Peerless Bourbon – Corona, TBWS, Bern’s Barrel Select

Quick Stats:

  • Distiller: Peerless Distilling Co.
  • Spirit: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Aged: Unstated
  • Proof: 109
  • Purchase Price: $62.95
  • Peerless Bourbon Website
  • Davidoff Tampa Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • “Originally established in the early 1800s, Kentucky Peerless is now home to six fermentation tanks, a 3,800-gallon beer well, and a one-of-a-kind 26-foot continuous copper still made locally by Vendome Copper & Brass Works. The 2,500-gallon Peerless cooker holds the finest corn, rye, barley, and Kentucky limestone water.” 
  • “Peerless® Kentucky Straight Bourbon upholds the promise of producing top-notch spirits from the historic distillery. Unlike rye, which features more hay and pepper, Peerless® Bourbon is rooted in fruits, florals, and oaks. The nose features citrus, cedar, and honeysuckle as well as a nice balance of spicy oak. The first sip is that of caramel and toasted oak before a multitude of notes from around the flavor wheel show up on the palate. The finish showcases an enduring duel between sweet and spicy notes as citrus, florals, and sweet oak tussle with dry cocoa, cinnamon, and spicy oak. The result is an amazing whiskey – fascinating for everyone from beginners to connoisseurs.”

Whiskey Culture Magazine – Issue #4

We are proud to announce the release of our 4th issue today!

You’ll get to take a walk through a dark door with Dark Door Spirits in Tampa, FL, stroll through Maker’s Mark, learn about the top 10 best whiskies we tried this year, and more!

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Larceny – Corona Cigar / TBWS Barrel Select

Quick Stats:

  • Distiller: Old Fitzgerald Distillery
  • Spirit: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Aged: 6+ Years
  • Proof: 92
  • Purchase Price: $29.95
  • Larceny Bourbon Website
  • Davidoff Tampa Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • “Fitzgerald was a bonded US Treasury Agent who had access to the rickhouses, where bourbon barrels were stored and aged. His position gave him the means and opportunity to steal tastes of some of the best bourbon. Using his keys, Fitzgerald would let himself into the rickhouses, thieve bourbon from the best barrels, and take jugs home for himself. When it came time to dump the barrels, some were found to be unusually light – and exceptionally smooth. These barrels became known as ‘Fitzgerald Barrels.’ Even when the distillery was later sold to the legendary whiskey man Pappy Van Winkle, the Fitzgerald name – and his reputation – endured. Today, the spirit of John E. Fitzgerald lives in our family of award-winning Wheated Bourbons.” 
  • “Discover a taste worth stealing. Made with wheat instead of rye as the secondary grain, our signature Wheated Bourbon delivers a taste that’s hard to resist.”

Elijah Craig Small Batch – Corona Cigar / TBWS Barrel Select

Quick Stats:

  • Distiller: Elijah Craig Distillery Co.
  • Spirit: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Aged: Unstated
  • Proof: 94
  • Purchase Price: $34.95
  • Elijah Craig Website
  • Davidoff Tampa Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • “In 1789, Elijah Craig became the first distiller to age his whiskey in new charred oak barrels. Some claim that an accidental fire charred his barrels and changed the whiskey inside. Others say he stored his whiskey in former sugar barrels and was impressed with how charring improved the flavor. However it happened, Elijah Craig knew he had discovered something great. He continued to refine the barrel charring process, imparting smooth, rich flavor to the spirit that would become known as Bourbon. 250 years later, he is still known as the Father of Bourbon—and we craft our Bourbon today using the same time-honored methods.” 
  • “The award-winning Bourbon that started it all. Our signature Small Batch owes its distinctive warm spice & subtle smoke flavor to Level 3 charred oak barrels. Handcrafted by our Master Distillers, it’s a favorite of Bourbon connoisseurs and casual whiskey fans alike.”

About Davidoff Tampa: “Designed to be Cigar City’s destination of choice for those seeking the ultimate premium cigar experience. Visit us to enjoy only the best cigars and libations, featuring over 5,000 sq. ft. of humidified space, multiple lounges both indoor and out, and elegant full service bar with over 100 different spirits.”

Peerless Rye – Davidoff, TBWS, OWS, Five Star Barrel Select

Quick Stats:

  • Distiller: Kentucky Peerless Distillery
  • Spirit: Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Aged: Unstated
  • Proof: 108.8
  • Purchase Price: $79.95
  • Kentucky Peerless Website
  • Davidoff Tampa Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • “Originally established in the early 1800s, Kentucky Peerless is now home to six fermentation tanks, a 3,800-gallon beer well, and a one-of-a-kind 26-foot continuous copper still made locally by Vendome Copper & Brass Works. The 2,500-gallon Peerless cooker holds the finest corn, rye, barley, and Kentucky limestone water.”
  • “Peerless® Straight Rye Whiskey is a well balanced rye, bolstered by sweet tones of maple, brown sugar and light citrus sweetness. Finish with a hint of oak & no burn on the throat. Due to the carefully unique distilling process, Peerless® offers a smooth taste that stands out from other ryes. A palatable sipping rye to be savored with friends and family.”

