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Jefferson’s: The Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail Review

In Bottled Cocktails by Patrick "Pops" Garrett2 Comments

When I’m in the mood for a bourbon cocktail a Manhattan is always my first choice. A classic drink with only four ingredients, it’s easily customized to fit your mood. Want something extra spicy? Swap out bourbon with rye whiskey. Have a sweet tooth? Put some extra sweet vermouth in with extra Luxardo cherries. As such my home bar is always stocked with a Manhattan’s signature ingredients. But sometimes I find myself wanting to enjoy a Manhattan at a friend’s house with no ingredients in sight. It’s time like those that a ready-to-drink cocktail would be perfect. With that in mind I …

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I.W. Harper Bourbon Review

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Disclaimer: A sample of  I.W. Harper  was provided to us by Diageo for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review the booze with no strings attached. Thank you. It’s been a few months now since Diageo announced that they were bringing I.W. Harper bourbon back to the U.S. market after a 20-year hiatus. As  fan of older I.W. Harper bourbon, I was curious to see how Diageo’s new version of the classic would measure up against the I.W. Harper of years gone by. Watch our video above to find out what we thought about both the non-age-stated …

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Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Bourbon Review

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Disclaimer: A sample of  Master’s Keep  was provided to us by Wild Turkey for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review the booze with no strings attached. Thank you. For many, the 17-year age statement of Wild Turkey Master’s Keep is more than enough to get them to stand in line for a chance to get their hands on Wild Turkey’s oldest release to date. For others, the fact that this barrel strength release comes in at just 86.8 proof–well below what we expect from a barrel proof release–makes it a bottle they must own so …

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Jim Beam Kentucky Fire Review

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Folks, we’re in the middle of the Great Bastardization of Whiskey. If you don’t believe me, then you’ve been drunk under a rock for the past three years. (And maybe you’re better for it.) We don’t just have whiskey anymore. We have honey, apple, peach, brown sugar, maple syrup, and toffee cookie candy land crème puff whiskey. All right, so maybe that last one’s not a thing yet, but we were making the same joke about cupcake vodka five years ago. It’s only a matter of time. Flavored whiskey has been around since ol’ Jimmy Russell gave us American Honey, but over the past few years …

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Blood Oath Bourbon Review

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Disclaimer: A sample of Blood Oath bourbon was provided to us by Luxco for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review the booze with no strings attached. Thank you. Earlier this week we broke the story about Luxco’s upcoming release of Blood Oath bourbon. Today we’re going to dive into Blood Oath (yes, we’re going to enjoy the blood temperature proof at 98.6)  and share our tasting notes and thoughts on this new bourbon. But first, let’s go ahead a revisit the official press release put out by Luxco announcing the release: Ultra-premium Blood Oath Kentucky Straight …

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Fighting Cock Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Thomas Fondano2 Comments

Welcome to another installment of our 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. Today …