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Whiskey Acres Rye Review

In Rye Whiskey Reviews by Brent JosephLeave a Comment

Even though this is a younger product, it’s a solid rye option. It stands up well on its own, and I would imagine that it would go great in a cocktail. The mint adds a unique layer to it, and I’m looking forward to trying it in a Mint Julep or Kentucky Mule. Whiskey Acres has a great story and what they are doing is incredibly unique in the industry by growing, harvesting, mashing, distilling, and aging all on their family farm in Dekalb, IL. They are open for tours from April through November, so if you’re passing through the area, it could be a cool place to stop and check out. I’m always willing to try new things, and I’d love to revisit their brand once they can get a few more years on some of their product.




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Colonel E.H. Taylor: Cured Oak vs. Seasoned Wood

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Brett AtlasLeave a Comment

As I type this, Buffalo Trace is filling bottles of its latest limited edition Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. which should hit stores this April. The new release is called “Four Grain,” a departure from the previous two releases that featured treated barrel staves, called “Cured Oak” and “Seasoned Wood.” While most barrel staves at Buffalo Trace are placed outside to dry for six months before being used in barrels, these two releases experimented with variations in the stave drying process. By manipulating the oak in the barrels, the whiskey was expected to pull even more flavor out of it during the aging process. This isn’t a new revelation for those of you familiar with Buffalo Trace’s Experimental series. Nonetheless, since last year’s Seasoned Wood release, bourbon enthusiasts have passionately staked their claims as to which of the two stave variation releases was better. Since the Four Grain will be released in both Spring 2017 and 2018, Cured Oak and Seasoned Wood will remain the only E.H. Taylor experimental wood releases for at least two more years. As such, Bourbon & Banter finally put these two heavyweights into the ring to settle it once and for all.




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Blade and Bow Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Jeffrey SchwartzLeave a Comment

One of the qualities I like to observe with my whiskeys is the appearance. The bright amber is pleasant to look at, but an even more attractive quality is what kind of legs get left on the glass after a good swirl. At first, Blade and Bow left nothing… and I mean nothing. I had to hold it up to the light to discover that the whiskey did indeed cling to my glass, it was just taking forever to build legs. Then, they came down long and luscious. That’s something I just love to see.




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Whiskey Acres Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Brent JosephLeave a Comment

This is still a pretty young product but it’s just not in my personal strike zone as far as bourbon goes. They have a great story and what they are doing is extremely unique in the bourbon world by growing, harvesting, mashing, distilling, and aging all on their family farm in Dekalb, IL. They are open for tours from April through November so if you’re passing through the area, it could be a really cool place to stop and check out. I’m always willing to try new things and I’d love to revisit their brand once they can get a few more years on some of their product.




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Goodbye My Old Friend

In Banter by Lee StangLeave a Comment

I said good bye to an old friend last night, George T Stagg. It was the 2011 edition, 142.6 proof, 18 years and 5 months old. Put in the barrel about 24 years ago. It was my first “special” bourbon. Yes, I nursed this bottle. That’s why it has lasted five and a half years. My first limited edition, my first BTAC, my first high proof bourbon.




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The War of the Roses, Part 1

In Banter by Brett AtlasLeave a Comment

One of the aspects that makes tasting bourbon so exciting is the variation that occurs from one release to the next. A bourbon that is “batched” is a blend of several barrels that tastes uniform across every bottle. People know exactly what to expect when they buy a bottle of Woodford Reserve or Maker’s Mark. A bottle of “Single Barrel” bourbon, however, can taste markedly different from bottle to bottle. The whiskey from one barrel may have a markedly different taste profile from the same distilled whiskey in every other barrel. Just a few of the contributing factors include: the time the whiskey has been in contact with the barrel, the location of the barrel in the warehouse (and the resulting temperature swings) and proof differences in the whiskey when it is removed from the barrel.




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Smoked Tri Tip With Bourbon And Peach Glaze

In Food by Gerald DlubalaLeave a Comment

Ah…bourbon. A great icebreaker in social situations, we can just break out the bottle, give everyone a pour, and sit back relaxing, telling stories, and just having a good time. But bourbon is not satisfied with that single responsibility. No, bourbon can multitask, serving as a brain tickler of sorts, helping unlock those thoughts that seem stuck in your head, unwilling to come out during the light of day.