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Hardin's Creek Jacob's Well Bourbon Review

Hardin’s Creek Jacob’s Well Bourbon Review

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Jacob’s Well Bourbon is one of the 2 inaugural releases of the James B. Beam Distilling Company’s new Hardin’s Creek brand. Hardin’s Creek Jacob’s Well Bourbon is the polar opposite of their other inaugural release, Colonel James B. Beam Bourbon. Whereas Colonel James B. Beam Bourbon is a 2 year old bourbon meant to be reminiscent of the bourbon produced by Col. Jim Beam shortly after Prohibition ended, Jacob’s Well Bourbon is at the other end of the spectrum. It is a near equal blend of 16 year old bourbon made from the traditional Jim Beam bourbon mash bill and a 15 year old high rye bourbon.

Hardin's Creek Colonel James B Beam Bourbon Review

Hardin’s Creek Colonel James B Beam Bourbon Review

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Hardin’s Creek Colonel James B. Beam Bourbon, which is a 2 year old bourbon made in homage to the bourbon that Col. James B. Beam (aka Jim Beam) brought to market shortly after prohibition ended.

Bardstown Plantation Rum Finish Bourbon Review

Bardstown Bourbon Company Plantation Rum Finish Bourbon Review

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The Bardstown Bourbon Company Plantation Rum Barrel Finished Bourbon is the latest in the BBC’s Collaborative Series. This time, the folks at the BBC have started with a 10 year old Tennessee bourbon. They then finished it in Plantation Rum barrels for 22 months.

Shady Mile Bourbon Review

Shady Mile Bourbon Review

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According to their website, Shady Mile Bourbon is said to be produced in Owensboro Kentucky at the 10th oldest distillery in Kentucky. There is only one distillery that fits that description. Therefore, I would have to assume that they are referring to the Green River Distilling Co. The Shady Mile wheated and high rye bourbons have very similar mash bills. The only difference being whether rye or wheat is used as the secondary grain. The bourbon mash bill is: 70% corn, 21% either wheat or rye, and 9% malted barley. The distillate is then barreled at 120 proof. Both are bottled at 90 proof.

Tom Moore Bourbon Review

Tom Moore Bourbon Review

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Tom Moore Bottled In Bond Bourbon is distilled at the Barton Distilling Company. Therefore, I would expect that even though it comes in a plastic 1.75 liter jug for 21.99, that it would still be a decent bourbon. It’s Bottled In Bond, and therefore it’s at least a 4 year old bourbon. In addition, Thomas Moore was essentially the founder of what is now the Barton 1792 Distillery, so how could it not be a great value bourbon?

Smoke Wagon Uncut The Younger Review

Smoke Wagon Uncut The Younger Review

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Smoke Wagon Uncut The Younger is the latest bourbon from Nevada H&C Distilling. What’s new and exiting about The Younger is that it is meant to be an available and affordable high proof daily drinker. This is a fairly complex, relatively hot, spicy, viscous bourbon. But I don’t mean that in a bad way at all; this is one meant for those used to high proof and strong flavors.

Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey Review

Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey Review

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Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey is named after the Fighting 69th Regiment of the U.S. Army. According to the distillery, the Fighting 69th was founded in 1849 as a New York State Irish militia. The 69th has fought as a US Army Infantry Regiment in major engagements from the Civil War to modern day Iraq and Afghanistan. So, with that amazing heritage, the members of the Fighting 69th needed an appropriate whiskey with which to toast. Thus, Fighting 69th Irish Whiskey was born.

Wilderness Trail Small Batch Rye Review

Wilderness Trail Small Batch Rye Review

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If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I have been a huge Wilderness Trail Distillery fan ever since their first bourbon release. A couple of weeks ago I had posted about their new Small Batch Wheated Bourbon, and mentioned some of the changes they have going on, one of which is this new Bottled In Bond Small Batch Rye which is replacing their Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye in their core whiskey line up.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Review

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Review

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is one of my favorite bourbons. I look forward to each of the thrice yearly releases with great anticipation. Fortunately, I no longer have to explain to my wife why I need another Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon; she now also appreciates how different (yet also similar) each batch is. So, when I heard that Heaven Hill Distillery was adding ECBP to their single barrel program, I was needless to say, very excited.

Old Hillside Rye Review - Old Hillside Bourbon Company

Old Hillside Rye Review

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The Last Rye’d Straight Rye Whiskey honors the history of the black jockey. An overlooked part of the early days of horse racing is the role of the black jockey. It was a pretty dominant one which unfortunately fairly abruptly came to an end due to some societal changes that took over the industry around the turn of the century.