Morning Report, Friday, December 27th, 2013



Belle Meade

Name: Belle Meade Bourbon

Bottled By: Green Brier Distillery

ABV: 45.2%

Proof: 90.4

Our Rating: 89%

Notes: On the nose there is a nice vanilla, caramel, and cedar scent. On the palate I was able to pick up some caramel, fruit, and vanilla flavors. There was a slight burn and some delicious spicy flavors throughout. The finish was moderate with a slight burn that didn’t last too long. I really enjoyed this bourbon. I enjoyed this one neat and on the rocks and preferred it neat. When on the rocks it seemed to lose some of the flavor. Overall, I found it to be a great, easy sipper and one that I would recommend to those who haven’t tried it. At around $35-$40, Belle Meade seems to be priced right. If you haven’t tried it yet, consider giving it a try the next time you are picking up some bourbon.


Jack Rudy

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 I had the pleasure of trying two products from the Jack Rudy Cocktail Company this week. The Small Batch Tonic was delicious. I made two cocktails with it. I selected and made two recipes from their site. The first was the KY 75 and it was great. I had some Champagne left over from Christmas and used that to make this cocktail. The second drink I made was a Gin & Tonic. I will have to say this was the best Gin & Tonic I have ever had. It was absolutely delicious. The Jack Rudy Tonic has such a great flavor with the oranges and lemongrass it truly makes a great cocktail. I also tried the Small Batch Grenadine which was also very enjoyable. I tried the Red, White, and Blue which is another recipe listed on their site. It was also very good. I’m not a cocktail guy, I generally stick to beer and whiskey, but I do entertain quite often, and I’ve been wanting to try these and keep them on hand for when I have guests over. If you are a cocktail drinker and use the regular stuff you find at the store, give these a try, and see what you think. These are quality products that definitely make great cocktails.

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.