Scoring: Blade & Bow 22-year-old, Booker’s Dot’s Batch, Temperance Trader & Michter’s Rye

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

Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Small Batch Review: Welcome Home

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

Elijah Craig 21-year-old Single Barrel Bourbon: A Complex Ride

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