Devil’s River – “Beef & Leaf” SB

Quick Stats:

Distiller: Devil’s River Distillery

Spirit: Straight Bourbon

Aged: NAS (Minimum 2 yrs)

Price: Around $49.99

Proof: 128

Devil’s River Website

Davidoff Tampa Website

Bern’s Steak House Website

About The Distillery
“Exceptionally pure water. That’s what makes Devils River Whiskey the decorated, smooth small batch whiskey you enjoy today. Legendary Texas Ranger, John Coffee Hays, named this powerful waterway the ‘Devils River’ in 1840, and from his ingenuity, our namesake was born. The naturally-filtered limestone spring water is considered the purest water in Texas. The iron-free, sweet spring water is ideal for crafting an unrivaled Sinfully Smooth Whiskey. It’s purity unmasks all the delightful nuances we worked tirelessly to emphasize in every sip. Here’s to living a life that’s never short of extraordinary. Devils River Whiskey.”

About The Bottle
“Devils River Bourbon is high-rye Whiskey. Dialing back on the corn and doubling up on the rye, our bourbon has that wonderful “bite” that high-rye whiskeys are celebrated for. Experience a bold start followed by a medley of oak, honey, and caramel that lead to a warm and sweet sinfully smooth finish.”

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Wilderness Trail – Family Reserve Rye SB

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Distiller: Wilderness Trail Distillery

Spirit: Kentucky Straight Rye

Aged: 4yr 4mo

Price: Around $54.99

Proof: 107

Wilderness Trail Website

Davidoff Tampa Website

Bern’s Steak House Website

About The Distillery
“In 2006, our journey began with a passion for creating the finest whiskeys in the world. We are fortunate to be nestled in the rolling hills of Historically Bold Danville, Kentucky, the birthplace of Kentucky, and also being exposed to the Kentucky Bourbon industry for generations while growing up. In fact, Shane’s family has been distilling in Kentucky since the 1940s when his grandmother, Doris Ballard, met his grandfather, Hubert Ballard, at the Kentucky River Distillery when they were 14 and 16 years old. Doris Ballard went on to retire from Stitzel-Weller after a more than 50 year career in the industry. This type of family history provides a lot of our influences today, including some special yeast strains.”

About The Bottle
“Our three-grain recipe is 56 percent rye, 33 percent corn and 11 percent malted barley. Our rye mash bill is one we created for a broader balance of flavor to offset the typical high ryes commonly found. We use Kentucky-grown Heritage rye from our local KY Proud farm. We enter the new, air-dried #4 char, 53-gallon barrels at 100 proof and 105 proof for our Rye Whiskey and age until maturity in our barrelhouse. We age our Rye Whiskeys on the upper floors of our rickhouses for a minimum of 4 years with regular expressions expected to be between 6 and 8 years of age.”

Wilderness Trail – Family Reserve Bourbon SB

Quick Stats:

Distiller: Wilderness Trail Distillery

Spirit: Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Aged: 5yr 7mo

Price: Around $54.99

Proof: 117

Wilderness Trail Website

Davidoff Tampa Website

Bern’s Steak House Website

About The Distillery
“In 2006, our journey began with a passion for creating the finest whiskeys in the world. We are fortunate to be nestled in the rolling hills of Historically Bold Danville, Kentucky, the birthplace of Kentucky, and also being exposed to the Kentucky Bourbon industry for generations while growing up. In fact, Shane’s family has been distilling in Kentucky since the 1940s when his grandmother, Doris Ballard, met his grandfather, Hubert Ballard, at the Kentucky River Distillery when they were 14 and 16 years old. Doris Ballard went on to retire from Stitzel-Weller after a more than 50 year career in the industry. This type of family history provides a lot of our influences today, including some special yeast strains.”

About The Bottle
“Our Small Batch release mash bill is 64 percent corn, 24 percent rye and 12 percent malted barley using our yeast strains. We entered the cooper select, toasted and #4 char barrel at 110 proof after coming off the still around 137 proof. All of our whiskeys are aged and matured on our 168-acre campus inside any one of our six rickhouses. We have more than 100,000 barrels aging onsite.”

Hooten Young 12 Year

Quick Stats:

Distiller: Hooten Young Distillery

Spirit: American Whiskey

Aged: 12 Years

Price: Around $64.99

Proof: 92

Hooten Young Website


About The Distillery
“Bonded by decades of friendship with Tim Young, Hooten Young American Whiskey was discovered by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Miliotes brings his renowned expertise to Hooten Young, as one of only 268 Master Sommeliers in the world.”

