Aberlour – A’Bunadh

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Distiller: Aberlour Distillery

Spirit: Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Aged: 5-25 year blend

Price: Around $94.99

Proof: 122.4

Abrlour House

About The Distillery
“James Fleming founded Aberlour Distillery 1879, choosing a location that not only provided a sure supply of pure spring water that flowed over the pink granite of Ben Rinnes, but also a place rooted in ancient times and noted for its magical relationship with water.

Steeped in centuries of legend and surrounded by the dramatic Highland scenery of Ben Rinnes, the village of Aberlour lies at the very heart of Speyside, where the Lour burn joins the River Spey. The exceptionally pure, soft spring water used for making Aberlour whisky is drawn from nearby natural springs.”

About The Bottle
“Meaning ‘the original’ in Gaelic, A’bunadh is made in homage to Aberlour’s founder, James Fleming. A’bunadh is a whisky hand-made from start to finish with each batch being created to ensure a rich and complex flavour of moist raisin, and homemade fruit cake. It is bottled at cask strength resulting in a robust and deeply intense, sherried whisky.”

Stagg Jr. Batch 15

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Distiller: Buffalo Trace Distillery

Spirit: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Aged: 8+ Years

Price: Around $69.99

Proof: 131.1

Buffalo Trace Distillery Website

About The Distillery
“Throughout the challenges of floods, fires, tornadoes and even Prohibition, the American family-owned Buffalo Trace Distillery has never compromised. A timeless dedication to respecting the past while fearlessly innovating for the future has served us well for more than two centuries. No matter the challenge, be it Mother Nature or man, the people of our Distillery have been part of the story that shaped America and the spirit industry as well.”

About The Bottle
“George T. Stagg built the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century, during a time known as the Gilded Age of Bourbon. Uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of the man himself.”

Kozuba 7-Year High Wheat Rye Whiskey

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Distiller: Kozuba & Sons Distillery

Spirit: High Wheat Rye Whiskey

Aged: 7 Years

Price: Around $39.99

Proof: 118

Kozuba & Sons Distillery Website

Davidoff of Geneva Website

About The Distillery
“We bring together art, science, ambition, and just a little bit of magic to make the perfect spirit. 

‘Handcrafted’ isn’t just a label, it’s what we do. Every part of the process is guided by our hands. We begin with our hand-selected grain, then hand-mix and hand-mash the grain to get the perfect blend before distillation begins. We supervise fermentation carefully until we’re ready to move to distillation. 

We have two hybrid copper stills, hand made by Arnold Holstein in Germany and brought with us from our Polish operation. One still is dedicated to vodka production, and the other is dedicated to whiskey production. Once distilled to the ideal proof, we move our aged spirits to our on-site barrel room so we can continue to monitor the aging process and decide the perfect moment to bottle each spirit.”

About The Bottle
“Our unique combination of rye and wheat results in a superiorly smooth straight rye whiskey. This high wheat mash bill of 65% rye and 35% wheat is fermented for three days and then masterfully distilled in batches using hybrid copper stills. It’s being aged for five years in full-size, virgin American oak barrels. The result is a perfect sipping whiskey.”

Special thanks to Davidoff of Geneva for the review bottle.

About Davidoff of Geneva: “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 American Prairie Bourbon Review

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Spirit: High West American Prairie Bourbon New Hampshire Liquor Outlet Store Pick

Distiller: High West Distillery

Aged: Blended Whiskey from 2 to 13 years of age

Price: $30-45

Proof: Traditionally 92 proof this pick is 100 proof

High West Distillery

About The Distillery:

High West Distillery was founded in 2006 by David Perkins and his wife, Jane. David is a former biochemist. He was inspired to open his own distillery after seeing the parallels between the fermentation and distilling process and his own work in biochemistry during a trip to the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. In 2004, David and his family relocated to Park City, Utah to begin their new venture, where they began distilling in 2007. They chose Park City because of David’s love of the Old West and Utah’s little-known whiskey history.

About The Bottle:
High West Distillery is passionate about the American West’s natural beauty and American Prairie Bourbon. That’s why we want to raise awareness of one of the most fantastic projects of our time: the American Prairie Reserve in northeastern Montana. This is an amazing effort to assemble the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states. When stepping onto the plains of American Prairie Reserve, it’s easy to imagine the landscape as Lewis and Clark and Native Americans saw it, with thundering herds of bison, racing bands of pronghorn antelope and prairie dog towns dotting the horizon. When complete, the Reserve will be approximately 5,000 square miles; larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Teton National Parks combined.

