Ray Marcano

Ray Marcano

High Wire Jimmy Red Bourbon Review

High Wire Jimmy Red Bourbon Review. Bottle photo: High Wire Distilling
Ever heard of Jimmy Red corn? Nearly extinct, this heirloom grain imbues High Wire's Jimmy Red Bourbon with a creamy mouthfeel and unique flavor profile. While there is sugary sweet corn in the nose, expect honey, minerals, vanilla and a surprising hint of pepper later on. Intrigued? Read our full Jimmy Red Bourbon review to learn more!

Remus Gatsby Reserve Bourbon Review (2023)

Remus Gatsby Bourbon Review
The Remus Gatsby Reserve Bourbon, crafted by Ross & Squibb Distillery, is a 15-year-old straight bourbon whiskey that celebrates F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”. The 2023 edition features a delectable flavor profile with notes of cherry and crème brûlée, making it hard to stop at one glass. While it’s a significant investment at $200, it’s a worthy consideration for special occasions or as personal splurge. To learn more about it, read our full review.

Remus Repeal Reserve Series VII Bourbon Review

Remus Repeal Reserve VII Bourbon Review - Photo: Ross & Squibb Distillery
Remus Repeal Reserve Series VII Bourbon is the latest release in the series from the Ross & Squibb Distillery (MGP). It is a blend of bourbons distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and aged from 9-16 years. Previous releases have received significant acclaim. So what's it like? Read our full review to find out!

Big House Bourbon Review (120 Proof)

Big House 120 Proof Bourbon Review
There’s little available information on Big House online, and a lot of it’s wrong. The bottle says it’s produced and bottled by Sazerac in Louisville, but that really means Buffalo Trace, which Sazerac calls its “home away from home.” Read our Big House Bourbon 120 Proof Review to learn more!

Basil Hayden Bourbon Review

Basil Hayden Bourbon Review
Booker Noe crafted Basil Hayden Bourbon in 1992 to produce a more subtle but tasty bourbon. The mash bill pays homage to the one created by Meredith Basil Hayden in 1792, who used a high-rye recipe. Basil Hayden Bourbon honors both men and their contributions.

Larceny Bourbon Review (92 Proof)

Bottle - Larceny Bourbon Review
According to legend, John E. Fitzgerald was a US Treasury Agent turned criminal who would use his access to rickhouses to steal bourbon samples. Larceny plays up the tale, first with its name but also its slogan --- so smooth it’s criminal. Read our review to learn more!

Evan Williams 12 Year Bourbon

Evan Williams 12 Year Bourbon Review
The Evan Williams Aged 12 Years used to be sold only in Japan as an export-only product. However, you can now find the bourbon at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience in Louisville, the only place in the country that makes the 12-year available. It’s an easy drinker that I wish was more widely available. Read our review to learn more!

Shenk’s Homestead Sour Mash Whiskey

Shenks Homestead Sour Mash Whiskey 2021 Review
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 (2022)

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!