Nulu Bourbon

  • Distiller: Prohibition Craft Spirits
  • Spirit: Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Aged: 4+ Years
  • Proof: 115.4
  • Purchase Price: $54.99

    About The Distillery: “There’s something special about rolling up your sleeves and getting “Back-to-Basics.” At PCS Distilling Company’s facility, we do just that; combining the finest ingredients in our recipes with hands-on, devoted attention to every step of the distilling process.”

About Keith

It was great meeting Keith, the owner of Prohibition Craft Sprits and the current mastermind behind the NULU branding decisions. He and his master distiller, Harrison Hayden have a passion for bourbon.

Both have long histories with our favorite spirit, and both surround themselves with it. As a matter of fact, while we were there, they were breaking down old barrels and turning it into furniture when they were done bottling their product.

Harrison had his own blends and concoctions he was aging in small barrels to constantly tweak recipes and seek new flavors. Keith told us he was looking to put PCS on the map as a must-visit destination. With all the stuff they are doing, we think that is a very real possibility.

About Nulu

The distillery itself is multi-dimensional.

There is a bar side hosting a great list of different pours. However, when you enter the distillery side, there is a whole other world full of whiskey and the NULU brand history. A large bar claims one side of the large room, a maze of “story walls” tell the tales and display artifacts of multiple historical events for bourbon, Kentucky, and NULU.

There is a private party area on one side of the maze, with a stage and DJ booth in the shape of a giant whiskey barrel included for good measure. There is also a lounge that overlooks the rest of the room.

Overall, it seems like NULU is positioning itself to be quite the hangout. And that is before they positioned themselves by partnering with MGP to produce their NULU bourbon.

Traverse City – Barrel Proof Bourbon

  • Distiller: Traverse City Michigan
  • Spirit: Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Aged: 3+ Years
  • Proof: 116.6
  • Purchase Price: $74.99

    About The Distillery: “Here at The Traverse City Whiskey Co., we’ve worked hard to reconstruct the recipe that’s been lingering in one of our family heirlooms for three generations. Every day we’re busy distilling the best whiskey around using the techniques derived directly from my great-grandfather’s patents.”

Traverse City Michigan lies on the coast of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes.

I have a familiarity with Michigan, having gone most summers to visit family and gorge myself on Mackinac Island fudge. That being said, it is always interesting to see a distillery producing bourbon so far away from Kentucky. If for no other reason than because of the rampant misnomer that bourbon has to be produced in Kentucky.

However, Traverse City has found a nice mark. They have made a bit of name for themselves in the community. Well, at least near Tampa, Florida. After trying it though, we understand the hype. For being a younger bourbon, it does carry quite a lot of flavor.

Jack Daniels – Herritage Barrel

  • Distiller: Jack Daniels
  • Spirit: Tennessee Whiskey
  • Aged: Unstated
  • Proof: 100
  • Purchase Price: $64.99

    From the Distiller: “This release celebrates the early craftsmanship of the Jack Daniel Distillery. The whiskey is from uniquely crafted heavy-toast barrels and 100 proof barrel entry proof. 

    The “Heritage Barrel” expression of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel was crafted with a low temperature, heavy toasted barrel which created a light but rich char full of deep flavor. A lower 100 proof entry proof allows our grain bill to assert itself creating a special Tennessee whiskey with notes of light baking spices, vanilla, and toasted oak with a long, lingering finish, aged to perfection at the top of one of the highest elevated barrelhouses, 1-09, on Coy Hill. What emerges is a flavorful and rich Tennessee Whiskey.”

    About The Distillery: “An exciting new era of innovation begins with Master Distiller Jimmy Bedford’s (’88-’07) introduction of Gentleman Jack, and continues with the biggest expansion to our family of brands in 150 years under Master Distiller Jeff Arnett (’08-present).”

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Michter’s 20 Year Limited Release

Quick Stats:

Distillery: Michter’s
Spirit: Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Age: 20 Years
Proof: 114.2
MSRP: $700

From The Distillery:

“While we regularly sample all our Michter’s barrels to see how our whiskey is aging, we pay even extra special attention to our barrels once they are over 17 years old. At Michter’s we consider 17 to 20 years the ‘Fork In The Road Point’ when certain barrels of whiskey can achieve an extraordinary level of quality. It is these particular barrels that our Master Distiller Dan McKee personally selects for our very limited bottling of Michter’s 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon.”

Distillery Spotlight – NJoy Distillery

Guys, this distillery spotlight is long overdue. NJoy distillery was one of our earliest stops in our blog, and they produce a unique and very enjoyable bottle of whiskey. They were in the midst of renovating their distillery and we lost contact for a while. However, it’s their time to shine in the spotlight, and rightfully so!

