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Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2019 Edition

By Christopher Null | August 21, 2019 |

The unofficial beginning of whiskey season is upon us with this, the 19th release of Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon, celebrating the birthday of Brown-Forman founder George Garvin Brown. A slight amount of detail: “The 2019 Birthday Bourbon is presented at 105 proof, the highest proof to-date for this special expression. After showing exceptionally unique character…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selections – Barrel Proof Rye

By Christopher Null | August 19, 2019 |

The fourth release in Jack Daniel’s experimental Tennessee Tasters’ Selection series has arrived, and it’s a cask strength expression of its Tennessee Rye bottling. So, not too experimental… but as flavor profiles go, this one’s a huge step away  for Jack. Made from a mashbill of 70% rye, 18% corn, and 12% malted barley, this rye…

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Review: Speyburn 18 Years Old

By Christopher Null | August 17, 2019 |

A tag on the neck of this new whisky reveals that its an “Anniversary Edition.” The anniversary of what? Well, it’s Distillery Manager Bobby Anderson’s 18th year on the job at Speyburn, so the distillery is launching an 18 year old version of this whisky in his honor. Always an incredible value, it’s nice to…

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Review: Col. E.H. Taylor Amaranth Bourbon

By Christopher Null | August 14, 2019 |

Buffalo Trace’s tenth installment in the vaunted Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. line is here, and it’s perhaps the most unusual in the collection to date, using amaranth as a flavoring grain instead of rye. (The remainder of the mash is corn and barley, made in the same proportions as Buffalo Trace’s Mashbill #1, and…

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Review: Blood Oath Bourbon Whiskey Pact No. 5 2019

By Christopher Null | August 12, 2019 |

Lux Row’s top-end whiskey release, Blood Oath, enters its fifth annual installment with Pact No. 5, and it’s the line’s strangest installment to date. Some back story: Pact No. 5 starts with an eight-year-old ryed bourbon rested in used dark Caribbean rum barrels for six months to add a touch of warm island spice. Once…

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Review: The Balvenie Stories – American Oak, Week of Peat, and Dark Barley

By Christopher Null | August 6, 2019 |

Here’s a quirky oddity of sorts to come from The Balvenie, a trio of whiskies called The Balvenie Stories, designed to “tell a story” about the origins of this beloved single malt and the people behind it. The three whiskies are spins on past releases — some larger, some smaller — but all essential Balvenie…

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Review: El Tesoro Tequila Paradiso Extra Anejo

By Christopher Null | July 30, 2019 |

While not quite as extreme as El Tesoro’s $200 80th Anniversary bottling, the more commonly available Paradiso Extra Anejo is every bit as much of a delight. Created in collaboration with Alain Royer of A. de Fussigny Cognac, the twist is that this extra anejo is aged for five years in French oak, ex-Cognac barrels…

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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Shiny Barrel Batch” 2019-02

By Christopher Null | July 28, 2019 |

The second special Booker’s release for 2019 has arrived, “Shiny Barrel Batch,” designated by bottle code 2019-02. Per the distillery, “This newest expression is an ode to a bygone distillery “tradition” where back in the day, there were the barrels certain rackhouse workers liked to sneak a taste from, and in doing so, they rubbed…

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Review: Budweiser Harvest Reserve Lager Fall 2019

By Stephen Allison | July 24, 2019 |

On July 11th, Budweiser introduced its new limited-edition Harvest Reserve lager. While the standard Bud is a blend of malt and rice, this new offering is 100% malt roasted longer for a richer flavor. Does it compare favorably to the standard Bud? Let’s taste and find out. To start with, the beer simply looks better.…

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The Top 10 Beers of 2019

By Christopher Null | July 22, 2019 |

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our Top 10 Beers of the Year list, an annual feature that we’ll be running every summer, assuming all goes well. How are we creating a top 10 of 2019 in the middle of July? By being a little sneaky: Our selections are drawn from beers released between June…

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