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Bulleit Frontier Whisky Review

As the story goes in the 1830s, Tom Bulleit's great great great (you get the picture) grandfather, a tavern keeper in Lousiville, developed a high rye whiskey. But in 1860, as Augustus Bulleit was transporting this whiskey from...

13th Colony Southern Bourbon Whiskey Review

Southern Bourbon Whiskey is distilled by 13th Colony Distilleries in Americus, GA. This small craft distillery started with the idea of making moonshine for friends and family for Christmas one year. It grew into a unique, handcrafted...

Every Maker’s Mark Bourbon Reviewed [Complete Guide]

Maker's Mark bourbon has a long history within the bourbon industry. Before Bill Samuels created this iconic brand his father was distilling his own whiskey (although reported not very good). The Maker's Mark's legend began when T. William Samuels Sr., bought the...

Wild Turkey 101 Review [2021]

Wild Turkey 101 bourbon has a cult-like following. For Turkey lovers, it can stand up against the best of the best. Honestly, it's a great pour and often overlooked. Wild Turkey 101 is non-age stated but it's a blend of 6 to...

Every Evan Williams Bourbon Reviewed [Complete Guide]

Evan Williams Distillery was founded in 1783 as Kentucky's First Distillery. It was located on the banks of the Ohio River making transporting the whiskey easy. You can visit the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Whiskey Row in...
Every Jim Beam Bourbon Reviewed [2021]

Every Jim Beam Bourbon Reviewed [2021]

I've decided to spend the next month or so on the bottom shelf of the bourbon dial to truly find out which bottom shelf bourbon is better. Why not start with the OG of the bottom shelf? Jim Beam bourbon or as some people call it Jim Beam White Label. Master of Malt...

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Buffalo Trace Bourbon Review [2021]

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Review [2021]

Here's my Buffalo Trace bourbon story . . . I had been drinking whiskey for a while, but when I went into the store I usually just picked up whatever looked good. I remember I had picked up some Maker's and Jack among others. But...

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Early Times Bourbon Bottled in Bond Review [2021]

Early Times Bourbon Bottled in Bond Review [2021]

Early Times Bourbon is a historic brand. Here are some facts: Founded in 1860 by Jack Beam (uncle of Jim Beam) in Early Times Station, Kentucky Purchased by Brown-Forman in 1923 after closing during Prohibition Sold as medicinal...

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The Color of Bourbon (and Other Whiskeys)

The Color of Bourbon (and Other Whiskeys)

Nothing is more confusing than the color of bourbon. Many new drinkers and some OGs don't know exactly what gives bourbon its beautiful caramel, amber, or honey color. Can artificial colors be used like with soda? Is anything extra added to bourbon to give that dark...

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Belle Meade Honey Project

Belle Meade Honey Project

If you haven't already, check out my first toasted stave project — Michter’s Toasted Stave Project (ft. Beyond Barrels). With the success of this project, I decided to embark on a second project — Belle Meade Honey Project. The Michter's Toasted Stave post details why...

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Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength Review

Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength Review

For years, Old Forester was doing single barrels but no Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength offerings. The bourbon community was clamoring for higher proofer single barrel picks from Old Fo especially because their standard...

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Bourbon and Whiskey Reviews

We've all stood in the bourbon and whiskey aisle staring at the shelf and wondering what to buy. Read our bourbon and whiskey reviews and buy bourbon confidently.

Every Maker’s Mark Bourbon Reviewed [Complete Guide]

Every Maker’s Mark Bourbon Reviewed [Complete Guide]

Maker's Mark bourbon has a long history within the bourbon industry. Before Bill Samuels created this iconic brand his father was distilling his own whiskey (although reported not very good). The Maker's Mark's legend began when T. William Samuels Sr., bought the...

Michter’s Toasted Stave Project (ft. Beyond Barrels)

Michter’s Toasted Stave Project (ft. Beyond Barrels)

I'm always interested in innovation with bourbon when it results in a product that's good to drink. First, let me tell you the wrong way to do it: cheap, small barrels. Most of the time these barrels don't state the quality of the wood (hint: because it's poor — see...

Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter Review (Complete Guide)

Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter Review (Complete Guide)

Whiskey has seen several rise and falls. World War II causes a dip in whiskey production and therefore sales and in the 70s whiskey took a hit as Vodka started to boom and people preferred lighter spirits. These Bonded Beam 1963...

Baker’s 13 Year Old Single Barrel Review (Complete Guide)

Baker’s 13 Year Old Single Barrel Review (Complete Guide)

Baker's 13 Year Old Single Barrel is the first ever limited release for Jim Beam's Baker's Bourbon brand. It will be followed by a standard release Baker's bourbon single barrel that will retail at $70 and be a minimum of 7 years old. "Baker's Bourbon has always been...

Every Little Book Whiskey Reviewed [Complete Guide]

Every Little Book Whiskey Reviewed [Complete Guide]

Little Book Whiskey is an annual, limited release from Jim Beam and is a blended by Freddie Noe, grandson of Booker Noe and son of Freddie Noe, current Master Distiller at Beam. This blended whiskey is uncut and unfiltered. Many blended whiskey will use neutral...

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