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.


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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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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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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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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