Whiskey Review: Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash

Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey

Today’s whiskey is brought to you by guest reviewer Charles Hetzel. Charles is a Founding Father of The Bourbon Mafia. If you haven’t heard of The Bourbon Mafia you’ve got to check out their site.

Enter Charles:

What many don’t realize is that General George Washington purchased Michter’s Whiskey to help fortify his men during the brutal winters at Valley Forge. With over 60 inches of snow so far in Chicago, I decided why not follow Washington’s strategy and fortify myself from the Polar Vortex of 2014. On my 44th birthday, I had a generous glass of the Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey to cap off a fantastic evening. I enjoyed this glass at Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas’ speakeasy The Office at The Aviary. Surrounded by family and friends we enjoyed this great whiskey which given its heft price tag is considered one of the finest whiskeys in the world.
Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash Whiskey is the brainchild of Master Distiller William Pratt who has been in the whiskey industry his entire life. Michter’s Celebration is a culmination of several select casks of 20 year-old and 30 year-old whiskey mixed by Pratt personally with a few other additional barrels he selects. After the barrel blending, they are bottled by hand behind a label with 18 karat gold lettering and boxed in a nice gift box. Only 273 bottles of this limited edition gem exist. read more

The Economics of Pappy Van Winkle

Pappy Van Winkle Black Market

Disclaimer: The resale of alcohol is illegal, without proper license, and I am in no way encouraging it. I also have no problems with the current market, buyers, sellers or prices. This article is just an observation of a free market at work which I find fascinating. 

Edit: The owner of bottle spot read the article and emailed me this read more

Booker’s 25th Anniversary Release Announced

Booker’s 25th Anniversary

Booker’s 25th Limited Edition is set to be released in March 2014

Booker Bourbon 25th Anniversary now available at the Beam Distillery and select KY stores

This special edition is going to be a 9 – 11 year old barrel proof bourbon. I can’t wait to try this unfiltered uncut release! We should start seeing this limited edition Booker’s bourbon around March of 2014. This bottle will cost you about $100 but I’m sure it will be worth every penny read more

Stitzel-Weller To Start Distilling Again!

Famed Stitzel-Weller distillery to re-open

UPDATE: It’s finally official

Wednesday we learned that Diageo would be investing $2 million to renovate the original administrative building at the distillery, “to bring to life the history of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery through artifacts from the site’s archives; a whiskey education section; an homage to the people, land and water of Kentucky; and a celebration of the heritage, brands and people behind Diageo’s award-winning collection of American whiskeys.” That would be Bulleit and what Diageo is calling their “evolving craft whiskey portfolio,” which includes the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Project. read more

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