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Morning Report, Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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News: Adelbert’s Brewery Launches New Barrel Aged Special Series With Contemplating Waterloo Release. Full article here.

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Gear: The Oliver Flask Cage is designed to hold and transport your Stanley Standard Flask. Crafted in Colorado, the Oliver Flask Cage easily attaches to your bike and provides a tight fit that will allow you to securely carry your drink of choice wherever you go. Get one here.

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Morning Report, Monday, August 18th, 2014

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News: Heaven Hill Distilleries To Continue Periodic Releases Of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon. Full article here.

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Gear: Makr Tumblers are available in three finishes, copper, grey, and white. They are incredibly simple and yet another wonderful product from Makr. They are available in three sizes, tall, short, and tapered and are currently available for pre-order 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

Morning Report, Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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Gear: Instead of one bbq master trying to cook for an entire party, the social grill allows everyone a chance to grill. This simple charcoal grill can be placed on an outdoor table or surface. There is enough room for 5-6 people to use the grill at the same time, making sure that no one is left out, and that everyone has the chance to prepare the food the way they see fit. This is a great way to prepare food and gives the party a more intimate feel. So invite some close friends, pull up some chairs, and enjoy the experience. Don’t forget the bourbon and beer, they make everything better. Get one here.

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Morning Report, Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Food: Bourbon Vanilla Sugar is made from raw Demerara sugar and is packed and aged with Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla beans to enhance the rich molasses flavors. Try Bourbon Vanilla Sugar in many different cocktails to add some extra flavor or add a little to your coffee in the morning. Available here.

News: Small and independent craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. breweries. American craft beer production volume increased 18 percent during the first half of the year. Full article here.

Morning Report, Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Gear: Today we feature an amazing pint cup from Miir. The Miir Pint Cup is made from dishwasher safe, BPA-free high grade stainless steel and It will help keep your favorite brew colder longer. Available in September 2014. Order some here.

News: Kentucky bourbon makers are churning out larger volumes of whiskey being stored for aging. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association said Tuesday the state’s bourbon inventory has topped 5 million barrels for the first time since 1977. It says Kentucky bourbon distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels last year, the most since 1970. Full article here.