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: Diageo Orphan Barrel Project Indigo’s Hour Bourbon 18 Years Old

By Christopher Null | June 14, 2024 |

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Project rolls right along with a return to familiar grounds: namely, three bourbon-making regions of the United States. Specifically, the whiskey in this bottle starts as a mash of 68% corn, 28% rye, and 4% malted barley. Distilled in Indiana, it aged 18 years in Kentucky, and was ultimately bottled by Cascade…

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Review: Keeper’s Heart Irish + Bourbon Cask Strength and Single Malt 10 Years Old

By Drew Beard | June 13, 2024 |

Time to round out our Keeper’s Heart coverage with the final two offerings in their core portfolio. Last year, we had the chance to chat about the young Irish and American whiskey mashup brand with industry icon David Perkins, who serves as Liquid Collaborator and Advisor. Perkins had high praise in our interview for a…

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Review: Milam & Greene Bottled in Bond Bourbon

By Christopher Null | June 11, 2024 |

Well, would ya look at that? Our pals at Milam & Greene have released their first bonded whiskey, a permanent addition to the portfolio that is distilled in Bardstown, Kentucky (this one in Autumn 2019), aged in #4 char barrels in Kentucky, then bottled in Blanco, Texas (just a few months ago for this first…

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Review: High N’ Wicked Bourbon and Rye (2024)

By Christopher Null | June 7, 2024 |

We first encountered Wyoming-based High N’ Wicked with one of its one-off releases back in 2021 — and there have been plenty more where that came from. Today we’re taking a step back and looking at the brand’s two flagship whiskeys — a bourbon and a rye, both sourced (but from different locales). We’ve got…

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Review: Whiskey Jypsi Explorer Series

By Drew Beard | June 4, 2024 |

Last summer, we reviewed country music singer Eric Church’s first foray into whiskey, Whiskey Jypsi Legacy Batch 001. It was an unusual blend of bourbon, single malt, and Canadian whiskey that ended up being one of the better star-backed bottlings we’ve come across, albeit priced a bit steeply (like so many celebrity offerings). To our…

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Review: Michter’s Single Barrel Straight Bourbon 10 Years Old 2024

By Drew Beard | May 31, 2024 |

After taking a hiatus in 2022, much to the dismay of many a bourbon lover and collector, Michter’s returned its 10-year-old single barrel bourbon last year in impressive style with one of the best releases to date. Can they outdo themselves for 2024? Let’s find out. As always, this is a single barrel expression of…

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Book Review: Bourbon Land

By Jacob Kiper | May 29, 2024 |

Bourbon is often said to be America’s native spirit. Bourbon can appeal to a wide spectrum of individuals who all come via different routes. Are enthusiasts drawn to bourbon because of geographic proximity to the heartland of bourbon? Perhaps a bourbon lover enjoys the Kentucky chew because the affinity was passed down through the family?…

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Review: Penelope Bourbon Rio and Rye Tokaji Cask Finish

By Christopher Null | May 25, 2024 |

Once-obscure Penelope Bourbon has been rising up the ranks in part because of its innovative approach to finishing, two examples of which we have on tap today, both designed around a brief concluding spin in a barrel that once held something sweet. Now part of Luxco, Penelope has been cranking up production and innovation. Both…

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Review: Frank August Bourbon

By Monica Uhm | May 24, 2024 |

Have you already heard of Frank August? Then you are at least a few steps ahead of this writer; I recently came across it at my brother’s house, where he’d brought a bottle home from BevMo strictly based on the staff recommendation. This usually incites an involuntary raising of eyebrows, but the bottle is sleek…

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Review: Jeptha Creed Wheated Bourbon 6 Years Old

By Jacob Kiper | May 20, 2024 |

America is in the middle of a new golden age of whiskey. The legacy distillers will always be what they are, but America is at the point where a significant wave of craft distillers are host to whiskey at 5 years and older. It doesn’t seem that long ago that craft whiskey meant a grossly…

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