The series of two blind taste-offs of bourbons priced $26-$40 came down to a taste-off between the two winners, Knob Creek and David Nicholson Reserve. If you watched the first two taste-offs, you know the drill, but here’s a refresher course: I walk into a … Continue readingWhich Bourbon Won the Final $26-$40 Taste-Off?
In this episode, Fred talks with sports radio personality Steve Czaban and fantasy football guru Paul Charchian, sipping bourbon and, of course, talking fantasy football. With NFL training camps on the verge of opening for the 2020 season, it’s time to start thinking about draft … Continue readingFootball Talk and Blind Bourbon: Steve Czaban and Paul Charchian Taste The Unknown
By Kevin Gibson Fred Minnick knows his bourbon, top to bottom. For his most recent live tasting, he focused on the bottom – financially speaking – as he hit Liquor Barn and picked up 11 bourbons at or below the $15 mark. “We’re all changing … Continue readingSurprise Contender Emerges in $15 Bourbon Blind Live Taste-off Challenge
Fred did a virtual blind tasting with country singer Sykamore, whose latest album California King was released in April. Along the way, she and Fred talk songwriting, Sykamore sings a song and, of course, they sip some bourbon. By the time the tasting session is … Continue readingHuge Bourbon Fan/Rising Country Star Sykamore Tastes A Blind Flight and Picks Her Favorite
When tasting whiskey, your palate picks up what you taste in a moment. I think I always knew this, but it was hammered into my skull when researching my book, Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of American Whiskey. In the 1940s, a chemist challenged … Continue readingWild Turkey Bottled in Bond: This Is Why I Taste Three Times
NOTE: I wrote this story in 2015, but the magazine I wrote it for wanted to go in another direction. So, I rewrote the story and it honestly was a better story for that publication. However, I rediscovered this unpublished piece the other day and … Continue readingWheated Bourbon Challenge: That One Time Old Rip Lost to An Everyday Bourbon