Today, we revisit that review with a newly acquired Store Pick offering — a single barrel, 11-year Elijah Craig bourbon. We thought it would be helpful to see how that bottle, along with a newly acquired Non Age Stated (NAS) bottle, stacks up.
I.W. Harper is one of the growing number of once loved, then forgotten, then resurrected products of the past. However, unlike many other bourbon brands, there is a linear connection between that past and present.
These, and many more, are all statements that I hear when sampling the many different whiskey brands produced by the small handful of extremely large and diverse bourbon producers.
These statements have often caused me to wonder what, if any, definable characteristics makes each bourbon product line* unique. This post provides one man’s observations** of just that – six major bourbon distilleries and six basic descriptions of what to expect from each.
For about a year, I’ve worked to develop relationships and connections with many of the reputable liquor stores in Wichita. Whenever work takes me outside the office, I will try to stop into at least one store to take a peek at what is on the shelves and chat with the store manager. When work takes me out of town, I generally try to do the same.
On a recent work trip to Arkansas City, I stopped by a local store before making my return trip. A bottle on the bottom shelf, sitting by itself and priced at $19.95, caught my eye.
There are many modern expressions of Old Fitzgerald – Old Fitzgerald Prime, Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond, Old Fitzgerald’s 1879, and Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12-year. I’ve never tried any of them, until now.
Last year, I purchased my first copy of Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible. Many of you know it was a controversial year for Murray (more below). Notwithstanding and not limited to this controversy, I learned quickly that it is an interesting resource, but a “Bible” it is not. While there is some objectivity in the review of whiskey, the scale weighs heavy on subjectivity. So to Jim Murray, some of your beliefs I concur, some I do not, but to your insight, opinion and research I value.
This past weekend I sat down with friends to enjoy our first sips out of our newly acquired Booker’s Rye. Jim Murray calls it the “Whiskey of the Year,” and the best Rye Whiskey aged 11 years or over. To make this sampling even more interesting, we decided to break out a few other complementary bottles. It is no mere coincidence that those bottles selected just happen to be some of Jim Murray’s highest rated Rye whiskeys over the past two years!