Bender’s Rye Review

Bender's Rye

Name: Bender’s Rye

Bottled By: The Treasure Island Distillery

ABV: 48%

Proof: 96

Age: 7 Years

Notes: On the nose Bender’s Rye has a light vanilla aroma. On the palate, a light honey and vanilla flavor quickly moves to a dry rye, with spicy cinnamon and fresh mint flavors. The sweet flavors balance this whiskey and keep it from getting to spicy. The finish is moderate and light with roasted corn and fresh mint leaf flavors. I tried Bender’s Rye neat and with a splash and adding a splash really brought out the flavors. I was torn when I first tried it because it seemed to lack a great deal of flavor but after letting it open it up a bit with a splash of water, I was impressed with the flavors of Bender’s. This is a good whiskey and one that I would recommend to a friend. I would definitely recommend letting this whiskey open up a bit before trying it. For around $45 dollars a bottle, it’s not one that will break the bank.

History: Bender’s officially launched in 2013 on San Francisco’s, Treasure Island in Northern California. Born of the collaborative efforts of two individuals with a love for whiskey. Bender’s Rye has a mash bill of 85% rye and 15% corn and is aged for 7 years in virgin charred American white oak barrels. This bottle is from batch one, only 3,248 bottles were produced. The next batch will be slightly different with more corn and older corn.


Morning Report, Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Gear: German company Skypak has an awesome bar cart called “LA BARRIQUE WHISKEY”. It features reclaimed and up-cycled wood from authentic whiskey barrels carefully selected from famous distilleries in Europe and handcrafted to perfection in Germany. This trolley exhibits intricate whiskey stains and texture from the whiskey barrels, which make each trolley produced one-of-a-kind. Get it here

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Morning Report, Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Gear: The Many Varieties of Whiskey by Pop Chart Lab categorizes and distills all the major varieties of whiskey–from scotch to bourbon to single malt to moonshine. It measures 18″ by 24″ and each print is signed and numbered by the artists, and comes packaged in a Pop Chart Lab Test Tube. Also available in a limited edition wood engraving with a cork and metal cask strapping. Get it here, $29.

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Article: Mad Men Season 7 Episode 1 premiered last night, if you didn’t get a chance to watch it but want to know what happened, here is a recap from TIME. If you were watching last night, what were you drinking? I was sipping Blanton’s neat.

Article: While we are on the subject of Mad Men here is an article from Esquire about the wonderful Mrs. Draper. It’s interesting to see what people search for when they search on Google.


Morning Report, Friday, April 11th, 2014

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Books: This highly accessible and enjoyable guide is full of practical and fascinating information about how to enjoy whisky. All whisky styles are covered and common myths exposed. Whisky expert and author David Broom provides an expert guide to all things whisky. David Broom has an awesome resume with eight books, editor-in-chief at Whisky Magazine: Japan, consultant editor to Whisky Magazine, columnist at Malt Advocate, editor of Scotch Whisky Review, TV and radio broadcasts, international training and education stints, and developer of Diageo’s Flavour Map. This book is one that every whisky lover will want to get their hands on. Get it here

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Weekend Recipe: Today we feature a great recipe for Whiskey Glazed Ribs from Duh Licious and sent in from one of our readers. This is a great recipe that is perfect for a weekend grill session and allows you to use your favorite spirit to add some extra enjoyment to your meal. Full recipe here.


Morning Report, Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Gear: Whiskey Cologne from Commodity Goods is a nice warm scent perfect for special occasions. With notes of Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Sage, Musk, and American Oak that it is surely one that will draw attention and provide a unique scent. Commodity Goods also has some other great scents such as paper, gin, tea, and gold so grab a sampler and see which one is right for you. Get them here.

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Food: We love bacon and there’s seems to be new products launching everyday dealing with this amazing treat. Go Bacon is a delicious and convenient way to get your bacon fix wherever you go. It is a delicious bacon jerky that is packaged in a 1.5 oz. portable, resealable packet, perfect for taking anywhere. Available in original or siracha flavor. Get it here.


Morning Report, Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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Gear: I know we have posted many times about Izola’s Flasks and we still get emails quite often from followers asking about them. I carry the 3 oz. myself and I love it. This week they are on sale at Huckberry, so if you are in the market for one, here’s your chance to get a great deal. Get it here while they last.

Article: This recent battle between Jack Daniels & Diageo have you interested,then check out this article from Esquire featuring greatest whiskey lawsuits. Read it here.




October 2013 Whiskey of the Month

October 2013

We are very pleased to announce that High West Campfire Whiskey has been selected as our October 2013 Whiskey of the Month. We first sampled this fine whiskey at excellent BBQ restaurant in Alpharetta, Ga, and it has been one of our favorite whiskies since. Please see our full review below. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying this yet, I would highly recommend it. Enjoy!

High West Campfire Whiskey

Name: High West Campfire Whiskey

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Age: Minimum of 5 Years

Our Rating: 93%

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.   


Bourbon & Oak’s Perfect Old Fashioned Recipe

An Old Fashioned is about as classic as they come. We have experimented with different variations but prefer to make ours the “old fashioned” way (no pun intended). In a mixing glass or small bowl, add 1 sugar cube, 1/4 ounce of water, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters. Muddle until the sugar cube has completely dissolved. Add two ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey and 1 or 2 large ice cubes. Stir until chilled and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with 1 large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel and/or 1 maraschino cherry. Enjoy.