EH Taylor Small Batch Review ‏‏‎ ‎ ‏‏‎ ‎

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Spirit: EH Taylor Small Batch

Distiller: Buffalo Trace

Aged: NAS but it’s Bottled In Bond so it’s at least 4 years old

Price: $40-45

Proof: 100

Buffalo Trace Website

About The Distillery:

For over 200 years, our Distillery has been defined by a dedication to one craft: making fine bourbon whiskey. By honoring tradition and embracing change, Buffalo Trace Distillery has earned its place of leadership among the legendary spirits makers of the world. Take a look at this time honored craft from start to finish. Throughout the challenges of floods, fires, tornadoes and even Prohibition, the American family-owned Buffalo Trace Distillery has never compromised. A timeless dedication to respecting the past while fearlessly innovating for the future has served us well for more than two centuries. No matter the challenge, be it Mother Nature or man, the people of our Distillery have been part of the story that shaped America and the spirit industry as well.

About The Bottle:
As founding father of the bourbon industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. left an indelible legacy. His dedication to distilling began at the close of the Civil War when he purchased O.F C. Distillery. There, he developed innovative techniques that are still in use today. EH Taylor Small Batch made by hand. It ages inside century old warehouses. Being over a hundred years old, these warehouses were constructed by E.H. Taylor, Jr.  We evaluate and select barrels to create a perfect blend of distinctive character that is like no other. This E.H. Taylor Small Batch bourbon is a true sipping bourbon that honors the uncompromising legacy of E.H. Taylor, Jr.

SE4 x PR5 2020: Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series

SE4 x PR5 2020 Quick Stats:

Spirit: Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series SE4 x PR5 2020 Limited Release

Distiller: Maker’s Mark

Aged: NAS

Price: $59.99

Proof: 110.8

Maker’s Mark

About The Distillery:

We’re still doing things just like we did them in 1953. From the old letter press, to the way we hand-rotate every barrel and hand-dip every bottle of Maker’s Mark. There’s an old joke at the distillery that goes, “If we could make it any faster, we wouldn’t.” Because at Maker’s Mark, it’s one bottle at a time. Every time. That’s as true today as it was when our founders filled our first bottle. And since then, it’s been a widely held belief around here that character isn’t made by machine.

About The Bottle:
Their second-annual limited release from the Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series is an utterly unique bourbon that’s also a worthy tribute to the one-of-a-kind vanilla and caramel taste notes that make signature Maker’s Mark so distinctive. The result of two stave profiles (SE4xPR5) utilized together, this exclusive expression will appear on shelves for a limited time only. This bottle can be spotted with the same design as the 46 but with its own distinctive label.

Laws Whisky House Has A Great Father’s Day Gift Idea

Father’s Day is a great time to celebrate the paternal bond formed over a lifetime of memories. And, it can also be a time of stress when you’re figuring out what gift can sufficiently live-up to the day’s namesake.

Well, there’s some good news on that front.

Laws Whiskey House has made Father’s Day easy for you.

They have put together a great tasting lineup of their most popular entries in a nice little four-pack so that dad can sample and see which one he likes before you lineup buying him a bottle the next time you need a gift.

To sweeten the deal, Laws is also offering a Father’s Day tasting guide to pair dad up with one of Laws whiskey guides to walk him through a pro-level virtual tasting like the V.I.P. we know he is.

We think it’s awesome to see a brand like Laws taking such a direct approach with their fans, and allowing us a unique opportunity to get some one-on-one time with a whiskey guide without having to fly all the way to Denver.

One of the whiskies from this kit we’d like to particularly focus on is the Centennial Straight Wheat Whiskey.

It’s the new kid on the block for their lineup.

As in, it’s not available yet to the public.

But, alas not, it will be available soon, and we have to say it’s something really special.

The wheat in this pour is very prominent. An earthy, almost a little malty note that reminds you of a hearty rustic wheat bread just as it begins baking.

The body is bold, but not too hot, and the palate is jam packed with flavor.

This isn’t the “mild wheat” many of us are used to. It’s something all together different and surprisingly punchy alongside that burst of flavor.

In short, we really liked it.

