A Kentucky Straight Bourbon: A Kaleidoscope of Flavors for your Mouth
By Matt Goldstein & Wayne Haines
After a brief (2 year) hiatus the Whiskey Goldmine is back by popular demand. Having written 500 articles on Whiskeys, Bourbons, Cocktails and just some outrageous shenanigans, we couldn’t think of a better subject for our comeback: the Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company was created in early 2014 to locate forgotten barrels of craft whiskey from around the world. The barrels were discovered in warehouses at the Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Ky., and distilled in both the New and Old Bernheim distilleries in Louisville. This is the third Whisky from the Orphan Barrel Project and we are thrilled with the results. Slated to be progressively aged and released over the coming years. The 20 year old to be released this year and the 21 year old in 2015, and so on and so on. After receiving the bottle, we sat on this bourbon for 3 days and allowed the anticipation to build. Teasing ourselves like children waiting for the ice cream man on a hot summer afternoon. The wait was well worth it. This bourbon is a perfectly balanced masterpiece. Smooth, bold, and having serious character, this well-aged bourbon emits a nosy kaleidoscope of oak, vanilla, apple, pear, caramel and cherries. A silky, almost syrupy body awaits the tongue, slightly nutty, bursting with fruit flavor, and reminiscent of a caramel apple. An initial sweetness hits the tip of the tongue, followed by some heat and a mid-palate spiciness, finishing with a somewhat strong rye burn – which we love. The Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 20 Year is simply a classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon and comes with our highest recommendation.
Named after Baker Beam, grand nephew of the legendary Jim Beam, Baker’s Bourbon is aged seven years and hand bottled at 107 proof. Embracing over six generations of distilling experience, Baker’s Bourbon utilizes a special strain of jug yeast that has been in the family for over 60 years. Aged in new American Oak barrels, Baker’s was awarded a gold medal from Wine Enthusiast and a double gold medalist at the San Francisco Spirit Awards.
Baker’s Bourbon Tasting Notes:
With scents of grain and corn and a good sweet complex aftertaste, having notes of sweet coffee, toffee, caramel, Baker’s is a light and flavorful small batch bourbon. A bit thin, but very solid, the Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon fits in very nicely with the Small Batch Collection from Jim Beam; Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s, Booker’s and Baker’s. This is an excellent bourbon. Small Batch Bourbons are made in limited quantities, and aged 6-9 years in newly charred American Oak barrels.
Small Independent Distillery Makes Major Splash in Whiskey and Rum
By Matt Goldstein
The small independent Benjamin Prichard’s distillery out of Kelso Tennessee is well known for their many award winning styles of rum but the wide ranging whiskey styles have also been winning awards lately. The Double Chocolate Bourbon from Prichard’s is absolutely bonkers. Scoring 90 points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the Double Chocolate Bourbon is not just a whiskey with some flavor added to mask the alcohol. This is simply an excellent whiskey with just a touch of chocolate that go together almost perfectly. The small batch hand crafted whiskey is combined with chocolate from the Olive & Sinclair Company. With all of these flavored vodkas and whiskeys hitting the shelves, the Double Chocolate Bourbon could get lost in the fray, but there is simply no comparison. The top shelf Benjamin Prichard’s Double Chocolate Bourbon Whiskey is simply the best flavored spirit we have ever had and comes with our highest recommendation. It’s an absolute must buy and is best served neat. We also recommend other whiskey’s from Prichard’s and our reviews are coming soon.
American Bourbon’s Dominance Over Scotch Whisky Continues!
News Wire: FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY– For the second year in row, George T. Stagg, the iconic uncut, unfiltered bourbon released annually from Buffalo Trace Distillery, has been named the number one spirit in the world by noted spirits reviewer F. Paul Pacult. The list, compiled annually by Pacult, will be released in his June 2012 issue of The Spirit Journal. Last year, George T. Stagg was the first American Whiskey to ever be named number one in The Spirit Journal’s 13 years of tabulating. Stagg knocked off the perennial favorite Highland Park 18 Scotch Whisky for the first time ever, and this year the Stagg beat out a Northern Highlands Single Malt Scotch.
Notes Pacult about this year’s winners, “Spirits are continually getting better and more sophisticated each year. It’s no surprise to us that three of the top five spirits in the world hail from Kentucky, which right now is one of the hotbeds of distilling prowess.”
