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Seven Sherry Bomb Scotch Whiskies

Aberlour A'Bunadh

By Richard Thomas Although the overwhelming bulk of Scotch whisky is aged in used American Standard Barrels (ASBs), the most prized cask for maturing whisky is the Sherry butt. Whiskies aged in first-fill Sherry butts are especially so, and those drawn entirely from such sherried stock are invariably known as “sherry bombs” for the potent flavors the malt whisky has ...

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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)

By Kurt Maitland Average 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 ...

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Booker’s Bluegill Creek Bourbon Review

Booker's Bluegill Creek Bourbon

Updated June 30, 2017 By Debbie Shocair Average 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 ...

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