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McAfee’s Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon Review

McAfee’s Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon Review

McAfee’s Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon is Buffalo Trace’s most basic entry in to the bourbon category and is the equivalent of Henry Mckenna at Heaven Hill or Jim Beam White. It’s a bargain bourbon, a workhorse that delivers big value, but not a whole lot of depth and complexity. But it’s not supposed to,… Continue!

McKenzie Bourbon Single Barrel Review

McKenzie Bourbon Single Barrel Review

This McKenzie Bourbon Single Barrel (74) was selected for Wheated, a “pizza and cocktail place with a whiskey problem” in Brooklyn, NY. I haven’t had any finger Lakes Distilling products in over a year, but thanks to a friend we’re going to revisit one today. Though unlike the McKenzie Bourbon I had at ABC Kitchen in… Continue!

1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon Review

1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon Review

1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon is the final, recently released, OB from the Barton distillery and as you can tell from the name it’s a wheater. Other whiskeys in the wheater category would be Maker’s Mark, VanWinkle, Weller and Rebel Yell. When crafting a wheated bourbon the traditional rye, which gives bourbon a spicy kick, is… Continue!

Rebel Yell Single Barrel Review

Rebel Yell Single Barrel Review

The first Rebel Yell Single Barrel I tried was a few months ago in St. Louis. I was there for a Luxco event where myself and a bunch of other whiskey writers were invited to join a tasting panel for the company. We were chosen to taste through a bunch of different bourbons, blind, and… Continue!

Blood Oath Pact 2 Review

Blood Oath Pact 2 Review

Blood Oath Pact 2 is a mix of a high-rye bourbon, a wheated bourbon and a port-finished high-rye bourbon. When it comes to amalgamations like this I always like to give some thought towards what the component parts are. The wheater in any Luxco product, whichBlood Oath Pact 2 is, has to be Rebel Yell… Continue!

David Nicholson Reserve Review

David Nicholson Reserve Review

David Nicholson Reserve is a sourced bourbon put out by the folks at Luxco, though as a brand it has a long history that supposedly extends back to 1843. The story as it’s told is that David Nicholson was a grocer who started to distill his own whiskey in 1843, but as Chuck points out… Continue!

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 22 Review

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 22 Review

Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 22 is the latest release in the Rhetoric aging experiment. Made from stocks ”…discovered in warehouses at the Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Ky., and distilled in both the New and Old Bernheim distilleries in Louisville. The whiskey is beautifully aged and hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn.” The Rhetoric 20 was released in 2014… Continue!

Old Lewis Hunter Whiskey Review

Old Lewis Hunter Whiskey Review

From what we can tell, this Old Lewis Hunter Whiskey was distilled in 1913 and bottled in 1917 at the Old Hunter Lewis Distillery which produced whiskey from 1850 – 1974. The distillery was first known as the Megibben & Bramble Distillery and they produced whiskey under the Excelsior brand until 1891 when it was… Continue!

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Review

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Review

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof – The Hazmat Bottling. It’s called such because of the blistering 70.1% (140.2 proof) it was bottled at. To this day still reigns as the highest proof release in the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof lineup. If you’re not familiar with the ECBP lineup I’ll give a little background info on it… Continue!

Elijah Craig 12 Years Single Barrel Review

Elijah Craig 12 Years Single Barrel Review

Elijah Craig 12 Years Single Barrel sports the old EC12 label with the big 12 emblazoned on the front. This bottle however differs significantly from the regular EC12 that used to adorn liquor store shelves because instead of being a combination of about 200 barrels this comes from a single barrel, like it says above.… Continue!

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