The Whisky Drop by Maker’s Mark Distillery

The Whisky Drop is a new service from Maker’s Mark Distillery. Taking advantage of Kentucky’s recently passed House Bill 415, which allows the direct shipping of alcohol from producers directly to consumers, Maker’s Mark launched this program early this year. There is a shipment every season and each contains two bottles of bourbon.

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Rare Perfection 12 Year Old Bourbon Review

So, like all of the Rare Perfection whiskeys from Preservation Distillery, this Rare Perfection 12 Year Old Bourbon is also a mystery. We know it is from Kentucky and is 12 years old. Enigmatically, it doesn’t declare itself a Straight Bourbon, although I guess that is implied by the age. And yes, the wording of the age is a bit different as well: YR 12 OLD.

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Select Stock Bourbon Finished in Toasted Oak Barrels Review (2021)

Are you familiar with Heaven Hill’s Select Stock whiskeys? I think that they are not particularly well known. That may be because they are limited releases that generally come out yearly, and for the most part, are sold only at the distillery. Every year they are something unique. Last year was the Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Used Coffee Barrels. This year is Heaven Hill Select Stock Bourbon Whiskey Finished in New Toasted Oak Barrels. I have to say, I am partial to this year’s…

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Old Samuels Distillery Tour (Video)

The T.W. Samuels distillery originally started in 1844, then closed during prohibition, and then was rebuilt nearby in 1933. They distilled until 1952, and subsequently the distillery was used as the Samuels Springs Water Co, producing bottled water. The grounds are now being restored and will be turned into the new Old Samuels Distillery, which will house a restaurant, bar, guest cottages, and a small distillery, amongst other facilities.

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Ezra Brooks 99 Proof Bourbon Review

So, what’s the story with the Ezra Brooks 99 Proof Bourbon? According to the Ezra Brooks website: “Bottled at an elevated 99 proof for an enhanced flavor profile, this pure, oak-barrel-aged Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is charcoal filtered for a smooth, mellow finish and features a spicy, ryed bourbon mash bill.”

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Grist & Saw Empire Rye Review

Grist & Saw Empire Rye is, well, an Empire Rye. So what is an “Empire Rye”? It’s described as “The Whisky Style of New York State” by empirerye.com. It is a specific category of whiskey (which they apparently spell without the “e”) akin to Tennessee Whiskey. Like Tennessee Whiskey, it is not a specific designation by the TTB, and was created by a consortium of NY distilleries who wanted to establish a whiskey style for NY State.

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Heaven Hill 6 Year Old Bourbon “Green Label” Review

The Heaven Hill 6 Year Old Bourbon (Green Label) is one of those “Kentucky Only” bourbons that has a bit of a cult following, at least in some part due to the fact that it is only available in Kentucky. Interestingly, none of Heaven Hill’s KY only bourbons appear on their website. That’s a good thing, because these bourbons have been “our little secret”, but it is pretty clear that secret has gotten out.

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First Call Kentucky Straight Rye Review

The First Call Kentucky Straight Rye is bottled by the IJW Whiskey Company. Have you heard of IJW Whiskey? I didn’t think so. You are probably thinking “Hey, isn’t that a new craft distillery?” Well, no. IJW has been quietly accumulating barrels since 2016 and have about 100,000 stockpiled. We’ve noticed their warehouses quietly appear over the years along the far side of Wilderness Trail’s property, but we never really knew what or who they were.

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Blood Oath Pact 7 Bourbon To Be Released this Spring

Lux Row Distillers is launching Blood Oath Pact 7 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Finished in Sauternes casks, Pact 7 is the latest in a series of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey blends created by Lux Row Master Distiller John Rempe. Available at retail starting mid-April, Blood Oath Pact 7 has a limited allocation of just over 17,000 cases at a suggested retail price of $99.99 per bottle.

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