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Shenks Homestead Sour Mash Whiskey 2021 Review

Shenk’s Homestead Sour Mash Whiskey

Shenk’s Homestead honors John Shenk, who founded a distillery in 1783 that would later become Michter’s. It’s a limited-production release shrouded by a little mystery. This is a “high rye” whiskey that doesn’t make its mash bill public. The 2021 release’s aging process uses barrels made from Chinquapin Oak trees. Some use the oak as proof that Shenk’s can’t possibly be bourbon. It could be that the mash bill has less than 51% corn, which would knock it out of the bourbon sphere. Learn more about Shenk’s Homestead 2021 release in our review!

Remus Gatsby Reserve Review

Remus Gatsby Reserve Review

The latest in the Remus Bourbon family, the Remus Gatsby Reserve, celebrates F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, “The Great Gatsby,” which examines prohibition-era America during the Jazz age. The bourbon, crafted by master distiller Ian Stirsman and his team at Ross & Squibb Distillery, is made with 15-year-old reserves of straight bourbon whiskey. How is it? Check out our review!

Old Pogue Master's Select Bourbon Review

Old Pogue Bourbon Review

In the era of craft bourbon distilleries, Old Pogue’s character and uniqueness make it stand out. Learn more about Old Pogue Master’s Select Bourbon in our review!

Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon Review

Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon Review

A bourbon aged for 10 years should mellow its flavors just a bit and take on some oak. For Bulleit, spice remains king. Read our Bulleit 10 Year Old Bourbon Review for more details.

Lux Row 12 Year Double Barrel Bourbon Review

Lux Row 12 Year Double Barrel Bourbon

Have you ever had a bourbon that you would drink every day if it weren’t so hard to find? The Lux Row 12-year Double Barrel Bourbon is in that category. This is a special bottle. As good as the bottle looks and feels the bourbon tastes far better.

Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

Daviess County Bourbon Review

Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon is another in a line of bourbons that has a lighter color but a heavier taste. Citrus, specifically orange, is the predominant flavor here. There’s also a teeny bit of grapefruit that balances out the flavors. The pepper is the big surprise at the end, but no wonder. Daviess is a blend of bourbon and ryes and that little kick shows off a nicely blended pour.

Daviess County Lightly Toasted Bourbon Review

Lux Row Distillers continued the expansion of its Daviess County brand with the August 2022 release of Daviess County Lightly Toasted Bourbon with a limited release of 3,000 six-packs (18,000 bottles). Lux Row noted that this bourbon contains the same bourbon and rye blend as the other bourbons in the Daviess County line. However, the flavor profile comes from toasting the barrels.

Daviess Cabernet Cabernet Finished Bourbon Review

Daviess County Cabernet Finished Bourbon Review

If you want a bourbon that will surprise you, try this Daviess County Cabernet Finished Bourbon. I mean, wow. First, the thick mouth feel surprised me and reminded me of a sauterne, a sweet dessert wine. The red wine comes through big on the nose but quickly calms down. The deep, dark fruit does bring hints of cabernet, but it’s not so overwhelming that it overpowers the flavors of the bourbon, a flaw in a number of finished bourbon products.

Brough Brothers Bourbon Review

Brough Brothers Bourbon Review

Brough Brothers has an interesting back story. Three brothers opened a distillery not far from where they grew up in a poor area of Louisville, KY — one of the poorest in the state actually. They did so not only to begin their distillery operation but to bring some economic opportunities to the area. Along the way, Brough Brothers became the first and only Black-owned distillery in the state of Kentucky. This a sourced product though Brough Brothers hope to have its own distillate soon.