Bourbon whiskey

January 2014 Whiskey of the Month

January 2014

We are very pleased to announce that Angel’s Envy  has been selected as our January 2014 Whiskey of the Month. Angel’s Envy was our top searched for whiskey during the month of December. Please see our full review below.

Angel's Envy Our Rating: 92%
Angel’s Envy
Our Rating: 92%

Name: Angel’s Envy

Bottled By: Louisville Distilling Company

ABV: 43.3%

Proof: 86.6

Age: up to 6 years

Our Rating: 92%

Notes: Angel’s Envy has a typical bourbon smell with lots of oak, walnuts, and vanilla. It has a spicy taste with some corn and vanilla flavors up front with some wine flavors on the back end. The finish is long with noticeable fruit flavors and a bit of dry oak. Angel’s Envy is good bourbon that will be a great fit in any collection. We tried Angel’s Envy several ways but prefer this one neat.

Price: Angel’s Envy can be purchased for around $40 dollars.

History: Angel’s Envy was created by Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson. Angel’s Envy is begins in Kentucky where they use mineral-rich Kentucky limestone water and locally sourced grains. Angel’s Envy is placed in hand-selected American white oak barrels for a minimum of four years. Once the bourbon is deemed ready, it is placed in Port wine barrels for an additional 3 – 6 months.

December 2013 Whiskey of the Month

December 2013

We are very pleased to announce that Basil Hayden’s  has been selected as our December 2013 Whiskey of the Month. Please see our full review below. Basil Hayden’s is one of the small batch whiskeys from Beam.

Basil Hayden's Our Rating: 95%

Basil Hayden’s
Our Rating: 95%

Name: Basil Hayden

Bottled By: Beam Inc.

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Age: 8 Years

Our Rating: 95%

Notes: Basil Hayden’s is a light bodied bourbon. In fact it is the lightest bodied of the the small batch bourbons in the Jim Beam Family. The taste is light, refreshing, but not complex.It has a nice light taste of honey as well as a hint of black pepper. Very simple flavor profile and a nice moderate finish with an exceptional after taste. It is a nice Bourbon for what it is but if you prefer a stronger Bourbon you may want to pass this one up. On the rocks this Bourbon becomes a little light, while it will still maintain its flavor we prefer this one neat.

History: This Bourbon takes its name from Basil Hayden Sr. who was a Maryland Catholic and also a distiller. Hayden Sr. led a group of 25 Catholic families from Maryland to what is now Nelson County, Kentucky in 1785. Hayden donated land to the first Catholic church west of the Alleghenies and the first Catholic church in what is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In his mash bill he was known to use a larger amount of rye.

Bourbon & Oak Top 15 Gift Picks

Today officially kicks off the Holiday Shopping Season. We feature a lot of products on our site, some deal with bourbon and whiskey and some do not and we receive a lot of feedback from you about the products we feature. We put a list together of our top 15 gift picks based on some of your suggestions and some of ours. Here is our Holiday Gift Guide.

Gift Guide

Black Ridge Bourbon would make a great gift for any bourbon lover. Made in limited quantities and tastes great. Black Ridge Bourbon has consistently been the number one searched for bourbon on our site since we posted our review.

Black Ridge Bourbon would make a great gift for any bourbon lover. Made in limited quantities and tastes great. Black Ridge Bourbon has consistently been the number one searched for bourbon on our site since we posted our review.

Double Oaked Bourbon & Salted Brown Sugar Caramel candle from Sydney Hale Co. I must admit that I am not much of a candle burner, but once this was suggested from one our readers that it was incredible I decided to try it myself. It's got a great scent to it and a 50 hour burn time.

Double Oaked Bourbon & Salted Brown Sugar Caramel candle from Sydney Hale Co. I must admit that I am not much of a candle burner, but once this was suggested from one our readers that it was incredible I decided to try it myself. It’s got a great scent to it and a 50 hour burn time. Get it here.

