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Each September marks Bourbon Heritage Month. While there are other spirits with connections to America – think colonial rum and apple brandy – no spirit is as quintessentially American as bourbon. Bourbon is an amber colored whiskey that must be made from a mash consisting of a majority of corn, matured in charred American oak barrels and bottled at no less than 80 proof.
Bourbon is often associated with Kentucky but bourbon can be made … Read more
Another offering from the folks at Wild Turkey, who never cease to surprise us. At this point, Wild Turkey is truly an American icon. And we love the story on how this bourbon got its name—a turkey hunting trip that one of its marketing executives went on and took samples. The next year, the friends asked for some of that “wild turkey.” It’s a great story!
Wild Turkey has a Rare Breed society for bourbon … 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
One of the six offerings of bourbon from Wild Turkey. The 81 Proof (or 80 as the website says but my bottle reads 81 Proof) is bottled at a slightly lower proof than the original Wild Turkey recipe and was created to offer a lower octane alternative with the same spicy kick as the original and the famed Wild Turkey 101. In addition to being bottled at a lower proof, the 81 Proof was also … Read more
Basil Hayden’s is a small-batch bourbon from Jim Beam Brands that was first released into the market in the 1980′s. Besides having a cool name (for some reason, I really like Basil Hayden’s), it is also in a beautiful, rustic bottle (seriously, I want to use the band around the bottle as a bracelet). I know that I have cautioned readers from purchasing wine based on the appearance of the bottle before and I will … 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
Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon comes from our friends at the Firefly distillery. They import Buffalo Trace Bourbon from Kentucky and infuse with their proprietary sweet tea recipe. Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon is the ultimate Southern treat, the marrying of Bourbon and sweet tea.
The Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon is almost the same color as the vodka but with darker brown hues to the highlights through the amber liquid. On the nose, the Sweet Tea Bourbon … Read more
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