Blaum Bros. Bourbon and Rye Reviews

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. was founded in 2013, bursting onto the American whiskey scene at a time when the bourbon wave was nearing its crest.


Like many new distilleries, Blaum Bros. complements its own production by sourcing from an established distillery. Which one? You guessed it – MGP in Indiana.

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November 2018: Balcones Texas Whisky

Balcones is a distillery based in Waco, TX. The brand began distilling in 2009 and quickly made a name for themselves. Balcones currently has six labels, and we poured five of them for this tasting, with the sixth used in our cocktail.

We did this tasting blind, with only our host, Mr. Josh Cary, aware of what each glass contained.
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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible Picks Best of the Year

Jim Murray’s 2019 Whisky Bible goes on sale today and includes his list of best whiskeys . For his overall winner, Murray selected the 2017 release of William Larue Weller

Murray’s 2nd place overall goes to Glen Grant 18 Year (which he often lauds), and 3rd overall to another BTAC member, Thomas H. Handy (2017).

Since 2004, Murray has released his Whisky Bible, which reviews a staggering number of all types of whiskeys and ranks the top three for each respective category (Bourbon, Scotch, Irish, etc.).

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October 2018: Anejo Tequila Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Bourbon Barrel Aged Anejo Tequila

Anejo Tequila

First, basic definition: Tequila distilled from Blue Agave plant primarily in the region of Tequila, Mexico. Tequila is a type of Mezcal (and the regions of production of the two drinks are overlapping). The distinction is that tequila must use only blue agave plants rather than any type of agave.

There are 4 basic categories of Tequila:

Blanco Tequila (aged less than 2 months)

Reposado Tequila (aged between 2 months and 1 year)

Anejo Tequila (aged between 1 and 3 years)

Extra Anejo Tequila (first established in 2006 and is aged greater than 3 years and usually rested for a second time in either Sherry or Wine casks)

Anejo Tequila is typically aged in American White Oak or French Oak barrels. Commonly, the distilleries  use Bourbon or Scotch barrels for aging Reposado and Anejo. However, Scotch is far less common due to the obvious difference in shipping expense between the two spirits. By far the most common Bourbon barrels originate from either Jim Beam or Jack Daniel’s. And most will not specify which distillery cask is being used.

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