Corn Whiskey, White Whiskey, and Moonshine

Iowa Legendary White Rye Whiskey Review

Iowa Legendary Rye

By Father John Rayls Rating: B If you’ve ever listened to someone with passion trying to start a business, you’ve heard the tales of excitement, challenge and fulfillment. If you listened closely, you also heard the tales of fear, inadequacy and failure. Thomas Edison once said “I have not failed. I’ve found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  Edison’s message there ...

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Understanding Types Of American Whiskey

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By Richard Thomas Part of the Bourbon Boom is the way in which the rise of Kentucky’s Native Spirit has tugged the other major categories of American whiskey on its coattails. Once upon a time, rye whiskey was a sleepy thing, known to most because of Don McLean’s song “American Pie.” Wheat whiskey and American malt whiskey had all but ...

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Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine Review

Old Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine

By Richard Thomas Rating: B One of the great traditions in Southern style moonshine is the apple pie flavor, a classic recipe for making white lightning more palatable. Most purveyors of legal moonshine have a version. So, it only follows that one of the biggest legal moonshine distilleries would too, and especially so considering it is located outside Great Smoky ...

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Iowa Whiskey: Making Bourbon In Corn Country

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There Is Much More To Whiskey-Making In Iowa Than Just Rye By Richard Thomas One of the peculiar features of the craft whiskey picture in the Hawkeye State is just how big a presence rye has in it. This is because of Templeton Rye, the notorious bottler that preceded the emergence of Iowa’s first micro-distilleries by several years. Templeton sourced ...

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