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Open the Bottle - Makers Mark Private Select Barrel Finished with Oak Staves

A tasty wheated bourbon from one of the great distilleries in bourbon history. This is a store pick from Molly's Spirits in Colorado and it is barrel finished with three different types of oak staves. I can't keep up with…

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Distillery Visit at Deerhammer Distilling Co in Buena Vista, Colorado: American Single Malt Whiskey.

Lenny Eckstein, owner, co-founder, and head distiller at Deerhammer Distilling Co heard me and Dan talking about young whiskey on a recent podcast and reached out to invite up to his distillery. He…

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Back to the Bottle - Penelope 4 Grain Barrel Strength Bourbon Whiskey

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Open the Bottle - Deerhammer American Single Malt Whiskey Batch #62

Owner, co-founder, and head distiller of Deerhammer Distillery in Buena Vista, CO, Lenny Eckstein invited us up to visit after hearing the podcast episode where we talked about young whiskey. Lenny felt that he could offer some va…

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Going Back to the Bottle for some Mellow Corn Bottled In Bond Corn Whiskey. Straight corn whiskey has its own designation with at least 80% of the mash bill coming from corn and, unlike bourbon and rye whiskey, it can't be aged in a new, charred barrel. It just use either a used barrel or an unchar…

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Open the Bottle - Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Here is where Knob Creek rye starts. 100 proof, no age statement, affordable, and available. That's excellent in my book.

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Tasting whiskey blind, that is without knowing what sort of bourbon, rye, or scotch whisky you're drinking, is the only way to remove the bias and know for sure if you like a whiskey or if you've just been caught up in the hype. I think that's right but even if it isn't, blind tasting whiskey fun a…

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Tasting whiskey blind, that is without knowing what sort of bourbon, rye, or scotch whisky you're drinking, is the only way to remove the bias and know for sure if you like a whiskey or if you've just been caught up in the hype. I think that's right but even if it isn't, blind tasting whiskey fun a…

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Back to the Bottle - Peerless Kentucky Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey

An old label brought back by the family and a not so common approach to building, or rebuilding, a brand. No sourcing, no gin or vodka, just a straightforward approach to making whiskey and a lot of patience. Peerless have a y…

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Open the Bottle - Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

The original single barrel bourbon, this is very tasty whiskey in a very cool bottle. Launched in 1984 under the guidance of master distiller Elmer T. Lee, it was originally for the Japanese market. While very popular there, it sat on shelv…

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Back to the Bottle - Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Bottled In Bond Bourbon Whiskey - Dan doesn't dislike this highly sought-after whiskey but to him, it just isn't worth all the craze and certainly not worth the elevated prices people are willing to pay for it these days. If it was still a $35 bottle, …

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Open the Bottle - Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

We are certainly fans of both Wild Turkey bourbon and rye whiskeys and this is one we hadn't had yet. With only one rye whiskey recipe to make all their rye whiskey from, could it really be that this bottle is worth th…

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Back to the Bottle - Cooper's Craft Barrel Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

This Brown-Forman product turned out to be quite the sipper at 100 proof and around $33. There is some barrel manipulation going on in there so maybe that makes a difference in how the spirit ages or maybe Brown-Forman is just good…

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Open the Bottle - Not Whiskey - FOURSQUARE Sagacity Single Blended 12 year old rum.

This is decidedly 'not whiskey' but it did come off of a still. Aged in ex-bourbon and ex-medeira wine barrels. Distilled in pot and columns stills, that where the 'single blended' comes in, this is a delicious spi…

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Open the Bottle - Woody Creek Distillers Wheated Bourbon Single Barrel

A local club pick from a local (if you live in Colorado) distillery. At 70% corn is seems that maybe there should be less corn and more wheat or malted barely as I didn't much flavor beyond the corn. Hopefully, it comes around …

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Blind Shelfie Throwdown #3 shows once again how much fun blind tasting whiskey is even though almost everyone on the planet is so poor at doing it. Mark maintains a slim lead over Dan in a competition of no real importance other than helping us learn more about the bourbon and rye whiskies we love …

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Open the Bottle - Wild Turkey Master's Keep Cornerstone Rye Whiskey

The first rye whiskey to be part of the Master's Keep collection from Wild Turkey. This Kentucky straight rye whiskey carries a 9 year age statement and is comprised of 9 to 11 year barrels chosen by Eddie Russell just for this re…

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Open the Bottle - George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon BTAC 2020 Release. Ok, this isn't at all practical except that Dan, just like Mark did a year ago, got lucky and was able to purchase this bottle for $100! Perhaps that is practical considering they go for upwards of $600 on the secondary …

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Back to the Bottle - Copper Sky Limited Release Single Barrel is MGP whiskey chosen by our local club leader and the founder at Copper Sky Distillery. It's quite good but still nothing so memorable as to warrant an $85 price tag absent the club/charitable aspect that was part of this pick. A nose o…

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Back to the Bottle - Bunnahabhain 12 year old single malt Scotch. A delicious example of a lightly peated, slightly briny single malt whisky aged in ex-sherry and ex-bourbon barrels. Beautiful!

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Open the Bottle - Four Roses Small Batch Select non-chill filtered 104 proof bourbon uses 6 of Four Roses' 10 different bourbon recipes. This is a delicious straight bourbon whiskey that drinks well above it's $60-65 price tag. Frankly, it's better than highly allocated bourbons at many times its p…

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Back to the Bottle - this Laphroaig 16 year old single malt from Islay is peated glory in its funkiest expression. The extra age in the barrel adds complexity over the standard 10 year offering from Laphroaig and on the viscosity and mouthfeel side, it falls between that and the 10 year cask streng…

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Open the Bottle - Weller Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon - the most famous wheated bourbon line in the world. Even if this is the entry level Weller bourbon, I like it and I'm grateful to have it given how scarce it has gotten in recent years. And, at $55 for 1.75 liter bottle I have no g…

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Open the Bottle - Evan Williams Vintage Single Barrel Vintage Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - I don't know why I don't have one of these open all the time. The proof is moderate but the flavors are excellent and there isn't a bad note to be found. It's bourbon the way it is meant to be both in …

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