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

Yellowstone 2016 Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Review

*Sincere thanks to MH and Common Ground PR for the sample. In his 2004 book, Bourbon Straight, Chuck Cowdery wrote about the Yellowstone brand, "There is no justification for a bourbon to be this bad...The venerable Yellowstone name deserves better. It should be put out of its misery." Harsh words for an apparently harsh whiskey. … Continue reading Yellowstone 2016 Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Review

Sazerac 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, 2016 Buffalo trace Antique Collection – Review

*Thank you very much to AP and Buffalo Trace for the samples! Perhaps the most anticipated and interesting of the five Antique Collection bottles this year, the Sazerac 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey is for the first time since 2003...a new whiskey. Starting that year through 2014, the whisky used in this expression was … Continue reading Sazerac 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, 2016 Buffalo trace Antique Collection – Review

George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 2016 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

*Thank you very much to AP and Buffalo Trace for the samples! I wonder how many liquor stores dread this time of year. When all these highly allocated, even more highly sought after bottles are released, stores must get the full range of desperate assholes asking for all sorts of preferential treatment just for a … Continue reading George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 2016 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey, Buffalo Trace 2016 Antique Collection – Review

*Thank you very much to AP and Buffalo Trace for the samples! The youngster of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Aside from the barrels being plucked from different locations, and a couple of months of aging, the main difference between this years Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey and those of the last couple of … Continue reading Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey, Buffalo Trace 2016 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

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

High West Campfire, Batch 5 – Review

Growing up, the place where I spent a lot of time in the summer had the prerequisite stone-ringed campfire pit, just past the clothesline drooping with swimsuits and towels. The campfire was on the edge of some woods, beech nut and maple trees with wild leeks beneath. Not too far inside the woods, the ground … Continue reading High West Campfire, Batch 5 – Review

Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Westland Distillery for the sample. Along with their American Single Malt and their Peated American Single Malt, Westland Distillery's Sherry Wood American Single Malt Whiskey makes up what is currently the core range for this Seattle distillery. The Sherry Wood is made from six different malts: Washington Select Pale Malt, Munich Malt, Extra Special Malt, Pale … Continue reading Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt Whiskey – Review

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