Whiskey Reviews

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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Michter’s 20 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon Review (2015)

Michter's 20 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon 2015

By Richard Thomas Rating: A For whisk(e)y enthusiasts who aren’t collectors-for-profit, acquiring a pricey and rare bottle usually produces one of two reactions: crack it open at the earliest opportunity, like a kid with his prized Christmas gift; or put it away to save for a special occasion. When I got my hands on a bottle of 2015’s Michter’s 20 ...

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Copperworks American Malt 001 Whiskey Review

Copperworks American Malt Whiskey

By Debbie Shocair Rating: A- There is a reason I’m so vocal in my excitement about American craft whiskey, and this expression from Copperworks Distilling Co. in Seattle exemplifies why. Their Release 001 began as a craft beer brewed from two varieties of pale malt before being twice distilled in traditional copper pot stills and growing up to be a ...

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Glen Grant 18 Year Old Scotch Review

Glen Grant 18 Year Old

By Adam Irvine Rating: C- Like many a Rothes distillery, Glen Grant can be easily missed when touring the stills of Speyside. Unlike the brazen hussies of Dufftown, which flaunt their seductive padogas from every angle, Rothes has a habit of tucking its distilleries away from view. Interestingly they proudly display the animal feed plant, but it seems the town ...

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