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The BTAC 2016 Round-Up

Buffalo Trace Warehouse and Water Tower

How Well Does The 2016 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Fare Compared To Previous Batches? By Richard Thomas One of the most anticipated events of the year among bourbon enthusiasts is the release of the new Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC), a batch of five distinct whiskeys representing a mix of characteristics. Some are quite old, whereas others are merely mature; ...

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George T. Stagg Bourbon Review (2016)

George T. Stagg

By Kurt Maitland Rating: A- George T. Stagg is often regarded as the flagship of the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) release, second only to Pappy Van Winkle in the affection of many enthusiasts, a very aged, cask strength bourbon made from Buffalo Trace’s rye mashbill. This year’s batch was drawn from 142 barrels, minimum age 15 years and ...

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Booker’s Bluegill Creek Bourbon Review

Booker's Bluegill Creek Bourbon

By Debbie Shocair Rating: B+ I hold tremendous respect for the Beam family and for Booker’s Bourbon, the unfiltered and uncut expression of the Beam Small Batch Collection inaugurated twenty years ago. Booker’s has changed over that time, and now comes in discrete batches. Fred Noe, 7th generation master distiller for Beam, has selected Booker’s Bluegill Creek, the fourth release ...

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Rye Whiskey 101

Norlan Whisky Glass comparison

The Guide To “America’s Original Whiskey” By Richard Thomas Driven in large part by its popularity as a core cocktail spirit in the mixology boom that began a decade ago, rye whiskey has risen from bourbon’s sleepy stepsister into a lively and legitimate sector of American Whiskey. While rye has not yet revived to what it was before Prohibition, it ...

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