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Bluebird Distilling Four Grain Bourbon Review

Bluebird Distilling Four Grain Bourbon

By Richard Thomas Rating: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania is home to Bluebird Distilling, a prime example of one of the branches the rapidly expanding craft distilling scene is following. With well over a thousand micro- and nano-distilleries operating in the United States, many newcomers are either becoming very specialized or setting up not in major cities, but picturesque, oft-visited locations. In my ...

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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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Cedar Ridge Malted Rye Whiskey Review

Cedar Ridge Malted Rye

By Richard Thomas Rating: B- Whiskey enthusiasts should count themselves fortunate that the Rye Craze started at the same time that the micro-distillery movement took off. That left plenty of room for small distillers looking to make a name for themselves to move into as the rye whiskey scene initially suffered a severe shortage and then exploded. One result of ...

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Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Bourbon Review

Michter's Barrel Proof Bourbon

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ The Kentucky Bourbon Affair is a celebrated fantasy camp held every year in late Spring, centered on Louisville. It’s not hard to see why its so celebrated. Individual events this year included a tour of the newly opened Bulleit Distillery in Shelbyville (something I haven’t been invited to do yet!), several private barrel selection events, ...

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