Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof Rye is an excellent rye. There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that can’t be denied. How the fruit flavors linger through the very long finish and at this crazy high proof for a rye is just a mystery. But a mystery I have no desire to solve. Let’s just let Jack be Jack and enjoy what they give us. As they say, “…if you know Jack, you’ll know Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye.” Maybe one day we’ll get down there again and have a little of the mystery unveiled…or maybe not.
It seems like eons ago, but Old Forester introduced their first rye in 2019. It is a Kentucky rye, which generally has a much lower percentage of rye in the mash bill than the classic Indiana 95/5 rye that we all know and love. Often the rye content is very close to 51%, which is the legal minimum. Old Forester took a bit of a different approach, using a bit more rye, and then quite a bit of malted barley, giving its rye a unique character. Recently they released Old Forester Barrel Strength Rye.
I hope you enjoy my Maker’s Mark CommUNITY Batch Review! This is will be the second year that The LEE Initiative and Maker’s Mark have released the CommUNITY Batch. Maker’s Mark has donated all of the bourbon, so the proceeds go entirely to support the cause! The first CommUNITY Batch was released last year, and raised over $500K from 34 blended barrels of whiskey! The money provided assistance to many hospitality industry employees who were affected by the pandemic.
I hope you enjoy my American Highway Reserve Bourbon Review! Brad Paisley has a new bourbon and it’s called American Highway Reserve. Its niche is that one its components had some of its aging while stored in a 53-foot semi-trailer that followed his 2019 nation-wide tour. So it travelled 7,314 miles across 25 states, from coast to coast. Thus their slogan: “Made in Kentucky, Aged across America”.
This whiskey, The Untold Story Of Kentucky Whiskey from Castle & Key Distillery, is a special one. Released by Castle & Key Distillery in partnership with the Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild, it is dedicated to uncovering and telling stories from generations past. The series honors African American contributions to the distilling industry, contributions which are many but which have not been widely recognized or discussed. This whiskey is also a step towards the future as well. It was donated by Castle & Key and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Castle & Key Scholarship Fund. This release, Chapter 1, will be the first release of a series of annual “Chapters”, each telling part of the story, right on the bottle. Check out the photos to read it.
Please enjoy my Kentucky Owl Wiseman Bourbon Review! Have you heard of The Wiseman Bourbon from Kentucky Owl? This bourbon is unique for the brand because it is produced and distilled by Kentucky Owl in collaboration with the Bardstown Bourbon Company. It’s a blend of Kentucky Owl 4 year old wheat and high rye bourbons, combined with 5 1/2 and 8 1/2 year old Kentucky sourced bourbons. It is also the first release under Master Blender John Rhea.
I hope you enjoy my Blue Run High Rye Bourbon Review! This is a very exciting bourbon for Blue Run Spirits. I really didn’t know what to expect from this bourbon. I have tried a few of Castle and Key’s own ryes and had a sneak peak at their bourbon, but this tastes like none of those. Nor is it particularly similar to some of the other brands who also distill there. I should have known Jim Rutledge would have created a unique high rye bourbon, given his prior accomplishments. Needless to say, this is quite different from the prior Blue Run bourbon releases, but it is nonetheless quite good.
Please enjoy my Benchmark Bonded Bourbon review! Have you seen the “new” additions to the Benchmark bourbon line? They are: Top Floor, Small Batch, Single Barrel, Bonded and Full Proof. Today we will look at the Benchmark Bonded Bourbon. The only information available is what is on the bottle: “The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 set strict standards for bonded whiskey. This 100 proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey aged four years to meet those standards. Enjoy the rich flavor and long smooth finish.”
Please enjoy our Boone County Pot Still Bourbon review! The Boone County Distilling Company as we know it has been around since 2015, although it is founded on a rich history dating back to 1833. Their releases up until now have been clear spirits, rum and sourced rye and bourbons. I have been a fan. Some of the labels, notably the Eighteen33 bourbons, are no longer with us, and they are missed. The future is now, though. Boone County has been waiting patiently for their bourbon to age. This first release is 5 1/2 years old. Made from a mash bill of 74% corn, 21% rye and 5% malted barley it was distilled in their 500 gallon copper pot still, named The Bear. It is bottled at 94.8 proof. Retail is $49.99.