Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Clyde Mays and Conecuh Ridge Distillery, Inc. for the sample. Well, shit...where to begin. Clyde May was an actual, real person. This is somewhat important to note because the bourbon world is full of people who actually were not really people. Ol' Clyde was apparently an Alabama moonshiner and bootlegger of some … Continue reading Clyde May’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

*Special thanks to MH and Common Ground PR for the sample. I have no idea how to write a review of Rebel Yell without addressing its racially charged name. The Luxco-owned line of whiskey takes its name from this high-pitched, kind of squealing, not-all-that-frightening tactic used by Confederate soldiers as they fought the Civil War in an … Continue reading Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 2016 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

*Thank you very much to AP and Buffalo Trace for the samples! This wheated bourbon is perennially one of my favorites from the Antique Collection. According to the brand literature, this year's William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon seems to have a bit in common with the 2014 edition in terms of where the barrels … Continue reading William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 2016 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

Blood Oath Pact No. 2 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Common Ground PR and Luxco for the sample. Off the top of my head, I can think of only three blood oaths, one historical, one cinematic, and one musical. Personally, I've not yet taken a blood oath, but while I'm pretty sure the opportunity won't arise, one never says never. Perhaps the most … Continue reading Blood Oath Pact No. 2 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Evan Williams Bottled In Bond Kentucky Bourbon – Review

The label of Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Kentucky Bourbon proclaims many things. Large and in front, right below the Evan Williams name, it says "since 1783,"  and then right below that, "Kentucky's 1st Distiller." The label on the side elaborates on those two things a bit, stating that Evan Williams was indeed the first … Continue reading Evan Williams Bottled In Bond Kentucky Bourbon – Review

Old Grand-Dad Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Old Grand-Dad Bourbon has a long and storied past, and could arguably be considered a pillar of American whiskey, given the names of the people and companies involved in its history. The Old Grand-Dad in question here is actually Basil Hayden. And yes, that's the same Basil Hayden that Basil Hayden's Bourbon is named after, … Continue reading Old Grand-Dad Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Stranahan’s Cask Thief 2016…a travelogue of sorts.

A very sincere thank you to Rob Dietrich and Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, and Vicki Loo and Exposure PR for the opportunity to visit Denver and the Stranahan's 2016 Cask Thief event. At the very end of July, I was lucky enough to be invited, along with several other spirit-y journalist types, to Denver, CO for a … Continue reading Stranahan’s Cask Thief 2016…a travelogue of sorts.

Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Westland Distillery for the sample. Conventional whisky wisdom says that peat as a flavor is at its most pungent when a whisky is young, let's say under 12 years. Once a malt starts edging up into those delightful late teens, things begin to balance out and that once dominating peat starts to … Continue reading Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey – Review

Westland American Single Malt Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Westland Distillery for the sample. Seattle's Westland Distillery is something of a rarity in the American Craft Distilling scene. A great many small, new distilleries are excited about the prospect of making a whiskey, but the time and financial patience needed to see that whiskey come to fruition also means that more … Continue reading Westland American Single Malt Whiskey – Review

Very Old Barton Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

First of all, let's just all agree right away that at four to six years old, this Very Old Barton is not very old at all. Granted, "very old" is a pretty damn relative term. A six year old banana, for example, would widely be considered "very old", whereas a six year old Galápagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis … Continue reading Very Old Barton Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review