Bourbon

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: Copper & Kings Kentucky Straight Bourbon

By Drew Beard | February 4, 2024 |

The spirits portfolio from Kentucky’s Copper & Kings has been a bit all over the place since they started distilling a decade ago. While mostly focusing on brandy in numerous forms and finishes, they’ve also dabbled with gins, absinthe, and even triple sec. But despite distilling in downtown Louisville, the beating heart of America’s bourbon…

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Review: Lost Lantern Fall 2023 Single Cask Releases

By Christopher Null | February 2, 2024 |

Indie bottler Lost Lantern‘s latest set of releases focus on old friends from America, with four distilleries returning to the fold. Alongside sequels from Balcones Distilling (TX), Smooth Ambler (WV), New Riff (KY), and Corbin Cash (CA) is a new bottling from what Lost Lantern says its most-requested new partner, Andalusia Whiskey Co. (TX). All…

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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Mighty Fine Batch” 2023-03

By Christopher Null | February 1, 2024 |

Finally catching up with the final Booker’s Bourbon release for 2023, complete with a new and increasingly “we’re out of names” moniker: “Mighty Fine Batch.” This batch is named in honor of Booker Noe’s signature phrase he’d use to compliment anything he approved of – from his namesake bourbon to his country ham. If you knew…

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Review: Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Bourbon 5 Years Old (2023)

By Robert Lublin | January 27, 2024 |

Ten years ago, bourbon distilled in Alabama was unheard of. When we reviewed the original Conecuh Ridge release from Clyde May’s in 2013, we had to explain that good bourbon didn’t come exclusively from Kentucky and that whiskey made in Alabama deserved a try. Happily, those days are long gone. Today, Clyde May’s is a well-known…

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Review: Cumberland Falls Bourbon 4 Years Old

By Christopher Null | January 25, 2024 |

Hey, I know what you’re going to say: I’ve never heard of Cumberland Falls Bourbon. Is this more sourced stuff from MGP? Nope. This isn’t a sourced product, but rather a 4 year old Kentucky straight bourbon distilled in Owensboro, Kentucky by the Owensboro Distilling Company. What is the Owensboro Distilling Company? It’s the company behind…

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Review: World Whiskey Society Classic Collection Bourbon and Doc Holliday Bourbon

By Christopher Null | January 23, 2024 |

I guess one way to imbue your whiskey with unicorn status is to literally put a unicorn on the top of it, as is the case with the Classic Collection bourbon bottling from the World Whiskey Society — a 2020 startup that sources whiskey from all over — and I mean all over, as you’ll…

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Review: Woodford x Compartes Limited Edition Chocolate Collection

By Christopher Null | January 22, 2024 |

Whiskey companies love to collaborate with chocolatiers, and we’re not about to suggest they stop. The latest to hit our doorstep is a collab between Woodford Reserve and gourmet chocolate brand Compartés, with a four-piece chocolate collection build around Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon. Compartés chocolatier Jonathan Grahm teamed up with Woodford Reserve Master Distiller…

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Review: Old Forester 1924 and The 117 Series – Scotch Cask Finish

By Christopher Null | January 17, 2024 |

Old Forester surprised us all this winter with the announcement of a fifth edition in the Whiskey Row Series, a collection of whiskeys intended to evoke old timey styles of bourbondom dating variously to 1870, 1897, 1910, and 1920. The 1910 and 1920 bottlings are some of our favorite bourbons ever, so the addition of…

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Fortuna Barrel Proof

Review: Fortuna Bourbon Barrel Proof (2023)

By Frank Dobbins | January 14, 2024 |

What’s the best readily-available barrel proof bourbon on the market? Rare Character is hoping that in due time Fortuna Barrel Proof Bourbon will be top of mind any time that question is asked. Fortuna Barrel Proof is the latest release from the brand Rare Character, which to this point has gained more traction with their…

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Review: Ammunition Cask Strength Bourbon Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels

By Robert Lublin | January 13, 2024 |

Two years ago, we reviewed Daylight Wine & Spirits’ Ammunition Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels. Today, we swing back to try the new cask strength release of the same whiskey. The earlier bourbon was bottled at 90 proof and this one is bottled at 110, but there are additional differences that go…

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