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Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky Review

In American Whiskey Reviews by Jeffrey Schwartz1 Comment

In full disclosure, this isn’t my first run-in with Virginia-Highland Port Cask Finished Whisky. I’ve served previous batches at whiskey appreciation classes I’ve hosted and it always went over well. As such, I was excited for the opportunity to try Batch 10 to experience how it has held up.

This is a marriage of a Highland Scotch from an undisclosed distillery and American Malt whiskey from Virginia Distillery Company. It was then aged in ex-Port casks from King Family Vineyards for an additional year.

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Prelude: Courage & Conviction Single Malt Whisky Review

In American Whiskey Reviews by Jeffrey SchwartzLeave a Comment

he American Single Malt category continues to experience popularity and growth. While it isn’t meant to mimic its Scotch or Irish counterparts, they do start with the same basic ingredient: 100% malted barley. Billed as a limited edition release for early 2020, Virginia Distillery Co. presents Prelude: Courage & Conviction in a rich-looking, attention-grabbing package. Virginia Distilling Co. takes an interesting route by using three different types of barrels to age their whiskey: ex-Bourbon barrels, ex-Sherry casks and ex-Cuvee casks. The latter, in particular, is not something I’ve experienced.

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Rolling Standard Midwestern Four-Grain Whiskey Review

In American Whiskey Reviews by Jeffrey Schwartz6 Comments

Rolling Standard Midwestern Four-Grain Whiskey is a very interesting approach to creating a four-grain. Instead of using all four grains together in the same mash, Union Horse Distilling distilled a wheated Bourbon and distilled an American Single Malt, aged both for five years, and then blended them together. After the blending process, the whiskey is then returned to those barrels another 18 months together before being blended again as a small batch. It is non-chill filtered and bottled at 92°.

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David James Bourbon and American Whiskey Review

In American Whiskey Reviews, Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Paul NeedhamLeave a Comment

David James Spirits, out of Kentucky, is seemingly in that awkward adolescent phase that a lot of craft distillers must go through. Their website touts a “Purity focused” product that is in the works and that they are excited to put out in roughly three years. During this waiting time, distillers must make a choice: do they bottle some of their own juice while it’s young and maybe not up to their own standards, or do they outsource the aging to other distillers and bottle the work of someone else?

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Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey Review

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This bottle was a present to me from my cousin, for a favor I did for him in college, over 46 years ago. I truly did not remember it (even when he told me) but I was glad to receive the bottle. I’m have not been a big Woodford Bourbon fan in the past but find myself enjoying it more recently. When I saw this was a malt whiskey I felt a pang of disappointment because I am not a big fan of American Malt Whiskey. From the first sip of this Woodford Reserve Malt Whiskey however, I was and continue to be pleasantly surprised.

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StilL 630 Experimental Collection Release #12

In American Whiskey Reviews by Patrick "Pops" GarrettLeave a Comment

This review of StiLl 630’s X-12 marks the completion of the first 12-months of their Experimental Collection release series. What a year it’s been. Only fitting that we mark this occasion with a review of a whiskey style that is making its debut at StiLl 630 – a wheat whiskey. 100% malted red winter wheat aged in a 15-gallon barrel for 14.5 months and bottled at 100 proof. Watch the video and learn more about this month’s special release.