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Baker’s Bourbon Review

In Bourbon Whiskey Reviews by Patrick "Pops" Garrett2 Comments

This was my first time tasting Baker’s, as it was never really on my radar before receiving some samples from Beam. I’d read a lot of mixed reviews on Baker’s so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Some people say it’s a great Bourbon for Cognac lovers while others have stated it took them 3 or more tastings, on separate occasions, before they decided the really enjoyed Baker’s. Not exactly the type of endorsements that make you rush out a grab a bottle for your personal collection.

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Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Review

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Now that 2013 is well under way I thought I should get back into the swing of things and start posting some Bourbon reviews. To kick things off we’re featuring a Basil Hayden’s Bourbon review for your reading pleasure. Many of you are probably already familiar with Basil Hayden’s, but for those who are new to the brand I encourage you read on and learn about this under-rated gem of a Bourbon.

Basil Hayden’s is one of four Bourbons that make up Beam’s Small Batch Bourbon Collection. Baker’s, Knob Creek and Booker’s round out the Small Batch Collection with Basil Hayden’s being the lightest of the four Bourbons coming in at 80 proof, which makes it a fantastic Bourbon for those who are new to Bourbon and want to take a measured approach to their tasting journey.

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Hudson Baby Bourbon Review

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About 2 months ago I attended a whiskey tasting at The Wine & Cheese Place in St. Louis featuring Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Whiskey line.  The tasting was led by Tuthilltown’s very own Gable Erenzo – the son of the founder and the brand’s leading ambassador.  Over the course of the evening, we sampled the entire Hudson Whiskey line which consisted of their New York Corn Whiskey, Baby Bourbon, Four Grain Bourbon, Manhattan Rye and Single Malt Whiskey.  I know what your thinking and yes, it was hard work. Very hard work! I headed into the tasting eager to try the …

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W. H. Harrison Governor’s Reserve Bourbon Review

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Let’s play a quick round of word association. When I say, “William Henry Harrison” what immediately comes to your mind? President of the United States? Governor of the Indiana Territory? General? Congressman? Namesake of the first modern-day bourbon out of Indiana? Bet you didn’t know that last one, did you? Be honest. If you hadn’t read the title of this review odds are you wouldn’t have known that W. H. Harrison Governor’s Reserve barrel proof bourbon was the first modern-day bourbon to come from Indiana.  W. H. Harrison Governor’s Reserve bourbon is distilled by Tipton Spirits which was founded by …

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Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Bourbon Review

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Update: Here’s an update on where Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Bourbon was released. “Tonight is a good night. No. Tonight is a great night!” That’s what was running through my head as I sat down to write my Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Bourbon Review. I was, in all honesty, as excited as a grade schooler watching the minute hand on a clock wind down the final minutes til Summer vacation. I was finally going to taste the almost mythical Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Bourbon. The bourbon that has  occupied my mind ever since I heard rumors of it last year. Jefferson’s “Ridiculously Small Batch” bourbons have always …

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Wild Turkey American Honey & A Beautiful Redhead

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What does Wild Turkey American Honey have in common with a beautiful redhead?  That’s a good question. Lucky for you I’m going to answer that question and share one hell of a recipe for some summer sipping bourbon iced tea. Take a seat and let me begin my story… Meet Kate. She’s the beautiful redhead I’m talking about. 13 years ago this weekend she did me the honor of becoming my wife and partner in crime.  While it was obvious I was marrying well above my pay grade, I had no idea just how amazing the next 13 years would …

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Benromach 21 Year Whisky Review

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Scanning the shelves of my favorite shop, my eyes beheld only the familiars, those I had seen so many times before. It was late. I was tired. I stopped in on the way home from a hospital visit, taking the chance that the proprietor, my friend Tony, would have a surprise in waiting. Finding nothing, in my downcast exhaustion, I decided on a familiar highland single malt, called for Tony, and then made my way to the register while reaching into my pocket to retrieve the sum total of my “Squirrel Fund” (which is the secret stash I keep hidden year ’round, feeding it every so often with single dollars and loose change).

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Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey Review

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As we’re all aware, bourbon by law, does not have to be made in Kentucky. I know that many of you feel differently but the sake of my review I’d appreciate it if you could all simmer down and play by the rules for the next 5 minutes.  This geography lesson is important because Breckenridge Bourbon is made in Breckenridge, CO – at 9,600 ft above sea level. How’s that for a change of pace? Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey is made from a high-rye mash bill mixed with Rocky Mountain snowmelt into a traditional open-top Scottish fermenter and then distilled using …