The George T. Stagg Bourbon Whiskey is part of the Antique Collection that is released each fall from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Long considered the frontrunner of the Collection, the Stagg has collected numerous awards over the years, including the 2012 Bourbon of the Year; the 2012 Second Finest Whiskey in the World from Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible; 2012 Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition; 2011 Ultimate Spirits Competition Chairman’s Trophy Winner; 2011 Double Gold Winner, Best Bourbon, San Francisco World Spirits Competition; the 2010 American Whiskey of the Year from Jim Murray’s 2010 Whiskey Bible; 2009 Bourbon of the Year and Best Bourbon Aged 13-17 Years from Jim Murray’s 2009 Whiskey Bible; among others.
The 2012 version of the George T. Stagg will be released later this fall with the Antique Collection. Suggested retail pricing of the Stagg is $69.99.
About Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications asWhisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies.
FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY – For the past year and a half the Whiskey Goldmine has been raving about the Elmer T. Lee Kentucky Straight Bourbon, even selecting it as our #1 Bourbon. Along with the Elmer T. Lee, the Buffalo Trace Bourbon, one of the best in class, have both taken Double Gold Medals at the San Francisco International Spirit Awards. The whiskeys from Buffalo Trace Distillery continue to win significant awards with the latest honors from the 12th annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), held March 23-25, 2012. Top winners include:
· Double Gold Medal
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
William Larue Weller Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
· Gold Medal
Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
George T. Stagg Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
· Silver Medal
Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky
Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon Whiskey
Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey
· Bronze Medal
Rich & Rare Reserve Canadian Whisky
“We’re always honored when our whiskeys win an award, especially something as prestigious as the San Francisco World Spirits Competition,” said Harlen Wheatley, master distiller. “We’re especially pleased that our flagship bourbon Buffalo Trace earned a double gold.”
A record number of entries into the SFWSC – 1,215 products from 60 countries – were evaluated by 33 of the finest palates in the spirits industry. Complete results of the 2012 competition can be found at http://www.sfspiritscomp.com/results.html.
About Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies.
NEWS WIRE: FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY – The latest in the Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bourbon Collection from Buffalo Trace Distillery is an extraordinary barrel proof, uncut, unfiltered rye recipe bourbon. Weighing in at a hefty 134.5 proof, this small batch bourbon was aged for seven years on the sixth floor of Buffalo Trace’s Warehouse C, built by Colonel Taylor in 1881.
When your experience this uncut and unfiltered Bourbon, “an aroma of cooked, berries meets the nose, followed by a rich caramel and slightly floral smell. The taste is bold – full of spice that fills the mouth with a distinct flavor of toasty vanilla, dried oak and pepper. The finish is long and satisfying with a powerful rye character and lingering hints of fruit.”
The Barrel Proof Bourbon is the fourth in the line of the E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection of whiskeys to be released over the next few years. It joins the Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon and Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon released within the past year. Like the previous three releases, this Barrel Proof Bourbon will have very limited availability and will be packaged in a vintage label and canister reminiscent of Taylor’s bottles nearly one hundred years ago
Taylor is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.
The Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon will be available in June. Suggested retail pricing is $69.99 for a 750 ml bottle.
About Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies.
News Wire – Whether celebrating the birth of a child, helping a buddy christen that new boat or simply enjoying the fact you finally made a pot of chili to rival your old man’s, there are certain moments in life so special, they warrant a drink as rare as the moment itself. Catering to those moments, Crown Royal will soon be introducing the second variant to its Extra Rare Whisky Series – Crown Royal XR, made from the remaining whiskies of the renowned LaSalle Distillery.
Developed by Crown Royal Master Blender Andrew MacKay, the exquisite 80 proof blend (40% ABV) is crafted with a small reserve of the final batch of LaSalle whiskies to create a refined fusion of dried fruits and honey in a harmonious balance with the spicy notes of Canadian rye. The aroma of this Crown Royal XR conjures hints of pear with complimentary floral bouquet notes. The honeyed pear maintains upon first taste and is joined by tones of dried apricot and raisins midpalate. The finish is exquisite with an elegant touch of cocoa and brown sugar.
