Basil Hayden’s 10 year old Bourbon from the Jim Beam Small Batch Collection; a lot of flavor despite the low proof

I have to confess, this is my first time trying Basil Hayden's. I really do skew toward higher proof bourbons, and out of the Jim Beam Small Batch Collection, Knob Creek and Booker's have been my go to's. It wasn't that long ago that I finally tried Baker's, a seven year old 107 proof bourbon, … Continue reading Basil Hayden’s 10 year old Bourbon from the Jim Beam Small Batch Collection; a lot of flavor despite the low proof

Hokus Pokus Knob Creek Store Pick; 14 years and three months old, I helped pick it and it’s awesome but what they did to the label…

My friends know that I lobby my local, Hokus Pokus, to get certain barrel picks, including the amazing Four Roses pick from last year. I had also been pushing for them to do a Knob Creek barrel pick, given how awesome ones I have had from Binny's are. My lobbying paid off. I got invited … Continue reading Hokus Pokus Knob Creek Store Pick; 14 years and three months old, I helped pick it and it’s awesome but what they did to the label…

Belle Meade XO Cognac Finished Cask Strength Bourbon from Martin Wine Cellar in New Orleans

Yes, another store pick I picked up in New Orleans last weekend is a cask strength version of a bourbon that is readily available - Belle Meade XO finished bourbon. Belle Meade is a pre-prohibition brand now made at a distillery in Nashville, Tennessee. Their juice is generally pretty good all by itself. But they … Continue reading Belle Meade XO Cognac Finished Cask Strength Bourbon from Martin Wine Cellar in New Orleans

Ragged Branch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Cask Strength Selection for Keife & Co. in New Orleans

Last weekend I was down in New Orleans for my Mardi Gras krewe's annual dinner, and Catherine and I decided to make a weekend of it. Catherine and I ate at Briquette, which I highly recommend to Buffalo Trace fans like myself; my review of the spirits menu revealed that all of the specialty cocktails … Continue reading Ragged Branch Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Cask Strength Selection for Keife & Co. in New Orleans

The 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection Bourbon Finished in Orange Curaçao Barrels – Too Much Of A Good Thing

So, among my many wonderful limited edition purchases last year was the Parker's Heritage Collection 2018 release. This one is the second Parker's Heritage release that is barrel finished. This one is a 110 proof bourbon finished in French Orange Curaçao barrels. I opened this bottle Christmas Day and found it to be a little … Continue reading The 2018 Parker’s Heritage Collection Bourbon Finished in Orange Curaçao Barrels – Too Much Of A Good Thing

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

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel; Wild Turkey Soars to New Heights

Wild Turkey, for me, tends to be a little funky on my palate. I do like Rare Breed, despite the little bit of funk. The Russell's Reserve 2002 limited edition was amazing. My opinion is that chill filtering does terrible things to Wild Turkey bourbon. But, Russell's Reserve Single Barrel is 110 proof and non-chill … Continue reading Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel; Wild Turkey Soars to New Heights