When Did Pappy Van Winkle Become So Popular

If you are a Bourbonr or have been to any of the numerous Bourbon blogs or forums you have heard stories of when Pappy could be found in the wild and Lot B and Old Rip would sat on liquor store shelves for months. This is no longer the case. Stores now have lists hundreds of names long months before the Fall release. Bottles of Pappy 20 and 23 selling on the secondary market for 1000% the retail price. To say that Pappy has hit a tipping point is an understatement. read more

Corsair Quinoa Whiskey Review from Clay Risen

Todays review comes from Clay Risen. Clay is a Staff Editor for The New York Times and also writes about whiskey, bourbon and rye on his blog Mash Notes. Also, he has a book coming out this November titled American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit. It is available for pre-sale now (I have already pre-ordered my copy)

Corsair Quinoa Whiskey

92 proof $44.99 (at Binnys.com) According to the U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau, whiskey is, among other things, a spirit “distilled from a fermented mash of grain.” That’s a broad palette; the world abounds in different types of grains. Still, we’ve grown used to making whiskey with just four of them: corn, barley, wheat and rye.

 That’s not random, of course — they are easy to work with and produce tasty beverages. Many others do not. But a few enterprising distillers are starting to break beyond the Big Four: Dry Fly, out of Spokane, Wash., has a triticale whiskey. Koval, from Chicago, has made whiskeys with millet and spelt. read more