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Craft Jerky Company – Jerky of the Month Club Review

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Just in time, I’m here to save your Father’s Day gift for you. It’s a subscription box. But wait, before you roll your eyes and delete this, it’s a good one. Unless you’re a vegetarian or vegan terrorist. If that’s the case you can go ahead and delete because your opinion really doesn’t matter anyway.
I know that there’s a lot of subscription boxes and services out there. Some are really bad, some are fair, and some are really worth it if you like the product or theme. The main problem with subscription boxes or “product of the month” clubs is that they can get repetitive. I’ve tried more than a few. Bourbon, cigars, beers, BBQ products, underwear (it was actually a good service), and coffee to name a few. Some I still even currently use.

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Widow Jane 10 Year Old Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Brent Joseph1 Comment

Overall I was pretty impressed with this current expression of Widow Jane 10. This is actually my second review of Widow Jane. I wrote a a review of the Widow Jane 10 Year Old Single Barrel bourbon a few years ago after they sent me a sample to try and I wasn’t a fan. I was shocked when Bourbon & Banter was contacted to see if I would be interested in trying it again. I

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Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Robusto Review

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As is my experience with the Fuente brand in general, this cigar is extremely well made/constructed. The wrapper is really beautiful and has no visible seams or significant veins. As I lit up, the cedar flavor is still very much front and center, but there is a bit of lightly roasted coffee beans and some leather on the palate as well.

As I progressed through the first third of these cigars, I got more earthy flavors, and some more of the leather as the cedar notes faded to the background. The cocoa or even possibly a cinnamon sweetness ramps up in the second third of the smoke as well. The wrapper is delicious. Not overly sweet but extremely enjoyable. If you like to hold a cigar in your teeth and enjoy the flavor that a beautiful wrapper imparts, you won’t be disappointed with this one.

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Old Weller Antique Private Barrel Pick Trip

In Distilleries, On The Road by Brent Joseph10 Comments

A barrel pick experience is without a doubt one the best things you can be a part of if you are a bourbon fan. Each one is different. Every distillery does it a bit differently and the people you are with all help to make each one unique. As I stated above, I’ve been EXTREMELY fortunate to have been able to participate in more than my fair share of these once in a lifetime experiences. Most bourbon fans can only dream of being a part of one of these picks. I decided to write about this experience for all of my fellow bourbon fans that either live way too far away from bourbon country, don’t have the access to do a private pick, or just don’t have the time in their busy schedule to put their work and home obligations on hold to travel to KY to drink bourbon. If you’re reading this you’re obviously a bourbon fan, these barrel pick trips are bucket list stuff.

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13 Tequilas You Need To Try

In Tequila Reviews by Brent Joseph3 Comments

The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission regulates the sale of alcohol in the state of New Hampshire. New Hampshire is one of 18 control states in the nation where the government directly controls the distribution of alcoholic beverages as well as being responsible for the regulation of alcoholic beverages. An important source of revenue for the state, the Commission contributes over 100 million dollars to the General Fund each year. Over the past few years, the NHLC has really stepped up their barrel selection program by hand selecting barrels various bourbons and tequilas. Last year I was lucky enough to be asked to sample nine barrel aged tequilas that were hand-selected exclusively for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. Read my previous post on that experience here.

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Bower Hill Bourbon Reviews

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Bower Hill is a bourbon brand that was started by Carl Brown and Kevin Clang in 2015. Carl and Kevin were nice enough to devote some time out of their schedule to chat with me about Bower Hill. Needless to say I had a lot of questions. I will say that it was extremely refreshing to talk to a NDP that was so transparent about what they are doing and how they are doing it. Honesty and transparency are two things that bourbon fans are not exposed to when talking to or researching NDPs. While Bower Hill provided all of the tasting samples for this review at no charge, they did not pay for this review and all thoughts, opinions, and tasting notes are my own.

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El Mayor Tequila Review

In Tequila Reviews by Brent Joseph1 Comment

Handcrafted with tradition by the Gonzalez Family, one of Mexico’s most respected makers of tequila, the El Mayor Tequila is made from premium 100% Weber Blue agave grown in the rocky soil of Jalisco. Available in Blanco, Reposado, Anejo, and Extra Anejo representations. Read our reviews of the Blanco, Reposado and Anejo expressions to learn more about this line of exceptional tequilas.

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Tequila Exotico Review

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Handcrafted with tradition by the Gonzalez Family, one of Mexico’s most respected makers of tequila, the award-winning Exotico Tequila is made from premium 100% Weber Blue agave grown in the Highlands of Jalisco. Available in Blanco and Reposado, each bottle of Exotico Tequila is crafted with care as a way to honor all spirits unbound.