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Virginia Black Whiskey Review

Virginia Black Whiskey Review

Drake—yes, that Drake—has made a whiskey. It’s called Virginia Black, and it comes in a bottle that vaguely resembles a vessel for holding perfume. The spirit was made by blending a collection of two, three and four-year-old bourbons. The spirits were distilled in Indiana, and the words “Not From Virginia” appear…read more →

Redemption Wheated Bourbon Review

Redemption Wheated Bourbon Review

The 4th of July is now in our rearview, but that’s no reason to stop appreciating one of America’s greatest contributions to global civilization: bourbon whiskey. Adding to that storied legacy is Redemption’s Wheated Bourbon. This new limited-edition offering is notable for its mash bill, which contains a whopping 45%…read more →

Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The Kentucky Derby is known for two things: mint juleps and big hats. There’s also a horse race, but that’s secondary to the cocktails and hats. Regardless, millions of people will be watching, so that’s cause for some celebratory drinks. The race itself only lasts two minutes, so like most…read more →

Have Bourbon for Breakfast with This Fruity Pebbles Milk Punch

Have Bourbon for Breakfast with This Fruity Pebbles Milk Punch

There’s no time like the holidays for a stout glass of bourbon-spiked milk punch. And Fruity Pebbles, well, they’re good all year round. So let’s join the two together, and see what happens. We’ll give you a hint: it’s a hybrid concoction that’s part cocktail, part breakfast and fully delicious.…read more →

2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Review

2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Review

Another year, another Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. Each September, to honor founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday, Old Forester releases a limited-edition, 12-year old vintage-dated expression. It’s always a fun exercise to taste the new whiskey and compare notes with previous years. But mostly to taste it. So that’s exactly what…read more →

Smoked Peaches and Cream Cocktail

Smoked Peaches and Cream Cocktail

At Meauxbar in New Orleans, the bar team is combining adult beverages and childhood nostalgia with this take on the traditional summertime dessert, peaches and cream. Bourbon and Cynar make up the boozy backbone of this drink, while peach shrub and smoked peach pit tincture handle the fruit part of…read more →

Jim Beam Double Oak Review

Jim Beam Double Oak Review

Jim Beam Double Oak is a new release that, as the name implies, is aged twice. Four year old Jim Beam bourbon is taken out of its charred American white oak barrel, the standard wood for maturing bourbons, and then moved to another charred oak barrel for an undisclosed amount…read more →

Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon Review

Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon Review

2001 marks the year that Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe passed the Knob Creek torch to his son, Fred. So this limited edition Knob Creek was started by the father, finished by the son, and aged for 14 years, which is five years longer than the standard Knob Creek. Knob…read more →

Black Hole Sun, a Merger of Bourbon and Cold Brew Coffee

Black Hole Sun, a Merger of Bourbon and Cold Brew Coffee

This continues our series on breakfast drinks, where we highlight those cocktails that fortify our mornings with the gin, whiskey and resolve we need to keep going. Today, an old fashioned gets the coffee treatment. I like cold brew coffee. I usually make it at home, but when I’m out…read more →

I.W. Harper 15 Year Old Bourbon Review

I.W. Harper 15 Year Old Bourbon Review

Ever the popular enterprise these days, Diageo has been releasing many whiskeys into the wild as part of their Orphan Barrel project. And while I.W. Harper isn’t included in that lineup, it is another whiskey that’s been resurrected from the past. In this case, I.W. Harper was founded in the…read more →

Drinking in Some History (and Whiskey) in Downtown Nashville

Drinking in Some History (and Whiskey) in Downtown Nashville

We’ve seen all kinds of fanciful claims when it comes to whiskey brands and history. This one says it’s distilled in the dungeon of a 13th century castle. That one comes from Davy Crockett’s brother’s recipe. Too many of these backstories can charitably be called “improbable.” Uncharitably, they can be…read more →

Wild Turkey Launches Master’s Keep Bourbon

Wild Turkey Launches Master’s Keep Bourbon

Here’s something new from Wild Turkey. It’s called Master’s Keep, and it’s a limited edition 17-year-old Bourbon, which marks the oldest bourbon we’ve ever seen from Wild Turkey. This new expression is the brand’s first release under the direction of Master Distiller Eddie Russell, who took up the role alongside…read more →

Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review

Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review

Old Forester has something new for us. It’s called Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond, and it’s a new bourbon that honors the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. Crafted by Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris, this is the second release in the brand’s Whiskey Row series and a follow-up to…read more →

Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Cask Finish Bourbon Review

Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Cask Finish Bourbon Review

Jefferson’s Bourbon has just introduced a new expression to its portfolio: Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Cask Finish, a bourbon that was aged in new American white oak barrels in Kentucky prior to being finished for nine months in French oak barrels that once held Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley’s Groth Vineyards…read more →

Defiance Whiskey Review

Defiance Whiskey Review

Hailing from St Louis, Defiance Whiskey (not to be confused with Defiant Whisky) is a new high-rye bourbon that’s aged in Missouri oak barrels. Like many new whiskeys, Defiance is sourcing its juice from MGP Ingredients, the large scale distiller in Indiana. Founder Daniel Fort works with MGP to create…read more →

Orphan Barrel Forged Oak 15 Year Bourbon Review

Orphan Barrel Forged Oak 15 Year Bourbon Review

The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company locates and bottles forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world. It’s noble work. And their fifth release is Forged Oak, a 15 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Forged Oak was produced at the current Bernheim Distillery between 1997-1998, and it was found in…read more →

Mint Julep Recipes for Derby Day

Mint Julep Recipes for Derby Day

They call it the most exciting two minutes in sports. But whether or not you care about the race itself, the Kentucky Derby is a fine excuse to wear funny hats and, most importantly, to drink mint juleps. And while there’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy a nice…read more →

I.W. Harper Releases Two New Whiskeys Stateside

I.W. Harper Releases Two New Whiskeys Stateside

I.W. Harper Whiskey dates back to the late 1800s and enjoyed much success throughout the ensuing century. But if the brand doesn’t sound familiar, that’s because they ceased all US distribution in the 1990s, instead focusing their attention and allocation on the overseas market. And now, nearly 20 years later,…read more →

Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Bourbon Review

Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Bourbon Review

Last month Old Forester announced the launch of their new Whiskey Row series, a lineup of whiskeys that highlight the brand’s significant milestones and production innovations over the course of its history. The initial release is called 1870 Original Batch, and it commemorates the year Old Forester introduced the first…read more →

Wild Turkey Cocktails for Thanksgiving Day

Wild Turkey Cocktails for Thanksgiving Day

Now, you don’t have to drink Wild Turkey on Thanksgiving, but it sure makes for an easy themed drink. At my house, I’m content to sip the stuff neat. No ice, no mixers, no problem. But should your guests want something that’s a little more, you know, elaborate… here you…read more →