Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon Review

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Editor’s Note: Paul Brown is our guest blogger today with his Evan Williams Single Barrel review. As with our other Help Wanted applicants we ask that you share your thoughts on his post in the comments as well as online where you can find Paul at @pabrown24 or @pabrown24.


Everyone has seen the increase in the price of bourbon recently too, along with more and more bottles becoming highly allocated. It is nice to have a bourbon that tastes good, isn’t $100, and you don’t have to sign up for a lottery to get a bottle. Sure, people love to go after the BTACs and Pappy’s, but for a lot of people, those are impossible to get. Where I live in DC, stores sell those for $1,000+ if they have them. In Virginia, they don’t have them.

That is why I am reviewing Evan Williams Single Barrel. I know what you’re thinking…Evan Williams? Isn’t that some cheap stuff I drank in college? Sure, Evan Williams might have a reputation on the bottom shelf, but their Single Barrel version should not be placed in that category. It is a completely different animal. This is a readily available 10-year-old bourbon that delivers on price and taste. I enjoy it and I think you probably would too. Continue Reading →

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A Canadian Whisky Tasting

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Editor’s Note: Today’s Help Wanted guest blog post is from Bill Franks. Bill elected to bring us some Canadian Whisky banter and addresses the hype and controversy surrounding this year’s World Whisky of the Year selection from Jim Murray. We hope you enjoy his post and chime in accordingly in the comments section. Also make sure to connect with Bill online at @ncoach903


A Canadian Whisky the World’s Best for 2016! shouted the headline on November 20th 2015. This was a first for Canada and the whole country was thrilled to hear it. The next day the whisky (Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye) was sold out. As I write this article on January 27th, the whisky remains sold out. If a case arrives at a store it all sells in a matter of minutes.

How often is there a front page news story on whisky? Those of us who are knowledgeable about whisky are aware that Jim Murray and his Whisky Bible are not the be all and end all of whisky assessment and ranking. In fact on January 15, 2016, a panel of ten independent whisky experts using a blind tasting panel technique, named Lot No. 40 as the Canadian Whisky of the Year. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye did not win in Canada, yet was declared the World’s Best for 2016. Some education for the masses was sorely needed! Continue Reading →

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Black Walnut Bourbon Cocktail & Pork Chop Recipes

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Editor’s Note: Today’s Help Wanted guest blog post is from Chrissy Martin. Instead of a bourbon review, Chrissy presents to us a combination post featuring a cocktail recipe and a pork chop recipe filled with bourbon love. We hope you enjoy her post and chime in accordingly in the comments section. Also make sure to connect with Chrissy online at @ccmartie333 or @alildabofbourbon


Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something……. Bourbon?

Yes! We are talking bourbon today and I’m going to show you a twist on two ageless classics, The Old Fashioned & Pork chops.

Some would say that bourbon has become my obsession, but let’s just say it’s my passion. So much so that my affection for bourbon has transitioned into the kitchen. I grew up cooking with my Gram and her motto always was “A lil’ dab will do ya.” I’ve incorporated that motto into my cooking, baking & drinking. “A Lil’ Dab of Bourbon” never hurt anyone!

I drink my bourbon the way God intended it to be, “Neat.” But if I’m going to have a cocktail, I stick with the classics. The Old Fashioned is definitely a bar standard and my personal go-to if I’m in the mood for a cocktail. So, with the Old Fashioned, we are going to borrow a twist from my friend, Chris. She adds Black Walnut Bitters to this time-honored traditional cocktail. We are taking the old, turning it new- with our borrowed recipe!

Let’s get to mixing our Black Walnut Old Fashioned! Continue Reading →

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2016 Presidential Candidate Bourbon Pairings

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Editor’s Note: Jim Knudsen is our guest blogger today with his take on pairing bourbons with this year’s Presidential candidates. As with our other Help Wanted applicants we ask that you share your thoughts on his post in the comments as well as online where you can find Jim at @chnlswimer.

The election season is upon us and the requisite attack ads and name calling has begun. I prefer a more positive approach to dealing with election year politics. To help you with this, I have compiled the following bourbon pairings with your favorite or not so favorite political candidate. So with a little preparation at your local liquor store, you can be ready to enjoy the next debate, caucus, or primary.

My criteria are quite simple. I picked bourbons that I am familiar with, that I have found available (I can buy it at my liquor store, at least occasionally), and that I found some tie-in, however remote, with the candidate. I will add that I am not endorsing a particular candidate (I do endorse the bourbon), nor have any of the brands mentioned endorsed any candidates as far as I know. The comments are for entertainment and an excuse to drink bourbon only.

Finally, I believe bourbon is the ideal spirit to connect with political campaigns. After all, with the requisite mash bill of at least 51% corn, it coincides nicely with the messages of the candidates.  Continue Reading →

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