2015 Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Review

Look I get it, we all want people to rip apart Pappy in reviews.  So far this year I have seen several people say this year’s Pappy 20 wasn’t very good.  One called it terrible.  We see these few comments and we pass it on.  Why?  Because we are tired…

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2015 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Review

First of all, I would like to thank Buffalo Trace and their marketing department for sending me samples and making me feel like I’m a big deal.  I’m really not, but at least for a day, I felt like it.  Also, if you are looking for exquisite tasting notes, I…

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Smooth Ambler halting production on Old Scout Rye.

It was mentioned first on Reddit and confirmed on Twitter earlier today.  Smooth Ambler is halting production on their Old Scout Rye for the time being.  This was posted on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SmoothAmbler “Smooth Ambler Old Scout Rye Update Effective immediately, we are pausing production of Old Scout Rye…

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Why I stopped writing reviews.

Back in October when I had the idea of writing a blog, I had all sorts of enthusiasm for my new hobby.  Every bottle I bought excited me, and the unopened bottle barely survived a day before I opened it and tried it.  Samples filled my mailbox on a weekly…

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Two letters have ‘flipped’ the whiskey secondary market upside down…

Two letters, C and S, have changed the whiskey secondary market.  Used together, it’s C+S which stands for Cost + Shipping.  It started as a basic idea a few months ago by one individual (no, not me).  That person, who will remain anonymous, had been searching for an Orphan Barrel Barterhouse and was unable to…

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First Impression: Orphan Barrel Forged Oak

Forged Oak by Orphan Barrel Price : $65 retail Age : 15 years Nose : Beautiful.  Caramel, honey, a burning fire in a fireplace, that smell you get if you are running outside in early winter after it’s rained….like wet leaves.  Little bit of pepper.  Very nice indeed. Palate : Smooth,…

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First Impression : Orphan Barrel Old Blowhard

Old Blowhard by Orphan Barrel Age : 26 Nose : Very nice.  Smells almost identical to Eagle Rare 17 to me.  Oak, leather, caramel. Palate : Very nice on the tongue.  Strong on the caramel and butterscotch.  Oak stays.  Hint of spice. Finish : It goes down nicely, with butterscotch…

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