Just over a week ago, I had the good fortune of finding myself with a free Sunday afternoon in southwest Michigan. With a quick google search, I knew exactly how I would kill that time: a tour of the Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan.
While there, I picked up a few bottles that are reviewed below. But first, a little bit about Journeyman.
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Lock Stock & Barrel (LS&B), a brand of straight rye whiskey, is produced by Cooper Spirit Co., a company founded in 2006, whose greatest claim to fame is the creation of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur (a brand sold off in 2013 to Bacardi). Cooper Spirits originally released the 13 year LS&B in 2013. A subsequent 16 year and 18 year bottling have now been released from the same distillate.
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Whiskey Advocate recently ran a story on the history of Old Overholt. I encourage you to read it, as it is quite an interesting story of how Old Overholt went from one of the most highly respected American whiskey brands to a nearly forgotten bottom-shelf offering. Long story short (and not to discourage a read), the brand’s nineteenth century glory and family heritage died during Prohibition. The company would land in corporate hands, and eventually into National Distillers (a now defunct corporation that once owned brands like Old Grand-Dad and Old Taylor).
Post-Prohibition would see the conglomeration of many American whiskey companies and the death of many labels. Many of those were rye whiskeys, which were falling out of fashion. Old Overholt continued in production, but its source for about a thirty-year period is largely unknown. It is suspected that during this time that Old Overholt’s mash bill was changed to account for a higher corn content, which might explain some of my tasting notes below.
Beam acquired the brand from National Distillers in 1987. Since that time, Old Overholt has been bottled as an 80-proof rye, and the current age statement reads a mere 3 years (Beam dropped the four year age statement in around 2013 in favor of the 3 year product). Recently, Beam announced an expansion of the Old Overholt line, with a 100-proof, Bonded offering that would in some ways return the brand to its days of old, when Old Overholt was a bottled-in-bond product, 100 proof, at least 4 year rye whiskey.
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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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Offered without comment is the following dictionary definition of “entrapment:”
“The action of tricking someone into committing a crime in order to secure their prosecution.”
Continue reading “Orphan Barrel Entrapment Review (with Crown Royal XR and JP Wiser 18 Bonus)”
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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