Spirit Reviews

Old Weller Antique Kentucky Straight Bourbon Review

September 11th, 2016|

Old Weller Antique Kentucky Straight Bourbon Review

 

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Olde St. Nick 8 Year Estate Reserve Bourbon Review

July 29th, 2016|

Olde St. Nick 8 Year Estate Reserve Bourbon Review

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Henry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Review

November 29th, 2015|

Henry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel BIB Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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By: Steven Rodia

Proof:  100 Proof (50% ABV), Aged 10 Years – Barrel 560, Dumped 4/13/1999

Rating:5 Barrels (5 out of 5)

This was my first experience with the Henry McKenna line of whiskies.  The bottle is beautiful with a very distinctive label as well as a copper “bottled in bond” tag on the neck.  The label tells the story of Henry McKenna, an Irishman with remarkable whiskey making skills, who [...]

I.W. Harper 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

May 30th, 2015|

I.W. Harper 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

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By: Steven Rodia

Proof:  86 Proof (43% ABV), Aged 12 Years

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Originally started by Isaac Bernheim around 1872, this whiskey has traditionally been export-only.  Rich in history, the I.W. Harper story is quite fascinating.  Recently, the current owner, Diageo made the decision to bring I.W. Harper back to the United States after 20 years.  They will offer a 4 and 15 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon to U.S. customers [...]

Michter’s Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Review

May 17th, 2015|

Michter’s Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Review

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Proof:  108 Proof (54% ABV), No Age Statement (Batch 15C210)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Recently, I had an opportunity to sample Michter’s new Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.  Michter’s was very kind to mail this sample bottle all the way to Japan, so I should note that the gesture was much appreciated.  That said, I have always been a fan of their Kentucky Straight Bourbon and [...]

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon Review

February 15th, 2015|

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon Review

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By: Steven Rodia

Proof:  112.8 Proof (56.4% ABV), No Age Statement (Blended from 6, 8, and 12 year old whiskies)

Rating: 5 Barrels (5 out of 5)

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is a mix of 6, 8, and 12 year casks and is bottled at barrel proof.  In Japan, the bottle I found was marked at 112.8 proof and had a slightly smaller bottle containing 700ml, instead of the [...]

Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese Whisky Review

January 4th, 2015|

Nikka Coffey Grain Japanese Whisky Review

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By: Steven Rodia

Proof:  90Proof (45% ABV), No Age Statement (Generally aged between 8-12 years)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Produced in Nikka’s Miyagikyo location, this whisky was distilled using a Coffey still imported from Scotland in the early 1960’s.  Coffey stills are said to give the flavors of a whisky more character than the modern continuous still can impart.  The grain used in the mash bill is mostly corn with a small amount [...]

FEW Spirits Rye Whiskey Review

February 11th, 2014|

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 By: Fork & Stave

Proof:  93 Proof (46.5% ABV), Aged “Less than four years”

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

While I’m not able to purchase it in my local market yet, I was able to get my hands on a sample of FEW Spirits Rye Whiskey release.  Whisky Advocate’s 2013 Craft Whiskey of the Year wears a very sharp embossed paper label depicting the fountain outside the Chicago World’s Fair.  Born of a small craft distillery in Evanston, IL, at the hands of Paul Hletko, FEW Rye Whiskey also [...]

Widow Jane Special Release Bourbon Trio Review

January 4th, 2014|

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Widow Jane Special Release Bourbon Trio

By: Fork & Stave

Proof:  91 Proof (45.5% ABV), No Age Statement

I returned from our Winter vacation to find the nicest of care packages waiting at the office.  Widow Jane was kind enough to send me samples of their Wapsie Valley, Bloody Butcher, and Bloody Butcher High Rye bourbons for review.  You’ll recall that I reviewed their 7 year bourbon and rye whiskey in 2013.  Following the early reviews, Widow Jane’s bourbon was selected as [...]

Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Bourbon Review

December 25th, 2013|

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Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Bourbon Review

By: Fork & Stave

Proof:  100 Proof (50% ABV), No Age Statement

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Difficult to find in many markets, Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Bourbon is not a whiskey that I had the opportunity to try until early this year.  I’ll admit, the bottle caught my eye and was what prompted me to look into the source of this bourbon before my purchase.  It [...]