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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We have previously compared the 2016 release of Rebel Yell Single Barrel 10 Year to other bottles, such as Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond and even Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year. Now that we’ve received another release of Rebel Yell Single Barrel 10 Year, it’s time to see whether the magic of the first release can be duplicated.
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This review of Rendezvous Rye and A Midwinter Nights Dram is essentially part 2 of an earlier review of High West Double Rye! and Yippee Ki-Yay. As we wrote in that post, High West has made a name for itself in the whiskey industry not for its own distillation (though, one day that may change), but for its artful sourcing and blending of whiskey from other distilleries.
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William Larue Weller 2017 – many will seek it, but few will find. Despite its relative scarcity, it is perennially lauded as one of best bourbons on the market.
Containing the enviable wheated mash bill from Buffalo Trace and aged for 12 years, it is essentially cask strength Van Winkle Family Reserve Lot “B.” People go nuts for anything designated with the “Van Winkle” name, but true connoisseurs know that William Larue Weller is worth the hype.
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Kentucky Owl is a non-distilling producer that enjoys high esteem for its line of bourbon. Its history takes a winding road all the way back to 1879. Then, a pharmacist named Charles Dedman started a distillery in Kentucky. When Prohibition hit, the company essentially went under, after the federal government seized its inventory.
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