The package also has a lot of other really cool stuff, like a map that shows you where the grains and water are sourced. It also shows you where the distillery and Rickhouses are located.

Transparency has always been a key focus of Laws Whiskey House, which we appreciate greatly in an industry where misdirection runs rampant.

The package also has a listing of the whiskies available, and a description of each.

You can make your father’s day shopping easy by bookmarking the webpage for when it goes live by clicking here!

New Riff – Single Barrel Bourbon SP

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Spirit: New Riff – Single Barrel Bourbon Non-Chill Filtered

Distiller: New Riff

Aged: 4+ Years

Price: Around $50.00

Proof: 105.3

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon

About The Distillery:

We are independently owned by one family. As a result of that independence, the freedom from outside pressures and interests has allowed us to make an unforeseen declaration for quality. For perhaps the first time since the inception of the Bottled in Bond Act in 1897, a Kentucky sour mash whiskey distillery has committed itself exclusively to that quality standard, the world’s highest. We proudly lift that bar even higher by bottling without chill filtration. Because of that, We stand behind this combination of classic American entrepreneurship and ingenuity. Therefore, Passion and knowledge are born from one of the world’s great spirit regions; and a talented team individually committed to doing things the right way.

We play our own riff on the Sour Mash Kentucky Regimen. Our standard of Bottled in Bond is Without Chill Filtration. We apply that production regimen to wholly new styles of Kentucky whiskey. At the end of the day, despite playing a free hand to improvise and create Kentucky whiskey anew, we uphold above all else the time-honored Sour Mash Kentucky Regimen: we believe it’s a fantastic way to make whiskey, fully the equal of the traditions of the world’s great whiskeys.

About The Bottle:
New Riff Distilling’s core Bourbon expression is a genuinely high-rye, full bodied whiskey. As a result of that, it offers a savory and spicy character. We bottle at Barrel Proof without Chill Filtration. Our mash bill is non-GMO grains at 65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley. This represents a new riff on Kentucky’s most hallowed whiskey traditions. It is four years old. Kept in 53-gallon toasted and charred new oak barrels. We take no shortcuts taken in our production. All New Riff whiskeys are made with the full sour mash Kentucky Regimen; all carry an age statement, and are always bottled without chill filtration.

Laws Whiskey – San Luis Valley Rye

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Distiller: Law’s Whiskey House

Spirit: Straight Rye Whiskey

Aged: 3+ Years

Price: Around $54.99

Proof: 95

Laws Whiskey House

About The Distillery
“We always have and always will distil every drop we bottle. While our whiskey aged, we didn’t sell any whiskey for our first three years. Time is as critical of an ingredient as our heirloom grains. Every mash bill gets its own optimal distillation process, and we deploy time-intensive sour mash fermentation. We are the first Colorado distiller to bottle bonded whiskeys. For us, these steps are not extra, they’re mandatory to creating Laws Whiskey.

At Laws, no person has the title ‘Master Distiller.’ We believe it takes the talents, smarts, quirks and obsessive passion of every Laws co-worker, aka The Village, to make our whiskey. In the Laws Village, you are part of something so much greater than self.”

About The Bottle
“8,000 feet above sea level, in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, the Cody family has been cultivating this low yield, semi-wild rye grain since the 1930s. We fell in love with how it ferments and distills into a terroir-driven, unapologetic whiskey.”

High West – Double Rye SB “Beef n Leaf” 2021

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Distiller: High West

Spirit: Straight Rye Whiskey Blend (Finished For 7 Months in Macvin Barrels)

Aged: 2+ Years

Price: Around $54.99

Proof: 98.2

High West Website

Davidoff Tampa Website

Bern’s Steak House Website

About The Distillery
“High West began with humble roots, opening a small, 250-gallon still and Saloon in an historic livery stable and garage. What was once a small operation in downtown Park City has grown to be an internationally-recognized brand with four unique locations.  In 2015, High West opened their distillery in Wanship, Utah, which acts as a space for educational whiskey tasting, pairings and tours, and houses a 1600-gallon copper pot still. Meanwhile, the Saloon continues to operate as a must-visit gastro-distillery, featuring alpine-inspired western fare alongside the original still, the Nelson Cottage offers unique whiskey-paired dinners, and the Saloon at the Salt Lake City airport allows for some last tastes of High West on the way out of town.”

About The Bottle
“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.”