About The Bottle
“Hooten Young was crafted to help folks slow down, bond with the people around them, and remember those who are no longer here. Rare distillation and barrel aging practices, coupled with over a decade’s rest, have produced an American Whiskey with notes of maple, vanilla, ripe apple and a long smooth finish.

The whiskey is aged 12 years and made with a mash bill of 99% corn and 1% barley. The spirit was distilled to 189 proof, barreled at 140 proof, and then bottled at 92 proof from second fill barrels.”

Koval Bourbon – Single Barrel Corona & Lueken’s

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Distiller: Koval Distillery

Spirit: Chicago Bourbon

Aged: NAS (at least 2 years)

Price: Around $59.99

Proof: 110

Koval Website

Davidoff Tampa Website

About The Distillery
“Established in 2008, KOVAL produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits in Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800s. Founders Robert and Sonat Birnecker, chose to leave their academic careers to bring the distilling traditions of Robert’s Austrian family to America. In making this decision, they vowed to make organic spirits from scratch (avoiding the common industry practice of purchasing and bottling pre-made spirits) and to change the way people understand whiskey by creating a new, signature style – using only the “heart” cut of the distillate – affording a brighter, cleaner take on whiskey.”

About The Bottle
“With a mash bill of 51% corn and 49% millet, KOVAL Bourbon offers a drinking experience that is balanced, approachable, and unparalleled. The unusual grain combination provides notes of mango chutney and vanilla on the palate, with a peppery caramel finish.”

WhistlePig 12 Year – Whiskey Tribunal 2020 Pick

Quick Stats:

  • Distiller: WhistlePig Distillery
  • Spirit: Canadian Rye Whiskey
  • Aged: 12 years
  • Price: Around $124.99
  • Proof: 86
  • WhistlePig Website
  • Davidoff Tampa Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • “WhistlePig was founded in 2010 with a single goal in mind: create the world’s finest rye whiskeys. Located in a 150-year-old renovated dairy barn, WhistlePig’s distillery is the culmination of five diligent years. Opened in 2015, we distill 7 days a week in our unique copper pot still designed by world-renowned Master Distiller Dave Pickerell.” 
  • “This 12 year-old Rye Whiskey is a marriage of whiskeys that have been finished in Port, French Sauternes, and Madeira casks. We’ve taken the elements that are most quintessential in an American rye, boldness and character, and fused them with the elegance and grace of a fine single malt scotch.”

Old Elk – Wheated Whiskey SB (Suzie’s Winter Kiss)

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  • Distiller: Old Elk Distillery 
  • Spirit: Straight Wheat Whiskey
  • Aged: 7+ years
  • Price: $64.95
  • Proof: 116.1
  • Old Elk Website
  • Davidoff Tampa Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • “At Old Elk Distillery, in Fort Collins, Colorado, craft is everything. Founded by serial entrepreneur, Curt Richardson, the innovator who created OtterBox and Blue Ocean Enterprises, Old Elk Distillery creates their own process for spirits. To them, excellence does not come from riding trends, but comes from experience and patience instead. Look at their Master Distiller, Greg Metze. With over four decades of experience in producing world class whiskies, Metze worked with the team to create Old Elk’s signature Slow Cut proofing process.” 
  • “Wheat mash bills have all the same challenges of a rye and are never an easy path to take when distilling, but Metze decided to craft Old Elk’s Straight Wheat Whiskey in the spirit of the acclaimed 95 percent rye whiskey. He applied all of his expertise and knowledge into producing another one of a kind product: a mash bill of 95 percent soft red winter wheat and five percent malted barley, aged for five years, this whiskey is a vivacious and refreshing spirit that is reinventing what it means to be a sipping whiskey.”

E.H. Taylor – Straight Rye

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  • Distiller: Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • Spirit: Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Aged: At least 4 years old
  • Proof: 100
  • Purchase Price: $80
  • Buffalo Trace Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • “For over 200 years, Buffalo Trace 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 spirit makers of the world.” 
  • “Straight Rye Whiskey has experienced a strong resurgence in the American whiskey landscape, yet Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. was making this style more than 100 years ago. This small batch, Bottled-in-Bond 100 proof straight rye whiskey pays tribute to the former Distillery owner with a unique rye whiskey reminiscent of days long past.”

Laws Whiskey House – Four Grain Bonded Bourbon

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  • Distiller: Laws Whiskey House
  • Spirit: Four Grain Straight Bourbon
  • Aged: 6 Years
  • Proof: 100
  • Purchase Price: $75
  • Laws Whiskey House Website

    About The Distillery & Bottle: 
  • “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” 
  • “This special offering of our Four Grain is the first bonded bourbon in Colorado history. True to the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, this bourbon is at least 4 years old, a product of a single season and a single distiller, and has been aged entirely in our federally bonded rickhouse.”