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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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
This particular rye is to celebrate PawPaw, grandfather of current master distiller and owner Royce Neeley. PawPaw is also a distiller, and got his start “back in the day” in Eastern Kentucky. This rye was distilled and barreled on PawPaw’s 77th birthday and bottled and sold to celebrate his 79th birthday, this past May 16th, 2022. PawPaw’s Birthday barrel was sold in 750ml bottles; the regular release is also a single barrel and comes packaged in 375ml bottles also at barrel strength.
The Maker’s Mark DNA project set out to experiment with 4 different barrel entry proofs: 110, 115, 120 & 125. The bourbons were all distilled on the same day, and aged in the same warehouse, on the same middle floor. They were not rotated. The barrels were aged for 8 years, which is longer than the usual ~6 years for Maker’s Mark. They were bottled at barrel proof, and if memory serves me, they were bottled as single barrels so the proofs will vary across each batch.