Yellowstone Select 750

A popular brand for over 150 years, Yellowstone has bounced around and been reborn six or seven times by different companies. In its current iteration, it’s owned by MGP who bought Luxco this past year. It was reborn in the early part of the craft whiskey boom by LImestone Branch, a craft distillery operated by Stephen and Paul Beam. A Kentucky Bourbon, LIKELY sourced from Heaven Hill, but NOT confirmed the nose presents soft mint and honey with a caramel corn quality. On the palate, the whiskey is soft with buttercream and vanilla emerging before spice and a kick of sugared orange peel along with brown sugar and a touch of oak spice. It’s a combo of 4 and 7 yr bourbons, I think MOST akin in flavor profile to regular Buffalo Trace, which is sometimes hard to get. Bottom line, soft, sweet, but balanced with enough oak to stand up in a cocktail or a big rock.

Woodford Reserve Derby Bottle 2023 Secretariat

Aptly nicknamed “Big Red” for his coloring, Secretariat is till arguably the greatest race horse who ever lived, STILL holding the record for the fastest Kentucky Derby. This 50th anniversary edition commemorates the 1973 victory, with a beautifully rendered painting by Jaime Corum, a Louisville native and equine artist. Grab 2 bottles before they are gone. One to drink and one to admire.

Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond Single Barrel

Big Red Liquors first ever Rittenhouse Rye Bottle in Bond single barrel comes from warehouse MM, on the old Schenley campus outside of Bardstown, from floor 4. Barreled on April 25th, 2018, so 4.5 years old at bottling and of course 100 Proof. Rittenhouse, in its HH form, has always been a sturdy, no nonsense rye, with a blend of spice and sweetness. This particular single barrel starts with a fresh hit of spice, then honey, then a touch of floral and finally apple. On the palate, bright orange and an explosion of clove, sweet and almost savory with peppermint emerging with more honey on the finish.

Teeling Irish Whiskey

When John Teeling converted an industrial alcohol plant in County Louth into what became “Cooley” distillery in the late 80s, the seeds were planted for the revival of Irish whiskey. Kilbeggan, Tyrconnell, and Connemara all sprung forth, as well as a slew of barrels for smaller brands to grow and experiment. Post-Beam Suntory acquiring Cooley and the brands, the second generation of Teelings went to work on founding their eponymous whiskey company. Today, happily ageing and bubbling away in downtown Dublin, the Teeling Whiskey Co. is still owned by John and Stephen, but with a 40% stake by Bacardi, the whiskey has grown it’s global presence. Presumably the brand began life from older Cooley stocks, finished in ex-rum casks and bottled non-chill filtered at 92 proof. The nose is an explosion of fruit and malt with a rich cereal grain and sweet tropical fruit note emerging. On the palate more malt, sweet spice, and a treacly, syrupy rum soaked spice cake. Finish is long, sweet, and simply pleasurable.

Jack & Coke 4pks

The best part about a Jack and Coke is that it’s an actual cocktail in a glass…sweetness and bitterness from the cola with the exact right amount of whiskey to round out, smooth out and give a touch of refreshing bite. The new Jack and Coke is a collab worth trying!

Bardstown Origin Series Wheated Bottled in Bond Bourbon

One of the first releases of product 100% distilled and aged at Bardstown Bourbon Company, DSP KY-20037. This is a 68% corn, 20% wheat, 12% malted barley 6yr Bottled in Bond 100 proof straight bourbon whiskey. The nose starts with a lot of soft orchard fruit, think apple skins and ripe pears, then a touch of red fruit and some walnuts and peanuts. On the palate, distinctly spicy, not really like a wheater at all, but lean, high-toned, with a full complement of spices, including cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper. Honey and maple syrup sweetness follows through the long finish. It’s not as soft as Maker’s or Weller, and lacks the leather influence or fruitiness of those whiskies, but its big flavor!

Top 3 Bourbons UNDER $40 You Can Buy Right Now!

The number of fantastic bottles of bourbon you can buy right off the shelf at a fair price has not changed. In fact, it’s only expanded in recent years, despite folk’s insistence that they can “never find the good stuff.” The truth is, more people than ever want a pool of very scarce products. That being said, here are three bottles you can go get off the shelf RIGHT NOW for under $40. If you can learn to love these the way people “think” they love Blanton’s then you will never be disappointed. To quote Stephen Stills, “love the one you’re with.” So, for my money, Elijah Craig Small Batch, Wild Turkey 101, and Maker’s Mark 101 offer the most balanced, flavor forward, drinkable, versatile, and affordable “shelfers” on the market. Wild Turkey 101 is an absolute classic, a master class in subtle bourbon flavor. It’s rich, oaky, but with a soft licorice and herbal finish. Elijah Craig Small batch for under $35 is still in insane value. Bottle at 94 proof it’s sweet, rustic flavors driven by orange, mint, and cherry make an unparalleled Old Fashioned. And finally, Maker’s Mark 101, is simply without a doubt the most delicious and drinkable bourbon on the market and no one is talking about. It’s the PERFECT PROOF for Maker’s Mark. It’s not much more expensive than regular and literally puts any competitor at the $40 price point to shame. Can’t find Weller??? This is the best shelf wheater you’ll ever taste. Period.

Widow Jane 10yr Bourbon

A blend of non-chill filtered 10yr old straight whiskies from Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee proofed down with pure limestone mineral water from the Rosendale mines in New York. Sweet cookies and cream on the nose with a touch of tropical fruit and soft Tennessee leather. On the palate, a burst of juicy fruit to start, fairly mouth watering, with a rush of spices at the finish. Collectively pretty balanced with softer mint and spice notes emerging on second and third sips. Here’s a “craft blend” actually worth a damn.

Angel’s Envy Rye

95% rye finished in rum casks and bottled at 100 proof, the Angel’s Envy Rye has long been the sweetest, most dessert like and decadent rye on the market, and this current bottling is no exception. Cotton candy, spice, and leather on the nose. One the palate, a quick hit of baking spice, then Big League Chew bubblegum, mint, and a touch of vanilla cream. Sweet and spicy, and just about the easiest drinking rye you’ll ever taste.