Barrell Whiskey Batch 002 Review

Barrell Whiskey Batch 002

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ Barrell Bourbon has become a hit among enthusiasts, and through the eight batches they have released so far, Joe Beatrice’s brand has established itself as a bottler that can be counted on to deliver solid, cask strength bourbon. Barrell Whiskey, on the other hand, is not so well-established a quality. The latest release on that ...

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Abraham Bowman Gingerbread Cocoa Finished Bourbon Review

Abraham Bowman Beer-Finished Bourbon

By Father John Rayls Rating: B+ The A. Smith Bowman Distillery is a small Virginia-based operation, owned by Sazerac and specializing in limited editions and special releases. They first captured my attention about a year and a half ago when I reviewed the limited release of their high rye bourbon. It was a very interesting whiskey, and I went to ...

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Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon Review

Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon

By Randall H. Borkus Rating: B+ The original phrase “rebel yell” was for the Confederate soldier’s battle cry, used during the American Civil War when charging an enemy position. It was intended to intimidate and lift the confidence of the troops, and is thought to have been influenced either by the Scottish or Native American war cry traditions. Noted historian Shelby Foote once described it as “a fox hunt ...

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Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon Review (2016)

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old

By Father John Rayls Rating: B+ Sazerac, owner of Buffalo Trace Distillery, has released its annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, an annual and very limited Fall release event. This collection consists of five expressions, and most of the bottles disappear quickly, with the rest commanding high prices on the secondary (and often illicit) whiskey market. I’m starting for The Whiskey ...

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