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: Castle & Key The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey, Chapter 1

By Drew Beard | December 23, 2021 |

In recent years, whiskey brands like Uncle Nearest have helped to highlight the important role African Americans have played in the long history of American whiskey production. With its latest release, The Untold Story of Kentucky Whiskey, Chapter 1, Castle & Key Distillery is doing its part to honor that history and promote diversity and…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2021)

By Christopher Null | December 22, 2021 |

Angel’s Envy is a Port barrel-finished whiskey that’s impossible not to love, but its annual cask strength releases are treasures almost always worth tracking down. 2021 is no exception to the rule — though fans of this long-running series, which is now in its 10th installment — are likely to find that a (delightful) consistency…

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Review: Wild Turkey Master’s Keep One

By Christopher Null | December 17, 2021 |

Six years in to the Master’s Keep series we have the arrival of Master’s Keep One, a (sorta) complex blend of bourbons designed to celebrate the melding of Jimmy Russell and Eddie Russell’s two distinct styles into a single spirit. Master’s Keep One [combines] Jimmy’s love of mid-aged bourbons (8 to 10 years) with Eddie’s…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 30

By Drew Beard | December 16, 2021 |

Barrell Bourbon Batch 30 has arrived, marking yet another milestone for the bourbon blending behemoth. At this point, we could fill a whole bar with only Barrell Bourbon batch releases (maybe we already have), and we honestly wouldn’t complain about the selection, despite almost all of these releases being some mix of bourbons from Kentucky,…

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Review: Southern Grace Distilleries Conviction Double Oak 1929 and Conviction Naranja

By Drew Beard | December 14, 2021 |

In 2018, we took you behind bars at Southern Grace Distilleries’ “Whiskey Prison” when we checked out their Conviction Small Batch Bourbon. It was a surprisingly well-built whiskey to be so young, never mind the fact that it was fermented in 50-gallon drums and distilled one gallon at a time on a pot still constructed…

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Review: Kentucky Owl The Wiseman Bourbon

By Drew Beard | December 14, 2021 |

Kentucky Owl began life in 2014 as a small batch, boutique whiskey brand whose ultra-limited bourbon releases quickly attained near Pappy-like levels of adoration, complete with ridiculous secondary valuations on top of already generous SRPs. In 2017, the brand broke into the broader market with a series of small batch, well-aged rye releases (see Batch…

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Review: Baker’s Bourbon Exclusive Selection 2021

By Christopher Null | December 11, 2021 |

Baker’s Bourbon made a big shift in 2019, becoming a single barrel offering available as a 7 year old or a (very rare) 13 year old. Today we are checking out a very limited release that falls in between, dubbed Baker’s Exclusive Selection, bottled at the age of 11 years, 8 months. Like both of the…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Distillery Series – Chocolate Malt Whisper Bourbon

By Christopher Null | December 10, 2021 |

It’s been two years since we saw anything from the ultra-limited Woodford Reserve Distillery Series, but we’re happy to be back with its latest release: Chocolate Malt Whisper. Normally I would advise against the use of the word “whisper” in any product — whiskey or otherwise — but let’s make an exception for the Woodford…

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Review: Whiskeys of Hudson Whiskey NY, 2021 Releases

By Christopher Null | December 9, 2021 |

Gardiner, New York’s Tuthilltown Spirits is one of the old guard of craft distilling, having been on the scene since 2005 with its Hudson Whiskey brand. The brand’s squat bottles and quirky production techniques — which pioneered miniature barrels and the use of loud music to vibrate barrels in the warehouse — are legendary. Like…

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Review: King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 14 Years Old (2021)

By Christopher Null | December 6, 2021 |

Brown-Forman’s King of Kentucky brand is back with its fourth release. and like the 2020 and 2018 releases, it’s a 14 year old single barrel bottling made from a 79% corn, 11% rye, and 10% barley mash. Proof varies among the 33 barrels and 2700 bottles, from roughly 125 to 135. All of this is…

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