Tasting Notes: Yellowstone Hand Picked Collection-O’ Beautiful Day-Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

I have been wanting to try a Yellowstone Single Barrel for quite some time, and tried to get my local in touch with my Facebook friend Stephen Beam to try to get a Hokus pick, but no luck so far. However, Hokus Pokus did get in a non-store pick bottle labelled "O' Beautiful Day." This … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Yellowstone Hand Picked Collection-O’ Beautiful Day-Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Tasting Notes: Maker’s Mark Private Select III for Hokus Pokus – Dead Man’s Hand I

Hokus Pokus picked two more barrels of Maker's Mark Private Select earlier this year, and the first barrel, picked by an all female panel of tasters from Hokus' Lake Charles and Prairieville stores, finally arrived in Alexandria. Maker's has stepped up its private selection game. The Hokus tasters sampled five bourbons that were finished with … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Maker’s Mark Private Select III for Hokus Pokus – Dead Man’s Hand I

Tasting Notes: Calumet Farms 15 year old Rack Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

I love Calumet Farms 14 year old. It amazes me that Sazerac isn't putting this fine bourbon out itself, which is distilled and aged at the 1792 Barton Distillery. The new 15 year old release is not only a year older but comes in at a higher 105 proof. Still non-chill filtered like the 14 … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Calumet Farms 15 year old Rack Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Town Branch Single Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey New Orleans Bourbon Festival Pick

Town Branch is a newer distillery located in Lexington, Kentucky, which is owned by Alltech, a two billion dollar agricultural congolomorate and headed by Irish Entrepreneur Pearse Lyons. Alltech also owns a sister distillery in Dublin, Ireland. I have read that the Irish distillery uses Vendome column stills from America while Town Branch uses pot … Continue reading Town Branch Single Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey New Orleans Bourbon Festival Pick

Tasting Notes: Jefferson’s Reserve Single Barrel Hokus Pokus Store Pick

Hokus Pokus has two store picks of Jefferson's right now - an Ocean store pick that has wheated bourbon, and what I am drinking now, a single barrel Jefferson's Reserve bottled at 100 proof. Given the color, I am thinking this is younger whiskey produced at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, which is owned in part by … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Jefferson’s Reserve Single Barrel Hokus Pokus Store Pick

Spirits of French Lick’s The Mattie Gladden Straight Bourbon Whiskey Bottled in Bond

Indiana whiskey is mostly associated with Midwest Grain Products, but with the rise of new distillers, Indiana is now a growing region with new producers. One such producer is Spirits of French Lick, that is producing not only bourbon but other spirits. I picked up a bottle of The Mattie Gladden this weekend at Hokus … Continue reading Spirits of French Lick’s The Mattie Gladden Straight Bourbon Whiskey Bottled in Bond