Review: Willett Family Estate Single Barrel Bourbon 4 Years Old

Kentucky’s Willett Distillery has assumed almost Pappy-like status in today’s bourbon world, helped in large part by their first releases of exceedingly rare, well-aged single barrel bourbon. Those Willett Family Estate bottlings were initially sourced and often pushing 20 years old. Such unicorn bottles complemented a slew of other, more readily available brands like Rowan’s…

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Review: Terry Bradshaw Bourbon

The latest whiskey from the prolific Silver Screen Bottling Company — which has released everything from James T. Kirk Bourbon to a Step Brothers branded vodka — is this bourbon released in collaboration with Terry Bradshaw, “NFL legend and iconic entertainer.” Why Bradshaw? “There is something quintessentially American about bourbon,” said Bradshaw. “There’s just nothing better…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Bespoke Gin Barrel Finished (2020)

Last year, Drew wrote about Rabbit Hole’s Rye-Finished Gin, a distillery-only bottling that stood as the only non-whiskey offering the operation produced. Now we’re back with a fresh look at the spirit, which has been renamed, rebottled, and rebranded as Bespoke Gin, now complete with batch and bottle numbers. What else has changed? Nothing at…

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Review: Paul John Classic Select Cask

Hailing from the humid Goa region of India, Paul John has established an impressive portfolio of more than a dozen different single malt whiskies, most available to the US market. We’ve reviewed three of the “Flagship” releases already (here and here), but the distillery also features a Select Cask range which consists of single malts…

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Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Offerings, Summer 2020

Our latest go-round with the indie bottlers at That Boutique-y Whisky Company took place over a live Zoom webinar, where four single malts were on offer — not just to whisky writers but to the general public. (It helped if you bought the inexpensive tasting kit so you could play along.) This collection of whiskies —…

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Review: Kilchoman Am Bùrach

The question remains unanswered: Is the accidental mixing of barrels/distillates more commonplace than public originally were made aware? Is it a new thing in an effort to reduce distillery waste? Is it something marketing and “innovation specialists” have preyed upon as a new best practice and are trying to make commonplace? All of the above?…

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Recipe: Algonquin Cocktail

Some say the Algonquin was created at New York’s famous hotel — in the era of Dorothy Parker — others say it was merely inspired by the famous “round table” there. Either way, I doubt Ms. Parker drank this concoction. Surely she would have eschewed something as jejune as pineapple juice in her drink. (She…

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Review: Bruichladdich Port Charlotte OLC:01 2010

Normally around these parts the domain of consideration for Bruichladdich rests in the hands of our intrepid editor-in-chief/fearless leader. So when there is a Laddie not covered in our portfolio, one jumps at the opportunity to make their feelings known. This time around we have Port Charlotte OLC:01, a member of the distillery’s venerable Cask…

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