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Celebrating National Scotch Day with Syndicate 58/6

In Scotch Whiskey Reviews by Jarrod LapatoLeave a Comment

For those of you active on social media, I’m sure you’ve come to notice that just about every other day is someone’s “Special Day.” Whatever your interest may be, there has likely been a day set aside to not only acknowledge your interest but to celebrate and share your joy with others who have the same passion. I mean, who doesn’t get excited about National Grilled Cheese Day? Or National Doughnut Day?


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Brenne Ten French Whisky Review

In Drink Reviews by Ginny TonicLeave a Comment

Here at Bourbon & Banter, we love our bourbon, but we also embrace whiskeys made all over the world. Today’s post should appeal to the single malt lovers among our readership. Instead of heading to the Scotch aisle we are looking across the channel to Brenne French Single Malt Whiskies, specifically Brenne Ten.

I’ve already reviewed their Estate Cask single barrel but for review purposes, Brenne is a seed to spirit whisky produced in Cognac, France. The barley is grown by the distillery that makes it. It is then fermented and distilled in a way similar to cognac. They use colder, small-batch fermentation and twice distil on a copper alembic still. The Estate Cask is then aged in new Limousin oak barrels before it is finished in used cognac barrels.


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Bubba’s Honey Sting Wings with CC’s Honey Fire BBQ Sauce

In Food by Chrissy MartinLeave a Comment

The inspiration for this recipe came from my most recent trip to Kentucky where I attended this year’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair. One of this year’s evening events was a dinner with the Russell’s. What a fantastic evening where I was able to spend time with Jimmy, his wife Joretta and of course their son Eddie. We started the night off with drinks & appetizers on the 127-year-old Young’s High Bridge. Young’s’ a former railroad bridge, is now one of the highest bungee jumping sites and even if there was bungee jumping that evening, I’m not sure if I could have gone through with it.


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Brenne Estate Cask Whisky Review

In Drink Reviews by Ginny TonicLeave a Comment

Sometimes it is ideal to take a break from the full-bodied, in-your-face awesomeness that is American whiskey, and take it easy with a nice single malt from across the seas. Often this means heading for the Scotch aisle of the liquor store, but Brenne French Single Malt might be just what you are looking for. Brenne is a seed to spirit whisky produced in Cognac, France. The barley is grown by the distillery that makes it. It is then fermented and distilled in a way similar to cognac. They use colder, small-batch fermentation and twice distil it on a copper alembic still. It is then aged in new Limousin oak barrels before finishing in used cognac barrels. Brenne currently offers a single barrel Estate Cask Whisky and the Brenne 10, a ten-year-old blended product. Today I will be reviewing their Estate Cask Whisky but look for my review of the Brenne 10 soon.


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Want Good Bourbon on the Cheap? Respect the Bottom Shelf.

In Banter by Jeffrey SchwartzLeave a Comment

Many whiskey enthusiasts, myself included, invest a lot of time, energy and, yes, money into finding that next, great whiskey on our Wish List. We keep up with news of estimated release dates, try to figure out the distribution path to guess when they will hit our states, watch our friends post their new scores on social media, and then we desperately hit up all the stores we know of to find something before it is sold out. Sometimes we are successful; oftentimes not. It can depend on who you know, or just plain dumb luck.

I often post on social media updates on what may seem to some as my never-ending whiskey hunt: a search, a score, or a review. One of the more usual questions I get from friends, both in person and online, is, “How do you afford all those bottles?”


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Heads & Tails: Whiskey Collective Edition

In Heads & Tails by Patrick "Pops" GarrettLeave a Comment

Welcome to this week’s installment of Heads & Tails – The Whiskey Collective Edition.

It’s been a busy week around the Bourbon & Banter HQ in St. Louis. We’ve been having a lot of fun hanging out with fellow bourbon and whiskey bloggers who came to town for a bourbon tasting lab hosted by Luxco. The talent, passion, and love of whiskey represented by the group is astounding, and we’ve learned so much from our new friends. If you’re not already reading what they’ve got to say about whiskey make sure to check out their websites, add them to your bookmarks or RSS reader and follow them on social media. We’ve all got a slightly different POV on whiskey, so there’s always something new and exciting to read.