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Review: Not Your Fathers Bourbon

Not Your Fathers Bourbon is the first in a new line of spirits made by Small Town Craft Spirits in Monroe Wisconsin.  This is Pabst Brewing Companies first foray in the spirits business.  Constellations Brands, AB-Inbev, and Rogue Ales and Spirits have already produced both brewed and distilled products.  Not Your Fathers Bourbon is distilled at the Minhas Distillery in Monroe Wisconsin.  Madagascar vanilla and natural flavors are blended before bottling at 86 proof.  Tim Kovacs the founder of Small Town Brewery, the company behind Not Your Fathers Root Beer was not involved in the creation on this bourbon.  Not Your Fathers Bourbon is currently available in Illinois and Wisconsin.  National distribution will follow this spring. Read more »


Review: Trails End Bourbon

Trails End Bourbon is an ultra premium Kentucky straight bourbon aged for 8 years.  The bourbon travels to Hood River Distillers in Hood River Oregon, where it is steeped with Oregon oak staves in stainless steel vats.  Pure glacier fed spring water from Mt. Hood is blended to reduce to 90 proof.  Hood River Distillers produces several brands including  Pendleton Whisky, 44 North Vodka and Lucid Absinthe.  Trails End is named for the final destination of the famous Oregon Trail which is located near Hood River Distillers.  In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to map a path from the Missouri River in Missouri to Oregon.  The two traveled to Oregon and back between 1804-1806 mapping the return journey which they found more direct.    Read more »


Review: Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey

Ballotin Original Chocolate Whiskey is one of four flavored whiskeys launched October 2015 by Saloon Spirits.  Ballotin is named for the stylish specialty box Belgian chocolatiers made to protect their fine chocolates.  The other flavors include Caramel Turtle, Bourbon Ball, and Chocolate Mint.  Saloon Spirits Founder Paul Tuell is a former Brand Manager for Brown Forman.  The light whiskey base is made from a traditional bourbon mash of  51% or more corn, with wheat and barley making up the balance.  The whiskey is aged for two years in used oak barrels.  This light whiskey base allows the taste of the natural flavors infused with the whiskey to shine through.  Bourbon must be aged in New American white oak barrels that have been charred.  The char and new oak from those bourbon barrels would have created a flavor barrier.  Natural flavor and caramel color are infused before bottling at 60 proof in Louisville Kentucky. Read more »


Review: Crown Royal Salted Caramel Whisky

Crown Royal Salted Caramel Whisky was just released.  The felt bag included is pumpkin orange.  It is a Limited Edition seasonal variety, and one of four flavored whiskies Crown currently produces.  The other flavors include Crown Royal Apple, Vanilla, and Maple.  They recently retired Crown Royal Honey.  Each flavor starts with the signature Crown Royal base that was first created in 1939 as a gift for the King and Queen of England when they became the first reigning Monarchs to visit Canada.  Pure water sourced from Lake Winnipeg naturally filtered through the limestone beneath and a grain blend of rye, corn, and barley are used to create Crown Royal.  Roughly 80% of the grain used is sourced from Manitoba and surrounding Provinces.  Twelve distillation columns produce the fifty whiskies that comprise the Crown Royal signature blend.  This is the result of 5 different recipes aged for varying periods of time in either new or re-use charred oak barrels.  Once the whiskies have been aged to the blenders satisfaction, they are meticulously blended.  Natural flavors are infused before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: Beach Whiskey Island Coconut

Beach Whiskey Island Coconut was launched in select markets in 2016 along with Beach Whiskey Original and Beach Whiskey Bonfire Cinnamon.  They are in the process of building out national distribution.  A quick look at the Beach Whiskey webpage only lists their Island Coconut and Bonfire Cinnamon varieties.  Beach Whiskey was co-founded by a large group of people including Country Music singer Jake Owen, Gavin DeGraw, Billy Bush, J Smoke Wallin, and Ken Austin, the Chairman and Co-Founder of Avion Tequila.  Beach Whiskey Island Coconut starts with a corn whiskey base that is not barrel aged, but it does undergo a unique filtration process.  Natural flavors are blended before bottling at 52 proof.  Some coconut flavored rums are blended with an oversweet coconut liqueur.  In fact Island Coconut is made with 44% less sugar than the leading coconut brand, presumably Malibu.  Read more »


Review: J Seeds Apple Cider Whiskey

J Seeds Apple Cider Whiskey as the name would imply is an apple cider flavored whiskey.  This whiskey is produced at the Frank-Lin Distillers Products in Fairfield California.  Frank-Lin has been in continuous operation since the repeal of prohibition.  They offer custom bottling, importing exporting and wholesaling.  Beyond Vodka, 8 Seconds Canadian Whisky, and Bellringer Gin are three of the nearly 70 spirits they currently produce.  I have found no product details on the J Seeds Apple Cider Whiskey website, their Facebook page, and I have not seen any product review. Read more »


Review: Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky

Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky was introduced February 2012.  Tap 357 is named for the blend of 3, 5, and 7 year old rye whiskies and the natural Canadian maple tapped at the first hint of spring in Quebec, used in crafting it.  Each of the blended rye whiskies are produced in small batches in the oldest distillery in Western Canada.  The whisky is distilled four times before maturing in a combination of new, second and third use bourbon barrels.  Master Distiller Michel Marcil blends the whisky and then blends pure local grade 1 light Canadian maple syrup sourced from Quebec.  In a proprietary finishing process the maple flavored rye whisky is left to rest until the blend is ready for release.  As someone who has visited New England dozens of times and has several friends and business associates who don’t leave New England without a bottle of 100% maple syrup, I’m very familiar with how serious people in New England and Quebec take their maple syrup.  Harvesting maple, commonly called maple sugaring depends on weather conditions each year, but in Quebec it generally occurs between February and April.  Mild days with temperatures falling below freezing at night are ideal.     Read more »


Review: CALI California Sipping Whiskey

CALI California Sipping Whiskey was just released.  I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the first bottles.  CALI is hand crafted from a blend of rich corn mash bourbon, and spicy rye.  After aging in clean oak barrels, it is finished with hand-ground botanicals, herbs, and aromatic spices.  CALI is produced and bottled by Sukkah Hill Spirits in Gardena California. Read more »


Review: Revel Stoke Root Beer Whisky

revel-stoke-root-beer-whiskyRevel Stoke Root Beer Whisky was just released.  It is one of eight Canadian Whisky varieties made by the Phillips Distilling Company under the Revel Stoke label.  The other flavors include Roasted Pecan, Roasted Apple, Roasted Pineapple, Pumpkin Spiced, Spiced, Cinnamon, and their original Canadian whisky.  Revel Stoke is named after the mountain ski resort town in British Columbia.  Revel Stoke Root Beer is made with a blend of rye, corn, and barley malt.  It is triple distilled in copper stills.  The whisky is aged for 3 years in charred white oak barrels.  Natural root beer flavors are infused before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: Rebel Yell Root Beer Whiskey

rebel-yell-root-beer-whiskeyRebel Yell Root Beer Whiskey was released April 2016 along with a Ginger flavored whiskey.  Both start with Rebel Yell Original Straight Bourbon as a base.  This bourbon was first made in 1849 at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery with corn wheat and malt.  Natural root beer flavor and caramel color are added before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »