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Bourbon & Banter 5th Anniversary

In Banter by Patrick "Pops" GarrettLeave a Comment

Today marks the 5th anniversary of Bourbon & Banter. It’s hard to believe that 1,825 days have gone by since pushing publish on our first blog post. The site has come a long way since then, as has the bourbon industry that we’re proud involved with on a daily basis. I couldn’t be more proud of the small role we’ve played in spreading the bourbon gospel and helping our loyal readers learn to drink curious. But as I’ve always said, what I’ve enjoyed most is the folks met along the way and the great friends I’ve made over bourbon – 2 ounces at a time.


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CALI Sipping Whiskey Review

In Flavored Whiskey News by Thomas FondanoLeave a Comment

CALI is a unique California twist on a classic sipping whiskey. We are shooting for a spirit smoother than a frontier rye, but more complex and flavorful than a traditional Kentucky bourbon. We want CALI to be something that a real whiskey lover will be happy share with his friends, even his non-whiskey friends. If he wants to pour a glass to sip while reading a good book or laughing with friends while playing a board game – even better. We want a spirit that is a pleasure to drink. CALI is a whiskey with a California vibe: Come on over, relax, have a drink, check out the sunset.


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Chicken with Bourbon Mustard Sauce

In Food by Chrissy MartinLeave a Comment

Love is in the air and I don’t just mean our love of bourbon, I’m talking about Valentine’s day. So, what are your plans for the big day? What’s the best gift you can give your whisky loving Valentine? I mean, I think the obvious answer here is bourbon. Do you plan to give your sweetheart their favorite bottle (maybe even two or three)? For me, I would take a bottle of bourbon over roses any day!


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Inaugural New Orleans Bourbon Festival

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If you’re scratching your head wondering why you’ve never heard of the New Orleans Bourbon Festival before, don’t worry, you’re not alone because 2017 is the inaugural year. If you’re wondering how good it could be for its initial year, again, don’t worry, it is going to be fantastic. By the time it is over, I believe you’ll be convinced this is a long-established event. So, block off Friday, March 24th through Sunday, March 26th on your calendar now, because you don’t want to miss this.


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Smooth Amber Wheated Bourbon Review

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Like many new craft distilleries, West Virginia’s Smooth Ambler Spirits began sourcing whiskey while developing its production facilities. They have been wildly successful in building a cult-like following for their Old Scout label (SAOS), largely on their ability to select excellent barrels of higher-proof bourbons and ryes. The surge in demand claimed the incredible ryes as its first victim in 2015. Like Willett Family Estate Bourbon, you can now only buy limited edition releases of SAOS ryes periodically at their gift shop. A bottle of any SAOS Rye is snapped up immediately for a high multiple on the secondary market.


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Old Ripy Bourbon Review

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Old Ripy is a combination of 8-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon with 12-year-old and younger whiskies for added complexity and oak. It is distilled at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Anderson County, aged in timber warehouses and non-chill filtered to retain congeners, fusil oils, lipid fats and proteins we believe you would find in the original. This results in more natural and complex flavor characteristics, fuller body, and a smooth but “chewier” mouthfeel.


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Bond & Lillard Bourbon Review

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Distilled and bottled and at the Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY, this Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged a minimum of seven years in timber warehouses and is charcoal filtered. This filtration process simulates the aeration process that happens in the barrel, converting more aggressive congeners to esters that end in more elegant top notes. The result is a lighter colored and flavored bourbon with more floral notes.