About Davidoff Tampa: “Designed to be Cigar City’s destination of choice for those seeking the ultimate premium cigar experience. Visit us to enjoy only the best cigars and libations, featuring over 5,000 sq. ft. of humidified space, multiple lounges both indoor and out, and elegant full service bar with over 100 different spirits.”

Knob Creek Single Barrel Select – Whiskey Willy’s

Quick Stats:

  • Distiller: Knob Creek
  • Spirit: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Aged: 9 Years
  • Proof: 120
  • Purchase Price: $49.99
  • Knob Creek Website
  • Whiskey Willy’s Website
    About The Distillery & Bottle:
     
  • “When the very first bottle of Knob Creek was released, its mission was to restore whiskey to the way it was meant to be — patiently aged and full-flavored. This commitment not only helped Knob Creek overturn all the softer, milder, whiskeys on the market, it was also a major step toward making the small-batch whiskey movement what it is today.
    We don’t age our bourbon nine years and longer because we’re required to. We do it because the extra time and effort are well worth it. Under the care of seventh-generation distillers, minutes become days, the days become years and the years become bourbon. Refined enough to sip, yet strong enough to carry a cocktail. We call it Knob Creek.”
  • “Our distillers handpick exceptional barrels to be enjoyed in their full, unblended glory.”

About Whiskey Willy’s Tampa: “Whiskey Willy’s has been a Tampa staple for whiskey enthusiasts since before the recent whiskey craze. Offering a large selection of bourbons and a knowledgable staff, it’s a great place to pick up existing bottles or find a new favorite pour.”

Dark Door – Spirit of The Harvest

Quick Stats:

  • Distiller: Dark Door Spirits
  • Spirit: New American Rye Whiskey
  • Aged: “At least 1 day” (more on this in the review)
  • Proof: 96
  • Purchase Price: $46
  • Dark Door Spirits Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • “This dark door leads you to a new world of expieriences. Mysterious. And, at times… experimental. The rare and unusual are waiting for you here. Ancient and mysterious, yet modern and crisp, this is where long lost spirits are brought back to life.”
  • “The classic Pennsylvania style rye whiskey – aged at least 1 day – begins with a heavy spice nose of cloves, black pepper, and allspice with hints of citrus peels. You will get a medium mouth feel with cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, and cocoa notes with a finish full of spice and heat.”

Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel – Corona & Tampa Bay Whiskey Society

Quick Stats:

  • Distiller: Wild Turkey
  • Spirit: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Aged: Unstated
  • Proof: 101
  • Purchase Price: $49.95
  • Wild Turkey Website
  • Davidoff Tampa Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • Established in 1850 as a general store, then going by the name “Old Moore,” in Tyrone, Ky. In 1869 the “Ripy Brothers” built the first distillery on Wild Turkey Hill. There, Wild Turkey was born, producing whiskey until this day. The new distillery opened in 2011 overlooking a beautiful ravine and Rocky Mountains.
  • “Kentucky Spirit is a 101 proof (50.5% alcohol), single-barrel bourbon, with each barrel hand selected under the watchful eye of legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russell. Known for being fuller bodied, with rich vanilla flavors and a hint of sweetness, it’s the perfect bourbon to enjoy neat. A complex layering of almonds, honey, blackberries, and leather gives way to a long, dark and lingering finish.”

About Davidoff Tampa: “Designed to be Cigar City’s destination of choice for those seeking the ultimate premium cigar experience. Visit us to enjoy only the best cigars and libations, featuring over 5,000 sq. ft. of humidified space, multiple lounges both indoor and out, and elegant full service bar with over 100 different spirits.”

