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: Redwood Empire Grizzly Beast and Rocket Top Bottled in Bond

By Drew Beard | April 13, 2022 |

In 2019, Sonoma-based Graton Distillery revamped their offerings with three new whiskeys under the Redwood Empire label, all named for ancient Redwood trees. Last year, the distillery broadened its portfolio further with the addition of a new bottled in bond bourbon and rye, its oldest whiskey releases to date, both of which are also named…

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Review: Great Jones Bourbon, Four Grain Bourbon, and Rye

By Robert Lublin | April 11, 2022 |

Opened in 2021, Great Jones Distillery is Manhattan’s first and only legal distillery since Prohibition. Being so new, they aren’t yet bottling their own whiskey. Their products are currently distilled, aged, and bottled at Black Dirt distillery in upstate New York. Today we will be trying three of their whiskeys, but only the standard bourbon…

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Review: Heaven Hill Heritage Collection Bourbon 17 Years Old (2022)

By Christopher Null | April 9, 2022 |

Can the world handle even more bourbon unicorns? Get ready for the Heaven Hill Heritage Collection, which some have described as a “springtime Parker’s Heritage Collection,” representing limited releases of some of the distillery’s most prized stock. The big difference here: While Parker’s is focused on innovation and experimentation, the Heaven Hill Heritage Collection will…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A122 (January 2022)

By Christopher Null | April 6, 2022 |

Heaven Hill’s most iconic wheater gets its first barrel proof release for 2022 with the arrival of Larceny A122, an unusual installment in the long-running series. The burly nose kicks things off with a rustic attack, a bit heavy for Larceny’s typical approach and more in line with a rye-situated bourbon than one constructed from…

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Review: I.W. Harper Bourbon Cabernet Cask Reserve

By Christopher Null | April 4, 2022 |

I.W. Harper’s lineup includes two (wildly) different, sourced expressions, and now they’re joined by a third, which is again a departure for the brand. This is a 4 year old Kentucky bourbon that is finished in casks that held cabernet sauvignon wine from California. Other than that (and the fact that it’s bottled at Stitzel-Weller),…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Co. Founders KBS Stout Finish

By Drew Beard | March 31, 2022 |

In addition to its steady stream of Fusion and Discovery Series offerings, Bardstown Bourbon Co. has a robust portfolio of finished whiskeys. We’ve covered several of their impressive wine-finished installments done in collaboration with Phifer Pavvitt and The Prisoner Wine Company, but the finishing regimen also extends to cognac, sherry, and even beer. Recently, the distillery…

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Review: E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage

By Drew Beard | March 22, 2022 |

We’ve been dragging our feet on Buffalo Trace’s recent installments to the E. H. Taylor, Jr. line, but it’s not entirely our fault. Every bottle in the standard Taylor lineup has become a hot commodity, which means limited releases like this one are now almost impossible to track down, let alone afford once you actually…

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Review: Lost Lantern Spring 2022 Single Cask Releases

By Christopher Null | March 20, 2022 |

Lost Lantern is a fairly new independent bottler of American whiskeys, and it lately seems to have really hit its stride. For Spring 2022, it’s dropping four new single cask whiskeys, some with some truly unusual finishing applied. We were fortunate enough to get the full quartet — none of which yielded more than 272…

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Review: Nine Banded Bourbon, Wheated Bourbon, and Wheated Bourbon Cask Strength

By Christopher Null | March 19, 2022 |

Nine Banded hit the scene in 2019 with a blended whiskey, made from Kentucky stock and mixed up in Austin, Texas. Now we’re back with three new releases from the brand. They’re all made from Indiana-based MGP stock now, but again they’re all proofed with local, limestone-heavy water (which may explain one commenter’s note about…

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Review: Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Limited Edition Bourbon

By Drew Beard | March 5, 2022 |

Kentucky Owl jumped into 2021 with a bit of an odd holiday-themed release, Kentucky Owl St. Patrick’s Edition. Before you get too befuddled about being persuaded to substitute a Kentucky bourbon for the Irish whiskey typically used to celebrate the occasion, allow Kentucky Owl to explain: For this special release, Kentucky Owl Master Blender John…

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