Gear: Old whiskey barrels serve many purposes and people are using them to make a lot of awesome products these days. Today we feature whiskey barrel headphones, a collaboration between Bushmill’s & Grado Labs. Handcrafted from recycled white oak that was used by Bushmill’s. Available in limited quantities here.
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.
Name: Jim Beam Maple
Bottled By: Beam Inc.
Our Rating: 81%
Notes: On the nose there is a strong maple scent, like smelling pancakes in the morning. At first sip we tasted a sweet, maple syrup taste, with a nice oak flavor with hints of vanilla and caramel. Jim Beam Maple is just the right amount of sweet maple flavor without being too thick. You can really taste the whiskey in this one which is good as the maple flavor doesn’t overpower it. The finish is moderate with maple, oak, and vanilla flavors with a touch of spice and cinnamon. The after taste is what brought our rating down with this one, it seemed to linger a little longer than I prefer and had a somewhat stale taste to it. Overall this is a good maple whiskey that would probably be enjoyed best in a cocktail.
We are very pleased to announce that Templeton Rye has been selected as our November 2013 Whiskey of the Month. Please see our full review below. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying this yet, I would highly recommend it. Enjoy!
Name: Templeton Rye
Bottled By: Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana
Our Rating: 96%
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.