Jim Beam Distillery Tour Part1
Jim Beam Distillery Tour – Part 2
Jim Beam Distillery Tour Part 3
High West Double Rye Barrel Select Review

High West Double Rye Barrel Select Review

High West Double Rye Barrel Select is a single barrel offering of the traditional High West Double Rye that’s been aged for an additional 19 months in a used cask. The typical Double Rye is a blend of 2-year-old MGP rye an “older”, “barely legal”, Barton rye. The MGP rye is the typical 95/5 that…

High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 3 Review

High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 3 Review

Today we’re tasting the High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 3 and comparing it to the High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram Act 2.9 which was reviewed yesterday. It seems like a minor jump, but each act represents a new batch and as such could potentially be quite different. Different casks of rye blended…

High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram Review

High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram Review

High West A Midwinter Night’s Dram is their traditional Rendezvous Rye that’s been finished in French Oak & ex-Port casks. If you’re not familiar with it, the traditional HWRR is a blend of 6-year-old MGP rye and 16-year-old Barton rye; both have a massive rye mashbill but lend different characteristics to the whiskey. The balancing…

Laphroaig Lore Review

Laphroaig Lore Review

Laphroaig Lore is yet another NAS whisky being trotted out and dropped in the laps of the whisky drinking public and this one, by the way, isn’t cheap. At a whopping $125 this whiskey had better deliver on Distillery Manager John Campbell’s promise: “Laphroaig Lore is the story of Laphroaig itself. It’s a massive whisky,…

High West Yippee Ki-Yay Review

High West Yippee Ki-Yay Review

High West Yippee Ki-Yay is the traditional High West Double Rye getting the Midwinter Night’s Dram treatment, by which I mean that one of their standard products is getting finished in wine barrels. The standard Double Rye is a blend of a young (2 years) MGP rye and an “older” Barton rye that has a barely-rye-whiskey…

Jim Beam Distillery Tour – Part 3

Jim Beam Distillery Tour – Part 3

Before getting into what it takes to put together a bottle of Booker’s Rye I feel compelled to make the obvious point that this isn’t part of the typical Jim Beam Distillery tour. If you stop by Claremont for a visit, they’re not going to put you to work putting together some bottles of whiskey….

High West 14 Year Old Light Whiskey Review

High West 14 Year Old Light Whiskey Review

High West 14 Year Old Light Whiskey… what the hell is that? If that was the first thought through your mind then allow me to shed a bit of light on the dram at hand. Light Whiskey is a TTB designation that refers to a grain spirit distilled to the point of being 80-95% ABV…

Jim Beam Distillery Tour – Part 2

Jim Beam Distillery Tour – Part 2

Yesterday our Jim Beam Distillery tour was about to head over to the Knob Creek bottling house and that’s exactly where we’re picking up the trail today. After seeing how the whiskey is made and how it gets into the barrels it was time to see how it gets into the bottle. We started by…

Knob Creek Vintage 2001 Review – A First Look

Knob Creek Vintage 2001 Review – A First Look

Knob Creek Vintage 2001 is the oldest Knob Creek Jim Beam has ever released. At 14 years it sits a full 5 years above the average Knob Creek Small Batch, and Knob Creek Single Barrel, release of 9 years and I got to try it recently while visiting the Jim Beam Distillery for the launch…

Jim Beam Distillery Tour – Part 1

Jim Beam Distillery Tour – Part 1

Last week I was invited out to the Jim Beam Distillery for a tour of their facility and to take part in the launch of the new Booker’s Rye. The day started with breakfast in Louisville, KY and then it was all aboard the Mint Julep tour bus. There was a palpable sense of excitement in…