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Open the Bottle - Jim Beam Repeal Batch Straight Bourbon Whiskey - it lives on the bottom shelf along with other inexpensive Beam products but this one is non-chill filtered. It makes a difference to me as this one turns out to be a decent sipper and, at 86 proof, heady enough to stand up in a sour…

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Open the Bottle - Fireside Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey - from a local club private barrel pick. A surprisingly enjoyable pour considering this bourbon is only 3 years, 2 months old. There is no hiding its 127.7 proof as it is hot but it is hot with flavor so don't let that stop you. A b…

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Can a young rye whiskey have great flavors, excellent mouth feel, and depth? It sure can. Peerless is an old brand brought back to life by a new generation and they are doing a really good job with both rye and bourbon whiskeys. It is for sure a bit pricey but at least we get something different fo…

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Back to the Bottle - Evan Williams Bottled In Bond Bourbon - Proof that whiskey doesn't have to be expensive to be enjoyable. This whiskey deserves our attention and more credit than it typically gets.

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Open the Bottle - Penelope Four Grain Barrel Strength Straight Bourbon - 36 month old, MGP distillate that does a couple of things well. Great caramel flavor on the nose and palate and, even at 116 proof, it doesn't drink too hot. A blend of three different bourbon mashbills, it gets all four popul…

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The Practical Still's own Dan and Mark go into battle tasting whiskey from each other's shelves, you know, if battles were comprised of two geeks drinking bourbon. This week's Blind Shelfie Throwdown certainly has some curves thrown in but who comes out on top? It doesn't really matter. Drinking wh…

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Open the Bottle - Laphroaig 16 year old single malt whisky. The world of whisky is vast but there perhaps no flavor more recognizable in that world than peat. It's polarizing and I don't think one aquires a taste for it. You like it or you don't and boy do I like it. Is this 16 year old Laphroaig w…

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Open the Bottle - Devine Winery and Distillery's Quarter Cask Ancient Grains whisky from Canada uses unique grains to create the mash bill for this 90 proof whiskey. Distilling from a mash of BC barley, spelt, emmer, khorosan and einkorn, said to be the ancestors of all modern grains and an importa…

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Back to the Bottle - Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon - everybody is toasting. This bourbon starts off life as Elijah Craig Small Batch but then spends some time in a toasted barrel. Does it matter? Well, it's different than regular small batch and, at least for a while, it was really good. Then…

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Back to the Bottle - Barrell Whiskey Private Pear Brandy Finish. Kentucky whiskey, finished in pear brandy casks. This one has its ups and downs but overall, it ticks 3 of Dan's 4 keys for tasty whiskey so it is a winner ... if you give it the time it needs to reveal itself.

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Open the Bottle - Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel is a wonderful, if underappreciated, single barrel offering from one of the great distilleries. I can't understand why people chase Blanton's at its ever-climbing price when this wonderful bourbon can be had anytime for less.

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Dan and Mark exchange blind samples from each other's whiskey shelves and engage in glass to glass combat in a Blind Shelfie Throwdown! Who will emerge victorious? Who will score the most points by unlocking the details of whiskey style, proof, distillery, and the exact bottle? Well, probably neith…

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A Valentine's Day, Special Edition Open the Bottle with a 2019 Ardbeg Supernova Committee Release. There wasn't supposed to be any more Supernova releases from Ardbeg after 2015 but nothing is for sure in the whisky world I guess. After running across this bottle in the store of a friendly spirits …

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Back to the Bottle - Knob Creek 15 year old Limited Edition that we really hope becomes a standard offering so we made up a story about it doing just that. If you like Jim Beam and Knob Creek bourbon, it's hard to imagine you won't love this release. On one hand, it's a bit pricey in relation to ma…

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Open the Bottle - Copper Sky Private Barrel Pick 7 year, 8 month old MGP Bourbon. Uncut and unfiltered and pretty tasty. Whatever you call them, private selections, store picks, single barrel picks, it's fun to try something a little different even from brands or distilleries we're really familiar …

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Back to the Bottle - Blue Note 10 year old private barrel bourbon, store pick from Spirits, Wine, Provisions in Arvada, CO. Dan comes back to a bottle he liked when he opened it. Distilled in Tennessee but not quite as Dickel as one would think, it still carries the DNA of Cascade Hollow.

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Back to the Bottle - Wild Turkey Rare Breed, barrel proof bourbon at 116.8 proof. After having a bottle a few years back that wasn't wonderful, I'd stayed away from Rare Breed bourbon but I'm really glad I found my way back. This bottle of whiskey is fabulous!

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Open the Bottle - Barrell Bourbon EWS #2 Club Pick 14 year old Tennessee distilled whiskey. Oh boy! If you like George Dickel whisky, and I do, you'll love these Barrell Bourbon releases and private picks that originate in Tullahoma, TN.

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Special Edition Open the Bottle: Dan gets in the game - Blue Note 10 year private barrel pick. Dan turns the camera on himself and a lovely bottle of 10 year old Tennessee whiskey from Blue Note in Memphis, TN. This is Dan's first solo video but certainly not the last from his natural habitat, his …

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Back to the Bottle - Barrell Dovetail is Indiana and Tennessee whiskey finished in rum, port, and Dunn Vinyard cabernet barrels. After becoming frustrated with poorly finished bourbon and rye whiskeys, Dan and Mark left them alone for a year or so but this release from Barrell pulled us back in ...…

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Open the Bottle - Wild Turkey 101 Rye Whiskey. A staple on our shelves, tasty on its own, and an excellent choice for Old Fashions, Manhattans, or any cocktail calling for rye whiskey. At around $40 for a liter, this rye whiskey is a solid choice when you're ready to move off of the bottom shelf.

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Back to the Bottle - Stranahan's single barrel, cask strength, single malt whiskey. This store pick, single barrel expression of Stranahan's is quite different from its standard offering sibling. Deeper, richer flavor with much more going on. Is it the cask strength or that someone at Total Wine ju…

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Not Whiskey - Rebel Yell 10 year single barrel and 15-month-old egg nog. What do these two things have in common? Well, I thought so poorly of the Rebel Yell bourbon, I used it in an egg nog recipe. 15 months later, it has redeemed itself by contributing to a delightful egg nog experience. I wish I…

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Back to the Bottle - 1792 Full Proof Bourbon Whiskey. Oh man, this whiskey is stupid hot. Maybe every bottle isn't like this one but it's just so hot it is really hard to taste any real flavor. Is a 125 proof whiskey that drinks as if it's 1,250 proof. I guess we can't love them all.

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