Templeton Rye Review

Templeton Rye Our Rating: 96%

Templeton Rye

Name: Templeton Rye

Bottled By: Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Age: N/A

Notes: Templeton Rye has a nice sweet and spicy scent with notes of fresh fruit, rye, caramel, vanilla, and mint. At first sip, I could taste the rye upfront with a faint sweet honey or syrup taste which makes way for some spice to come into play, pepper and cinnamon. This whiskey has a nice sweet taste which allows it to stay mild without a lot of bite. The finish is bold, crisp, with some sweet honey, oak, and mint, that lingers slightly but not too long. This is a delicious whiskey and very smooth, most likely due to the low proof. I tried this neat and in a cocktail, and I prefer it neat. Don’t be turned away by the price tag, in my opinion it is worth the price, it’s something different than the everyday sipper, and would be a great addition to any whiskey lovers’ shelf.

September 2013 Bourbon of the Month

September 2013

We are very pleased to announce that Blanton’s Bourbon has been selected as our September 2013 Bourbon of the Month. Blanton’s Bourbon is an excellent bourbon definitely worthy of this title. You can find our full rating & review below.



Name: Blanton’s

Bottled By: Sazerac

ABV: 46.5%

Proof: 93

Age: No age statement

Our Rating: 96%

Notes: Blanton’s will greet you with a nice warm scent of brown sugar and figs. This bourbon is very smooth and mild and has a very strong taste of vanilla, caramel, and oak. The finish is smooth and lengthy with a subtle butterscotch taste. Blanton’s has a somewhat higher price tag, roughly $50 dollars, but it is well worth it in our opinion.  Save this one for special occasions and without hesitation always enjoy this one neat. We highly recommend picking up a bottle of Blanton’s if you haven’t tried it already.

History: Blanton’s was named after one of the distillery’s early leaders, Albert B. Blanton, who the company claims spent most of his life preserving the tradition of handcrafted bourbon. Blanton worked at the distillery for around 55 years. He was born on a farm just outside of Frankfurt, Kentucky and began working at the distillery when he was 16 years old. Over the next few years he worked in every department, and in 1912 he was appointed superintendent of the distillery, its warehouse, and bottling shop. He became the president of the distillery in 1921 and died in 1959.

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Ancient Ancient Age Review

Ancient Ancient Age Our Rating: 84%

Ancient Ancient Age 

Name: Ancient Ancient Age

Bottled By: Buffalo Trace

ABV: 43%

Proof: 86

Age: 10 Years

Notes: On the nose, fresh fruit, caramel, vanilla, apples, and wood. At first sip there is a nice vanilla and caramel taste which makes way for a spicy rye and cinnamon taste to come in. The finish is moderate and has some bite, the familiar taste of anise, wood, and vanilla seem to linger. Ancient Ancient Age is definitely a value bourbon, but one that is very enjoyable. I have consistently kept this one around at all times and it is well enjoyed by friends and family when they visit. I enjoy it best on the rocks.

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.


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.

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.