Joseph Magnus Review (and Barrel Selection Announcement)

Joseph Magnus

Today, we take a look at Jos. A. Magnus, with a review of the standard offering Joseph Magnus bourbon along with two “store pick” Magnus bourbons that we have picked up from Nasa Liquor in Houston, Texas.

But first, a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Monarch and Flight Club team up for a Joseph Magnus barrel pick!

That’s right, coming this fall is the “Joseph Magnus – Delano No. 4” pick, which will be available by the glass at The Monarch and by the bottle at R&J Discount Liquor.

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Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

Little Book, Chapter 2 – “Noe Small Task” Review

Little Book

Last year we brought you a review of the introductory batch of Little Book – “The Easy,” the Booker’s-like blended whiskey created by Freddie Noe (grandson of Booker Noe, and son of current Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe) of Jim Beam. “Little Book” was Freddie’s nick-name given to him by Booker. For more on the Noe heritage at Jim Beam, and relation to Jim Beam himself, check out our prior review.

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Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon (2018) Review

Michter's Toasted

Last year, we brought you the story of Michter’s – the brand 264 years in the making.   We took a bit of a cheap shot at the Michter’s lineage and the lack of a tangible connection between the Michter’s brands that date back to 1753, and the name bought following the brand owner’s bankruptcy in the early 2000’s.   But then we backpedaled a bit, recognizing that Michter’s president, Joe Magliocco, himself had a history with Michter’s.

While that history may be interesting as to an appreciation of the Michter’s brand today (you should check it out), this review centers around another story:  Michter’s and its toasted barrel finishes.

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Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

Balvenie Peat Week 14 Year (2003) and Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Year

Many of us are familiar with The Balvenie – the Speyside Scotch in the off-white tubes with the somewhat unexciting labels.  The Balvenie distillery was first opened in the 1890’s by William Grant & Sons, owners of the (then and now) nearby Glenfiddich distillery.  The Balvenie remains part of the William Grant & Sons family today.

The Balvenie is well noted for softer flavors of flower and honey.  But all Balvenie is not created the same.

Balvenie Peat

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Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.

Parker’s Heritage Collection – Curaçao Barrel Finished (12th Edition) Review

Parker’s Heritage Collection is Heaven Hill‘s annual special release American whiskey honoring the late Parker Beam.

Parker Beam began with Heaven Hill in 1960. He would later become Master Distiller at Heaven Hill in 1975, following the death of his father and then Master Distiller Earl Beam. In 2010, Beam was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Beginning with the 2013 release, Heaven Hill began donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of Parker’s Heritage to the ALS Association. Parker Beam passed in early 2017 following his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. By the time of his passing, Beam was with Heaven Hill for 56 years.

This year’s release is the 12th release for the Parker’s Heritage Collection line. The Parker’s Heritage Barrel Finished bourbon is 7-8 year Heaven Hill bourbon from the upper floors of Rickhouse Q. It is then finished in previously aged French orange curaçao liqueur for four months. It is then bottled at 110 proof. This is Heaven Hill’s second barrel finished release after the cognac finished bourbon (5th edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection).

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Scott Hill

Scott is a co-founder of Flight Club and a frequent writer and reviewer on the Club’s blog.