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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Tyrconnell 15 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Irish Single Malt Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Tyrconnell and Savona Communications for the sample. Along with being a well-known resort, a popular stop for transatlantic cruise ships, and the birthplace of the inimitable Ana da Silva of the Raincoats among other things, the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is the only place that can legally (according to the EU) produce Madeira, it's namesake … Continue reading Tyrconnell 15 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Irish Single Malt Whiskey – Review

Minnesota Spirits Fest 2018

Minnesota was perhaps a little late to join the swell of craft distilleries in this country. It wasn't until 2011, when legislation passed significantly lowering the fee to open a distillery, that the state's own craft spirits boom finally got its fuse lit. It was about time, too as Minnesota has quite a bit to … Continue reading Minnesota Spirits Fest 2018

Stranahan’s Original Colorado Single Malt Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Stranahan's and Exposure PR for the sample. The summer before last, I had the opportunity to visit Denver, CO and Stranahan's Distillery for their first Cask Thief event. It was a great opportunity to see a bit of the area and get to know this elder statesman of American single malt whiskey … Continue reading Stranahan’s Original Colorado Single Malt 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

Jameson’s “The Blender’s Dog” Irish Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Irish Distillers, Jameson, and Ketchum for the sample. In a distillery/whiskey production setting, the word "dog" can be used for several different things...or really just two very, very different things and then a few variations on the theme. There is, of course, the four-legged kind of dog (Canis lupus familiaris), who often … Continue reading Jameson’s “The Blender’s Dog” Irish Whiskey – 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