Nat and Kev started N Joy distillery in the heart of the Weeki Wachee wildlife preserve. When we went, it was a scenic drive through a maze of plant and wildlife that was quite unlike anything we’ve ever experienced on our trips. Our choice of travel vehicle wasn’t exactly “ideal” as this drive is one down dirt roads and through rolling wilderness hearkening back to the days of moonshine distilleries hiding deep in relatively untraveled territory.

The final stretch of sugar sand road led up to the gate that encapsulates the property on which NJoy was founded. There we had our first meeting with two incredible individuals who followed a passion for a naturalistic lifestyle. One of living off the land. One of raising animals and growing wheat and sugarcane in a unique environment, and then turning it into whiskey and rum to share with the rest of us.

Nat and Kevin achieved what many of us daydream about. Recapturing the self sufficiency of the American frontier. A complete detox from the “bigger is better” race that has so many companies striving to visually impress their customers with flashy technology and polished architecture.

They have truly embraced the ruralism of traditional whiskey distillation in a way that closely echoes how it would have been made over a century ago, when land was still unclaimed and distillation was at the mercy of nature. Their distillery is equipped with free roaming animals outside the fields and adorably rugged and picturesque distillery dogs that help deal with the coyotes.

However, they are quite humble about their operation here. Our time with them was spent walking through fields of wheat and sugar cane which is all farmed on site, and crouching down and running our fingers through the dirt as they explained the unique properties the air and sand in the middle of the preserve lend their “Wild Buck” whiskey and their “Mermaid” rum.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Weeki Wachee, it is somewhat of an attraction in Florida. It’s heavily protected ecosystems include countryside, forests, preserves, rivers filled with matinees, and a direct pass into the Gulf of Mexico, making it a truly unique and diverse place to be. It’s also Florida’s home of the mermaid. So much so that it’s on almost all advertising for the city. There have been “mermaid” entertainment shows that have been drawing crowds since 1947. Hence the names “wild buck” whiskey and “mermaid” rum.

The whiskey itself is as unique as the distillery. There is something about this whiskey. Whether it’s the natural salt content of the earth being so close to the Gulf or something else entirely, this whiskey isn’t quite like anything we’ve ever experienced. It’s truly old school in a great sense of the word. It’s a 100% rye whiskey, and every last piece of milled rye wheat comes directly from the fields less than 20 yards away from the old fashioned copper still and re-purposed barn they distill their spirits in.

Where many whiskey drinkers identify rye with a spicy heat, something about this whiskey is completely different. It drinks smooth at 100 proof, and you can taste the literal definition of the word “earthiness.” It knows what it is. It’s unapologetic in its directness. And, it is absolutely worth a try if you’re looking for something incredibly unique.

Thanks again to Nat and Kevin for letting us tour their distillery and for being so passionate about what they produce.

What Does “Bottled In Bond” Mean?

America’s history is closely mirrored in the history of our native spirit, Bourbon. It’s a story of triumph and defeat, relentlessness and fortitude, enterprise and regulation. One such regulation was the Bottled In Bond act of 1897.

Speaking of enterprise, people have been profiting off of the spirits industry for much of our recorded history. It was the seeking of profit by companies in the mid 1800’s that created the whiskey conundrum that let to the passing of this act. In the mid 1800’s, the whiskey market was booming and it seemed like distilleries couldn’t produce enough for thirsty Americans to consume. This is when some got the idea of capitalizing on the whiskey craze by selling whiskey that wasn’t quite… well… whiskey.

Many of these companies decided to purchase grain spirits in massive discounted bulk orders. They would then dump these grain spirits into large vats and mix in flavoring and coloring agents to make something that resembled the delicious amber whiskey people knew and loved. However, as time went on and companies sought to increase their profits, they began to get more bold with their operations. Some would source potentially dangerously produced grain spirits from less than reputable sources, while others began using cheaper additives to further reduce their cost of production. Many of these companies would put completely false advertising statements or use phrases to indicate quality to unwitting consumers. Some companies even led to poisoning customers and then packing up shop and vanishing overnight, only to reopen under a different name weeks later.

Many quality whiskey producers came together to protest the damage these companies were doing to their industry and the trust they had worked for decades to distill into their consumers. Colonel E.H. Taylor (yes, that E.H. Taylor) and other whiskey producers banded together to fight for the US government to enact safety and quality standards for whiskey. The fight lasted until a decision was reached in favor of those fighting for accountability, and the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 was passed.

