Month: June 2020

Peerless Absinthe Barrel Finished Rye

Peerless Absinthe Barrel Finished Rye

The Peerless absinthe barrel finished rye is one of two spirits produced as a collaboration between Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. and Copper & Kings American Brandy Company. The rye starts as regular Peerless rye. Then it is finished for an undisclosed amount of time in barrels which were previously used by Copper & Kings to age their absinthe.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, Elijah Craig 18 & Elijah Craig 23

Elijah Craig – Father of Bourbon?

Elijah Craig is purported to be the “Father of Bourbon” according to the folks at Heaven Hill Distillery. They credit him with being the first to put his whiskey into charred barrels, although the exact details are unclear. His barrels may have been burnt in a fire and used anyway, with the resultant whiskey receiving a favorable reception.

Camp Nelson National Cemetery & Wild Turkey Warehouses

Camp Nelson was established in 1863. It served as a hospital and a maintenance and supply station for the US Army. A portion of the land has been used as a cemetery since 1863, and by 1866, 1180 people were buried there. Following the Civil War the cemetery was used to reinter Union dead who had been buried elsewhere in Kentucky. Camp Nelson also had another very important role. According to the National Parks Service website: “Initially established as a Union army supply depot and hospital, Camp Nelson was one of the largest recruitment and training centers for African American soldiers during the Civil War, and served as a refugee camp for their wives and children. The warehouses overlooking the cemetery also have a long history. They have been used by the Kentucky River Distillery, the Canada Dry Distillery (yes, the same Canada Dry that makes ginger ale), Seagrams to store Four Roses Bourbon, and now by Wild Turkey.

(Old) Weller Antique Bourbon

(Old) Weller Antique Review

Whether you have had any of the Weller line of bourbons or not, it’s likely that you have heard about them. All of the Weller bourbons are wheated bourbons. Weller Antique lost the “Old” from its label, although interestingly it is still referred to as Old Weller Antique on Buffalo Trace’s website and many people still refer to it as “OWA”.

Pikesville Rye Review

Pikesville Rye – A Maryland Rye

Pikesville Rye is said to be a Maryland Rye made by Heaven Hill Distillery. The accepted defining characteristics of Maryland Rye now-a-days seem to be that it contains a fairly high corn content, and it’s a little more sweet and a little less spicy than ryes made with much higher percentages of rye in their mashbills.