When I first learned of the small barrels around 2008, I did what I normally do and judged the process by the whiskey. Well, the whiskey stunk. It largely tasted like a mossed-over wooden fence post rotting from the inside. And if you’re about to … Continue readingDear Small Barrels, I Am Sorry I Made Fun of You
Buffalo Trace Distillery announced its special charity barrel raised more than $1-million. In May 2019, Buffalo Trace Distillery chose 378 charities to receive special edition bottles from the six millionth barrel of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The whiskey filled 375ml bottles was exclusively … Continue readingBuffalo Trace Raises $1M + For Charities With 6th Millionth Barrel
My good friend, Chuck Cowdery, argued in his book that AH Hirsch 16-year-old, distilled in 1974 in Pennsylvania and bottled in Kentucky in 1990, is the greatest bourbon ever made. On this week’s podcast, I explore this bourbon with a man who has reason to … Continue readingIs This The Greatest Bourbon Ever Made? Lee Brice and I Discuss
When I started professionally reviewing whiskey, I never understood why many critics were low on Wild Turkey. They all expressed love for master distillers Jimmy Russell and his son, Eddie, but never seem to quite have the same feelings on their whiskey. In 2016, I … Continue readingWild Turkey’s Taste Isn’t For Everybody. Fine By Me.
Never in my career have I considered Blanton’s an elite bourbon. When I was at Whisky Advocate, I rated Maker’s Mark, a craft bottled in bond (Tom’s Foolery) and Eagle Rare higher than Blanton’s. Yet, nobody loses their shit over these brands, and I don’t … Continue readingThe Problem With Blanton’s Is Its Greatest Asset
Honestly, there are stories I get sick of talking about. One of them is the fact that the Kentucky Bourbon Trail isn’t just some magical trail that you go on and bourbon angels come from above and pour Pappy down your throat while giving you … Continue readingStop Ripping Off The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Trademark