2018 Colonel E.H. Taylor Four Grain Release

Since being announced as 2017’s overall “Whiskey of the Year” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, the whiskey community has been anticipating the 2018 release of Colonel E.H. Taylor Four Grain bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery.

2018 Colonel E.H. Taylor Four Grain

(Check out our review of the 2017 Colonel E.H. Taylor Four Grain here.)

But when will the 2018 Colonel E.H. Taylor Four Grain be released? And will it be any different than the 2017 release?

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Stephen Netherton

Stephen is a regular writer at FlightClubICT.com

Spring and Summer New Release Whiskeys

Winter is squarely in the rear-view mirror. Does that mean that we’re entering whiskey’s “off season,” during the Spring and Summer months?

Maybe that perspective could have been justified in years past. Yes, the Fall and Winter months traditionally yield the most whiskey intrigue. But, the whiskey industry’s continued boom means that every season is whiskey season.

There have been several exciting announcements for new release whiskeys locally and nationally this Spring and Summer. Here are a few that you should know:

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Stephen Netherton

Stephen is a regular writer at FlightClubICT.com

Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year and Van Winkle Family Reserve “Lot B” 12 Year: 2016 v. 2017

Van Winkle

The Van Winkle name is the E.F. Hutton of today’s bourbon market – say it in a room of bourbon drinkers, and everyone listens. Or, put another way, say it in a blog post or message board, and everyone has an opinion. Even Justin Timberlake name dropped the Van Winkle brand’s “Pappy” line in a recent interview (while simultaneously showing that he knows as much about whiskey as I know about bringing sexy back).

What invariably gets lots in the hype over the label is what’s actually inside the bottle. How does this stuff taste, anyway? And is there any variation from year-to-year?

We decided to review the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year and the Van Winkle Family Reserve “Lot B” 12 Year releases from 2016 and 2017. The main purpose of which was to see whether these coveted bourbons have any variation between their annual releases.

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Stephen Netherton

Stephen is a regular writer at FlightClubICT.com

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B517

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Whiskey Advocate named Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B517 as its “2017 Whiskey of the Year.” That’s right, a $65 bourbon, touted by many as simply a consistently great “budget” barrel proof bourbon, ran away with the magazine’s top award.

So, given this distinction, it seemed a proper time to revisit Elijah Craig Barrel Proof.

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Stephen Netherton

Stephen is a regular writer at FlightClubICT.com