High West Double Rye Limited – Corona, Berns, & TBWS Pick

Quick Stats:

  • Distiller: High West Distillery
  • Spirit: Blend of Straight Rye Whiskeys
  • Aged: Unstated
  • Proof: 98.2
  • Purchase Price: $54
  • High West Website
  • Davidoff Tampa Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • “High West is Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870 and the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. If you find yourself in Old Town Park City, please stop (or ski) by to visit us. We’d love to share our passions with you: the American West, our contemporary western victuals, American roots music, and of course, pairing all the above with our greatest passion – superb whiskey. Better yet, you ought to come out to our distillery in the mountains of Wanship, Utah. It’s a celebration of cowboys and the American West.”
  • “We get asked all the time why “double” and why “!”? “Double,” because this whiskey is created from two rye whiskeys (both a minimum of 2 years old; see highwest.com for technical details and sourcing.). The exclamation point is to signify our aim with this whiskey: showcase the beauty that is rye and create the spiciest rye whiskey in the world. We think we did that. The younger rye (sourced by High West) is produced on a column still and tastes of cinnamon, clove, anise, eucalyptus buttons, and evergreen “gin-like” flavors. The older rye (distilled by High West) made using a pot still adds a richer, bolder character and just enough caramel sweetness and woody vanilla richness to calm the “bite” of the younger rye. The resulting combination is bold, balanced, complex and perfect for mixing. We recommend trying a Double Rye!® Manhattan or Old Fashioned – it’s also absolutely superb for sipping alone or sharing with other cowboys and good-looking strangers.”

About Davidoff Tampa: “Designed to be Cigar City’s destination of choice for those seeking the ultimate premium cigar experience. Visit us to enjoy only the best cigars and libations, featuring over 5,000 sq. ft. of humidified space, multiple lounges both indoor and out, and elegant full service bar with over 100 different spirits.”

Rise of The Single Barrel

Not so long ago… in a galaxy that we live in… Single barrels ran rampant across the world.

And, that’s not a bad thing.

Single barrels aren’t anything new. They are as old as aged whiskey itself. Many whiskies were purchased by the barrel until the modern innovations to bottling and distribution. However, this ages-old purchasing trend has come back in a blaze of glory. Not because bottles are hard to find, but because in a high-demand market full of limited allocations and standout selections at every price point, whiskey lovers are looking for something truly unique and limited that they can get their hands on.

The demand for limited and allocated bottles has grown ravenous over the last few years, with many of these limited releases or allocations selling for upwards of three-times the suggested retail price (and sometimes much more). And people flock to pay those prices. So, naturally, a product turn towards another offering of something limited is natural. Stores, whiskey communities, online bottle-pooling groups, and even individuals wait on lists years-long to get an opportunity to select the barrel they like best, put their name on the label, and share it with the community.

This is a win-win for stores and consumers alike. As, the stores that don’t severely overprice their picks of harder-to-find bottles, are able to get drops of more allocated whiskies to bring in consumers and build relationships with their community, and consumers get a chance to purchase something unique or more difficult to find outside the usual flow of distribution.

However, as with most markets, there are a few drawbacks and hurdles that seep into what should be a purely good thing.

Some store owners and bars utilize their flow of allocated whiskies and consumer’s willingness to overpay for hard-to-get bottles to move their way up lists to get selections of limited released single barrels and then sell them for nearly extortion-level prices either in-store, online, or in black-market whiskey trade and sale groups to turn massive profits at the sacrifice of their communities.

Tampa Bay Whiskey Society and Davidoff partnered together for an incredible and well-priced single barrel Russell’s Reserve.

The temptation of short-term profits overshadow the benefit of the entire community. While many will say that supply-and-demand is taking its course, there is something to be said about the fact that consumers sometimes are left with literally no choice but to spend these prices or risk missing out on something they may never get the chance to try again.

Where other bottles may just be allocated, barrel picks lend another layer of unobtainability to already restricted supplies, allowing bottle-scalpers to cash-in on the perfect blend of urgency and rarity to play to consumer emotions.

However, life is a balance, and there are good guys in this story. For example, Tampa Bay Whiskey Society.

They have partnered with multiple stores around the Tampa Bay Area and have been deliberate in selecting their partners. They make sure those they partner with are fair and equitable to their whiskey community, often doing launch parties where people can even “try before they buy” the selections, ensuring that people will like what is in the glass, and get it at the proper price. Groups like Tampa Bay Whiskey Society are taking on the role as a buffer between the community and the bottles they want, and building relationships between the store owners that are more focused on being a part of the community than making a quick cash-grab, and their potential consumers in win-win partnerships.

They recently partnered with Davidoff of Geneva for a particularly delicious selection of Russell’s that is both bold and packed with spice flavor. And, Davidoff is not to go unmentioned here. They have engaged in a great symbiotic relationship with the Tampa community by offering “bottle packs.” These packs have a selection of a few bottles, pairing easier to get bottles with more rare and allocated releases to allow them to sell product while still allowing their patrons to get the rare stuff at a price well below what they could be charging.

This trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, as it seems that the whiskey community surges with new growth every day, and the barrels currently aging for 10+ years in warehouses can’t keep up. However, as the selection grows and more organizations jump into the fray trying to keep prices moderate and bottles available to their members, we may see pressure ease off as some of these barrel selections are just as tasty as harder to get bottles but at a fraction of the price and difficulty to find.