This blend is special for MacKay as he spent his earlier years learning his craft at the LaSalle Distillery. It also marks the second extra rare whisky for the brand after releasing the original, crafted from the Waterloo Distillery whiskies, in 2006. As part of this on-going Series, each Crown Royal XR blend will be created from a batch of rare whiskies and available for a limited time.
The new Crown Royal XR will be available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $129.99 for a 750 ml bottle beginning in early June.
· An online product review in advance of national distribution to give them a sneak peek before it hits shelves
· Inclusion in a Father’s Day gift guide so readers can give Dad something as rare as pops himself
· Any long lead features you’re working on involving rare spirits or front of book, top-end product suggestions. This would also be great for 2012 holiday gift guides!
The film stars Hollywood A-lister and Basil Hayden’s super fan, Jerry Ferrara, who knows that the first step to thinking like a man, is drinking like one! Which is why he loves drinking Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, especially the Basil Hayden’s Monsieur Hayden, which is inspired by the Boulevardier, a classic bourbon cocktail enjoyed by men around the world for decades. The Monsieur Hayden is the perfect cocktail to mix up before a night on the town with your boys or if you’re staying in and mixing up some romance!
Jerry Ferrara loves the trademark spicy finish of Basil Hayden’s so much that he’s made Basil Hayden’s his whiskey. So this weekend, sit back and have a “manly” cocktail or two and follow Jerry’s lead by making Basil Hayden’s your whiskey.
Basil Hayden’s Monsieur Hayden, (Created by Rob Pate)
1 part Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 part Cocci Americano
1 part Campari®
1/4 part Ginger Juice
1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
2. Strain into a cocktail glass.
3. Garnish with a cherry.
Jack & Zac have a lot in common. We both put a high premium on friendship, loyalty, craftsmanship, and responsibility. That’s why we’ve teamed up to start a “drinking school” and it’s not what you think it is. If you’re wondering what’s a drinking school? Well, it’s a place to do a little thinking about drinking. And to keep it upbeat, Zac Brown Band is helping us out.
If you’re ready to enroll, watch one of our videos featuring Zac Brown Band to earn a JD Drinking School badge and to learn how to score a certificate for a free BeMyDD ride to and from a Zac Brown Band concert for you and up to three friends.* Or sign up to be a designated driver yourself.
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Master Distiller’s Collection Debuting this Summer
Jack Daniel’s is releasing the first bottle in a new series – the Master Distiller’s collection. Each year a different Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller will be honored beginning with Jack himself and ending with our seventh Master Distiller, Jeff Arnett. Each bottle includes an original gift box featuring each Master Distiller’s portrait as well as a unique design inspired by their legacy.
The first bottle in the Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller’s collection will be released in Tennessee, as well as duty-free venues mid-summer. The series will be offered in select states in 2013.
Jack & Zac Gear has Arrived!
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The Glenfiddich 12 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the number 1 selling single malt scotch in the world, it’s also the most awarded single malt scotch in the world, while the Glenlivet 12 Year is the number 1 selling single malt in the United States. We thought we’d have theses classic mainstream scotches go head to head in a blind taste test. Of course we had a favorite going but we were wondering if the other could pull off the upset. A Glenfiddich executive told us that the reason that the Glenlivet is the number 1 single malt in the United States is because in the 1950’s, the Glenlivet had a major marketing campaign in the United States and that the brand has been a rock ever since. Of course, Glenfiddich is not too far behind.
Tasting Notes of the Glenfiddich 12 Year Single Malt:
With a golden brown color and reddish tint, the Glenfiddich is sweet with notes of caramel, honey but slightly sour, bitter, complex, and slightly dry. Very solid.
Tasting Notes of the Glenlivet 12 Year Single Malt:
The Glenlivet is sweet, thick, delicious, slightly complex and very similar but with just a bit more bight. It’s a bit stronger with a bit more alcohol taste. Pretty damn good.
Although the competition was very close, the Glenfiddich 12 Year was the unanimous choice for its beautifully sweet flavor. Glenfiddich has a more enjoyable mouth feel, with a smooth thick finish and no burn whatsoever. Normally, we like bite and don’t always choose the smoothest spirit as the winner but in this case the nod goes to Glenfiddich. Don’t get us wrong, we like the Glenlivet and feel that both single malts are overlooked by many Scotch whisky snobs. Both single malts have very solid ranges and some other their other years can compete with the best single malts in the world.