In September we reported on the 2017 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection release, which this year yielded about 15% more Thomas H. Handy Sazerac barrels than the previous year. A few days ago I was fortunate enough to snag a 2017 bottle to go alongside my 2016 release.
We previously reviewed the 2016 release, which clocked in at 126.2 proof, here and here. The product release sheets for 2017 and 2016 show the few subtle differences, including a slightly higher 127.2 proof, but both are Buffalo Trace’s low-rye (51% rye) mash bill, aged for 6+ years, and bottled at barrel proof.
This weekend I sat down with both bottles to compare. The results were quite satisfying.
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Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection OBSQ vs. OESQ
This is the third post in my quest to review each of the ten Four Roses Private Selection recipes. I previously reviewed OESO, OBSV, OBSF, and OESF.
In case your are unfamiliar, or in need of a review, below is the Four Roses infographic from the company website explaining the two mash bills and five yeast strains utilized to yield the ten varieties of Four Roses Private Selection Single Barrel, Barrel Strength bourbon:
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Review: Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky and Mellow Corn Straight Corn Whiskey Bottled-in-Bond
Corn whiskey and bourbon – what’s the difference? Both have at least 51% corn in the mash bill. However, when the corn content gets cranked up to 80%, it can be labeled as corn whiskey. And unlike bourbon, corn whiskey does not need to be aged in new charred oak.
For those who tend to look for a sweeter bourbon, venturing into corn whiskey may be worthwhile. And for those who also enjoy something unique, then we definitely recommend Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky.
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George T. Stagg 2017
George T. Stagg boasts a reputation as one of the premier bourbons in today’s market. Though a new version has been released each year since 2002, it is a perennial favorite.
This year’s release is only the third time that the barrel proof bourbon has clocked in under 130 proof (the only others being 2004 and 2013). Since 2002, each release has been at least 15 years old. This year’s is 15 years and 3 months, just one month younger than last year’s.
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A new bottle arrived on the shelves in local liquor stores in the past few months – George Remus Bourbon. A $45 bourbon named after yet another Prohibition-era figure. It’s not age stated (“aged over 2 years” is found on the back label) and 93.8 proof.
None of those facts, alone, probably registers much of a tremor on the seismograph. And yet, this bottle is a conversation starter.
Where to begin? Let’s start with the name – George Remus.
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