Price – 750 ml – $47.99 – (Heights Beer and Wine Emporium)
Method – 50 ml in a Glencairn – two fingers in a rocks glass
Rating – 85-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits
So I think like a lot of people, its the bottle that really makes this whiskey jump off the shelf. Once I got it home the biggest quandary became where to put it on my shelf. The wide base of this bad bourbon is quite a foot print of prime real estate, so I had to jostle around the collection a bit to get it to make sense. I have been hearing a lot of buzz about this particular bourbon, so I thought I’d give it a go during “WWTWW2k12” (Whiskey World Tour Whiskey Week 2012). Continue reading
Price – 750 ml – $44.99 – (www.shoppersvineyard.com)
Method – 50 ml in a Glencairn
Rating – 94-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits
I’m going to start my review by saying… DAMN! It’s been nearly 3 months since my last actual review, but the semester from hell -in which much whiskey was consumed, much writing was done, but none of it actually made it to the blog- is finally over. So I’m going to kick off my reinvigorated efforts with a whiskey that completely knocked my socks off. Woodford Reserve (the original) was a beautiful whiskey, but the one drawback for me was that I got a horrible metallic finish at the very end. I was hoping to get all the good of Woodford Reserve original without that terrible finish, what I got was so far beyond that. But, as I’m fond of saying, “less talk more rock”. Continue reading
Every now and again I come across cool whiskey shwag in my meanderings about the internet. Today I came across a pretty nifty item in this Woodford Reserve barrel top which has been given handles in order to make it into a serving tray. I think I might buy this just to hang it up in my man-cave area since it looks so awesome. I thought I would share it with the whiskey community and generate some sales for this awesome source. Click here to take a look.
Thanks to our friends over at Angel’s Envy (click here to go to their facebook and like them), I read that today, March 27th, 2012, is the first ever World Whiskey Day. Since it bears a resemblance to this very blog title, and since it IS whiskey oriented, I thought I should write up a little piece about our favorite caramel colored liquid and its day in the sun (or in the dark cabinet since the sun will prematurely age the fine liquid).
When I started poking around the net to get some info about the genesis of a day dedicated to our favorite libation, I came across a story on http://www.scotsman.com , that lay the story pretty bare. A college student by the name of Blair Bowman went looking for World Whiskey Day after learning of World Gin Day which was a huge hit in Spain. Upon finding out that there wasn’t one, he quickly bought up the virtual real estate associated with the day, and set about starting a whiskey empire with his own personal holiday as his flagship. Click here to read the article from Scotsman.com (which is a fine piece of writing if I do say so myself). I will do my very best to post a review or two this evening. St. Patrick’s Day saw me sick and unable to imbibe, so I have a few bottles left without review.
Overall, I found myself as surprised as Mr. Bowman when learning that there wasn’t a whiskey holiday, even if St. Patrick’s day (rather insensitively some would say – I not being among them) is an unofficial one, but if this does even half as well as Bowman hopes it to do, then we should have a really exciting addition to our drinking schedules. Either way, I look forward to seeing how this whole thing pans out.
But until then… Happy World Whiskey Day from Whiskey World Tour!
p.s. Special thanks to our friends over at http://boozedancing.wordpress.com for the repost and the kind words. Great members of the community and knowledgeable folks all around. I learn something every time I read an article. (check em out)
Price – 750 ml – $33.99 – (www.shoppersvineyard.com)
Method – 2 ice cubes – two fingers of alcohol in 8 oz. rocks glass
Rating – 86-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits
Knob Creek was one of the Bourbons that was recommended to me by almost everyone when I was asking for my first suggestions. It was also my first 100+ proof whiskey, so the difference of a stronger glass of whiskey was something that struck me immediately. At this point I’ve had my bottle for about 9 months and it’s nearly gone, so I have a bit of experience with this specific dram.
Knob Creek is one of the Small Batch Bourbons put out by Jim Beam and sons, and the only one I currently own. I’ll try to get a few others and add it to the list fairly soon. Continue reading
Rating – 95-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits
I’m now realizing that this is the whiskey that started my whole descent into whatever you might call this path that led me to start writing for Whiskey World Tour. The traditional Maker’s Mark was the third bottle of whiskey I ever purchased, following JD and Jameson, and the first one I really thought was very different. So when I started reading about it, and why it was so different from the others I had tried before, and read about the new form, 46, I was intrigued. Paired with the fact that I could find it no where amongst the every day liquor stores of New Jersey, the hunt for the rare became the fun of it all. And it all started with a red headed bottle named Maker’s 46.
The bottle is beautiful without being flashy. Smooth curves and no paper label suit this bottle well. The red wax topper that is usual for the Makers brand, sits proudly atop a cork, not a cap, and is matched by a rex wax seal that sits on the breast of the bottle like a gem. Overall, probably my second favorite bottle design of all the whiskeys I own (the first being Angel’s Envy by a nose). Continue reading
I have far too many choices at this point and I have no idea what to review next, and thats just in the bottles I own. So I figured I’d see what you wanted an opinion on. Maybe I have something you haven’t tried and would like a heads up on or about. Anyway vote in the poll and I’ll review something this saturday night.
So enjoy, and I’d love to read the feedback so please vote if you have an opinion.
Milestones are all about reminding yourself about the journey it’s taken to get to a certain point. My first 1000 views have been a blast, getting to know new people, learning new things, and drinking new whiskeys all along the way. Here’s to my next 1000, and for those of you who read and comment, thank you for acknowledging me, even if it is only by spending the time to look at the words I string together on the page.
Method – 3 ice cubes – Three fingers in 8 oz. rocks glass
Rating – 90-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits
This bourbon wasn’t even on my list of whiskey’s to try/buy but the local store from which I buy my hooch had it at a pretty good deal so I picked it up. I did note that it was a wheated whiskey, and being a lover of another wheated whiskey (Maker’s Mark and Maker’s Mark 46) I thought this might be a good selection. Also this is a cask strength whiskey which was another thing I hadn’t delved into yet. So those things combined, it seemed like a good exploratory purchase. At 63.9% abv, this is by far the most potent whiskey in my collection, and it definitely lived up to that on the first dram, but I’ll get to that in a bit. Continue reading
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
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