Bhakta 2013 Rye

Review: Bhakta Rye 2013

By David Tao | March 2, 2024 |

Raj Bhakta founded WhistlePig and helped (re)popularize rye among American consumers. With Bhakta, his eponymous second act in spirits, Raj has leaned into highly aged brandy, rum, blends, and bourbon. It turns out, it was only a matter of time before a full-on rye release was back on the table. Announced in January 2024, Bhakta…

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Review: Blue Run Trifecta Bourbon

By Christopher Null | October 8, 2023 |

Now a happy member of the Molson Coors family, the still largely unknown Blue Run is out with its first post-acquisition whiskey. Trifecta is a blend of three bourbons (apparently all sourced from Kentucky), with three different mashbills and ages, specifically: 32%: 9-year-old: 78% yellow corn, 10% rye, 12% malted barley 22%: 8-year-old: 75% yellow…

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Jack Daniel's Bonded Rye Whiskey

Review: Jack Daniel’s Bonded Rye

By David Tao | September 17, 2023 |

It seems Jack Daniel’s is capitalizing on momentum after successful releases of their Bonded and Triple Mash whiskeys in 2022, both of which carried bottled-in-bond designations. While on a recent trip to their Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery, company reps told me both releases received better-than-expected responses from consumers and critics alike. Now, the Brown-Forman owned whiskey…

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Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye

Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye Barrel Proof

By Frank Dobbins | July 9, 2023 |

After making an initial splash into the cask strength rye arena back in 2020, Jack Daniel’s is back making waves with a new ongoing expression – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye. This brand new barrel proof rye marks a permanent extension of Jack Daniel’s increasingly crowded single barrel collection which also contains a…

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George Teichroeb of Alberta Distillers

The Future of Canadian Whisky with Alberta Distillers’ George Teichroeb

By David Tao | June 17, 2023 |

In his 26-plus years in distilling, George Teichroeb has seen whisky booms in two different countries. Now the General Manager of Alberta Distillers — known in the U.S. for their Alberta Premium 100% Rye releases — Teichroeb also spent years in Kentucky under the tutelage of figures like Fred Noe. Jim Beam and Alberta Distillers…

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Pursuit United Oak Collection Bourbon and Rye

Review: Pursuit United Oak Collection Bourbon and Rye

By David Tao | February 18, 2023 |

As the team behind the podcast Bourbon Pursuit releases new bottles under their Pursuit Spirits brand, they’re leaning into flavor territory beyond just blending. For the first bourbon and rye in “The Oak Collection,” founders Kenny Coleman and Ryan Cecil have imparted additional wood influence via a variety of oak finishes. As outlined in a…

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Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Rye Bottle

Review: Uncle Nearest Single Barrel Rye

By Frank Dobbins | February 15, 2023 |

Uncle Nearest has had quite a precocious start as a nascent distillery, and they kicked their output into overdrive to cap off 2022. The brand did so by introducing the world to their ’12 Weeks of Christmas’ campaign which saw the Uncle Nearest add three permanent expressions to its national portfolio: Uncle Nearest Straight Rye…

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Sagamore Spirit Creator's Cask

Review: Sagamore Spirit Creator’s Cask Rye

By David Tao | December 18, 2022 |

American whiskey fans have long been stricken with single barrel fever. And for a community based around comparing and contrasting opinions on flavor, that really comes as no surprise. Barrel picks allow us to explore a single producer’s range, all while admiring the variety that can emerge when sipping otherwise identical distillate side-by-side. Some hallmark…

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Blue Run Emerald Rye bottle and Blue Run glassware

Review: Blue Run Emerald Rye

By Frank Dobbins | November 30, 2022 |

Blue Run has been on quite a streak this year. After releasing batch 2 of their Golden Rye along with Reflection I, a High Rye Bourbon, and their impressive Flight Series, the brand is back again with their latest expression: Blue Run Emerald Rye. Though this is only the third rye, and only the second…

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Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye

Review: Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye (2022)

By David Tao | November 6, 2022 |

Long an under the radar producer for much of North America’s sourced rye (at least for U.S. consumers), Beam Suntory-owned Alberta Distillers has been leaning into their house brands under the Alberta Premium banner since 2020. That year marked the first American release of Alberta Premium Cask strength, and in 2022, the brand’s 80 proof…

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