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Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Years Old Bourbon Whiskey Review

Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Family Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

By Richard Thomas Rating: A+ Although Pappy Van Winkle has only a middling history as Kentucky bourbon’s go, the label is one of the most rarefied on the market today. As the story goes, Julian P. Van Winkle graduated from Centre College in Kentucky in 1892, went to work for a wholesaler, and gravitated into whiskey-making when he bought the ...

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Noah’s Mill Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey Review

Noah's Mill Small Batch 15 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- Admirers of old fashioned, pre-Prohibition style bourbon love to hear two words in connection with a new bottle of Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, namely “cask strength” and “small batch.” Granted, “single barrel” and “cask strength” is even better, but a reasonably priced, no waiting list bottle of cask strength, small batch bourbon is a thing ...

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Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey Review

Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

By Richard Thomas Updated April 9, 2015 Rating: B+ Knob Creek is arguably the most well-known of Jim Beam’s line of signature small batch bourbons (the others being Baker’s, Booker’s and Basil Hayden). Each label of that signature line has its own distinctive character, with Knob Creek representing what is probably the most old fashioned and traditional of the four. ...

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Booker’s Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey Review

A bottle of Booker's bourbon whiskey in its wood case.

by Richard Thomas   Rating: A Jim Beam’s grandson, the late Booker Noe, introduced his namesake bourbon in 1988. The original Booker’s started out as bourbon hand-selected by Noe and bottled straight from the cask, which was then given out only to a select group of close friends and family. The practice of creating what amounts of a private reserve ...

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