Bargain Bin Fridays #8, Lauder’s Blended Scotch Whisky

In 2009, Sazerac purchased a company called Barton Brands which had a large line mostly of "affordable" spirits like Fleischmann's Vodka and Gin, Ten High Bourbon and the wonderfully named Mr. Boston Five Star Canadian (the mind reels). Also in the line-up is Lauder's Blended Scotch Whisky, which according to the incredibly brief amount of information given, … Continue reading Bargain Bin Fridays #8, Lauder’s Blended Scotch Whisky

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Bargain Bin Fridays #7, Early Times Kentucky Whisky

What exactly constitutes an "early time"? 4:30am is an awfully early time, years of getting up for far-away bike races gave me a deep dread of the alarm going off at that hour (and a half). 3:00am still seems like the middle of the night for some reason, whereas 4:30am somehow qualifies as the morning … Continue reading Bargain Bin Fridays #7, Early Times Kentucky Whisky

Bargain Bin Fridays #6, Lord Calvert Canadian Canadian Whisky

I was just as surprised to learn there actually was a Lord Calvert as I was to learn there was a Lord Calvert Canadian Canadian Whisky. As it turns out, George Calvert was the first Lord Baltimore (though definitely not the best, see below...seriously) and the 8th Proprietary Governor of Newfoundland. He started his political … Continue reading Bargain Bin Fridays #6, Lord Calvert Canadian Canadian Whisky

Bargain Bin Fridays #5, Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bourbon's have great names.  Many of them titled, we can only hope, after cranky, old, Kentucky gentlemen who still wear either torn-up overalls or natty seersucker suits and bow-ties, and lock their mashbill recipes up in the same homemade safes they keep their revolvers in.  An unfair stereotype, I know, but come on, put the … Continue reading Bargain Bin Fridays #5, Old Crow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Bargain Bin Fridays #4, Sunnybrook Kentucky Blended Whiskey

I've heard stories of people walking into some out-of-the-way liquor store and finding a dust-covered Port Ellen for $90 or some 20-year-old Glen something-or-other for $39.99. Chances are, some distributor dumped a pricey bottle off ages ago on a store that wouldn't ever sell that kind of thing and the store has no idea what … Continue reading Bargain Bin Fridays #4, Sunnybrook Kentucky Blended Whiskey

Bargain Bin Fridays #3, Ancient Age Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Just to prove that I'm not just a mean-spirited, masochistic hack who's out to insult bad whisky makers and destroy my liver at the same time, for this installment of Bargain Bin Fridays, I thought I'd give an old school, mildly respected bourbon a try. After all, it is called "Bargain Bin Fridays" not "Wince … Continue reading Bargain Bin Fridays #3, Ancient Age Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Bargain Bin Fridays #2 – Cluny Blended Scotch Whisky

Installment #2 of the utterly painful, foolhardy, and somewhat disheartening Bargain Bin Fridays brings us to the shores of Scotland to sample "a superior blend of the finest distilled Scotch whiskies aged in oak casks & specially selected for their superior quality and rich flavors". This is the heady mantle worn by Cluny Blended Scotch … Continue reading Bargain Bin Fridays #2 – Cluny Blended Scotch Whisky