This is one we suggested to you and you have thanked us for it. Gavlen Aqua Aftershave is a one-of-a-kind fresh, clean, masculine scent, made in limited quantities. You are sure to get compliments with this one. You can get it here.

This is one we suggested to you and many of you have thanked us for it. Gavlen Aqua Aftershave is a one-of-a-kind fresh, clean, masculine scent, made in limited quantities. You are sure to get compliments with this one. You can get it here.

We have featured a lot of flasks on our site but this is the one that we prefer and hear the best feedback on. This is the Izola 3oz. flask. It's available in many different designs as well as blank if you prefer. It's the perfect size and can be tucked away anywhere. If you prefer something a little bigger it is available in a 5oz. as well. Get it here.

We have featured a lot of flasks on our site but this is the one that we prefer and hear the best feedback on. This is the Izola 3oz. flask. It’s available in many different designs as well as blank if you prefer. It’s the perfect size and can be tucked away anywhere. If you prefer something a little bigger it is available in a 5oz. as well. Get it here.

If you love sipping your preferred juice out of a Mason jar than pick up the Mason Shaker. Inspired by the classic southern icon, the Mason jar, the Mason Shaker is a unique four-piece cocktail shaker that is sure be a hit with any cocktail enthusiast. Get it here.

If you love sipping your preferred juice out of a Mason jar than pick up the Mason Shaker. Inspired by the classic southern icon, the Mason jar, the Mason Shaker is a unique four-piece cocktail shaker that is sure be a hit with any cocktail enthusiast. Get it here.

Rowan's Creek is one of my favorite bourbons. 12 years old and full of flavor. Has been my go to bourbon for years and although most have had this, it still makes a great gift year after year.

Rowan’s Creek is one of my favorite bourbons. 12 years old and full of flavor. It has been my go to bourbon for years and although most have had this, it still makes a great gift year after year.

This smart guide to whiskey introduces a new generation of would-be connoisseurs to the hottest new-again spirit. And with upstart distillers reviving varieties like white dog (moonshine to prohibition-era folks), now is the best time to start learning about it. Drink More Whiskey is the reference for those want to discover the provenance, styles, differences in quality, and ideal uses of whiskey in a fresh, fun-to-read format. In addition, more than 20 recipes are sprinkled throughout, from classics like the Old Fashioned to thoroughly modern tipples like the Manchester (made from single malt Scotch whisky and fresh herbs), so readers can take their learning from book to glass. Get it here.

Whiskey is hot right now and this smart guide to whiskey introduces a new generation of would-be connoisseurs to the hottest new-again spirit. Drink More Whiskey is ta great reference for those who want to learn more about this fine spirit. This book has more than 20 recipes throughout, from classics like the Old Fashioned to thoroughly modern tipples like the Manchester (made from single malt Scotch whisky and fresh herbs), so readers can take their learning from book to glass. Get it here.

A Stanley Thermos is about as classic as you can get. I can remember taking vacations as a child and my Father having his green Stanley filled with coffee sitting between the seats. They've come a long way with their design but have always remained the same with quality. I carry one of these everyday of my life and it has always kept whatever I'm drinking piping hot or ice cold. Get it here.

A Stanley Thermos is about as classic as you can get. I can remember taking vacations as a child and my Father having his green Stanley filled with coffee sitting between the seats. They’ve come a long way with their design but have always remained the same with quality. I carry one of these everyday of my life and it has always kept whatever I’m drinking piping hot or ice cold. Get one here.

Small Batch Toothpicks is something that I never thought would have existed. Daneson makes small batch toothpicks in a variety of flavors including single malt scotch. While I have never tried them, many of you have or ask us about them quite often. I have heard great things about them and I'm sure they make a very unique gift. Get them here.

Small Batch Toothpicks is something that I never thought would have existed. Daneson makes small batch toothpicks in a variety of flavors including single malt scotch. While I have never tried them, many of you have or ask us about them quite often. I have heard great things about them and I’m sure they make a very unique gift. Get them here.

