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Straight Bourbon Book Review

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It was apparent when picking this book up that it was constructed and published using great thought, care, and quality materials. The thickness of the individual pages make for a hefty book, which coincidentally is not far off from a freshly sealed bottle of bourbon, and labeled just as handsomely by the way. The rich hues of browns, oranges, and copper that adorn the cover art all provide a glimpse of what you will see once you start turning the pages.

With sections simply titled Copper, Grains And Mills, and Barrels, Peachee lets us in on what she considers the most important components of our distilling heritage and the process that was, and still is in many instances, used in the distillation of bourbon. She backs it up with spectacular, yet unassuming photos of everything involved, from the initial welding to the finished barrels on their way to the distiller.

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Rum Curious Book Review

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The whiskey bubble, in addition to fostering alternative universes of stupidity, has also inspired significantly more people to sharply focus on whiskey’s history and craftsmanship. Fred Minnick has emerged as a central educational figure, publishing essential books like Bourbon Curious and Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of an American Whiskey.

He is constantly tasting, engaging the community and writing. Minnick thinks the next spirits category to take off could very well be rum and, whether he’s correct or not, you’ll be glad you read this book.

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Corridor Bar Review

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It all started innocently enough. You and a few friends took a trip to Kentucky to visit the Bourbon Trail and on the way back you decided to stock up on a few bottles of bourbon that you couldn’t buy locally. It was only six bottles. Six bottles that you were able to easily slip into the kitchen cabinet where you stored your mostly used bottles of vodka, tequila, and Captain Morgan. It all fit easily. Nothing to worry about.

Six months later you find yourself lining up bottles of bourbon on top of your counter, pushed to the back, trying to keep them out of the way of daily kitchen duties. What was once six easily hidden bottles of bourbon has morphed into a budding collection of roughly 15 bottles with various fill levels. The countertop storage provides quick and easy access to your booze but others who come by for a visit are a bit concerned at the ever increasing line-up of whiskey competing for counter space. No problem. You’ll just go buy yourself an Ikea bookshelf to hold your bourbon so it’s “out of the way”. Nothing to worry about.

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Ranger’s Station Candle Company Review

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My wife keeps asking me what I want for Father’s Day. As a whiskey nerd, this is a dangerous question. Two years ago, I told her that I wanted a bottle of William Larue Weller. She went looking for it in a few liquor stores. Discouraged, she called a good friend of mine who explained to her that she couldn’t find that in a store in June (or even October). “So what should I get him?” she asked.

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Beard Gains Review & Giveaway

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As both Bourbon & Banter’s senior cocktail correspondent and a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I am legally obligated to maintain a mustache (handlebar optional) and beard at all times. This requirement is sometimes to my wife’s consternation as contact with another’s facial hair is less pleasant for those not bearing it. So when Beard Gains offered products “Made for A Man, Loved by Women,” I figured it was worth a shot.

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Aged & Infused Review

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Ever get tired of plain old delicious whiskey? Me neither. But around here the motto is “Drink Curious” or as I like to say, “Try all the drinks.” Aged & Infused makes whiskey infusion kits. Similar to those meal delivery kits you’ve seen ads for or heard about on podcasts, all of the ingredients are individually pre-packaged and designed for ease of use. The process is simple: Open the jar and remove the packages of ingredients, open packages and put ingredients back in the jar, fill the jar with bourbon, wait one week, enjoy.

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The Big Man of Jim Beam: Booker Noe and the Number One Bourbon In the World

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My deep dive into bourbon began in earnest with Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s. They were the first premium small batch bourbons released, and their mastermind was Booker Noe. At the time of their release, Booker’s legendary career was pretty much over, and I had no idea who he was.

Today, the Bourbon Trail is like Disneyland for adults, whiskey festivals draw crowds of thousands, and they all line up for photos with the Master Distillers. This can all be traced back to Booker Noe, the grandson of Jim Beam, and the first true star of the bourbon world. “One day they just started calling me [Master Distiller],” he said, “I’m not even sure what the hell it means.”

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Globe Trotter Whiskey Decanter Review

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Way back in October, the folks at MoonRise Market reached out to see if we’d be interested in checking out their Globe Trotter whiskey decanter. We accepted their offer, and about a week later it arrived, and we excitedly opened up the box and took our first peek at the decanter.

Our first thought upon opening the box was that there was no way a full bottle of whiskey was going to fit into the decanter. It was much smaller than we anticipated so we sent an email to our contact at MoonRise and expressed our concern. They were quick to assure us that not only would it fit, but that it would have some room left over since the decanter’s actual volume is 850 ml.