Bourbon Review: Wild Turkey Forgiven

Wild Turkey Forgiven Bourbon/Rye Review

Wild Turkey is a blend of bourbon and rye. They are the first of the major distilleries to release this kind of blended whiskey (High West has their Bourye and Son of Bourye). I am a huge fan of Wild Turkey ( Wild Turkey 101 and Rare Breed are cabinet staples for me) so I was excited to give Forgiven a try. Here is the story behind Wild Turkey Forgiven: read more

Poor Mans Pappy

Pappy Van Winkle Alternative

We have already covered the popularity of Pappy Van Winkle on this blog. However, if you’re not familiar with it Pappy Van Winkle if one of the most sought after and hard to find Bourbons around. Most stores have waiting lists a mile long for one bottle and Pappy Van winkle bottles are selling for 10X the retail price on the secondary market. What if you want to drink Pappy without camping outside a liquor store or spending $1,000 for a bottle? I have a solution. No, I don’t have some secret way of getting a bottle and I don’t have any Pappy Van Winkle for sale. I just choose to drink a Pappy Van Winkle alternative which I call “Poor Man’s Pappy”. read more

How to Age Whiskey at Home

How to Age Your Own Whiskey

The aging process is what makes Bourbon Bourbon. Not only taste wise but legally. In honor of my recent post “Bourbon Aging Explained” I decided to give home aging a try. Below are instructions for what I did. I intend to let this age for at least three months before I ever drink more than small sips to taste. Whiskey that is aged in small barrels has a tendency to get an overpowering oak taste so I wouldn’t suggest letting it age any longer than one year. However, there is no reason to throw out Whiskey so let it age as long as you would like. read more

Bourbon Aging Explained

Bourbon Aging Explained

Everyone loves Bourbon because of its sweet and complex flavors. But, where do all of those flavors come from. This post will explain how Bourbon aging works and what flavors this process adds to the Bourbon. FYI, I refer to “distillate” several times in the article. This is the Bourbon after it has been distilled but before it has entered the barrel for aging. I use the word distillate since it is not Bourbon until it has been aged in new oak barrels. read more

New Buffalo Trace Trucks

There is a rumor going around the 60 cases of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon was stolen from the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Apparently, the rumors of stolen Pappy Van winkle may be true because Buffalo Trace just ordered a fleet of new trucks to transport their Bourbon:

Alton Browns Blind Bourbon Review/Tasting

Alton Browns Blind Bourbon Review/Tasting

If you’ve never listened to Alton Browns Podcast (Alton Browncast) you are missing out. I am a huge Alton Brown fan (still have good eats episodes on my DVR from 2010) and when I heard Julian Van Winkle was going to be his guest I was extremely excited.

In his most recent episode he interviewed Julian Van Winkle (well worth the listen) and held a blind taste test with a friend after the interview. Alton selected 5 Bourbons from his collection and poured each Bourbon in an identical glass. They bounce around a little during the Bourbon review portion but I have tried to accumulate the majority of the tasting notes. Make sure to listen to the podcast first because I will reveal the results of the Bourbon tasting in this post read more

Pappy Van Winkle 2013 Release Tracker Map

Pappy Van Winkle Tracker

Check out our 2014 Pappy Countdown by State!

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Rumor: Kentucky and Georgia this weekRumor was True

12/20/13: Pappy Van Winkle land in Virginia

12/3/13: Pappy in New York , Califonia and Washington! Not sure if it’s hit the city yet. Pappy Van Winkle has come and gone in Maine and New Hampshire. Very limited supply – Pappy in Minnesota as well

That is probably the last big push of this Pappy Season. If you missed out we have a consolation prize for you

11/21/13: Pappy Van Winkle has reached Alabama read more

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Release Map

BTAC Tracker

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection has been released in several states

1/7/14: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection is released in Utah over the weekend

12/18/13: New York and Connecticut release the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

12/3/13: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection has come and gone in Maine

11/21/13: New Jersey BTAC

11/20/13: Oregon & Massachusetts has  Buffalo Trace Antique Collection read more

Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Mash Bills

Buffalo Trace Distillery Mash Bills

A break down of the majority of the Buffalo Trace distillery Bourbons and Ryes by their mash bill

Buffalo Trace uses two primary mash bills. While they don’t disclose the exact recipe Bourbonr’s much wiser than I have made educated guesses at the mash bill percentages.  Mash bill # 1 is probably 10% or less and mash bill #2 is somewhere between 10%-12%. Mash bill number two with 10-12% rye is a more common rye content for bourbons. read more