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
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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
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
September is National Bourbon Month and we are celebrating with tons of reviews, cocktails and history lessons!
The name started in 1940 when a distillery executive took a sample on a wild turkey hunting trip and it stuck. The next year, his buddies asked for some of that wild turkey whisky and a brand was born (the distillery had existed prior to Prohibition and started upon again as soon as Prohibition ended). Wild Turkey’s other … Read more
Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka comes to us from Wadmalaw Island off the coast of South Carolina and close to Charleston. In homage to its Southern roots, it combines tea grown on a plantation off the coast of Charleston with Louisiana can sugar to produce real sweet tea that is infused into a quadruple distilled vodka.
The Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka has a lovely light amber color with brown highlights and smells like sweet tea on … Read more
This scotch spends time in not one, not two but three different types of wood casks. While most scotch spends time in used barrels that come from all over the world (port, sherry, wine, bourbon and whiskeys), it’s rare that they spend time in more than one type of cask. In this case, the result is pretty spectacular.
Auchentoshan (good luck saying or spelling it) is a Lowland Scottish distillery that triple distills its scotch. … Read more
Growing up in the largest brandy drinking state in the nation (Wisconsin), I am also a cognac lover! I am also constantly on the lookout for good cognac and this one delivers.
The Remy Martin 1738 cognac is named for the year that King Louis XV granted Remy Martin a warrant to expand his grape plantings on royal lands, allowing him to expand his cognac House. The Remy 1738 comes in a classy bottle that … Read more
Brugal Añejo is a Dominican rum that’s a blend aged three to five years in American white oak casks. The first thing I noticed when they sent me a bottle for review was the gold net over the bottle, which made me think of pirates … for some reason.
But once I cracked it open, I found a pleasing rum that’s a good value at $20 a bottle. The nose is almost all wood and … Read more
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