Monthly Archives: January 2012

Jack Daniel’s – Single Barrel Select – 89-100


Price – 750 ml – $39.99 – (Costco.  Gift set with two rocks glasses.)

Method – 2 ice cubes in 3 fingers

Rating – 89-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits

Review –

Let me start this review by saying that I’m fairly certain I was born with a small amount of Jack Daniel’s no. 7 in my blood.  It was a favorite of both of my parents and my mother still talks about her glory days drinking “good ‘ol Jack”.  (I should also note that my mother is now 23 years sober, congratulations Ma 😉 )  The first whiskey I ever drank was Jack, when I snuck a dram out of a friend of my mom’s bottle.  It went down like water and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to drink.  I don’t drink Jack much nowadays but my grandfather, before he passed, bought us a bottle of Gentlemen Jack which I seem to remember enjoying, and so as I began my recently renewed foray into the world of craft whiskeys, I knew I would have to visit both the Single Barrel and the Gentleman Jack sooner or later.  So when I went to Costco and saw a bottle for 40 bucks that included a couple of fairly nice rocks glasses, I figured now was the time. Continue reading


International Toasts – Scotland


The next country in the series of International Toasts.  This time we visit beautiful Scotland, and though the Gaelic is very similar to the Irish Gaelic, the Scots have a poetry all their own and an entirely different way of saying things.  It’s always been interesting to me, both in the differences and similarities between Scotland and Ireland.  Now with India also producing good whiskey, it seems to me that England should colonize and oppress more countries, then perhaps we will get a few more whiskey producing countries ;). Continue reading


International Toasts – Ireland


So I figured it would be a cool experiment to look in on the whiskey producing/drinking cultures of the world, and look through their respective toasts and post them here.  Being Irish (and Italian) I thought I would post the Irish toasts first.  Some are in Irish Gaelic and some are in English, and they are suprisingly heart-warming and poetic.  Enjoy. Continue reading


Labrot & Graham – Woodford Reserve – Distiller’s Select – 89-100


Price – 750 ml – $32 – ( http://www.shoppersvineyard.com )

Method –  two ice cubes in three fingers

Rating – 89100

Review –

Woodford Reserve is well known as a different kind of bourbon.  It was definitely the first bourbon that really turned my head as far as taste is concerned, and that’s not to say that other bourbons hadn’t crossed my path with great relish, but the taste of this bourbon will leave you scratching your head a bit at first.  But I’ll get to that in a sec. Continue reading


Blanton’s Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon – Rating 94-100


Price – 750 ml – $45 – ( http://www.shoppersvineyard.com )

Method – 1 tablespoon water in two fingers

Rating – 94-100

Review –

The first review of 2012 should be a good one to kick us off, and being the bourbon-head that I am I decided to go with a whiskey, recently purchased, and thoroughly loved.  Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon is touted to be the first single barrel whiskey to be sold on the open market, and its refinement definitely shows.  The bottle is unique, if a little odd, and reminds me of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch from Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail.  The bronze horse on the top of the cork is actually pretty cool looking up close and it comes in a nice bag that I’ll probably use for a while in any case.  I know of a few different levels of Blanton’s, Silver Gold and Green labels, (rather like JW does) but its really hard to find anything other than the standard brown label bottles (in my experience). Continue reading


Some recognition from the industry for WWT


A bit of recognition on the Whiskey of the Year post, from Wes Henderson, son of Lincoln Henderson – Master Distiller at Angels Envy, as well as Mike Andersen also from the Louisville Distilling Company.  On top of the comments on the blog itself, they also posted a link to the post on their facebook page which generated a lot of traffic for the page.  I would like to say thank you to Wes and Mike, and also say that I can’t wait for more expressions from Angel’s Envy!

Chuck


Whiskey of the Year – 2011


Being the inaugural year of Whiskey World Tour, we haven’t posted all that many reviews in the past two months, but I figured it was a good idea to start a year end tradition.  So a few extra words about the best reviewed whiskey of the year is probably in order.  And this year 2011, that whiskey just happened to be…

Angel’s Envy by Louisville Distilling Company.

This whiskey is simply stunning, as I said in my review, but I have had a few more glasses since that review and I thought I would update it a bit.  After a glass or two, when I was more used to the flavor profile of this standout bourbon, the flavors only seem to continue to expand on the palate.  As the bottle has gotten some air, and opened up a bit, the background sweetness has come on strong, yet is still mellow enough to not feel like some of those bourbons that taste like someone dumped honey in the bottle.  Lincoln Henderson has really outdone himself with this bourbon and I simply can’t wait to see what other expressions come from this master distiller who has come into his prime with this beautiful small batch (now if only I could get them to sell it in NJ).

The price tag isn’t bad, just over 40 bucks at most stores, and I have bought MUCH worse bottles of hooch for $40.   With that in mind, and although I much prefer to drink my whiskey either on the rocks or solo, Angels Envy has listed a few cold weather cocktails using this top shelf bourbon and they all sound pretty inviting.  Just thought I would share them.

But before that, have a Happy and Safe New Year.  May all your drams be beautiful and bold in 2012.

Chuck

Now on to the recipes:

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