Month: June 2013

High West Campfire Whiskey Review

High West Campfire Whiskey Our Rating: 93%

High West Campfire Whiskey

Name: High West Campfire Whiskey

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Age: Minimum of 5 Years

Notes: Nose: spicy, sweet, woodsy, and some peat smoke notes.

Palate: A pleasant and sweet vanilla taste, with some fruit and spice, cinnamon and clove, and rye which fades to allow the peat and smoky taste to come in.

Finish: Moderate with some delicious light smoke and peat taste with just the right hint of vanilla.

This whiskey is excellent. It has a great consistency and has the perfect amount of smoky and sweet tastes. It can usually be picked up for around $50 a bottle. Sip this one neat.

History: High West Distillery is located in Park City, Utah, and is the first legally licensed distillery in Utah since the end of Prohibition. High West makes its products in small batches. The High West Campfire whiskey is a blend of bourbon, rye, and scotch whiskeys ranging in age from 5 – 8 years.   

 

Summer Giveaway

In celebration of the first day of summer, we are having our first Bourbon & Oak Giveaway. We will be giving away a king size silicone ice cube tray. The tray makes six 2″ king size ice cubes that melt slow allowing you to chill your bourbon without diluting it. To enter the giveaway just fill out the form on the giveaway page by clicking here. You must be 21 or older to be eligible for this giveaway. We will be contacting the winner by email so be sure to provide your correct email. The winner will be selected on July 1st, 2013.

Wild Turkey Honey Bourbon Review

Wild Turkey American Honey Our Rating: 77%

Wild Turkey American Honey

Name: Wild Turkey American Honey

Bottled By: Austin Nichols

ABV: 35.5%

Proof: 71

Age: 6-8 Years

Notes:  Wild Turkey American Honey has a light scent of bourbon, honey, and vanilla. At first sip you can taste the honey and vanilla with a slight alcohol taste. This is a very sweet tasting bourbon. The finish is rather short with the same vanilla and honey taste and has minimal burn. I am a big fan of Wild Turkey as a budget bourbon. Wild Turkey 101 is my go to bourbon when I am looking for a value bourbon. This is a good bourbon but for a few dollars more I think Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey provides a better honey bourbon. We enjoyed this one best on the rocks.

Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey Review

Jim Beam Jacob's Ghost Our Rating: 86%

Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost

Name: Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey

Bottled By: Beam Inc.

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Age: 1 Year

Notes: On the nose it has a nice oak scent. At first sip you can taste the oak with a slight corn taste. This whiskey is very light and has some nice flavors of honey, oak, vanilla, and corn with a very nice consistency. The finish is moderate with a sweet vanilla honey taste and minimal burn. Overall, this is a nice young whiskey. We tried it neat, on the rocks, and in a cocktail. It was best enjoyed on the rocks or in a cocktail. For the neat drinkers out there, this one probably isn’t for you.

History: Jacob’s Ghost gets its name from Jacob Beam the founder and first distiller at Jim Beam. He originally started distilling white whiskey. This is his recipe from over 200 hundred years ago.

Gold Rush Cocktail

June 14 is the day that the Rev. Elijah Craig first distilled whiskey from corn in Bourbon County, Kentucky. (Elijah Craig’s name lives on as a premium bourbon brand from Heaven Hill.) In 1964, Congress declared that “bourbon whiskey is a distinctive product of the United States.” And June 14th is National Bourbon Day. Any day is worth celebrating America’s native spirit.
Below is a simple recipe from Marlon Hall, for all to enjoy. Nothing fancy, just highlighting good bourbon. Please visit Marlon’s excellent blog by clicking here. Enjoy!
2 oz. Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Bourbon
1 oz. Honey Syrup
.75 oz. of fresh squeezed lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain over ice ball in chilled rocks glass.
No garnish.

Father’s Day Choice 2013

Father's Day 2013

With Father’s day just around the corner it is with great pleasure that I announce Bulleit 10 as our 2013 Father’s Day bourbon choice. Bulleit 10 was our May 2013 Bourbon of the Month. It is a wonderful bourbon and would make a great gift for the bourbon drinker in your life. Please see the full review below.

Bulleit Bourbon 10

Name: Bulleit 10

Bottled By: Diageo

ABV: 45.6%

Proof: 91.2

Age: 10 Years

Our Rating: 92%

Notes: Bulleit 10 a nice sweet scent with lots of oak and fruit. Upon first sip I really tasted the oak and vanilla which felt very rich and smooth with no bite at all, there was a slight hint of fruit but not much. The finish was longer lasting than regular Bulleit with a strong taste of oak and a little cinnamon spice and very smooth. Bulleit 10 has a nice consistency and excellent flavor profile. I tried Bulleit 10 neat and also with a splash of water. The splash of water really brought out the vanilla flavor. I really enjoyed Bulleit 10 and have to say it was one of the best bourbons I’ve tried lately. I feel the extra 4 years in the barrel definitely did this one good and gave it a great flavor.

Price:  When it comes to price I feel it is slightly higher than what it should be even though this is great tasting bourbon. I feel that some bourbon lovers will pass this one up and reach for regular Bulleit instead which is unfortunate considering the excellent quality of this product.

Overall: Bulleit 10 is great bourbon to enjoy on special occasions and would be a fine addition to any enthusiast’s collection. Bulleit 10 is easily approachable and can be enjoyed with anyone, even those who are new to the bourbon world. We highly recommend trying this one if you haven’t had the chance yet.

History: Bulleit 10 is the brand’s selected reserve. A  select number of Bulleit Bourbon barrels were set aside to age for 10 years to see how the bourbon would develop. It is bottled at 91.2 proof and sold for around $45 dollars at most retailers.

Lexington Bourbon Review

Lexington Bourbon Our Rating: 82%

Lexington Bourbon

Name: Lexington Bourbon

Bottled By: N/A

ABV: 43%

Proof: 86

Age: N/A

Notes: On the nose Lexington has a slight vanilla aroma. At first sip you can taste some rye with a slight corn taste which quickly fades, allowing a slight spicy vanilla flavor to move in. The finish is rather short with a light vanilla taste. We tried Lexington for the first time a few months back and let the bottle open up a bit before completing our review. Overall, we were not really impressed with this one. It has a thin consistency and what little taste it has seems very artificial. We tried this one neat and on the rocks and it was enjoyed best on the rocks. If you’ve tried Lexington, please let us know your thoughts.

Jim Beam Red Stag Honey Tea Review

Jim Beam Red Stag Honey Tea Our Rating: 72%

Jim Beam Red Stag Honey Tea

Name: Jim Beam Red Stag Honey Tea

Bottled By: Beam Inc.

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Age: 4 Years

Notes: Red Stag Honey Tea has nice burn upfront but like the Black Cherry it is very thick and artificial tasting. There is a strong honey taste that overpowers the slight but noticeable tea flavor. This bourbon is very sweet almost overly sweet with a strong honey taste that overpowers even the bourbon taste. We tried this one neat, on the rocks, and in a cocktail and preferred it in a cocktail.