2013 Fall Bourbon Releases

Fall is like Christmas for most Bourbonr’s

During the fall it feels like distilleries are releasing new bourbons every week.

Here is a partial list of the Bourbons and Whiskies set to release this fall:

Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition (Est. Release Mid/Late September)

(the release I am most excited about) – This year, to commemorate their 125 years of distilling, Four Roses is releasing their Limited Edition Small Batch. “The recipes, each with different flavor characteristics, include an 18-year-old selection of Four Roses’ recipe coded OBSV (featuring delicate fruit, spicy and creamy characteristics), a 13-year-old OBSK (rich in spiciness, full body), and a 13-year-old OESK (spicy, full body).”  If you’re not familiar with Four Roses they have ten unique recipes (2 mash bills, 5 yeast strans) which they use to craft their bourbons. read more

When Will Pappy Van Winkle be Available

Update 10/7/13: Old Rip Van Winkle has not set a release date for Pappy.

Breaking: 10/12/13 Pappy is spotted in Louisville at Party Source. Apparently, people were camping out in line the night before. Pappy is the new iPhone!!! Except the iPhone never brought me this much joy

Old Rip Van Winkle did announce that they were not going to have a Spring 2013 release. That should mean more bottles for the Fall!

Pappy Guess:


Pappy Van Winkle Release Tracker 

Did you ever wonder when Pappy became so popular? Check out our recent blog post 

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What’s The Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey

A common questions among new Bourbonrs is “What’s the difference between Bourbon and American Whiskey”?

The answer is pretty simple but yet confusing at the same time.

First, we are going to explain what Bourbon is. Then, we will look at how American Whiskey is different.

Based on the Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits (27 C.F.R. 5) there are six standards a whiskey must meet to call itself Bourbon: read more

Whiskey Review – Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky

Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky by Ralfy

Here is some more information about Balcones Baby Blue from the Balcones website:

Baby Blue is a unique corn whisky made from atole, a roasted blue corn meal. Baby Blue isn’t bourbon nor white lightning. It has the freshness and verve of traditional corn whisky but with a refined complexity. The result is a round nuttiness and roasty overtones with a smooth finish. Baby Blue was the first Texas whisky on the market since prohibition, and is the only craft-made whisky to have received a 5-star rating from F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal other than Balcones “1” Texas Single Malt. read more

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Release Date 2013

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Release Map

Breaking News: The Buffalo Trace Antique Collections has been spotted in KY, NC, GA and Washington DC

I also saw Thomas Handy in FL but not the rest of the release

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
The previous edition of this bourbon was honored with a Gold Medal at the 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition. The 2013 edition was distilled in the Spring of 1993 and has been aging on the 2nd, 3rd and 6th floors of Warehouses I and K. The barrels selected for this batch were actually aged for 19 years, and the taste has been described as dry, with hints of oak, leather, and tobacco. read more

Pappy Van Winkle Release 2013

Updated as of 10/7/13

As of the beginning of October Old Rip Van Winkle has not set a release date for Pappy.

Old Rip Van Winkle did announce that it would not have a spring release. Instead, there would only be one release in the Fall.

Pappy Guess:

Early November

Pappy Van Winkle Release Tracker 

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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

5 Best Bourbons for Beginners

(ignore the cheesy alliteration in the title)

I am just getting in to Bourbon what should I try? I have heard this questions hundreds of times.

Here is a list of five Bourbons that all beginners should try. All of these bourbons are readily available and fairly inexpensive. They also serve a purpose to show you how different Bourbon can be. Keep in mind all Bourbons have to be at least 51% corn. After that rye, malt, and wheat are added to create different flavors and characteristics. read more