Elmer T Lee New Release at 93 Proof

Elmer T Lee 93 proof – SRP $35

Officially announced today by Buffalo Trace

The commemorative bottling of Elmer T. Lee Bourbon will start arriving in stores
this April. Quantities of this one-time offering are very limited. Suggested retail pricing
is $34.99. Production of the standard Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon will continue
as barrels come of age and are deemed worthy of Elmer and his legacy. read more

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Analysis

An analytic review of the BTAC barrel proof releases

Every fall since 2002 Buffalo Trace has released their Antique Collection. While the Antique Collection has evolved over the years there are three staple barrel proof whiskies (2 bourbons and 1 rye) in the collection: George T. Stagg, William LaRue Weller and Thomas H. Handy. Every year these three whiskies are crafted by selecting barrels from three of my favorite Buffalo Trace mash bills (mash bill #1, wheated mash bill and the rye mash bill). read more

Best Fall Bourbon Release – Bourbonr’s Choice

Results from the 2013 Best Fall Bourbon Release poll

Back in September we listed the Fall Bourbon Releases and then asked you to vote for your favorite.

Here are the top 3 Fall Release Bourbons based on your votes:

3. George T. Stagg

2. Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition

1. Angel’s Envy Cask Strength!

Thank you to everyone that voted. Here is how the voting broke down

Have you tried one of these fine bourbons? read more

Bourbon Glasses

Bourbon Glass

Choosing the right bourbon glass can be confusing. If you’re new to bourbon/whiskey a funny looking tiny glass may not seem important but it is. Here’s what a good bourbon glass does. It concentrate the aroma of the bourbon/whiskey so that you can smell the complexities.

First choice: The NEAT Glass

NEAT stands for Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology. Basically, the shape of the glass allows the alcohol to dissipate so that you smell more bourbon and less rubbing alcohol. read more

New Bourbonr Guide

How to Taste Bourbon

Just getting started drinking bourbon or want to improve your tasting skills? Check out this post.

The New Bourbonr Dictionary

Ever wondered what an NDP or barrel proof bourbon is? We’ve go you covered

5 Best Bourbons for Beginners

New to bourbon and whiskey? Start by trying out these five bourbons.

Drinking Bourbon Without Going Broke

Check out these bourbon hacks to try high end bourbons without breaking the bank read more

Pappy Van Winkle Retail Price

Pappy Van Winkle Price

*These are “suggested” retail prices. Outside of a few rare occasions this does not reflect what stores are selling bottles for and shouldn’t be expected*

Check out our 2015 Pappy Van Winkle Release Map

While prices for Pappy and the Van Winkle rise take a look at what the retail prices for these bottles are. Even if you find a bottle on the shelf most stores have jacked the price above retail. read more

Whiskey Review: Whistle Pig “The Boss Hog”

Whistle Pig – The Boss Hog Rye Whiskey Review

Proof: 134

Price: $140-$170

Age: 12 years

WhistlePig The Boss Hog Single Barrel Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (this may be the longest title I’ve seen on a whiskey) is a limited-edition 100% rye whiskey. WhistlePig The Boss Hog Straight Rye Whiskey is the product of a single barrel, and only 24 barrels of this whiskey have ever been bottled. By doing some math and estimating a 55% loss due to evaporation (pretty typical for a 12 year old barrel) my guess is there was about 2,900 bottles released. Consider yourself lucky if you are able to find a bottle, especially if you’re a fan of rye whiskey. read more

7 Best Alternatives to Pappy Van Winkle

Pappy Van Winkle Substitutes

There are several lists  of  “Pappy Van Winkle Substitutes” floating around. However, some of them are full of errors while others are just a list of several popular bourbons/ryes. I decided to put together a list of a few bourbons that will make a decent substitute for Pappy Van Winkle as well as include the reasoning for why they will be a good substitute. Technically, Pappy is only the 15, 20 & 23 year. The 10, 12 (Lot B) and rye are Old Rip Van Winkle. I use the terms interchangeably since most people just want “pappy” whether it’s 10, 12, 15, etc. read more

Holiday Gift Guide for Bourbonrs

Whiskey Reading Material

We have listed some of our favorite whiskey books here

 NEAT Glass 2 Glass Set – $38 $33

But, if you use the promo code “bourbonr” you receive 12% off of your purchase

1 Liter Steel – Bluegrass Barrels – $55

Each Bluegrass Barrel is made from American white oak with a medium char +. In addition to receiving a barrel, you will receive a stand, a bung (cork), a spigot, and handling directions. Once you receive your barrel, you will need to “cure” the barrel (see FAQ) to ensure that your barrel is sealed tight. Once your barrel is cured, simply rinse the barrel with hot water a few times until there is no wood residue, then your barrel is ready to be filled with your favorite spirit! read more