Rabbit Hole Bourbon

After Pernod Ricard acquired a majority share in Rabbit Hole back in 2019, the distillery rebranded their products, with a name change to honor influential figures and places in Louisville, as well as in the life of founder Kaveh Zamanian. I have always been a bit confused by the naming of Rabbit Hole Bourbon and Rye, so I’m just going to take a minute to clarify that for myself. You all are welcome to come along!

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Wildcatter Bourbon Review

This Wildcatter Bourbon is a bottle we picked up a few years back, and for some reason I am just getting around to opening it now. It was around $30 back then; pretty reasonable for an 8 year old bourbon. A quick search on Google shows that it goes for around $35 now at our local Total Wine, and it looks like the label has been revised. I did just find a bottle on sale for $25, so there are some deals out there.

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Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished in Mizunara Oak Casks Review

The Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished in Mizunara Oak Casks was released in honor of Angel’s Envy’s Founder’s Day, the day that they filled their very first barrel. It is a blend of four year-old and nine year-old bourbons, then finished for two years in Japanese Mizunara oak casks for two more years. Only 1200 bottles were produced, so finding one of these isn’t easy. A good percentage of these sold out during an online pre-sale and on release day at the distillery. There subsequently was a very limited distribution of these bottles to bars/restaurants and retailers.⁠

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Elijah Craig Beer Barrel Finish Bourbon

So this Elijah Craig Beer Barrel Finish Bourbon is super cool. It all began when Heaven Hill made a batch of their Elijah Craig Bourbon. It turns out that wasn’t just any Elijah Craig, it was the Elijah Craig that was crowned Whiskey of the Year back in 2018! The folks at Heaven Hill didn’t just chop up those empty barrels and use them for kindling. Oh, no. They sent those barrels to the fine folks at Goose Island Beer Company in Chicago. I know what you are thinking. They made planters out of them to decorate their breweries and tap rooms. Well, that’s not quite correct. They made one heck of an imperial stout and aged it for a year in those barrels. Then they released it on Black Friday 2018 as Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, one of my favorite beers!

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Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon Review

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon is the latest addition to the Elijah Craig line. The original Elijah Craig bourbon is finished in a second “custom toasted” and “flash charred” new oak barrel for an undisclosed amount of time to create this bourbon. The process is similar to that used for Woodford Doubled Oaked, although the end result is a bit different.

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Limestone Branch Distillery Tour

Last Friday we stopped by Limestone Branch Distillery. It had been a while since I was last there. The last time I had seen Stephen Fante, their Whiskey Ambassador Extraordinaire, he had told me that they had doubled their capacity, so I was eager to see what was going on. Limestone branch is a small operation, so by doubling their capacity they went from producing one barrel of whiskey a day to two, but that’s still cool!

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Woodford Reserve Five Wood Review

The Woodford Reserve Distillery Series is, according to their website: “An eclectic line of one-of-a-kind expressions, Distillery Series pushes the creative boundaries of whiskeys to the extreme.” The series includes the Double Double Oaked, Barrel Finished Rye, Sweet Mash Redux, Frosty Four Wood, Bottled in Bond, Three Grain, Four Grain, Five Malt, Blended Rye, Toasted Oak Rye, French Oak Cask Finished Rye and the latest release, the Woodford Reserve Five Wood.

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1792 225th Anniversary Bourbon Review

The 1792 225th Anniversary Bourbon was a limited release from Barton 1792 in 2017 to commemorate the 225th anniversary of Kentucky becoming a state. According to the label “a distinct group of barrels have been carefully selected and married together” to make this bourbon. No age statement is given, but the label states “after aging nearly a decade”, so this bourbon is in the neighborhood of 10 years old. It’s bottled at 92.15 proof. 92 for the year 1792, and 15 for Kentucky being the 15th state to join the union. This bourbon was only sold in Kentucky.

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Old Fitzgerald 11 Years Aged Bourbon Review

eaven Hill began releasing the Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond decanters in the Spring of 2018. This Old Fitzgerald 11 Years Aged Bourbon was the first of the series. There are Spring and Fall releases every year, although the Spring release may arrive in Summer and the Fall release may arrive in winter.

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