Pickles, Pigs, and Whiskey is a great southern cookbook. Not just another successful Southern chef, James Beard Award-winner John Currence is the ambassador for Oxford, Mississippi. Currence gives you 130 recipes organized by 10 different techniques, such as Boiling/Simmering, Slathering, Pickling/Canning, Roasting/Braising, Muddling/Stirring, Brining/Smoking, and Baking/Spinning, just to name a few. Pickles, Pigs, & Whiskey would make a great gift for any fan of southern food. I know this is on quite a few of our readers christmas lists. Get it here.

Pickles, Pigs, and Whiskey is a great southern cookbook. Not just another successful Southern chef, James Beard Award-winner John Currence is the ambassador for Oxford, Mississippi. Currence gives you 130 recipes organized by 10 different techniques, such as Boiling/Simmering, Slathering, Pickling/Canning, Roasting/Braising, Muddling/Stirring, Brining/Smoking, and Baking/Spinning, just to name a few. Pickles, Pigs, & Whiskey would make a great gift for any fan of southern food. I know this is on quite a few of our readers christmas lists. Get it here.

High West Campfire Whiskey is an excellent whiskey that's full of flavor. A blend of bourbon and scotch it is a wonderful  whiskey that would make a great gift for any whiskey lover.

High West Campfire Whiskey is an excellent whiskey that’s full of flavor. A blend of bourbon and scotch, it is a wonderful whiskey that would make a great gift for any whiskey enthusiast.

Drywell Cocktail Prints are great for any cocktail lover. With several different prints to choose from it should be easy to find some fine art for the special someone in your life. Get them here.

Drywell Cocktail Prints are great for any cocktail lover. This is the very fine art of Alyson Thomas. With several different prints to choose from it should be easy to find some fine art for the special someone in your life. Get them here.

Soap that smells like liquor? That's right. This one is a huge pick for many of you. I get quite a few inquiries about this product and heard great things about it. It's available here.

Soap that smells like liquor? That’s right. This one is a huge pick for many of you. I get quite a few inquiries about this product and heard great things about it. It’s available here.

Portland General Store colognes are inspired by recipes we’ve found from the 1920s and ‘30s. Our all-natural ingredients are a blend of organic sugar cane alcohol, CO2, absolutes and essential oils—and each scent is blended by hand in small batches. Bring out that inner Brando with this elegant and charismatic fragrance, updated from a classic 1920s recipe. Power and masculinity are obvious in the deep wood and amber, and an unexpected hint of spice and floral complexity reveals itself over the hours. Available in an aftershave as well. Get it here.

Portland General Store colognes are inspired by recipes we’ve found from the 1920s and ‘30s. Our all-natural ingredients are a blend of organic sugar cane alcohol, CO2, absolutes and essential oils—and each scent is blended by hand in small batches. Bring out that inner Brando with this elegant and charismatic fragrance, updated from a classic 1920s recipe. Power and masculinity are obvious in the deep wood and amber, and an unexpected hint of spice and floral complexity reveals itself over the hours. Available in an aftershave as well. Get it here.

We all need a place to keep our collection or at least the ones we use the most. The Clyde Bar will hold everything you need for effortless entertaining. A mirrored back reflects the bar’s contents for a striking display. Available here.

We all need a place to keep our collection or at least the ones we use the most. The Clyde Bar will hold everything you need for effortless entertaining. A mirrored back reflects the bar’s contents for a striking display. Available here.

 

Pennypacker Bourbon Review

Pennypacker Bourbon Our Rating: 84%

Pennypacker Bourbon

Name: Pennypacker Bourbon

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Our Rating: 84%

Notes: On the nose Pennypacker has a nice wheat and spice scent to it. At first sip you can taste the wheat, some spices, and a noticeable anise flavor. The finish is short with a slight burn and similar flavors of wheat and anise. There is not a lot of flavor with this one. I tried this neat, on the rocks, and in a cocktail. It was definitely enjoyed best in a cocktail and did pretty well. For the price of around $22.00 there are probably a few better options in this category that most would opt for. I think if the price were lower it would be great for cocktails.