Month: July 2013

Prichard’s Lincoln County Lightning Review

Prichard's Lincoln County Lightning Our Rating: 78%

Prichard’s Lincoln County Lightning

Name: Prichard’s Lincoln County Lightning

ABV: 45

Proof: 90

Price: around $20

Notes: On the nose, Prichard’s Lincoln County Lightning has a lot of grain, sweet corn, and vanilla. At first sip you are hit with a burst of corn flavor which slowly mellows out and allows a slight vanilla flavor to move in. The finish is short but with a nice cornbread taste. We received this whiskey a while back and only recently got around to reviewing it. I enjoyed this whiskey but would most likely reach for something else over this one. We tried Lincoln County Lightning on the rocks and in a cocktail, but enjoyed it best on the rocks.

Jameson Irish Whiskey Review

Jameson Irish Whiskey Our Rating: 87%

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Name: Jameson Irish Whiskey

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Notes: Jameson’s has a sweet grain and light oak scent. On the palate we can taste the grains and oak but with a slight spicy taste. The finish is moderate with a honey, vanilla, and smoky grain taste that slowly fades away. Jameson is another great bargain Irish whiskey. It is widely available and inexpensive. It can hold up in a number of different cocktails as well as on the rocks. I preferred the taste of Jameson’s over Bushmill’s but both are enjoyable Irish whiskeys. This is one that I keep stocked at the bar for when I want a change from bourbon and for the friend who prefers other whiskeys over bourbon.

Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey Review

Bushmill's Irish Whiskey Our Rating: 86%

Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey

Name: Bushmill’s Original

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Age: 5 Years

Notes: Bushmill’s Original has a rich, warm inviting vanilla scent to it. At first sip we noticed the spicy vanilla and oak taste with a light sweet grain background. The finish seems to be fairly hot with some grain and honey tastes that linger. Overall this is a good bargain Irish whiskey that can be used in a wide variety of cocktails as well as on the rocks. It is also widely available and very inexpensive. We rated it just slightly below Jameson’s Irish whiskey which seems to have a slightly better taste and less of a bite.

History: Bushmill’s Original is a blend of triple distilled malt whisky and a light Irish grain whiskey that is aged for at least five years in used American bourbon barrels and sherry casks.

Top Search, Last 7 Days

Black Ridge Bourbon has been the top searched topic on our site for the last 7 days. Black Ridge Bourbon is distilled at the Barton 1792 Distillery, ranges in age between 5-6 years, and is bottled at 90 proof. The production is will likely remain extremely limited. This is a very good bourbon that I’ve had the pleasure of sharing with some good friends and family on several occasions and it has been thoroughly enjoyed each time. You can find our full rating and review here.

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Black Ridge Bourbon

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Review

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Our Rating: 93%

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

Name: Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

Bottled By: Tuthilltown Spirits

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Age: N/A

Notes: A nice pleasant corn smell with a slight scent of vanilla. At first sip we noticed a nice spicy corn taste with hints of vanilla and grains. You can definitely taste the wheat in this one. This bourbon has a nice consistent mouthfeel that is very drinkable. The finish is moderate with some corn and vanilla tastes. This is very good bourbon and a step above Hudson’s Baby Bourbon. We enjoyed this one neat and with a splash but preferred it neat. The flavor profile is excellent and makes for a very enjoyable bourbon.

Tidal New Member Monday Features Timothy Doty from Bourbon & Oak

Timothy Doty from Bourbon and Oak was recently interviewed and featured on Tidal. To read the full interview please click here.

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Timothy Doty is a blogger for Bourbon & Oak, a blog devoted to all things bourbon. This blog aims to provide bourbon news, reviews, recipes, and ratings. Its rating system provides a simple percentage that they hope will help you in your decision making when selecting new bourbon choices at your favorite store.

When did you start your blog, Bourbon & Oak?

I started Bourbon & Oak officially in March of 2013 but have been reviewing and writing about bourbon and craft beer for quite sometime on different sites.

What made you want to do it?

As a craft beer fan and having reviewed hundreds of craft beers, I originally wanted to start a review site for craft beer, but after growing frustrated about finding some simple ratings and information on different bourbons I decided to start Bourbon & Oak. For me it seemed like I had to contact the distillery to find the information I wanted so my wife encouraged me to start the site to share the information with others.

Where do you draw your inspiration from when you write and craft your drinks?

I draw my inspiration for my blog by wanting to help others find as much information on this fine spirit as I can. For the drinks, I reached out to expert bartender Marlon Hall to provide cocktail recipes for Bourbon & Oak. Marlon has been with us almost since the beginning and does a great job providing some awesome recipes for us.

Where do you find good bourbon?

Being a full time investigator and having to travel for work, I get the opportunity to get my hands on some great bourbon. I have a few large chain stores that I visit as well as a few small less frequented locations. The smaller stores often carry some hard to find bourbons which is nice and the fact that they aren’t as busy as the larger stores gives me a chance to meet some great people that share my passion for bourbon. I also have friends at several different distilleries who often send me some great bourbon to try.

Are there any particular liquor bloggers that you particularly admire?

There’s no one blogger in particular. I read a lot of blogs on bourbon and craft beer and it seems there are a lot of blogs that start up only to quit shortly after or just not update regularly, so I really admire the ones that do.

How did you discover DrinkWire and what made you want to join?

I saw a Drinkwire badge on a blog recently and looked into it a little more. I wanted to join because my blog is still very new and although steadily growing I wanted to take every opportunity to get my blog out there to more viewers. I think this is a great way to do this.

Do you think DrinkWire is helpful to others? How so?

Yes. I think it helps others discover new recipes, blogs, and information. As a blogger it allows me to get my blog out to more viewers.

Redemption High Rye Bourbon Review

Redemption High Rye Bourbon Our Rating: 92%

Redemption High Rye Bourbon

Name: Redemption High Rye Bourbon

Bottled By: Bardstown Barrel Selections

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Age: 2 years

Notes: On the nose Redemption Bourbon has a nice sweet almost fruity scent with some wood and rye. The taste is smooth with a strong wood and rye taste with some berries and light spicy mint. The finish is moderate and has a spicy rye taste. This bourbon has a mash of 38.2% Rye, 1.8% Malted Barley, and 60% corn. A lot of folks I spoke with could really taste the corn in this one, for me it wasn’t as noticeable. Although this is a young whiskey I found this one to be very smooth and very drinkable. Although there are probably some other great choices for around the same price, I found this to be a great whiskey, and one that I will surely keep on hand.

Prince of Wales Recipe

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Here is a great refreshing summer recipe from Marlon Hall.

Prince of Wales Recipe

1 1-inch cube of pineapple
1/4 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. maraschino liqueur
1 1/2 oz. Jefferson  bourbon whiskey
Champagne, to top
Lemon twist, to garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the pineapple, syrup, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and whiskey. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a coupe, top with Champagne, and garnish with lemon twist.

Be sure to check out Marlon’s blog by clicking here.

Dr. Jeffer Recipe

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Summer is finally in full swing. Today we have another great recipe from Marlon Hall. This cocktail is perfect for the backyard barbeque but is a little more complex than the classic whiskey and coke (or Dr. Pepper for us in the South)

Dr. Jeffer Recipe

1.5 oz Amarretto Di Saraonno
1.5 oz Jefferson Bourbon whiskey
6 oz ginger ale

Orange slice, for garnish

Fill a glass with ice. Combine Amaretto and bourbon, and top with ginger ale; squeeze orange slice into mixture, and drop the slice into the glass as garnish.

Be sure to visit Marlon’s blog by clicking here.