Isaac Bowman Port Barrel Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Sazerac and A. Smith Bowman Distillery for the sample. The A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia is a bit of an odd set-up. It can trace its roots back to 1935, when, right after Prohibition ended, a man named Abram Smith Bowman opened up a distillery in what is now Reston. … Continue reading Isaac Bowman Port Barrel Finished Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

1792 Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Sincere thanks to Sazerac and Barton Brands for the sample. In 2002, Barton Brands, which at the time was owned by Constellation Brands, debuted their Ridgewood Reserve 1792 Bourbon. Shortly after, Brown-Forman howled in disapproval and demanded, litigiously, satisfaction. They claimed that packaging and marketing of the Ridgewood Reserve was suspiciously too close to that … Continue reading 1792 Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Yellowstone 2017 Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Review

*Sincere thanks to Limestone Branch Distillery and Common Ground PR for the sample. Short and sweet and to the point this one will be. Luxco and Limestone Branch Distillery's revitalization of the Yellowstone brand has created not just a great story, but some great bourbon as well. If you'd like, you can catch up here … Continue reading Yellowstone 2017 Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Review

George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to MGP Ingredients for the sample. Prohibition in the US had the curious effect of making criminals out of people who might not otherwise have been criminals, and making legends out of criminals that might not otherwise have been legends. George Remus is the rare example of both. Before he was swayed by … Continue reading George Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

New Liberty Distillery’s Penna Dutch Malt Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Quaker City Mercantile and New Liberty Distillery for the sample. We will get to this somewhat unique whiskey in a moment. The first order of business, however, is deciphering the tangled web made by producers, owners, and marketers of this brand. Or maybe it's not such a tangled web, maybe it's a … Continue reading New Liberty Distillery’s Penna Dutch Malt Whiskey – Review

Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Common Ground PR and Limestone Branch Distillery for the sample. One could say that there really is no overstating the importance and influence the Beam family has had on the bourbon industry. That, of course, would be overstating things, but not by much. Jacob Beam and his sons married powerful, brave women … Continue reading Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

Blood Oath Pact No. 3 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Common Ground PR and Luxco for the sample. I hate to say it, but I think I kind of overdid it on the Blood Oath Pact No.2 review. I pretty much threw every blood oath I could google in a short period of time into one review, and now, here I am … Continue reading Blood Oath Pact No. 3 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Rabbit Hole Distilling Kentucky Straight Rye – Review

*Sincere thanks to Rabbit Hole Distilling for the sample. Rabbit Hole Distilling's Kentucky Straight Rye, like their Kentucky Straight Bourbon, was contract distilled reportedly by New Riff Distilling. Sure, sure, that in and of itself isn't super exciting, but what if I told you the mashbill for this rye was 95% rye and 5% malted barley. … Continue reading Rabbit Hole Distilling Kentucky Straight Rye – Review

Rabbit Hole Distilling Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Review

*Sincere thanks to Rabbit Hole Distilling for the sample. One of the hardest things about this craft spirits boom of the last several years has been separating the wheat from the chaff. Distinguishing not just the true distillers from the opportunistic source-and-bottlers, but also between the ones who are generally honest and upfront, and the ones … Continue reading Rabbit Hole Distilling Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Review

Ezra Brooks Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to MH and Common Ground PR for the sample. Ezra Brooks is one of those days-of-yore sounding bourbon names that could easily make you think he was the inventor of the high rye mashbill or the "Louisville Limp" technique of rolling a barrel from rickhouse to rickhouse.* In fact, the name Ezra Brooks … Continue reading Ezra Brooks Straight Rye Whiskey – Review