George Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Series II – Review

**Sincere thanks to MGP Ingredients and Gregory + Vine PR for the sample. A man named Morris Sheppard, a Democratic senator from Texas, is occasionally referred to as "the father of Prohibition" because of his involvement in three pieces of legislation during the 1910's. He co-authored 1913's Webb-Kenyon Act which regulated the interstate shipment and … Continue reading George Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Series II – Review

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Old Ezra 7 Year Old Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Lux Row Distillers and Common Ground PR for the sample. Luxco's Ezra Brooks brand has a relatively fascinating history. Established in the latter half of the 1950's, Ezra Brooks' made-up name, label, and bottle shape were deliberately designed to take advantage of Jack Daniels' popularity. Predictably, things got downright litigious. While the … Continue reading Old Ezra 7 Year Old Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Evan Williams Single Barrel, 2007 Vintage – Review

*I don't think this qualifies as an "archival bourbon" review, but please note the whiskey in this review is a slightly older, limited bottling and likely not readily available today. While newer Evan Williams Single Barrel vintages are available, they will not be the same as the one reviewed here. This was one of my … Continue reading Evan Williams Single Barrel, 2007 Vintage – Review

Blood Oath Pact No. 4 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Another year, another Blood Oath bourbon release from Luxco. And another year where I find myself desperately, frantically searching for some blood oath related factoid or anecdote to help ease us into the review. You just can't dive right in, immediately bleating on about mashbills and cask types - that fails to set any kind … Continue reading Blood Oath Pact No. 4 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

George Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Series I – Review

*Sincere thanks to MGP Ingredients and Gregory White PR for the sample. The "Repeal" part of the George Remus Repeal Reserve refers to the repeal of Prohibition. The George Remus part refers of course to George Remus, the legendary, infamous bootlegger and murderer who made a huge fortune during the early part of Prohibition. By … Continue reading George Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Series I – Review

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