The Bottled in Bond Act required companies to adhere to a strict standard of distillation practices.
• It must be the product of a single distillation season by a single distiller at a single distillery
• It must be stored and bottled in a bonded warehouse under US governmental supervision for no less than 4 years
• It does not allow the removal or addition of material to alter the substance in any way from the original product (except water to proof)
• It must be bottled at 100 proof
• It must have the green Bottled in Bond label placed over the cork
• It must indicate name and location of the distillery, and indicate how much spirits are in the bottle.

This was the first real consumer protection law put into place, even predating the Food and Drug Administration. Consumers were able to look for whiskey that donned the bottled in bond label and be confident in the quality and purity of the whiskey they drank. It was a large step for companies being held accountable for the products they produced and the safety of those who used them.

Today, we see a large number of whiskey companies releasing bottled in bond expressions that are produced under the same regulations the bottled in bond act set over 100 years ago. These bottles are a piece of drinkable whiskey history. Customers can still rest assured today of a certain quality standard set forth by these bottled in bond releases in terms of their production, aging, and purity of the spirit within the bottle.

Whiskey Culture – 2020 and Beyond

Hey everyone! We are here to thank you all for being a valuable member of our culture, recap our 2019, and discuss the new directions Whiskey Culture is taking in this new decade. You’ve spoken, we’ve listened.

Our 2019 was huge.
– We made our first trips up to Kentucky. There we grew relationships with distilleries and met amazing people that continue to be advocates for what we’re trying to do (shout out to Vicky and Whiskey Jean). We have a schedule for this upcoming year to continue traveling to the land from which the bourbon flows to bring even more content.
– We started a closed Facebook group in the fourth quarter of the year and already have around 1,100 members sharing their love of whiskey with each other daily (which you are more than welcome to join.
– We grew nearly 50% in likes and engagement, meaning we’re on the right track in bringing you all content you actually enjoy. However, as always, we want to do more.

That is why we have planned to step it up this year.

One of the most requested things in 2019 was that we begin a podcast. You all requested we keep them short and to the point. We already have our first 15 podcasts recorded, edited, and scheduled. The first one is a quick review of New Riff Single Barrel. It is a quick 2 minute review, but we’re getting the hang of it and ask that you all subscribe and stick with it while we get our bearings. You can find the podcast here.

We have also partnered with an company in California, Keg N Bottle, to meet the second most requested new addition to our blog. We will be offering our very own Whiskey Culture Barrel Picks you can order from their website. They’ll be offering WC followers a special price just for supporting the blog! This means you’ll be able to order bottles specifically from barrels that we’ve selected, meaning you can have your very own piece of Whiskey Culture to drink for yourself!

In addition to these awesome additions to our blog, we’ll be focusing on producing more content, and more interviews with those in the industry, and those who just love drinking whiskey like yourselves! We think this will provide more diversity in our content offerings and some more relatable material for your enjoyment.

Another one of the biggest things that we’ve seen, is people wondering how they can support the blog. We appreciate you all so much! It’s not inexpensive running a blog that’s gotten to the size we have. We are having to host the site, pay for the software for the new podcasts, travel, and purchase some of the bottles requested by our followers for review. We have set up a Patreon page that we have just launched. However, with your support comes additional perks! You’ll get access to more content, exclusive swag, bigger and badder giveaways, magazine subscriptions, free bottles, priority ordering for our barrel picks, and even opportunities to be featured on the blog or help us pick our next barrel!

As always, thank you so much for being a member of our culture. You all make this endeavor so worthwhile. Thank you for your continued support, and we hope these new additions to the blog bring you plenty to read over a nice pour of your favorite daily drinker.

New “Single Barrel” Label Filed With TTB

Sazerac company has filed a new single barrel label which has been approved and appears on the TTB website.

According to the filing, the single barrel expressions will be bottled at a middle-of-the-road 97 proof. This proof is a middle-ground between the Special Reserve’s 90 proof and the 107’s proof.

Weller’s Full Proof, which weighs in at 117, has captured the hearts of barrel strength fans everywhere. However, the CYPB release that was created and voted on by fans of the brand proofed in at 95.

Now, the Weller single barrel gives a nice round to the portfolio giving bourbon drinkers Weller expressions at 90, 95, 97, 107, and 117 proof.

It’s worth noting that some stores are capable of getting single barrels from Weller currently, however those are few and far in-between and this release is most likely a way for Weller to capitalize on those looking for unique expressions and flavors with a base they know and love.

Though the label has been filed we don’t know much more. The distillery should update us shortly as to their plans with the label.