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OYO Bourbon Review: Michelone’s Reserve

OYO Bourbon Review: Michelones Reserve

Since the last Ohio-based bourbon made me ashamed of my home state, I was eager to review Middle West Spirits‘ OYO Bourbon Whiskey with the hope of proving that the Buckeye State is not completely ignorant in the world of whiskey. This isn’t the first time I have tried the Michelone’s Reserve Bourbon from Middle West. I frequently include it on my list of recommended bourbons for bourbon tastings but before I explain why that is, let’s hear what their website has to say about this bourbon.  

Four generations of distilling traditions and one particularly determined grandfather inspired Middle West Spirits’ first Master’s Blend. This small-batch whiskey pairs the finest Kentucky straight bourbon with our award-winning OYO Whiskey to create a smooth, smoky, and softly sweet bourbon that proudly bears the name of the grandfather who inspired it all. The Michelone Reserve is a flavor-forward blend of sweet yellow corn, soft red winter wheat, dark pumpernickel rye, and two-row barley.

Tasting Notes:  ”Dark amber color.  Aromas of banana, coconut cream pies and toffeed nuts with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a sweet cream, dried fruit, honeyed whole nut, incense and baking spices driven finish.  A flavorful and elegantly balanced bourbon.”  –  International Review of Spirits, Beverage Testing Institute  Continue Reading →

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Old Blowhard Bourbon Review

Old Blowhard Bourbon Review

Disclaimer: A sample of Old Blowhard bourbon was provided to me by Diageo, just as the Barterhouse bourbon was for my earlier review. I appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review the bourbon with no strings attached. Thank you.

Earlier this week we posted our review of the first Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company release – Barterhouse Bourbon. (I suggest you check it out to get more background information on the program and our tasting notes.)

Today we’re sharing our review of their second release, Old Blowhard Bourbon, which is a 26 year old whiskey distilled at the Old Bernheim Distillery and eventually stored at Stitzel-Weller until Diageo decided to bring it to market as part of strategy to release unique and rare bourbons to the market.  Continue Reading →

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Barterhouse Bourbon Review

Barterhouse Bourbon Review

For months now the bourbon world has been abuzz about Diageo’s new Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company. The stated goal of the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company is “to locate lost and forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world and share them with discerning adult fans.” The first two releases from the company are Barterhouse and Old Blowhard bourbons but future releases may include other types of whiskey like Irish and Tennessee.

Based on how Diageo is positioning these whiskies, along with the ornate way they packaged the pre-release samples they provided Bourbon & Banter, it’s clear that Diageo is pulling out all the stops to bring some rare bourbons to market in an attempt to take advantage of high demand in super premium whiskey category.  Continue Reading →

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Irish Whiskey Reviews for St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Whiskey Reviews for St. Patricks Day

If you’ve been reading the blog for a year or so now you’ll know that once in a while I’ll review a whiskey that isn’t bourbon. And if you’ve been paying attention you’ll also know that it’s usually Irish whiskey that I’ll wander off and explore a bit. Of course, if you know me really, really well you’ll know that I really have no experience with Irish whiskey that justifies me writing a review that someone might actually read and use for advice. So by all counts I should probably stay away from writing another Irish whiskey review, but then again, when I first started out writing about bourbon I really didn’t have any formal experience to build upon. In other words, you’ve got to start somewhere.  And since the folks at Castle Brands were kind enough to send me a variety of Irish whiskey samples from their portfolio it’s my duty to try them out and report back to all of you on my findings. But beware, I’m no expert on Irish whiskey so be cautious with how much you trust my tasting notes.  Continue Reading →

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