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Open the Bottle - Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Store Pick from Hazel's Beverage World in Boulder, Colorado.

I've always wanted to try this bourbon as one of the more well-known takes on moving mature whiskey into a new barrel for additional aging. Is that finishi…

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Open the Bottle - Russell's Reserve 13-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottled at barrel proof of 114.8 and non-chill filtered. I think Wild Turkey makes some of the most enjoyable whiskey both in their Wild Turkey bourbons and ryes and in their Russell's Reserve bourbon and rye whiskey …

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My reaction to Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey after it's been open for a while.

This is one of those bottles that folks who work in liquor stores get tired of talking about. It went from being stacked on shelves years ago at $25 to impossible to find and being priced at $85 to $100 and b…

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Back to the Bottle - Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon Whiskey

104 proof, non-chill filtered, and made up of six of the ten bourbon recipes from Four Roses, this is a delicious and readily available whiskey that isn't overpriced. In my opinion, this is one of the best bottles of bourbon availa…

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Open the Bottle - George Dickel 8-year-old Bourbon Whisky

From one of the biggest names in Tennessee whisky and one of the biggest names that often isn't named but we know the name anyway in sourced whisky comes a bourbon whisky. Not just a bourbon but an 8 year, age-stated bourbon at 90 proof and…

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Back to the Bottle - Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

How about just a solid, 100 proof straight rye whiskey that can be bought nearly anywhere in the country for less than $30? Retail is higher but this Knob Creek Rye whiskey always seems to be on sale. I think it's delicious and certainl…

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Open the Bottle - Baker's 7-year-old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Until recently, Baker's was part of Jim Beam's Small Batch Bourbon Collection, invented by Booker Noe back in the 1980s. Now, both Baker's 7 and Baker's 13 are single barrel offerings and the ages can vary a bit -…

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Open the Bottle - Elijah Craig 18-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Is 18 years too long for bourbon to stay in a barrel? In the case of this Elijah Craig, no it is not. This is delicious bourbon whiskey! We've never had a chance to taste this whiskey and, even at $150, it is wonderful al…

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Back to the Bottle - Fireside Straight Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel Club Pick

This was part of a group of club pick bottles where the head of the club asked us to just 'trust him' as they weren't your normal private picks. This Fireside is produced by Mile High Spirits in Denver, CO, and is a 3 y…

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Open the Bottle - Russell's Reserve 6-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Once again, I'm putting my Wild Turkey appreciation on display with this 6-year-old Russell's rye. This bottle was also included in a recent attempt to determine if I could tell Wild Turkey 101 rye whiskey, this Russell's…

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Back to the Bottle - Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - I can never figure out why I don't always have a bottle of this open on my bar and I will never understand why every bourbon drinker doesn't either. It's nothing fancy. The proof is low at 86.6. I get it. B…

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Shopping for whiskey can be very different depending on where you are. The biggest difference you'll see is when states where the government controls retail sales, known as 'control states'. ABC stores in those states are the primary retail outlet and while they can still be package stores in some …

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Open the Bottle - Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey

Something a little different - a straight wheat whiskey. So, the majority of the mash bill is wheat with the rest being corn, rye, malted barley. Extra different as a four-grain recipe isn't so common.

If you like wheated bourbons…

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Open the Bottle - Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Bottled at 94 proof as the Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon and the Toasted Barrel bourbon are, this rye whiskey from Heaven Hill is fairly new. Maybe I just expected more from it given how much Dan and I like Pikesville and Rittenhouse …

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Open the Bottle - George Dickel 15-year-old Single Barrel Tennessee Whisky Store Pick

From AppleJack Wine and Spirits in Colorado, this is one of the new release single barrel private picks and, after 15 years in the barrel, is quite a bit different from the 9 year old Hand Select offerings that h…

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Open the Bottle - Boulder Spirits Bottled in Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Way more malted barley than we'd normally find in a bourbon! Pot still distillation seems to be popular in smaller, craft distilleries and we think that's excellent. I really like this bourbon in no small part to the high p…

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Back to the Bottle - Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey.

Are you still chasing bottles of Blanton's and paying double retail or more for them when you do find one? Stop it! These single barrel Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit bottles are awesome and available and reasonably price…

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Maybe it's just splitting hairs but there is a difference between a whiskey finished in a barrel that previously held wine, sherry, port, rum, or some other product versus a whiskey that was matured in a sherry or port or whatever barrel.

It gets a little complicated when talking about rum or sco…

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Back to the Bottle - Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel Rye Whiskey

A near unicorn bottle that I was lucky enough to purchase for retail, around $140, and have thoroughly enjoyed it for a long time - nearly 18 months. Michter's does whiskey right in my opinion. Low barrel entry proof, 48+ month cured…

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Back to the Bottle - Deerhammer American Single Malt Whiskey Batch #62

I couldn't wait to get back to the bottle on this American Single Malt Whiskey from Deerhammer Distilling Company in Buena Vista, CO. I didn't wait long to open it when we got home from visiting the distillery because I really …

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DistilleryTour of Deerhammer Distilling Co in Buena Vista, Colorado: Inside the Distillery Tour with Lenny Eckstein

Lenny Eckstein, owner, co-founder, and head distiller at Deerhammer Distilling Co heard me and Dan talking about young whiskey on a recent Practical Still podcast episode and reached…

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Distillery Visit at Deerhammer Distilling Co in Buena Vista, Colorado: Four Grain Bourbon

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 felt like …

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Back to the Bottle - Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey 112.2 Proof is an absolutely delicious, available, and relatively affordable barrel proof rye whiskey that should not be ignored if you like rye whiskey.

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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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