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Named after a little creek that ran by Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home, Knob Creek was created by Booker Noe, grandson of James Beam and sixth generation Master Distiller. Booker wanted to create a Super-Premium bourbon in the pre-prohibition style.
Knob Creek is a traditional bourbon with approx 70% corn and equal parts wheat and rye. It is aged for 9 years in 4-charred oak barrels and made in small batches. This process provides a sweet … Read more
Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged for seven years in new oak barrels. It is a small batch bourbon made from the favorite recipe of Baker Beam, Grandnephew of Jim Beam.
Appearance: clear, medium amber with bronze hues and viscous legs
Nose: clean, medium with mellow notes of corn, grain, butterscotch, vanilla, oak with a touch of cream
Palate: Dry, well integrated alcohol with a slight drying quality, medium notes of corn, grain, cinnamon, … Read more
Appearance: clean, medium minus tawny golden color with thick legs
Nose: clean with a medium intensity of corn, kernel, maple syrup, brown sugar, floral and muted oak
Palate: dry, integrated but spicy alcohol, medium notes of corn, kernel, sourdough, maple syrup, cinnamon, pepper and soft oak. Medium finish with notes of kernel and sourdough
Rating: Average to good. Basic bourbon that sees limited time in oak so the wood influence is muted. This allows the … Read more
I didn’t know much about Four Roses Bourbon other than that my friend Ingrid really, really likes it! We recently received a bottle of the Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon with the identification of Warehouse DS and Barrel 3-1I. Apparently, each of the Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon bottles come marked with their barrel identification and warehouse storage location. I thought that was pretty cool as bottles from different barrels can conceivably taste pretty different. It would be fascinating to track down a number of these bottles and do a taste test!
It’s the granddaddy of the Wild Turkeys, the Wild Turkey 101! Its big, bold and badass. When fern bars reigned supreme during the 1970s and 1980s, Wild Turkey was one of the few distilleries to continue bottling at 101 Proof. It refused to compromise and continued its proud tradition of making Bourbon for Bourbon aficionados. For some reason, I don’t see Wild Turkey being popular in fern bars anyway; it clashes with the white wine … Read more
On a recent outing to Costco, we ran across a new item, the Kirkland Premium Small Batch Bourbon. You might be thinking, really, Costco is making bourbon now? Well, Costco isn’t really making bourbon; they sourced it from one of the distilleries and private labelled it. Given the price at $19.99, I was game to try it. My husband and brother-in-law drink bourbon like it was 1818 (it’s almost a water substitute at my place, … Read more
This is a spirit that you know by the bottle alone. Maker’s Mark comes in the iconic square bottle with the wax closure. But, there are some facts that you might not know about Maker’s Mark. First, the wax closure is protected by a copyright obtained by the family (and was invented by the inventor’s Marjorie Samuels). Second, Maker’s calls it Bourbon Whisky in honor of the company’s Scottish roots (it was those rogue Scots … Read more
Rye was a favorite spirit in the United States prior to Prohibition. Since then, only a few producers have continued making rye but it is making a comeback. In 2007, Master Distiller Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie released Russell’s Reserve Rye.
Russell’s Reserve Rye is a light tawny, almost golden color with a nose of cherry, orange, dusty oak and spices. On the palate, the Russell’s Reserve is a lighter rye with flavor notes … Read more
A friend recently went home to visit family in his old Kentucky home and was nice enough to bring us back a bottle of 1792. As you may know—I think that I have said it before—, the hubby and the brother-in-law love bourbon and currently they seem to be in a bourbon phase (after a long affair with another love, Irish whiskey). The 1792 got the bourbon brothers’ thumbs-up. As you can imagine, it took … Read more