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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Backyard BBQ” 2018-02

By Christopher Null | July 25, 2018 |

Spoiler alert: This is the most unusual — and likely polarizing — batch release of Booker’s Bourbon to date. First, the fine print: Booker’s “Backyard BBQ” is named in tribute to Booker Noe and his love for hosting good, old-fashioned cookouts for friends, family, neighbors and distillery employees in his own backyard in Bardstown, KY. Booker always made sure…

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Recipes for National Tequila Day 2018

By Kim Richards | July 24, 2018 |

July 24th is National Tequila Day, so we’ve got things ready to get you through all the tequilabration. Sure you can mix up a margarita today, or take a spin with one of the more unique cocktails we’ve got for you today. Others are more intriguing riffs on traditional cocktails. In other words, a little…

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A Visit to Suntory’s Yamazaki Distillery

By Christopher Null | July 22, 2018 |

Should a whisky fan make the lengthy trek across the Pacific in search of the secrets of Japanese distilling, one would be wise to start at the source. That’s what I did anyway, on a recent pilgrimage to Yamazaki, the first whisky distillery in Japan, which was built in 1923 and is still going strong…

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Wine Touring on Russian River Valley’s Olivet Road

By Renee Humphrey | July 20, 2018 |

Going to the Russian River Valley? Want to find a place to visit several family-owned wineries, be surrounded by lush vineyards, and not have to drive or walk too far to get to each? I offer my day on Olivet Road as a template, a lovely stretch of “Wine Heaven” road between Windsor and Santa Rosa,…

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Review: Old Pulteney 25 Years Old

By Drew Beard | July 19, 2018 |

Old Pulteney, one of the most northerly distilleries on the Scottish mainland, is keeping true to its name with the recent release of a 25 year expression; yet another extra-aged release that follows on the heels of last year’s outstanding 35 year old. The whisky spent 22 years in ex-bourbon casks and the final three…

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Review: Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye 9 Years Old

By Christopher Null | July 17, 2018 |

Jim Beam’s latest superpremium offering should come as no surprise. The original Knob Creek Rye was a hit back in 2012, so it’s natural that the company would release a cask strength offering, as it’s often done with its other whiskey releases. Says Beam, “Aged for 9 years and stored in Warehouse A, the oldest standing rackhouse…

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Review: Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Revival Oloroso Sherry Cask Finished

By Christopher Null | July 15, 2018 |

The third installment in Wild Turkey’s Master’s Keep series is here, and it’s a real rarity: A bourbon finished in sherry casks. Master’s Keep Revival is a blend of 12 to 15 year old straight bourbon that spends its final days finishing in Oloroso sherry casks. This isn’t Wild Turkey’s first foray into sherry, though. In…

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Drinkhacker Asks: Bourbon Authority and Author Fred Minnick

By Drew Beard | July 14, 2018 |

For our latest installment of Drinkhacker Asks we sit down with best-selling author and bourbon authority Fred Minnick. If you’re a spirits nerd, like me, chances are you’ve got one or two of his books on your shelf like Whiskey Women, Bourbon Curious, Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of America’s Native Spirit, or Rum…

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Everyday Cocktails for Summer 2018

By Kim Richards | July 13, 2018 |

Summer is such a busy time with various events, picnics, camping, days at the beach, kicking back on the porch, or binge watching something on television to fill the days. Here’s a collection of cocktails to enjoy wherever you are during these hot months. Don’t forget to try the Sticky Date Pudding with Laphroaig Toffee…

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Review: Nelson’s Green Brier Belle Meade Whiskeys, First 108, and Louisa’s Liqueur (2018)

By Christopher Null | July 11, 2018 |

We’ve been fans of the gang at Nashville-based Nelson’s Green Brier since they hit the scene a few years ago, and have enjoyed our visits with them at the distillery and at various whiskey events. Today we take a deep dive into the distillery’s production, with a fresh look at four sourced bourbons (which Nelson’s…

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