Category Archives: Bourbon Reviews

Maker’s Mark Review

Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky has been of my perennial favorites for years. I actually bought the bottle in the photo a while ago to write a proper review and, now that I found the time, I only have about a half … Continue reading



Last updated: October 12, 2014
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Jefferson’s Reserve Review

In addition to Jefferson’s Reserve, McLain & Kyne bottles several varieties of bourbon and rye including Jefferson’s, Jefferson’s Presidential Select, Jefferson’s Straight Rye Whiskey, Jefferson’s Ocean, and Jefferson’s Chef’s Collaboration. The bottle is fairly minimalistic with a script font that harkens to a colonial … Continue reading



Last updated: January 9, 2014
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W. L. Weller Special Reserve Bourbon Review

It’s hard to write a review of W. L. Weller without referencing it’s wildly hyped cousin, Pappy Van Winkle. Both are produced by the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky and both are made from the exact same wheated formula. Unlike Pappy, Weller … Continue reading



Last updated: December 30, 2013
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Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon Review

Claiming production back to the 1860s, Four Roses has deep roots in bourbon making. During prohibition, the Frankfort Distilling Company (who owned and produced it at the time), was one of only six distilleries granted permission to produce Bourbon for … Continue reading



Last updated: November 6, 2013
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Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Small Batch Review

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Small Batch is named for the minister who discovered the defining method of making Kentucky Bourbon when he stored his drink in barrels that had been charred by a fire. It is bottled from parcels of 100 … Continue reading



Last updated: October 30, 2013
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PennyPacker Bourbon Whiskey Review

PennyPacker Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was the number one selling Bourbon in the European market in the 1970s, but was only introduced to the US market in the Spring of 2013. The whiskey itself is aged in white oak for at … Continue reading



Last updated: October 23, 2013
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Wild Turkey Rare Breed Review

I recently stumbled upon a bottle of Wild Turkey Rare Breed bourbon at a friend’s house and had to ask for a sample. Rare Breed is a limited run made from a combination of 6, 8, and 12 year Wild … Continue reading



Last updated: March 13, 2013
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Bulleit Bourbon Review

Verdict: Unique, spicy, and flavorful. A nice treat. Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey has a uniqueness and complexity that makes it distinct. This is probably due to its relatively high rye content (at about 28% of the mash). Distilled in Kentucky … Continue reading



Last updated: March 3, 2013
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Eagle Rare 10 Year

I wouldn’t think twice about recommending Eagle Rare Single Barrel as a gift this holiday season. The casual bourbon lover will definitely appreciate flavors while the bourbon aficionados will dig the complexity. A little back story – Eagle was introduced in … Continue reading



Last updated: November 3, 2011
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Jim Beam Black Double Aged

Verdict: Warming, flavorful It’s hard to drink Jim Beam Black without comparing it to Jim Beam original which is probably what most of us cut our teeth on. Black is aged 8 years whereas white is aged 4 years (thus the “double aged” moniker … Continue reading



Last updated: September 6, 2011
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Woodford Reserve Review

Verdict: Will not disappoint Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select has always been one of my favorites. This is straight-up good bourbon and worth every penny. I know the price is not completely outrageous, but a lot of folks opt for a … Continue reading



Last updated: September 4, 2011
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Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey

Verdict: Smooth, Crisp, Well-rounded My Irish friend never fails to interject his opinions about the superiority of Irish whiskey whenever the topic of whiskey comes up. I’m adding Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey to this blog as a nod to our brethren … Continue reading



Last updated: August 18, 2011
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Jefferson’s Very Small Batch Bourbon

Verdict: Warm, robust, smooth I’m not sure why, but when I hear sound of the cork popping out of a bottle of bourbon my taste buds start to anticipate something great coming their way. Jefferson’s Very Small Batch Bourbon, from McLain & … Continue reading



Last updated: August 12, 2011
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Jim Beam Rye

Verdict: Mellow, Peppery I hesitated a little bit adding a rye whiskey to this blog since someone is going to write to tell me that it’s not a bourbon, but this what I have in the cabinet at the moment so … Continue reading



Last updated: July 26, 2011
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Old Forester Classic 86 Proof

Verdict: Good value for the money Old Forester, like all great brands, has an interesting history. It has been on the market since 1873 and is touted as the longest continuously marketed bourbon. During Prohibition (1920 – 1933) it was … Continue reading



Last updated: July 20, 2011
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