Tastings

Michter*s Small Batch Toasted Stave Project (ft. Beyond Barrels)

I'm always interested in innovation with bourbon when it results in 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 the...

Bonded Beam 1963 Decanter Tasting [Review]

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. Beam survived each dip but...

Baker’s 13 Year Old Single Barrel Tasting [Review]

This 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 a bit of a hidden gem of our...

Little Book Tasting [Review]

Little Book is an annual, limited release from Jim Bean and is a blended American whiskey. Each blend is hand selected by Freddie Noe, son to the current Master Distiller at Beam (Fred Noe) and is uncut and unfiltered. Many blended whiskey will use neutral spirits but...

Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon Tasting [Review]

Barrell Bourbon is a craft distillery owned by Joe Beatrice and specializes in blended spirits. Each blend is one off, always barrel strength, and without chill filtration (see interview about blending with Joe and Bourbon Pursuit duo...
Widow Jane Barrel Picks Tasting [Review]

Widow Jane Barrel Picks Tasting [Review]

Widow Jane was founded in 2012 by Daniel Prieto Preston (owner of Cacao Prieto) in Redhook, Brooklyn, and started off by hand picking barrels from producing distilleries. But what I love is they are also distilling their own whiskey. Widow Jane explains: We also...

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