Coming into the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, my mind raced with many wonderful personal and professional things. Jaclyn is pregnant, and the Bourbon & Beyond announcement neared. In constant excitement about our upcoming baby boy and the eagerness to see bourbon on stage with … Continue readingBest Bourbon? Or Bourbon Pride? The story of ’18 San Fran Spirits Comp
About once a week, I’m asked: “When is this bourbon bubble going to pop?” My canned answer offers an optimistic outlook for distillery stockholders, suggesting that we’ll experience another 20 years of bourbon growth and enthusiasm unless the distillers fuck up (which is possible) or … Continue readingBourbon Bubble Meets New Consumers
It’s the holidays. And whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or just love buying gifts this time of year, you’ll find bourbon makes people smile. What should you buy? If you want to drop some serious coin and can find them, you’re welcome to buy … Continue readingBest Bourbon This Holiday Season…is cheap
At this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition, I tasted bourbons that absolutely wowed me. This competition restored my faith in the new bourbons hitting the market, and it reminded me of an old friend that is pretty damn good. As soon as I learned … Continue readingBest Bourbon: The Shocking Winner at San Francisco World Spirits 2015
If you’re a Four Roses fan, you’ll want to take note. A couple weeks ago at the Bourbon Classic, Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge said his favorite all-time Limited Edition Single Barrel was the 2011 LE Single Barrel. As it turns out, that was … Continue readingJim Says the Best Four Roses Single Barrel Ever is….
On the plane to San Francisco, I pondered the past year in bourbon and the trends that could impact my beloved category. We’ve seen age statements drop like flies and distilleries discontinue or slow down private barrel selection programs (that’s where a retailer, bar or … Continue readingBest Bourbon, Best Craft Whiskey: ’14 San Francisco World Spirits Competition