Category Archives: Tastings

Issue #15 – Weekly Reader

Bourbon Security: making theft more difficult // whiskyadvocate

Sometimes whiskey still in the barrel is stolen, but there has never been anything like the recently exposed ring that stole barrels and finished goods worth more than $100,000 from two distilleries over a period of several years.

New Financial Instrument for Booming Bourbon Market // businesswire

The main appeal of such a market is that consumers can pay less for bourbon futures now than for a finished spirit later,” Federowicz said. “All the bourbon community needs now is a stable, online marketplace.

Does Whiskey Need an Age Stamp to be Good? // eater

“To my taste, when it gets to about 14 years old, the wood is just about taking over,” he says. “Once you get past that age, it gets so damn woody.” – Fred Noe

Recipe: Bourbon Ball Milkshake from Sidebar // courier-journal

The Bourbon Ball Milkshake is a decadent dessert made with vanilla ice cream, fudge and 30-proof Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream (or your choice of bourbon and an Irish cream). It’s blended and topped with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle and candied pecans.

Eagle Rare Mashbill recon in the bourbon subreddit // reddit

…Eagle Rare is assigned to Rye Mash Bourbon #1 but given the relative similarity of the two recipes we sometimes come across barrels made using Rye Mash Bourbon #2…

Wild Turkey Summer Releases // gobourbon

…fans of its whiskey should be very surprised to learn two new limited Bourbons and a new Rye will be available for them to imbibe with.

10th Bourbon Thief Nabbed In Unraveling Conspiracy Tied To Pappy Van Winkle Heist // huffpo

NPR had noted the troubling possibility that despite recovering some of the hooch intact, law enforcement may be required to destroy the stolen goods.

Woodford Reserve Flavor Wheel for Rye Whiskey and Bourbon // woodfordreserve

Using a flavor wheel or a whiskey tasting journal will help you expand your bourbon tasting vocabulary.

World Whisky Day on May 16, 2015 // bourbonblog

Even superstar, and Haig Club ambassador, David Beckham got in on the act appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in celebration of World Whisky Day and taking an ‘ugly selfie’ which went viral.

‘Bourbon Empire’ Reveals The Smoke And Mirrors Of American Whiskey // npr

Do your own tasting. But while shopping for bottles, Reid Mitenbuler advises watching out for these marketing claims.

Scoring: Blade & Bow 22-year-old, Booker’s Dot’s Batch, Temperance Trader & Michter’s Rye // fredminnick

…it’s the mouthfeel of this bourbon that’s special, all encompassing, surrounding the palate from top to bottom with a mouthcoating dripping presence.

Our Friends at the Bourbon Pursuit Podcast Released Episode 14 // bourbonpursuit

Adam Johnson, Director of the KY Bourbon Trail & Bourbon Affair, discussing the Kentucky Bourbon Affair – June 3rd-7th 2015.

Filson Bourbon Salon – Oxmoor Farms Tasting Event

In one of America’s largest private libraries, thirty-five bourbon lovers gathered to sip four bourbons. This was the first “Bourbon Salon” hosted by the Filson Bourbon Academy at Oxmoor Farm in Louisville, KY. The Filson invited four authors to choose a bourbon for the group to taste while they told the stories of the men and women behind the distilleries. My favorite was Fred Minnick’s pick, Larceny, a wheated bourbon from Heaven Hill. Susan Reigler chose Four Roses Small Batch. Mike Veach chose a bottle of Elmer T. Lee to celebrate his friend Elmer T. Lee – the bourbon legend who passed away last year.

Bourbon historian (and pre-Prohibition bottle collector) Chet Zoeller from Jefferson’s Reserve opened the most interesting and controversial bottle of the evening – Jefferson’s Ocean. Jefferson’s Ocean was one of Trey Zoeller‘s “ridiculously small batch” ideas. The experiment: put five barrels out to sea on a research vessel, sail 10,000 nautical miles, and see what comes out of those barrels. The result was their most sought after product. Bourbon & Banter posted a photo of that first batch – it came out dark as a porter after all that time sloshing around in the barrels at sea. The second batch of 70 barrels, Ocean II, visited 40 ports and was released March 1st. Chet mentioned there are 200 barrels on boats right now, so you will have at least one more shot to find a bottle on store shelves. I enjoyed Ocean II, my mind conjuring up the taste of dried salt water on my lips as he told the story of the boat hauling the barrels around the world in the hull. It’s amazing how great story-telling can effect even the taste of a simple drink.

Derby Week Events and Tastings

April 25th 3-6PM Angel’s Envy Bottle Engraving-LiquorBarn Springhurst
April 25th 6-7:30PM 2014 Woodford Reserve Bottle Signing by local artist, David Schuster LiquorBarn Springhurst
April 25th 7:00PM Racing With The Spirits $40 per person, food and drink included
April 26th 6:30PM The Bardstown Sampler $50 per person, Black Tie
April 29th 6:30PM Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience $200 per person
April 30th 4:30PM Four Roses tasting at the Great Steamboat Race
May 1st 6:30PM Open Bottle Night Whiskey and Wine Tasting Westport Whiskey and Wine