The Bourbon Newsletter #20 – What is Cask Strength?  …and Olfo BIB!

☞ 2015 Bourbon Release Calendar // breakingbourbon

E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof (127.2 Proof) and WhistlePig Old World (86 Proof)

☞ Smoked Americans // whiskyadvocate

“American whiskey has been great, but it’s been like going to Baskin & Robbins and getting 31 flavors of chocolate and vanilla,” says Paul Tomaszewski, distiller and founder of MB Roland distillery in Pembroke, Kentucky. “There’s only been two kinds of American whiskey for a long time.”

☞ Review: Michter’s Toasted Barrel Bourbon // /r/bourbon

Nice long finish on this one with hints of leather, tobacco, oak, and pepper.

☞ Whisky Buzzwords: What is Cask Strength? // craveonline

Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Greg Davis explains what exactly it is.

☞ OBSV and OESK? An Infographic Breakdown of Four Roses Recipes // fourrosesbourbon

Four Roses is the only distillery that uses two mashbills and five proprietary yeast strains to produce 10 distinct bourbon recipes, each of these 10 bourbon recipes has its own unique recipe.

☞ Bottles You Regret Buying? // straightbourbon/forum

Willet Pot Still Reserve is one of the most inconsistent bottlings a I’ve encountered.

☞ 1897 Bottled in Bond – Old Forester Whiskey Row Series // youtube

Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond, the second in our Old Forester Whiskey Row Series, is crafted to honor a watershed moment in bourbon history – the U.S. Bottled-in-bond Act of 1897.

☞ History of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection // bourbonr

Currently, the BTAC is made up of 3 bourbons and 2 rye whiskies (George T. Stagg, William Larue Weller, Eagle Rare 17, Sazerac 18 and Thomas H. Handy) however that was not always the lineup for the BTAC.

☞ Quality Liquor Store // bourbonandoak

Trying to track down rare or hard to find whiskey and spirits can be difficult but it doesn’t have to be. You can shop online at Quality Liquor Store.

☞ From Grain to Glass: An American Craft Spirits Renaissance // youtube

Go to a visit a winery, there are some tanks, you look around and there’s nothing. You go to visit a brewery and there’s total confusion. Come see a distillery, there’s romance, it’s in there DNA, those guys have the religion. And I remember the first time I went to Belgium; a guy drove me five miles out into the country to show me the dirt. Here’s our dirt. He’s so proud of the dirt. – Bill Owens, President and Founder, American Distilling Institute

The Bourbon Newsletter #19 – E.H. Taylor Cured Oak Reviews

☞ Why the Best Bourbons Start with Wheat, Not Rye // mensjournal

But more flavor isn’t always better. A good way to think about whiskey is to compare it to bread. On one side you have rye: a savory, spicy grain with a lot of history. On the other you have wheat: a cleaner, more subtle note — and one more people enjoy.

☞ Bourbon Salon at Oxmoor Farm: The Art of the Bourbon Cocktail // filsonhistorical

With the recent influx of distilleries in downtown Louisville and the rise in popularity of cocktail bars, it’s no longer acceptable for establishments to serve boring cocktails.

☞ Easily Cut Your Bourbon Bottles // bourbonoftheday

The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter is a cheap, safe, and easy to use tool that creates perfect cuts every time.

☞ Bourbon Review: Col. E.H. Taylor Cured Oak // bourbonr

 Caramel, woody sweet, bananas and dried orange peel. Sweet and fruity taste with a sweet tea finish. Much improved over the first time I tasted it but there’s still a little harshness on the finish.

☞ Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Bourbon Review // bourbonbanter

Master’s Keep is just one of three new releases coming from Wild Turkey later this summer. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to explore this one I’m really looking forward to Russell’s Reserve 1998 and Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye. Also, see Fred Minnick’s review

☞ Make No Little Plans, Kentucky, Even If That Goes Against Every Instinct You Have // chuckcowdery

I lived in Kentucky for nine years, from 1978 to 1987, and have spent a lot of time there since. I love Kentucky. It’s a unique place with many wonderful qualities but one particularly bad one. I call it ‘small timer syndrome.’

☞ Buffalo Trace Distillery Mash Bills Chart // bourbonr

By simply aging in a different warehouse two, bourbons that entered the barrel with the same mash bill and same proof can have a completely different taste and proof.

