About Matty Sims
Bourbon is about Craftsmanship, Love, Fellowship with Friends and Family, and Sharing Stories.
Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, and Inside Hook, has partnered with dozens of distilleries, and has reviewed hundreds of whiskeys.
His wife LeAnn, daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele, and Welsh Terrier Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
He enjoys drinking fine bourbon with friends. That drinking experience connects us together — from the makers, bottlers, master distillers, bourbon groups, and friends. That's what I want The Bourbon Bard to be about — connecting as a community that is passionate about bourbon.
Cigar & Whiskey Enthusiast
Austin loves cigars and whiskey, by themselves or together. Austin is a filmmaker, gamer, and beach bum. He has won multiple national video competitions and worked with talented music artists. Austin never regrets pairing a whiskey with a great cigar. Neither should you.
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Ranking The Big Bourbon Brands, From Worst To Best
Whether or not Craig actually did invent this process is up for debate, but what’s not up for debate are the numerous awards given to the bourbon brand that shares his name. Elijah Craig’s Barrel Proof expressions are regularly in the running for best bottle of the year, according to The Bourbon Bard. Their Barrel Proof Bourbon was named Whiskey of the Year by Whisky Advocate in 2017. Their Small Batch Bourbon took double gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2018 and was named Best Small Batch at the same competition.
A Blip on the Radar for Businesses
Matty Sims, owner of Thebourbonbard.com told us his feelings relative to this sentiment:
“We all love to be in control. We want to control our work as much as we can — even more so as a business owner.
2020 showed that no matter how well prepared I was I could not control what happens.
That freed me from anxiety and worry and allowed me to focus on working hard, enjoying the little moments with my loved ones, and fueled my creativity.”
Sims, among many others, have tried to change their mentality to channel their creativity into their businesses.
This allowed them to completely focus on pivoting their businesses to feel confident and comfortable in the status of their business while staying afloat in a time of turmoil and uncertainty.
The Best Alternatives to Champagne for New Year’s Eve
Champagne isn’t just a drink for celebrating. It’s good for cocktails or on its own year-round.
But since you are hopefully being safe and doing NYE as a small, stay-at-home affair this year, you should also get to drink what you want. It was a lousy year across the planet — let’s not limit our year-end, mostly-solitary bacchanalia (or, ugh, “Zoom party”) to tradition.
Also? Not everyone loves bubbly (or “The Devil’s Wine,” as it’s sometimes called.) . . .
I’m making whiskey highballs. You get the fizz from the ginger ale, and you can use a traditional highball glass … or it’ll work nicely in a Champagne flute. Add a splash of cranberry juice to make it more festive. — Matty Sims, The Bourbon Bard
MAKER’S MARK PRIVATE SELECT — A DUO OF PICKS REVIEW
Maker’s Mark is an iconic whisky that serves as a gateway to the wide variety of Kentucky bourbon available to enjoy. Countless people have told me Maker’s was their first whisky love.
That holds true for me as well. Maker’s was the first bourbon I ever drank neat. Prior to Maker’s, it was house whiskey’s mixed with sour. Something about that iconic bottle with the dipped wax seems to draw new whiskey drinkers like flies to BBQ on a hot southern summer day.
RUSSELL’S RESERVE 2002 REVIEW
Russell’s Reserve 2002 packs a punch with the normal spice you’d expect from Wild Turkey but with the flavor and complexity of a bourbon that’s been aging gracefully for over 15 years.
Master Distiller Eddie Russell said, “When I tasted 2002 for the first time, I knew I couldn’t mess with it. It was exactly what I had envisioned, and I wanted Bourbon connoisseurs and collectors to experience the liquid in all its glory. The sweet spot for our Bourbon is normally eight-to-12 years, but every now and then you find a barrel that defies expectations.”
PEERLESS RYE WHISKEY REVIEW
Peerless Rye Whiskey (like most in Kentucky) traces its root to the late 19th century. In 1889, Henry Kraver, a banker, bought the Worsham Distillery and grew it into a successful distillery crafting upwards of 200 barrels a day.
BOURBON REVIEW: PURSUIT SERIES EPISODE 10 (WHEATER)
Pursuit Spirits are handpicked single barrels from the duo behind the Bourbon Pursuit podcast. The other two pillars behind each Pursuit pick is all the whiskey is uncut and unfiltered, and they’re chosen with bourbon geeks in mind.
BOURBON REVIEW: FOUR ROSES SMALL BATCH SELECT
I’m a huge Four Roses fan. I’m one of those guys who’s hunting all 10 recipes. For those who don’t know Four Roses has two Mashbills and five yeast strains to make 10 available recipes.