Bourbon is the unquestioned king of American whiskey, its production dating back to the 1700s. While bourbon is invariably associated with Kentucky, where 95 percent of all bourbon is produced today, in reality it can be produced anywhere in the U.S. (though only Kentucky Bourbon can include the name of the state on the label). By U.S. law, bourbon must be made from a mash of at least 51% corn; be aged in new, charred oak containers; distilled to no more than 160 proof, entered into barrel at no more than 125 proof, and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof. Contrary to popular opinion, there’s no minimum aging requirement for bourbon, although straight bourbon must be aged for at least two years and cannot have added coloring. One of the most popular spirits in today’s drinking world, bourbon prices have been on the rise as stocks have dwindled — although massive investments in the industry promise to ease those supply pressures in coming years.

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Review: 2XO The Tribute Blend and Oak Series – American Oak

By Christopher Null | March 31, 2024 |

Dixon Dedman’s 2XO juggernaut continues with the launch of a third limited edition whiskey in the Icon series — The Tribute Blend — and his first “everyday drinker,” the first 2XO to be a permanent offering. This new Oak Series will include a series of whiskeys at a lower price point and which undergo “an innovative…

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Review: Hand Barrel Bourbon

By Christopher Null | March 29, 2024 |

Take a bottle shaped like a barrel and cover it in camouflage paint, then fill it with Kentucky bourbon. Boom, you’ve got Hand Barrel Bourbon, a limited edition product designed to celebrate American veterans, with a significant 10% of proceeds going to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation charity. Proprietor Jim Hand provides ample production information…

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Review: Tincup Bourbon Fourteener Release No. 2

By Christopher Null | March 21, 2024 |

Tincup’s Fourteener series (a 14 year old Colorado bourbon) got its start at the end of 2022, and as promised it’s back with a second edition, Release No. 2, which is bottled in honor of Quandary Peak, one of the 58 mountains in Colorado known as Fourteeners, due to their height topping 14,000 feet. For…

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Review: Old Pepper Bourbon, Rye, and James E. Pepper Bourbon (2024)

By Christopher Null | March 20, 2024 |

Like many American whiskey brands of late, the Old Pepper/James E. Pepper brand has gone through all kinds of changes since we first encountered it in 2013. At the time, the brand was a relaunch of an ancient label that hadn’t been produced since 1958 (or 1961, depending on who you trust), taking advantage of…

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Review: Heaven Hill Heritage Collection Bourbon 18 Years Old (2024)

By Christopher Null | March 19, 2024 |

  Heaven Hill’s inaugural Heritage Collection release in 2022 was such a standout that it earned a spot on our Top 10 Whiskeys of the year list. The 2023 follow-up — a 20-year-old corn whiskey — didn’t quite impress the same way, but its unique composition was a bit of an oddity that at least…

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Review: Savage & Cooke Core Whiskeys 2024 – American Whiskey, Cask Finished Rye, and Cask Finished Bourbon

By Christopher Null | March 14, 2024 |

At the end of 2023, Savage and Cooke rebranded its permanent lineup, revamping its core whiskeys, ditching the avant garde photography, and formally changing its name to Savage & Cooke instead of Savage and Cooke. I already miss Margaret Pattillo‘s remarkable label pictures; the new text-only labels are about as far from the original designs…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series Tennessee Whiskey Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks

By Christopher Null | March 13, 2024 |

The next Distillery Series release from Jack Daniel’s has arrived, and it’s one of the most surprising I’ve seen from the brand to date. The spin with this release — an experimental release that will only be sold in Tennessee for a limited time — is that after its initial aging in new charred oak barrels,…

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Review: Reservoir Distillery Holland’s Ghost, Blade Rummer, and Milkman

By Drew Beard | March 8, 2024 |

It’s been a few years since we last checked in on Richmond’s Reservoir Distillery. The craft whiskey producer remains rather unique among its peers, offering 100% grain mashbills and aging in small barrels (mostly 5-gallon). While we’ve already covered their core portfolio and one half of the Hunter and Scott line, today we’re taking a…

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Review: New Riff High Note Collection – Malted Rye and Bohemian Wheat Bourbon

By Drew Beard | March 7, 2024 |

Northern Kentucky’s New Riff Distillery just keeps on riffing, recently adding two new offerings to their limited-edition line, now dubbed the High Note Collection. Each is an 8 year old expression making this duo their oldest whiskeys to date, but both should be familiar to New Riff fans. One is a more aged expression of…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A124 (January 2024)

By Christopher Null | March 5, 2024 |

2024’s first special edition version of Larceny Barrel Proof is here, as always a cask strength wheated bourbon, no age statement. Larceny Barrel Proof always tends toward sweeter exuberance, and this release is no different, featuring a big bomb of butterscotch and vanilla, garnished with a curl of lemon peel. Toasty oak notes build as…

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