Bourbon and Beyond This Fall

For the second year in a row, Bourbon & Beyond will take place in Lousiville. This year you may recognize some familiar (aside from the famous musicians, chefs, master distillers, etc.). Three members of the Bourbon Community Roundtable will participate in the event. I’m moderating a workshop called “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Master Distiller“. Brian Haara from Sipp’n Corn and Ryan and Kenny from Bourbon Pursuit will be hosting events as well. read more

Bourbonr Pro Membership

Welcome to open enrollment for the Bourbonr Pro membership. Almost three years ago, I launched Bourbonr Pro as a way to provide additional benefits and support the Bourbonr site. The main focus of the Bourbonr Pro memberships is the Bourbonr barrel picks. Don’t worry. If you choose not to become a “pro” member nothing changes for you. All of the advantages of the Bourbonr Pro membership are in addition to what is already provided on Bourbonr. read more

I Hate Single Barrels

Let’s start with a little history. One-off barrels were a thing among distillers for a long time. They bottled these “single” barrels for parties and friends. And, on occasion, in exchange for a favor from a governmental official. It wasn’t until 1984 when Elmer T. Lee came up with the idea for a premium single barrel bourbon. Ancient Age Distillery (now Buffalo Trace) decided to name the brand Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon. It was named after former distillery president Col. Albert B Blanton. Blanton’s single barrel bourbon was one of the first premium bourbon releases. After a few years of sales Blanton’s sales began to pick up. Other distilleries also offering “premium” bourbons. The downward sales trend in the bourbon industry began to slow. read more

NEAT: The Story of Bourbon

If you follow bourbon media outlets you’ve probably seen this already. But, for me, it’s exciting to see this film get released. If you’ve been reading Bouronr long enough you may remember I posted a trailer for the film back in 2015. I can’t imagine the work that goes into a project like this. I’ve gotten a chance to watch the documentary and it’s really good. Whether you’re new to bourbon or have been a Bourbonr for years, NEAT will get you excited about bourbon! read more

Join Me At Orlando Whiskey Festival

This will be my third year I’ve attended the Orlando Whiskey Festival. Every year, I’ve tasted some amazing whiskey. If you think you can make it definitely let me know. Would love to meet some fellow Bourbonr’s there! Tickets are available here.

Features include: fine single malt, blended Scotch and American whiskeys including Boubon and rye, favored whiskeys, beer and wine. The grand tasting allows guests to sample close to 100 whiskey brands and interact with industry professionals. Gourmet menu selections will be on site from some of Orlando’s most popular restaurant groups. An outside lounge area will incude live entertainment and cigar vendors. read more

Exploring Coppersea Distilling

I was introduced to Coppersea Distilling in Reid Mittenbuelers book “Bourbon Empire”. We’ve all read the marketing pitch. Every craft distillery has their story on why they’re different. Yet, the more I dug into Coppersea the more impressed I was with their distillery. You see, Coppersea is bringing back heritage whiskey making methods. They use traditional equipment to apply these methods. I was able to track down Chief Distiller, Christopher Williams, for a phone interview. It was one of those calls that I schedule for 30 minutes. Only to find myself still asking questions an hour and a half later. This post breaks down what they’re doing that’s unique at Coppersea. read more

Bourbonr “Budget” Bourbon Of The Year

P.s. voting ends this Friday (2/2/18) at Midnight EST There were many requests after the 2017 Bourbonr WOTY for a poll that includes affordable and available bourbons

. I thought it was a great idea and decided to create this poll. I’ve included all the bourbon’s I can think of. If there’s something else you think I missed feel free to use the “other” option. I’ll admit it. It seems a little pompous to refer to $60 as a “budget” bourbon. But, with prices increasing in the bourbon world $60 is usually a good deal. read more

Bourbonr Blind Tasting 004

Ready to see some of the most famous rye whiskeys go head to head in a blind tasting? This month I’m joined by spirits writer Jonah Flicker, Head bartender at Lizardville in Ohio (And Cleveland Bourbon Club memberCrystal BicsBrian Haara from Sipp’n Corn and Ron Bourbondy.

January’s blind tasting was all rye whiskey. There are some great rye whiskeys available today. There are also some expensive rye whiskeys. I tried to break this tasting down into a few parts. I wanted there to be a similarity in the proof. All of these whiskeys are between 90-110 proof. Pikesville being the highest at 110. There is also a great disparity in price. I included a bottle of Van Winkle Family Reserve rye which routinely sells for more than $1,000. I also included Jim Beam Rye which sells for around $20 and is available just about everywhere. Time to see if there’s a correlation between price and taste. read more

2017 Bourbonr Whiskey Of The Year Winner

The 2017 Bourbonr Whiskey of the Year vote is in! For the past few years, Bourbonr has crowdsourced the Whiskey of the Year selection. I’ll still add my favorite whiskey but this is about the whiskey you loved. Plus, I disagree with most books/sites for “Whiskey of the Year”.

Every year there seems to be a clear-cut winner. This year was no different. Four Roses Al Young 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is the 2017 Bourbonr Whiskey of the Year! It beat out the second place whiskey by more than 50%. There’s no doubt that Al Young’s 50th was a great release. It’s interesting that it didn’t do as well in the Bourbonr blind tasting. If you’re unfamiliar with the Al Young release it’s a blend of 23-year-old OBSV, 15-year-old OBSK, 13-year-old OESV and 12-year-old OBSF. It was released to honor the 50th anniversary of Four Roses Senior Brand Ambassador, Al Young. read more