Blood Oath (media sample) Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey About: Pact No. 1, 2/20/15. This is a limited-edition series that labels releases as “pacts.” According to a press release, this pact includes three mashbills. Two use rye in the mash bill and the other adds wheat as the … Continue readingBlood Oath Review
I will now score products on this blog. I’ve professionally judged spirits in several competitions, including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the World Whiskies, and have published tasting notes and or scores in national magazines. But this is the first time I’ve pursued … Continue readingScoring: Blade & Bow 22-year-old, Booker’s Dot’s Batch, Temperance Trader & Michter’s Rye
When Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge told me his anticipated 2013 Limited Edition Small Batch tasted better in the barrel than his 2012, I honestly thought the usually humble distiller was blowing smoke. Marketers tend to influence distillers to say things to push more … Continue readingFour Roses 2013 Limited Edition Small Batch Review: Welcome Home
With the upcoming release of the Elijah Craig 21-year-old Single Barrel Bourbon (45% ALC/VOL), Heaven Hill Distillery has done it again. The family-owned distillery continues to deliver sensational value. (Note: This Elijah Craig 21-year-old was a media sample.) Earlier this year in my American Whiskey … Continue readingElijah Craig 21-year-old Single Barrel Bourbon: A Complex Ride
Renowned wine critic Robert Parker will not be regularly reviewing whiskey reviews, according to his publicist. Earlier this month, Parker reviewed several bourbons for his online publication, causing quite the uproar in the whiskey writer community. But Parker spokesperson Marina Soto wrote me in an … Continue readingRobert Parker Will Not Review Whiskey (Exclusive)
I enjoy this new Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey, undeniably finished in Caribbean Rum Casks. (Note: This Angel’s Envy Rye was a media sample.) Made by legendary and former Woodford Reserve distiller Lincoln Henderson, Angel’s Envy catapulted into the American whiskey scene in 2011 with its … Continue readingAngel’s Envy Rye Whiskey Review: How to Judge Special Barrel-Finished Whiskey?