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Rye Whiskeys That Impressed Me In 2021

I did not taste as many rye whiskeys in 2021 as I did Bourbons, but there were a few that did impress me for their quality. I am going to list these whiskeys in alphabetical order by brand, not by... Continue Reading →

Distilleries That Made Bourbons That Impressed Me In 2021

The year 2021 has been a productive year for the Bourbon industry. There have been many Bourbons that I liked quite a bit. Some of them came from the established Kentucky distilleries, but many of them have been made by... Continue Reading →

Five Distilleries Doing Barrel Finished Whiskeys Right

I am a firm believer that the standard of a finished whiskey should not hide the flavor of the whiskey behind the finishing flavor. A finish flavor should complement the whiskey, not overpower it. Too many whiskeys finished in another... Continue Reading →

A Level Playing Field

I was discussing Texas whiskeys with Matt the other day and he asked “Was Texas known for making whiskey a century ago?” My answer was “No, not nationally.” This led to a discussion as to why they are doing so... Continue Reading →

Six Square Peg Whiskeys

Rosemary is inventorying our whiskey collection and she has several of what she called “square peg whiskeys” - whiskeys that don’t fit into the round holes of Bourbon or Rye whiskeys. These are whiskeys such as corn whiskey, wheat whiskey... Continue Reading →

The Next Big Spirit

I recently saw an article stating that Rum is going to be the “Next Big Spirit”. Writers are always looking for the next big trend in spirits, expecting a phenomenal growth spurt like Bourbon’s growth over the past decade. I... Continue Reading →

What Food Should I Serve At A Bourbon Tasting?

This is probably the question I get asked more than any other when people are putting together a Bourbon tasting for friends. I have covered it some in my blogs on Pairing Bourbon With Food and Hosting a Bourbon Tasting.... Continue Reading →

Regulation On Barrel Size

Whiskey is stored in barrels. The old Federal regulations say very little about what type of barrel could be used. In fact, before 1938 there were no regulations on barrels. Distillers made Bourbon and other whiskey using the barrels they... Continue Reading →

A Look At Single Barrel Whiskey

With the shortage of aged Bourbon in the correct age range, many distilleries are cutting back on the number of single barrel picks they are allowing customers to make. They are still bottling their own single barrel offerings, but cutting... Continue Reading →

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