☞ Learn Craft Distilling in the Heart of Bourbon Country // chuckcowdery

As craft distilling has gained steam, so have the educational opportunities. One good choice is Moonshine University in Louisville. Right downtown, you get hands-on instruction in distilling while enjoying everything else Louisville has to offer.

☞ Heaven Hill Announces Release of New 6 year old, 110 Proof Pikesville Rye // /r/bourbon

 We’ve created a Pikesville Rye with a high proof and a rich, spicy and sophisticated rye flavor. For those interested in exploring the spiciness and stories of rye whiskey, Pikesville is an excellent choice. Keep your eyes open for Pikesville beginning this September.

Bourbon Newsletter #18 – Whiskey Castles and Holy Grail Bourbon

Brown-Forman Investing $50m to Build New Irish Whiskey Distillery at Historic Slane Castle in Ireland // distillerytrail

Brown-Forman has a long history of bringing great whiskey to the world, such as Woodford Reserve, which we introduced in 1996 and has since grown to become one of the world’s leading super premium bourbon brands.

My Kentucky Bourbon Affair (AKA, Whiskey Nerd Fantasy Camp) // thewhiskeywash

…the man did shortly later dump a nearly full bottle of Booker’s Bourbon onto a barbecue full of cooking meat to help things along…

New Jim Beam Kentucky Dram Blends Scotch, Bourbon // thewhiskeywash

Hybrid Whiskey… Jim Beam Kentucky Dram is, as the name implies, a premium bourbon infused with “a touch of peaty” Highland Scotch whisky (the latter reportedly is pulled from Ardmore distillery stock).

Barton 1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon Whiskey Unveiled // bourbonbuzz

1792 Sweet Wheat was bottled at 91.2 proof. Bottles are expected to hit stores this summer at the suggested retail price of $32.99.

Drone video of the Old Taylor Distillery // youtube

In fact, the light-filled castle building holds the fermenting tanks — 21 of them — along with the grain bins and most of the other machinery probably installed by National after World War II, when the distillery was used for industrial alcohol production for the war effort. More on the restoration project

How can I start liking this stuff? // /r/bourbon

I have a buddy who is in love with this stuff, and he has an aggressive yet friendly nature. He always insist and pours me a glass for fun, however it taste like straight up rubbing alcohol. Just gross. Even on the rocks it has a powerful taste.

Bourbon Pursuit Podcast Episode 17 // bourbonpursuit

Ewan Morgan, National Director for the Diageo Masters of Whiskey, joins us from DC to talk about the Orphan Barrel releases.


Experience Bourbon. 4 Weeks. Downtown.

Photo by marimich03

Studio Neat Clear Ice Kit // studioneat

Use the ice mold, chisel, muddler, and Lewis bag to create a variety of different ice types, each tailored to a specific drink or cocktail. $60

Buffalo Trace Farm Growing Crops For Future Estate Bourbon // thewhiskeywash

…18 acres of the larger 282 acquired to plant non-GMO corn, which it started seeding last month, as well as rye and barley as part of a so-called “Single Estate” experience. The planted corn is said to be “from the same strain used at the distillery by Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. in 1870.”

New Booker’s Bourbon Roundtable Released // bourbonr

“It was Dad’s tradition to gather friends around his kitchen table to taste and select the next batch of Booker’s Bourbon, and I’m proud to honor his legacy with this first Roundtable selection of 2015,” said Fred Noe. “This batch gives Booker’s Bourbon fans a look at the man behind the bourbon. A man who enjoyed the simple things in life, including a strong, robust bourbon, a juicy center cut of meat, and family and friends to enjoy it with.”

How Pappy Van Winkle Became King: A Timeline // drambox

…but nobody has a greater foodie influence on the general public than Anthony Bourdain, who drinks Pappy on his show No Reservations and calls it “the most glorious bourbon on the face of the planet”

Buffalo Trace Continues to Lead: Update on the Single Oak Project // whiskyadvocate

Release #80 was the clear winner: what was it? Surprisingly close to the distillery flagship, Buffalo Trace! It was the rye bourbon mashbill, aged in a barrel from the bottom half of the tree (the bottom half bottlings did better overall), at a 125 entry proof.