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Open the Bottle - Bunnahabhain 12-year-old, Islay single malt Scotch whisky. Somehow, we just stopped opening bottles of Scotch whisky. I don't know why or how, it just happened. So, it's time to get back to good single malt whisky and reacquaint ourselves with the category. Bunnahabhain is a great…

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Back to the Bottle - 2019 George T Stagg from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection - Practical? How can anything from the BTAC be practical? Well, it can if you can pay retail or close to retail for it relative to what else you can buy these days in the $100+ range ... at least that's what I'm tell…

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Open the Bottle - Michter's 10-year-old Single Barrel Rye, 2019 release. Maybe not a unicorn bottle but certainly a difficult bottle to come by at retail. A wonderful example of Kentucky rye whiskey owing to a low barrel entry proof, barrel toasting, and well-seasoned barrels in the first place. Bu…

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Open the Bottle Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Rye 112.2 proof 2020 release - the first release of a barrel proof rye from Wild Turkey. Non-chill filtered is one of my favorite things and when combined with rye whiskey at barrel proof with a low barrel entry proof, it's hard to think it won'…

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Open the Bottle - Evan Williams Bottled In Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Are there still Kentucky Straight Bourbons that are worth drinking, at a decent proof for $15? There sure are and this one is bottled in bond to boot.

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Back to the Bottle - Old Tub Bottled In Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The latest of the 100 proof, unfiltered inexpensive offerings from Jim Beam. Seems like a well rounded and attractively priced bourbon under a label that goes back a long way for the Beam family. Is it worth $20 or is t…

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Open the Bottle - