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Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon: A Perfectly Balanced Masterpiece

 Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon: A Perfectly Balanced MasterpieceA 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.




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Basil Hayden’s September Sour Cocktail

Basil Haydens Bourbon Heritage Cocktail 183x300 Basil Haydens September Sour CocktailSummer may be over, but National Bourbon Heritage Month has officially arrived and it’s time to celebrate! In honor of America’s native spirit, hit the town, raise a glass of Basil Hayden’s® and encourage your friends to celebrate! Basil Hayden’s® September Sour, created by top New York mixologist Julie Reiner, is a twist on the classic bourbon cocktail, the New York Sour, combining our spicy bourbon with zesty lemon juice, orange bitters and herbal Bénédictine Liqueur. Finally, we top it off with a touch of red wine to create a cocktail that is sure to please everyone’s taste buds this month!


Basil Hayden’s September Sour (Created by Julie Reiner)

2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
3/4 parts Lemon Juice
1 bar spoon Benedictine Liqueur
3/4 parts Simple Syrup
1 dash Orange BItters
1/2 part Medium Bodied Red Wine
Combine all ingredients into a mixing tin and shake well
Strain the liquid into a coup glass
Float red wine on top of cocktail




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Basil Hayden’s Fourth of July Cocktails: The Summer Glow

Basil Haydens Fourth of July Cocktail 197x300 Basil Haydens Fourth of July Cocktails: The Summer GlowBasil Hayden’s has a delicious bourbon cocktail, The Basil Hayden’s Summer Glow, which combines Basil Hayden’s trademark spicy finish with refreshing coconut water and lemonade making the perfect cocktail to enjoy by the pool or while you watch the fireworks!

Basil Hayden’s Summer Glow 


1 ¼ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 part Coconut Water
1 part Pink Lemonade
1 part Ginger Ale
1. Add bourbon to a highball glass and fill with ice.
2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
3. Garnish with a lemon wedge.




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Jack Daniel’s Drinking School: Get Some Libation Education

Jack Daniels Drinking School Jack Daniels Drinking School: Get Some Libation EducationGet Some Libation Education

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.

*Class space is limited. There are a limited number of free certificates for a BeMyDD ride available during a select number of Zac Brown Band tour stops. So sign up now!

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!

Ready to join the tour? Visit the Zac Brown Band webstore to purchase official Jack & Zac gear. And enter the promo code JACKANDZAC for 20% off Jack & Zac t-shirts. The code is only good until May 18. So, visit today and be sure to tell your friends!

*JACKANDZAC promo code is good for one use per customer. No minimum or maximum purchase is required.




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The Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Gold Cup The Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep CupDerby season has arrived, and with it the seventh annual Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sale. There will be 65 “Traditional” cups and 10 “Prestige” cups available as 2012 marks the 75th year the mint julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby – the Traditional and Prestige cups total 75. Every cup will be presented in the signature Woodford Reserve casing made from the same wood as Woodford Reserve barrels.

“Traditional” Julep Cups

These individually numbered cups have been meticulously hand-engraved with a beautiful horse scene along with the 2012 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo and will come with a sterling silver sipping straw. The lost art of hand-engraving involves the use of seven different graver tools, and takes approximately two and a half hours per cup, which means each cup is unique.

“Prestige” Julep Cups

In addition to the 65 Traditional cups there will also be 10 Prestige cups up for sale. These cups are sterling silver, plated in 24 karat gold and feature a diamond horseshoe with 43 diamonds totaling approximately one carat. A jeweler selects and sets each diamond by hand. These extremely rare cups will be double the price of the Traditional cups at $2,000 each.

The Exotic Ingredients

Owners of the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will have the choice to enjoy a mint julep featuring a uniquely exotic set of ingredients from around the globe. For the first time ever, cup buyers will get to experience “double” the festivities as the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup Experience will feature “double” the ingredients:

The $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will feature the new, ultra-premium bourbon Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Twice barreled in White Oak and matured to perfection in two unique, handcrafted barrels.

As Versailles, KY is named after Versailles, France and the two cities have shared that common bond for more than 200 years the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will include water from Versailles, KY where Woodford Reserve is crafted as well as water from France to honor the French roots of Versailles, KY – the home of Woodford Reserve.
Rare Lemon mint grown in California as well as Kentucky Spearmint. The combination of the very unique Lemon mint and the Spearmint adds a fresh, light enhancement to the classic mint julep.

Bourbon Mint Julep Sugar and Bourbon Vanilla Sugar from Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, KY. The Bourbon-Mint Julep Sugar has all the rich caramel flavors of raw sugar as well as the refreshing flavors of mint while the Bourbon Vanilla Sugar is an all natural Demerara sugar that’s packed and aged with Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla beans to enhance the molasses flavors of the sugar with the richness of vanilla.




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Mad Men Cocktails: Basil Hayden’s Don Draper’s Manhattan

Basil Haydens Drapers Manhattan Cocktail 200x300 Mad Men Cocktails: Basil Haydens Don Drapers ManhattanCreated by Damian Windsor

The cocktail, Draper’s Manhattan, is a twist on the classic Manhattan and inspired by Mad Men’s own Don Draper.  The show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, even told us that Basil Hayden’s is his favorite bourbon and he enjoys the spicy finish after a long day in the writers in the writers’ room! It’s a great cocktail to mix up in the office or while you watch the premiere if you’re looking to channel the Mad Men era.

Basil Hayden’s Draper’s Manhattan


2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

3/4 parts Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambery

1 bar spoon Luxardo® Maraschino Cherries

1 dash Orange Bitters



1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until combined.

2. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.

3. Garnish with an orange twist.




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Best Irish Whiskey Cocktails: Bushmills Irish Whiskey & Ginger

bushmills irish whiskey portfolio  300x227 Best Irish Whiskey Cocktails: Bushmills Irish Whiskey & GingerIrish Whiskey Cocktails by Bushmills

Here’s a simple way to show your support and solidarity with top players from Northern Ireland–like the extraordinary Rory McIlroy, this year’s U.S. Open winner.  Mix up a batch of cocktails with Northern Ireland’s own Bushmills!  Since 1608 Bushmills whiskey has been synonymous with the country; the historic distillery is even pictured on the £5 Irish bank note.  Of course, on the rocks or with soda are always appropriate–but Bushmills Irish whiskey is also great mixer for summer beverages in front of the TV or at backyard barbecues.  Recipes that make it easy…even for duffers:


Bushmills Irish Buck

1.5 oz Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey

1 squeeze fresh lime juice

2 oz. ginger ale

1 wheel lime

Combine Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey and lime juice over ice in a tall glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with lime wheel


Bushmills & Ginger

1.5 oz Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey

3 oz. ginger ale

1 twist orange

Pour Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey and ginger ale over ice cubes into a tall glass.




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The Tullamore Dew 10 Years Aged Irish Whisky

Tullamore Dew 10 Year Irish Whisky The Tullamore Dew 10 Years Aged Irish WhiskyTriple Distilled, Aged in American and Spanish Oak

By Matt Goldstein

A few weeks ago we were invited to the Tullamore Dew Irish True event in Philadelphia.  This tour featured free Tullamore Dew, free Irish food, Irish music and some boxers sparring in a “secret” room.  While the boxers were barely sparring, the free food and free whisky was pretty god dam awesome.  Unfortunately, the other people attenting this party weren’t there to pick up their 3 complimentary bottles of Tullamore Dew so they could review it for their whiskey web site.  We’ve had the Tullamore Dew original many times and we’ve had the pleasure of tasting the 12 year, which is simply one of the best Irish whiskies on the shelves.  However, this is the first time we’re tasting the Tullamore Dew 10 year, after all, we can’t buy every bottle of liquor one the shelf.

The Tullamore Dew 10 Years Aged Irish Whisky is a triple distilled spirit matured in Spanish and American Oak casks.  This whisky is thin, salty, and a light thin gold color.  With a sweet, syrupy mouth feel, slightly bitter, dry, with a light malty flavor, the Tullamore Dew 10 years is a good sipping Irish whisky and definitely one of the better Irish whiskies, very close to the 12 year.  The Spirit Journal recently gave Tullamore Dew 10 Year Old Reserve 4 Stars/Highly Recommended.  We recommend this whisky as well.

Tasting Notes from Tullamore Dew:

Colour: Medium amber gold.

Nose: Spicy, oily and fresh malty notes with more complex toasted wood and vanilla undertones.

Body: Medium bodied, balanced with malt, spice and citrus fruits. Complex oily flavours with faint notes of Christmas cake and a touch of leather.

Palate: Smooth and full; woody undertones, giving way to sweet Olorosso nuttiness with just a touch of spice.

Finish: Rich, long, malty and spicy notes. Pleasantly dry finish with slightly lemony and sweet notes lingering




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The Top 10 Irish Pubs in Philly

brittinghams irish pub The Top 10 Irish Pubs in PhillySt Patty’s Day Feature: The Best Irish Bars in Philadelpia

By Pat Smith, Jeremy Thomson and Matt Goldstein

In honor of St. Patty’s Day and the greatest city in the world, Whiskey Goldmine has compiled our list of the best Irish Pubs and the best Irish Taverns in the city of Philadelphia.  With its authentic Irish food, Irish music and craft beer, Philadelphia offers a truly historical and unique take on the Irish Pub, with one of our favorite bars even dating back to 1763.  With a very large Irish population, Philadelphia is one of the best Irish Pub experiences in the United States.   

1. McGlinchey’s Bar & Grill

It wasn’t too long ago when McGlinchey’s served 50 cent Black & Tans & 25 cent hot dogs.  This Rittenhouse gem gets a lot of broke college kids and starving artists through some real tough times with that authentic pub feel.  One of the best spots in the city period.  259 S 15th St. Philadelphia, PA.


mcgillians old ale house 300x168 The Top 10 Irish Pubs in Philly2.  McGillian’s Old Ale House

McGillan’s has been pouring beers in the same spot since 1860.  This is one of the most authentic Irish pubs in the country, let alone Philadelphia.  1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA. 




3.  Brittingham’s

Much older than McGillian’s, Brittingham’s has been pouring beers and playing Irish music since 1763.  Along with the General Lafayette Brewery, Brittingham’s offers a historical and warming character to Lafayette Hill.  They have great live Irish music and nothing’s better than drinking half and half at Brittingham’s on St. Patty’s Day or kicking the crap out of a bunch of chumps in Quizzo.  640 E. Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA. 


fergies irish pub 300x225 The Top 10 Irish Pubs in Philly4.  Fergie’s

I’ll never forget my 21st birthday when already bombed, we walked into Fergie’s and the bartender poured me three shots for my birthday.  I told the bartender that if I drank the triple shot that I would throw up.  The bartender shrug his shoulders as if he did not care.  Needless to say…  1214 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA.    


5.  Plough & the Stars

Plough and the Stars has the most authentic and mouth-watering Irish food in the city and great live Irish music.  2nd St in Old City, Philadelphia, PA. 


alwayssunny philadelphia 300x225 The Top 10 Irish Pubs in Philly6.  Brownie’s Irish Pub

The best craft beer spot of any Irish pub in the city!  A home away from home…   46 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA.    



7.  For Pete’s Sake

Best muscles in the city?  900 South Front St., Philadelphia, PA. 


8.  Slainte

With Irish beer samplers and beautiful Irish whiskey list, Slainte is the best bar around the 30th St. station area.  3000 Market St. Philadelphia, PA. 


pj whelihans 300x239 The Top 10 Irish Pubs in Philly9.  Moriarty’s

Moriarty’s has some of the best wings and best Irish food in the city.  1116 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA. 


