Tasting Notes: 2021 Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Years Old and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Years Old Bourbons

Unlike 2020 when the Van Winkle allocations were so good I was able to get a bottle of Van Winkle Rye, 2021's allocations were awful. There were hardly any Pappy to be had in most places. Hokus Pokus who always previously got great allocations, only received Van Winkle 12 and Old Rip 10. Prices remained … Continue reading Tasting Notes: 2021 Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Years Old and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Years Old Bourbons

Willett Family Estate Bottled Single Barrel Double Header: Bourbon and Rye Wines Unlimited Picks

For so long I have been trying to find one of the much hyped Willett Family Estate Bottled Bourbons, with the cool purple label and the purple foil. When Willett restarted in 2012 they were bottling whiskies sourced elsewhere but now all of their bottles contain Willett distillate. What I discovered is that the Willett … Continue reading Willett Family Estate Bottled Single Barrel Double Header: Bourbon and Rye Wines Unlimited Picks

Tasting Notes: Calumet Farm 16 Year Old Single Rack Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon

I just picked up my bottle of Calumet Farm 16 Year Old bourbon yesterday, and then I saw Mike Veach's review of the 15 year old today. In his review of this bourbon, he states: "Another year in the wood would have made this whiskey bitter." While Mike has an excellent palate and has forgotten … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Calumet Farm 16 Year Old Single Rack Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Tasting Notes: Penelope Barrel Strength Bourbon Toasted Series Louisiana Select Number 5

Hokus Pokus will sometimes let me try something before I buy it, and I have passed on previous releases of Penelope Toasted Series Barrel Strength Bourbon after tasting samples of them, albiet in a disposable cough syrup plastic cup. But when I tried Louisiana Select Number 5 I decided to pick up a bottle. It … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Penelope Barrel Strength Bourbon Toasted Series Louisiana Select Number 5

Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 2022 Release – 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Barrel Proof

My lovely wife bought me the Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 2022 Release, which is a 17 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, bottled at barrel proof of 118.2 The mashbill is distinctively low rye - 78% corn, 10% rye, and 12% barley malt. The age statement reflects the youngest whiskey in the mashbill. Only 27% … Continue reading Heaven Hill Heritage Collection 2022 Release – 17 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Barrel Proof

Tasting Notes: Elijah Craig Private Barrel Bourbon Barrel Proof Hokus Pokus Pick

No one more than I applauded when Heaven Hill decided to take its Elijah Craig store pick program to the next level in allowing picks to be bottled at barrel proof. So many bourbon drinkers are big fans of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof which has four batch releases per year and is a 12 year … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Elijah Craig Private Barrel Bourbon Barrel Proof Hokus Pokus Pick

Tasting Notes: Lee W. Sinclair Four Grain Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey Hokus Pokus Store Pick

Hokus got another Spirits of French Lick pick in - this time it is Lee W. Sinclair Four Grain Bourbon, which was bottled at cask strength for Hokus. The really interesting part about this four grain bourbon is the fourth grain. Most four grain bourbons include both wheat and rye in the mashbill. But this … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Lee W. Sinclair Four Grain Indiana Straight Bourbon Whiskey Hokus Pokus Store Pick