Review: Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel:

Here’s what we know about ETL, it is distilled by Buffalo Trace using their Mash Bill # 2 and is aged for somewhere around 14 years. Mash Bill # 2 is that same Mash Bill Buffalo Trace uses for Blanton’s and Rock Hill Farms and has an estimated rye content of around 15%. While I love wheated bourbons there is something special about the spiciness that rye adds to a bourbons flavor. It is also important to note that there can be some discrepancies in flavor when tasting single barrels. 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 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