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Early Times Bottled In Bond Bourbon Review

Early Times Bottled in Bond

By Richard Thomas Rating: B Nowadays Early Times has a reputation as a palatable, but firmly bottom shelf whiskey, a status underlined by its American designation* as a “Kentucky whisky” rather than a Kentucky bourbon. The brand got that title in 1983, back when Maker’s Mark was the only premium bourbon around and rubble from the 1970s world whiskey crash ...

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Select Club 91 Special Reserve Canadian Whisky Review

Select Club 91 Canadian Whisky

By Father John Rayls Rating: B- “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.” Raymond Chandler “My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.”  William Faulkner   These are famous whiskey quotes coming from well-known wordsmiths, and most of ...

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Watkins Select Bourbon Review

Watkins Select Bourbon

By Father John Rayls Rating: B The Watkins Select Bourbon Whiskey is a “bottom shelf” winner.  Bottled at 80 proof, it’s a surprise find and an interesting sample of sourced bourbon from Kentucky. It’s readily available and probably much overlooked, but very little information is available for Watkins Select, and it definitely isn’t a top tier bourbon. Still, it’s good ...

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Jim Beam Black Bourbon Review (NAS)

Jim Beam Black (NAS)

By Father John Rayls Average Rating: B If you’ve been living under a rock for the last 5 years, you might not have noticed that the world of whiskey has been undergoing some dramatic changes. The record demand for all-things whiskey has brought about an unprecedented explosion in new distillery startups, and there have been new innovations and experimentation from ...

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