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For the week of Thanksgiving, we are most certainly thankful for everyone who watches, comments, and shares what we're doing here at The Practical Still and that's true every other week as well.

This week, we're opening up a bottle of Scotch whisky that we know little about but that's not the prob…

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We have enjoyed every whiskey we've tried from Boulder Spirits. These two follow suit and are exceptionally tasty whiskeys.

The Cask Strength Bourbon at 5 years old is a revelatory experience. At nearly 134 proof, it's on the hot side but nothing like I expected. And the flavors are fat and bold …

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What to drink? That's always a good question. When we asked that for ourselves today, Wild Turkey came up, and before you know it, I had a pile of Wild Turkey and Russell's Reserve bottles packed up and ready to haul to Dan's garage.

Dan's dad is visiting so no holds are barred. I have a Russell'…

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We missed you last week! We picked up some limited-release Deerhammer Progeny 3 last week and we interviewed Stranahan's and Tincup founder, Jess Graber for a yet-to-be-released podcast episode so we'll some Tincup whiskey too.

Dan has a little Baker's left so we'll sip some Jim Beam whiskey that …

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Dan had a couple of really great bottles that needed to be put out of their misery so we decided to do that live! We also took a look at a new glass and compared it to some old favorites. We are sad to see that 2020 George T Stagg go as it's unlikely we'll ever taste it again and the odds aren't gr…

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Dan and I have spoken at length (no surprise) about finished whiskeys and even swore off them for a long time. Done well, they are delightful and a welcome change of pace. Done poorly, as they more often are, they're like drinking boozy kool-aid. And what about second-barrel finishes that didn't pr…

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I mentioned last week that my last bottle of Kentucky Owl Batch 1 Rye has reached a mythic place in my mind and become the only bottle I am not willing to open. It was, when I sipped the last bit of the first bottle, the best whiskey of any style I'd ever had. That was a few years ago so I wonder, …

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If you're the sort of whiskey drinker who is willing to try something different and you like rye whiskey, this could be for you. It's a collaboration between Leopold Bros and George Dickel that marries a nearly forgotten, three-chamber still and more modern column-distilled rye in what is one of th…

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The Hidden Barn Series One Small Batch Bourbon was a release I was excited for but will end up being my most disappointing whiskey purchase of 2022. Jackie Zykan is one of my favorite people in whiskey and given her reputation and those of the other people involved in Hidden Barn, I think we had a …

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So many open bottles and so little time to drink them. I mentioned recently that I have two plans to reduce the number of bottles of whiskey I have in the house.

The plan for unopened bottles of bourbon and rye whiskey is to try and trade multiples for a single bottle of something better. To that…

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With fall coming quickly, let's get into some rye whiskey. We'll have some Whistle Pig 10, Prideful Goat, High West Rendezvous, Dickel/Leopold Bros, Pikesville, and whatever else we can scare up that has more rye than not in the mash bill. I bet we even talk trash about MGP!

Cheers!

On a non-whis…

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Open the Bottle: Boulder Spirits The Trailhead American Single Malt Whiskey

The Trailhead is a distillery-only release of an exciting combination of whiskies. Two separate distillations - one peated and one non-peated single malt - are aged in the usual Boulder Spirits new, #3 char barrels for 4 y…

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A while back, we got to taste some of Dragon's Milk Origin Small Batch Bourbon and we really enjoyed it. Dragon's Milk sent us that bottle and has now sent us two other expressions and, just like that first bottle, we are under no obligation to even make a video or act as if we like it if we don't.…

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We have enjoyed every Boulder Spirits whiskey that we've tried so far. So, when I saw their Global Brand Ambassador, Ryan Negley, on Instagram talking about a cask strength, 5-year-old release at nearly 134 proof, I had to get a bottle. As it turns out, they are on sale at the distillery (I was the…

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Dan is traveling this week, visiting family in Pennsylvania. He and his brother-in-law/former Friday Sips guest/frequent commenter, Scott, will get into some Booker's while back in Colorado, I'll be sipping some Weller 12 and Poor Man's Pappy from my recent birthday celebration.

We've never done …

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I visited @Boulder Spirits this week and got into their first ever barrel proof bourbon and a soon-to-be-released, distillery-only single malt. I was anxious to see what Dan thought of the bourbon but I didn't plan to open the quite pricey single malt but you know how that goes with us. We opened i…

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Open the Bottle: Leiper's Fork Distillery Bottled In Bond 4-Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

On a recent trip back to Alabama from Colorado, a last-minute change of plans put me in close proximity to a distillery I've been wanting to learn more about, Leiper's Fork Distillery. We had a long drive ahead of…

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Open the Bottle: Leiper's Fork Distillery Bottled In Bond 4-Year Old Bourbon Whiskey

On a recent trip back to Alabama from Colorado, a last-minute change of plans put me in close proximity to a distillery I've been wanting to learn more about, Leiper's Fork Distillery. We had a long drive ahead of…

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We'll be back in the garage this week as temperatures drop here in Colorado. It looks to be only a temporary weather change with the hot stuff returning next week so we'll take advantage of it. Dan's wife has a birthday coming up and she likes Macallan so maybe we'll find some and toast Rachel. We …

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There was no stream last week as my wife and I drove from Colorado to Birmingham, AL to reunite our daughter and son-in-law with their cats and the last few belongings left at our house when they recently moved back home. We didn't care so much for the route there so we changed things up for the re…

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We'll see.

Cheers!

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Open the Bottle - Hidden Barn Series One Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

There are a few people in whiskey that I've always admired and hoped to one day meet. Jackie Zykan is up at the top of that list. I think it is hard to underestimate her impact at Old Forester and, as a fan of w…

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Jackie Zykan is one of a handful of whiskey people I would really like to meet. If you like Old Forester whiskey today, you likely have Jackie to thank. She helped to transform an old brand into a modern player in a hyper-competitive whiskey landscape. She left Old Forester recently and partnered …

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Back to the Bottle - Old Fitzgerald 8 Year Old Bottled In Bond Spring 2021 Release

Here's another bourbon I'd been hoping to get someday. This is the youngest of these wheated bourbons but it did not disappoint. Old Fitz is what Pappy Van Winkle sold way back when though I'm sure this is different…

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