June 2013 Bourbon of the Month

June 2013 Bourbon of the Month

June 2013 Bourbon of the Month

After a month long poll on our site, we are very pleased to announce that Elijah Craig 12 Year has been chosen as our Bourbon of the Month for June 2013. This is a great bourbon which was recently reviewed on our site by Andy Seher, a Portland area bartender and whiskey enthusiast. Please visit our Bourbon of the Month page for the full review and history. http://bourbonandoak.com/bourbon-of-the-month/

Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Review

Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry Our Rating: 74%

Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry

Name: Jim Beam Red Stag Black Cherry

Bottled By: Beam Inc.

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Age: 4 Years

Notes: Red Stag Black Cherry smells very sweet, slight cherry smell. The taste is very sweet, with a strong artificial cherry taste, and slight warmth. This bourbon is a bit thick and very reminiscent of cough syrup or medicine. The finish is short and with a strong artificial taste. This bourbon would definitely be a mixer and could be used in several different cocktails. We tried this straight, on the rocks, and in a cocktail and was best enjoyed in a cocktail.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Review

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey Our Rating: 80%

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

Name: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

Bottled By: Jack Daniel’s Distillery

ABV: 35%

Proof: 70

Age: 4 Years

Notes: On the nose Jack Daniel’s is very sweet with a strong honey and maple syrup scent. The taste is a perfect mix of classic Jack flavors with smooth delicious honey. The finish is sweet and with lots of honey and vanilla. There is an after taste with this one that neither good nor bad but it is noticeable. This whiskey is exceptionally smooth. We tried this one neat and on the rocks and preferred it on the rocks. While we are not a huge fan of flavored whiskeys be found Tennessee Honey to be quite enjoyable.

Evan William’s Black Review

Evan Williams Black Label Our Rating: 70%

Evan Williams Black Label

Name: Evan William’s Black Label

Bottled By: Heaven Hill

ABV: 43%

Proof: 86

Age: 5-7 Years

Notes: Evan William’s Black Label has a very sweet scent to it. There is a slight wood and vanilla taste with this one but it is very faint. You can really taste the alcohol in this. The finish is short and easily forgotten. This is a value bourbon that is well under the $20 dollar mark. Evan William’s Black Label would be best enjoyed in a cocktail.

History: Evan William’s Black Label is bottled Bardstown, Kentucky by Heaven Hill Distillery. Evan William’s began distilling whiskey in Kentucky in 1783 after emigrating from Wales. As of June 2010 Evan Williams is the second largest selling Kentucky bourbon.

Jim Beam White Review

Jim Beam  Our Rating: 70%

Jim Beam

Name: Jim Beam White Label

Bottled By: Beam Inc.

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Age: 4 Years

Notes: Jim Beam White Label has a light sweet vanilla scent. The taste is light, mellow, and has a very small hint of vanilla. The finish is very short with a slight caramel taste and very mellow. This is a value bourbon and can be purchased at most places for well under $20 dollars. Jim Beam White Label definitely has its fan base but there are far better options out there even in this price range. We enjoyed this one neat, with a splash, on the rocks, and in the cocktail. Jim Beam White Label was best enjoyed in a cocktail.

Jack Daniel’s Black Review

Jack Daniel's Our Rating: 84%

Jack Daniel’s

Name: Jack Daniel’s Black

Bottled By: Jack Daniel’s Distillery

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Age: 4 Years

Notes: Jack Daniel’s Black has a nice sweet woodsy aroma. This one has a very smooth taste with lots of fruit, especially bananas, and some nice oak, caramel, and vanilla mixed in as well. The finish is long and sweet with bananas and smokey oak flavors. Jack Daniel’s is a great everyday whiskey that is widely available and has a significant fan base. We enjoyed this one on the rocks and mixed in our favorite cocktails but preferred it on the rocks.

History: Jack Daniel’s is a brand of sour mash Tennessee whiskey that is the highest selling American whiskey in the world. It is known for its square bottles and black label. It is produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee by the Jack Daniel Distillery, which has been owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation since 1956. Despite being the location of a major operational distillery, Jack Daniel’s home county of Moore is a dry county, so the product is not available for consumption at stores or restaurants within the county.

Although the product generally meets the regulatory criteria for classification as a straight bourbon, the company markets it simply as Tennessee whiskey rather than as Tennessee bourbon.

Bourbon Sour Recipe

Today we have another great recipe from Marlon Hall. The Bourbon Sour uses homemade sour mix and the recipe is great for highlighting a quality bourbon. Be sure to check out Marlon’s excellent blog here http://marlonhall.wordpress.com/


  • 2 oz Wild Turkey 101
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 egg white (optional—use if you’re feeling mildly adventurous, or need a drink with a little more gravitas)


Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake for 10 seconds. If using the egg white, you will need to dry shake( shake without ice to insure egg white emulsifies ) first. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, or into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry, a slice of lemon, or nothing at all.


Wild Turkey 101 Review

Wild Turkey 101 Our Rating: 89%

Wild Turkey 101

Name: Wild Turkey 101

Bottled By: Austin Nichols Distilling Co.

ABV: 50.5

Proof: 101

Age: 6-8 Years

Notes: On the nose you will get vanilla, oak, and rye. At first we definitely noticed the rye with a slight vanilla and caramel taste which will fade allowing a sweet and spicy honey taste. The finish is spicy with oak, nuts, honey and the perfect amount of burn that quickly gives way to nice long warmth. Wild Turkey 101 is great bourbon. The rye is definitely prominent with this one. Wild Turkey 101 has quickly become an everyday bourbon for us due to the great taste, availability, and price. Due to the rising prices of some bourbons recently, I consider this a great value bourbon.

Price: Available at most places for under $20 dollars for 750 ml.

History: Wild Turkey is a brand of bourbon whiskey distilled and bottles by the Austin Nichols division of Campari Group. The distillery is located near Lawrenceburg, KY.

Hudson Baby Bourbon Review

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Name: Hudson Baby Bourbon

Bottled By: Tuthilltown Spirits

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92 proof

Age: 3 Months

Notes: Hudson Baby Bourbon has a pleasant vanilla scent with slight corn in the background. At first sip you will notice a sweet vanilla and corn taste with some ginger and oak. This bourbon has a nice bite to it. The finish is long, sweet, and spicy. As the name suggest this is a young bourbon and we generally are not a huge fan of these, but this one has an amazing taste. This is an excellent bourbon that deserves a spot on any bourbon enthusiasts shelf. Hudson Baby Bourbon will be enjoyed best neat.

Price: Hudson Baby Bourbon is available at most places for around $50 dollars for 375 ml.

History: Hudson Baby Bourbon is produced by Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, New York. Hudson Baby Bourbon is double distilled and aged in 3 gallon casks for 3 months. It is made with 100% New York Grown corn.