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Tasting Notes – W. B. Saffell Bourbon

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass This is the latest in the Wild Turkey series of reviving old Anderson County, Kentucky labels. I really enjoy this series. The packaging is wonderful with labels that harken back to the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Whiskey Row Distiller’s Select Bourbon

The Whiskey Row brand is the product of Kentucky Artisan Distillers. This is sourced whiskey as they are still aging the whiskey they have made for the brand in the last several years. I am sure there will be some... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Evan Williams Red Label

Evan Williams is Heaven Hill’s flagship brand. The Black Label is their largest selling Bourbon and they have several extensions of the brand including a Bottled-in-Bond and a 12 years old Red Label. They are all excellent whiskeys. The brand... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished In Port Wine Barrels

I have known Wes Henderson for many years. I had great respect for his father and Angel’s Envy co-founder Lincoln Henderson and knew him for even longer than Wes. When they were getting ready to release Angel’s Envy, Wes called... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon is the brand that created the modern category of “Single Barrel Bourbon”. There had been single barrel whiskeys before Blanton’s. In the 19th century all straight Bourbons were single barrel as the distillery sold barrels and... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Old 55 Bourbon Whiskey

A friend of mine from Indianapolis contacted me and said he found an artisan distillery northwest of the city that was making an interesting Bourbon from 100% sweet corn. mash. He wanted to know if I would like to taste... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Blade And Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Blade and Bow is a very nice drink of Bourbon despite all of the marketing gimmicks Diageo put into this whiskey. They market that they have used a Solera method of aging of the whiskey. For those unfamiliar with this... Continue Reading →

Developing Your Tasting Skills

I am often asked how I developed my tasting palate and my answer is “practice”.  I was fortunate in that when I worked for United Distillers I had many great teachers. I also was fortunate enough to start when the... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Rock Hill Farms

Rock Hill Farms is a single barrel Bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery. After the success of Blanton’s Single Barrel in the 1980s it was decided that at what is now Buffalo Trace that they would release other expressions of single... Continue Reading →

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