10.  PJ Whelihan’s

Yup, it’s a chain, we know.  But guess what, PJ Whelihan’s has the best craft beer list out of any chain anywhere in the area.  Actually, they have a better craft beer list then a bunch craft beer bars.  That’s not peanuts!  The PJ’s Pub craft beer list is a very educated and critically acclaimed, no question about it.  There are 12 PJ’s Pub locations in the Philadelphia area.   





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Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye Hits Theaters Tonight

Capones Whiskey Templeton Rye 197x300 Capones Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye Hits Theaters TonightAl Capone: The Champion of Prohibition

(Des Moines, IA) – Greetings from Modern American Cinema! We are proud to announce that Kristian Day’s documentary Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye will begin its theatrical run starting this Friday in Iowa City, IA and will continue the run in select theaters until the end of September. Most cities will only be offering a one or two day showing and a small number of theaters have been selected to include film maker Q&A sessions after the screenings.

Kristian Day’s documentary film chronicles the history of the infamous whiskey cookers of Carroll County from their outlaw days of Prohibition to when the liquor became legal in 2006. During the Prohibition Era, west central Iowa farmers cooked whiskey in their barns and machine sheds to supplement their income in the harsh times. The finished product was of such a high quality that it quickly made its way to speakeasies in Chicago, Kansas City, and Omaha through Italian gangster Al Capone. For almost 80 years the product was considered illegal until it was introduced in 2006 as a legal brand of top shelf liquor. The film made its debut on December 4th, 2011 at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines, Iowa.

“This film uncovers a part of Iowa’s history that has been kept in the dark for almost a hundred years,” says Day. “I wanted to tell a story of survival and community spirit without taking away the mystique that it has carried with it for so long.”

Theaters who are interested in booking Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye should contact Kristian Day and Modern American American Cinema, LLC directly at

Day, 26, a native of Rock Island, IL, went to high school in Cedar Rapids and attended the University of Colorado at Denver in the music industry studies program. In 2008, Day began directing and producing his own movies. His short films have played all over the world including Austria, Greece and Italy. His films have also been screened at various festivals in cities across the United States including Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

This movie is the third movie in Day’s MADE IN IOWA documentary series, which has previously included Brent Houzenga: Hybrid Pioneer (available on DVD) and Templeton Rye: Iowa’s Good Stuff (30 minute short), which aired along side the Ken Burns’ series Prohibition on Iowa Public Television this past October and is currently available on Amazon’s Video On Demand. The ongoing series tells the stories of the innovative people, places and ideas that have influenced Iowa’s culture.

Modern American Cinema, LLC is an independent film production & distribution company based in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 2010, the company specializes in creating full-feature narratives and educational documentaries for international distribution.

Current screening dates include:

March 1st at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA (private alumni/student screening)

March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the Bijou Cinema in Iowa City w/ film maker Q&A

March 10th at the Iowa Theater in Winterset, IA

March 10th at the Rialto Theater in Pocahontas, IA

March 22nd at Mayne Stage in Chicago, IL w/ film maker Q&A *Whiskey Fest Event*

March 23rd at The Grand Theater in Eldora, IA

March 24th & 25th at the Central Theater in Geneseo, IL

March 24th at the Grand Theater in Greenfield, IA

March 26th & 28th at the Prairie Cinema in Prairie Du Chien, WI

March 29th at the Orpheum Theater in Marshalltown, IA w/ film maker Q&A

April 10th at the Elkader Cinema in Elkader, IA

April 13th at the Palace Theater in Vinton, IA w/ film maker Q&A

April 28th at the Mindframe Theater in Dubuque, IA w/ film maker Q&A

April 28th & 29th at the New Strand Theater in West Liberty, IA

April 28th & 29th at the Dreamland Theater in Carson, IA

May 11th &12th at the Donna Reed Theater in Denison, IA w/ film maker Q&A

September 28th & 29th at the Temple Twin Theatre in Mount Pleasant, IA




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