the Glencairn Copita Whiskey Glass

You know how Amazon will suggest things? Well, it suggested earlier this week that I buy some Glencairn Copitas, so I bought two. They come with or without the cool tops that keep the whiskey from evaporating. Compared to the Hokus Pokus Copita from UrbanBar in the UK, the Glencairn Copita has a longer stem … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Barrell Bourbon Batch 31 and a Review of the Glencairn Copita Whiskey Glass

Jacob’s Pardon Small Batch American Whiskey Recipe No. 2

Jacob’s Pardon is a new interesting whiskey that has just arrived in Louisiana. The brand is a project of a large wine distributor, Palm Bay International. The Taub family, the owners of Palm Bay, has had a long history in the spirits industry, which continued even despite prohibition. Post-prohibition, they developed Baltimore Club whiskey, a … Continue reading Jacob’s Pardon Small Batch American Whiskey Recipe No. 2

My Christmas Whiskey: Barrell Armida- Bourbon Finished in Pear Brandy, Rum, and Sicilian Amaro Casks

I am a big fan of Barrell Bourbon but also their whiskies, including their rum, brandy, and amaro cask finished “light” or “Carondolet“whiskies (Bourbon on the wrong side of Canal Street), which are bourbon mashbill whiskies that are aged in used cooperage. Fairly long aged light whiskies are plentiful with MGP in Indiana, and Smooth … Continue reading My Christmas Whiskey: Barrell Armida- Bourbon Finished in Pear Brandy, Rum, and Sicilian Amaro Casks

Barrell Whiskey Batch 4: an amazing whiskey that gives expensive finished scotch a run for it’s money 

I cracked open another bottle of Barrell tonight, this time the whiskey, Batch 4. This is not a bourbon, but not because of the mashbill, but because it is aged in used barrels.  The whiskey is a blend of bourbon mashbills, first put into used bourbon barrels like Early Times and many scotches are. Then, … Continue reading Barrell Whiskey Batch 4: an amazing whiskey that gives expensive finished scotch a run for it’s money 

Review of Smooth Ambler’s Old Scout American Whiskey; and what is this American Whiskey business anyway

There is a new “category” on the American whiskey scene, although this stuff has been around for a very long time. It has just never been “named.” This spirit is essentially a bourbon recipe whiskey, with corn being the dominant grain, and it is made in the United States, and presumably the still proof and … Continue reading Review of Smooth Ambler’s Old Scout American Whiskey; and what is this American Whiskey business anyway

Tasting Notes: Penelope Founder’s Reserve American Light Whiskey

Barrell, Old Carter, and Jacob’s Pardon have all been making use of long aged American Light Whiskey, which is a corn mashbill whiskey that is aged in used bourbon barrels. Seagram’s, now MGP in Indiana, had apparently distilled and aged a bunch of this whiskey but somehow had no use for it. So, newer producers … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Penelope Founder’s Reserve American Light Whiskey

Barrell Bourbon Batch 13; a spice monster with leather, tobacco and a hint of corn sweetness

I picked up a bottle of Barrell Bourbon at Keife & Company in New Orleans this past weekend. My Dad recently got me a bottle of Barrell Whiskey at Martin Wine Cellar down there and I will review that soon. I had heard a lot about Barrell on the inter webs and I wanted to … Continue reading Barrell Bourbon Batch 13; a spice monster with leather, tobacco and a hint of corn sweetness