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Ancient Ancient Age 10 Star Bourbon Review

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Welcome to a new tasting series on lower shelf bourbons. Bourbon & Banter contributor, Thomas Fondano, will be trying out and commenting on bourbons priced under $20. Knowing that not all sub-$20 bourbons will be great, Thomas will be adding a new category to our standard tasting notes – Straight, Old Fashioned or Manhattan  – to see whether a classic cocktail improves on a straight tasting. We hope you enjoy this new series of reviews and hope you’ll help us shape future reviews by letting us know in the comments what sub-$20 bourbon you’d like us to review next.   Last year …

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Rhetoric Bourbon Review

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About 2 months ago I posted reviews of the initial two releases from Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company – Barterhouse Bourbon and Old Blowhard Bourbon.

Today I’m sharing my review of their third release, Rhetoric Bourbon, which is a 20-year-old whiskey distilled at both the Old and New Bernheim Distilleries that were “found” aging in the old Stitzel-Weller warehouses. The reported mash bill is 86% corn, 8% barley, and 6% rye.

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Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Bourbon Review

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Disclaimer: A sample of Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary bourbon was provided to me by the brand. I appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review the bourbon with no strings attached. Thank you. Let’s get this out before we go any further – Jimmy Russell doesn’t care for bourbon older than 12 years. So the fact that his son Eddie would create a tribute bourbon that contains a mingling of 12 and 16 year old bourbons may come as a surprise. Eddie says that he choose the 13 year knowing it was close enough to a 12 year that …

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OYO Bourbon Review: Michelone’s Reserve

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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 …

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Old Blowhard Bourbon Review

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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. Here’s what Diageo had to say about Old Blowhard Bourbon in their official press release: …

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Barterhouse Bourbon Review

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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 whiskeys, along with the ornate way they packaged the pre-release samples they provided Bourbon & Banter, it’s clear that Diageo …

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Irish Whiskey Reviews for St. Patrick’s Day

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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 …

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Jefferson’s Bourbon Review: Presidential Select 30 Year Old

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Earlier this week I reviewed Jefferson’s Bourbon Presidential Select 25 Year Old after receiving some tasting samples from Castle Brands in January. As part of that sample shipment I was lucky enough to also receive a sample of Presidential Select 30 Year Old. It’s not everyday you get to taste a 30-year-old bourbon  and I’ve been pretty excited about cracking it open and diving in headfirst. Now that I’ve gotten the JPS 25 year Old review completed and posted it’s time to see if it’s older brother can deliver the goods. But before we get into my official review we …

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Jefferson’s Bourbon Review: Presidential Select 25 Year Old

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Back in December 2013, Jefferson’s Bourbon put out an official statement announcing the release of their latest bottling – Presidential Select 25 Year Old and Presidential Select 30 Year Old. Based on Master Blender Trey Zoeller’s “luck” in finding older barrels of bourbon for bottling, and my previous experience with the brand, I knew that I wanted to get my hands on some tasting samples to see how these new releases would compare to their recent Presidential Select 21 Year Old release and their extremely popular Presidential Select 18 Year Old.  If you read my review of Presidential Select 21 …