Wilderness Trail Bourbon “Derby Pick 2021” Review

Well this one was a real surprise! I had no idea that the folks at Wilderness Trail Distillery were going to be releasing such an amazing barrel in honor of the Kentucky Derby! I have said before how much I love their bourbon at barrel strength, and that goes double for their wheated bourbon. That extra proof just does something amazing to it. Unfortunately, the barrel strength wheated bourbons have become somewhat of a rarity as they have been holding them back to further age. So I was very happy to get a bottle of this Wilderness Trail Bourbon!

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Casey Jones Kentucky Straight Bourbon Review

Casey Jones Distillery released their first Kentucky Straight Bourbon late November 2020. They use a very unique square pot still also known as a “square still” or “coffin still” to produce their bourbon (and moonshine). In addition, Casey Jones uses the moonshiner’s technique of mashing and fermenting all in the same tub. Now that’s efficiency!

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Green River Distilling Co. Virtual Tour (Video)

The Green River Distilling Co.’s story began when J.W. McCulloch began making Green River Whiskey back in 1885. Interestingly, his slogan was “The Whiskey Without A Headache”. For obvious reasons, the use of that slogan was not allowed to endure, and the current version is “Whiskey without Regrets”. Although one could dispute that one as well (sort of reminds me of “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”) that’s the slogan that is used today. Let’s hope it’s true!

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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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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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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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Heaven Hill Distillery Bourbon Heritage Center Tour (Video)

Heaven Hill Distillery TourBourbon Heritage Center1311 Gilkey Run Rd.Bardstown, KY Heaven Hill Distillery has been family owned and operated since 1935, and Heaven Hill Brands is America’s largest independent family-owned & operated distilled spirits company. Unlike many of the other large distilleries, visitors are not able to tour Heaven Hill’s distillery.  The main distillery, the…

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New Heaven Hill Distillery Rickhouse (Video)

Anyone who has been to the Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, Kentucky lately has certainly noticed all the expansion going on. One of the first things people will see is the very large New Heaven Hill Distillery Rickhouse. On the opposite side of the street, the visitor center is being renovated and expanded, with the first phase now complete.

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Belle Meade Black Belle Bourbon Review

Belle Meade Black Belle Bourbon is part of the Belle Meade Craftsman Cask Collection. This bourbon exemplifies the circle of life. The folks at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery first age their Belle Meade Bourbon 10-11 years. The barrels are dumped, and then head to the Blacksone Brewing Co. where they are filled with Blackstone’s Black Belle Imperial Stout, which is infused with cocoa nibs. The stout ages for 7 months, the barrels are emptied and then refilled with Belle Meade Bourbon for another 12 months. The end result is this amazing bourbon!

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