Morning Report, Monday, August 25th, 2014

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Food: Spice up your recipes with some delicious Bluegrass Soy Sauce from Bourbon Barrel Foods. Crafted in small batches using Kentucky grown Non-GMO soybeans, soft red winter wheat, and the purest limestone filtered Kentucky spring water the soy bean mash is aged in re-purposed bourbon barrels. Bluegrass Soy Sauce has nice smoke flavor with a noticeable flavor of delicious Kentucky bourbon that is perfect for a number of dishes. Get some here.



Morning Report, Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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Gear: Check out these amazing whiskey cups from Howler Brothers. These limited edition Whiskey Cups are a collaboration between Howler BrothersOxide Pottery in beautiful Lynchburg, Virginia. They are handmade and each set comes with four cups with four different designs: Gator Tails, Flying Tarpon, Fish Shaka, and Seahorse & Rider. Simply put, they’re stunning. Get them here.

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News: Fishers approves plan to expand Sun King brewery. Jobs are brewing in Fishers, thanks to Indianapolis craft beer maker Sun King. The company is planning to open a second location in Fishers by next summer. The four councilors in attendance at Monday’s Fishers Town Council meeting voted unanimously in favor of the brewery, which is projected to bring in tens of thousands of visitors a year. Sun King owner and co-founder Clay Robinson says the brewery needs the space. On a typical Friday, about a thousand people visit their downtown location. Full article here.


Morning Report, Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Gear: Take your bar skills and tools with you wherever you go with the W&P Cocktail Kit. Kit Includes: The W&P Canvas + Leather Mason Bag, The Mason Shaker, One W&P Muddler (10 in), One W&P Jigger (0.75 0z / 1.5 oz), Two W&P Linen Cocktail Napkins, and Two W&P Cocktail Coupes (5.5 oz). Get one here.

News: Bourbon Production Reaches High Point Since ’70s. In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. To put it in bartenders’ lingo: Distillers are putting up the tab for millions of rounds of bourbon years before they are even ordered. The production poses an inherent risk, but hitting the moment right — a big supply meshing with big demand — could mean a serious payday for companies big and small. Full article here.





5 Best Bourbons Under $30

We are busy in the middle of a relocation, but we always have time to help our good friends at Drinkwire out, and we of course love talking about bourbon. So we took a break from moving and got a post put out. Enjoying good bourbon doesn’t have to break the bank and there are plenty of good bourbons out there for under $30. Here is our list of 5 favorite bourbons under $30, each listing is accompanied by our review.

#1: Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101 made our list because it is such a solid product. It is another great product from Wild Turkey. It’s 101 proof provides plenty of bang for your buck, so to speak, and the flavor profile is excellent.

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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 around $20 dollars for 750 ml.

#2 Elijah Craig 12 year

Elijah Craig made our list because wonderful flavor profile. It has plenty of rich flavors and offers quite a lot in a good bourbon, especially the toffee flavor, very enjoyable.

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Name: Elijah Craig 12-year

Bottled By: Heaven Hill Distillery

ABV: 47%

Proof: 94

Age: 12 years

Notes: The nose is all sweet corn with hints of apples, vanilla, caramel, rich syrup, and toffee. It’s very complex. To taste, Elijah Craig warms the tongue nicely with intense oak, vanilla, caramel, and toffee notes. Each sip is intensely flavorful and the finish is medium. You won’t find many 12-year old bourbons in this price range. Elijah Craig’s affordability combined with it’s rich flavors make it a great choice to sip neat or on the rocks.

Price: $25-27

History: Elijah Craig (1738-1808) was a Baptist preacher and entrepreneur in the part of the Virginia Territory that later become the state of Kentucky. He is sometimes credited with the invention of bourbon whiskey. His good and historic name has been appropriated by Heaven Hill Distillery for two of its premium bourbons, including this one.

Special thanks to Andy for submitting this great review.

#3 Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace made our list due to the simple flavor profile and also for being a great entry level bourbon.

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Name: Buffalo Trace

Bottled By: Buffalo Trace Distillery

ABV: 45%

Proof: 90

Age: 9 Years

Notes: Buffalo Trace is an all around great Bourbon. It has nice oak, caramel, and molasses flavors. It is sweet, which can probably be attributed to the length of time is spends in the barrel. It is an easy drinker and a great everyday pour. Don’t let the price fool you, this bourbon is definitely a mid shelf Bourbon. With some other Bourbons in this price range raising their prices, Buffalo Trace is quickly becoming the go-to Bourbon for many, and for good reason. We definitely took the price into consideration when we gave this one our rating. We enjoy Buffalo Trace with a splash or a cube.

History: Buffalo Trace distillery was started sometime before 1773 by Hancock Lee. The distillery has been known by many names throughout it’s history. It is located on what the company claims is an ancient buffalo crossing on the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County.

#4 Old Grand Dad 114

Old Grand Dad made our list because of wonderful flavors of oak and vanilla. They are very pure tasting and the strength of the bourbon is great for the price.

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Name: Old Grand Dad 114

Bottled By: Beam Inc.

ABV: 57%

Proof: 114

Notes: Old Grand Dad 114 starts of with some nice heat and heavy oak taste. The oak mellows but doesn’t fade, vanilla comes in but quickly fades away leaving you with a strong oak and alcohol taste. You will find that this Bourbon will be served best with a splash of water or on the rocks.

History: Old Grand Dad was named by Raymond B. Hayden after his grandfather Basil Hayden, Sr. who was a distiller himself during his lifetime. Old Grand Dad depicts a picture of Basil Hayden Sr. on each bottle and is one of the 10 best selling straight bourbons today.

#5 Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit made our list because it is readily available, a great introductory bourbon, and its high rye allows you to make some incredible classic cocktails.

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Name: Bulleit Bourbon

Bottled By: Diageo

ABV: 45%

Proof: 90

Age: 6 Years

Notes: Bulleit Bourbon has a strong wood taste up front with a nice bite. More spicy than sweet which works out well for this Bourbon.You will definitely notice the rye in this. Bulleit Bourbon is what got me into Bourbon. This was my go to bottle for many years. I’m not sure if it was the solid, consistent quality of the whiskey or the bottle and the way it reminds you of the Wild West (you sure feel manly drinking this). This Bourbon was priced right at around $20 but with the latest price increase I will be reaching for other Bourbons which is a shame because I’ve always enjoyed this. If you haven’t tried it, it’s worth picking up to give it a shot.

History: According to Tom Bulleit, the Bourbon was originally created by Augustus Bulleit around 1830 who continued to produce it into the 19th century. Production was continued until his death in 1860. The current recipe is substantially different than the original which used 2/3 rye and 1/3 corn in the mash bill.


Old Grand Dad 114 Review

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Name: Old Grand Dad 114

Bottled By: Beam Inc.

ABV: 57%

Proof: 114

Notes: Old Grand Dad 114 starts of with some nice heat and heavy oak taste. The oak mellows but doesn’t fade, vanilla comes in but quickly fades away leaving you with a strong oak and alcohol taste. You will find that this Bourbon will be served best with a splash of water or on the rocks.

History: Old Grand Dad was named by Raymond B. Hayden after his grandfather Basil Hayden, Sr. who was a distiller himself during his lifetime. Old Grand Dad depicts a picture of Basil Hayden Sr. on each bottle and is one of the 10 best selling straight bourbons today.


Relocation

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Bourbon & Oak will be relocating beginning on August 1st, 2014. In addition to this relocation, we will also be undergoing some general site maintenance and updates. We are looking forward to picking up right where we left off as soon as we return. Thank you in advance for your support on this and we look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers everyone!

-Bourbon & Oak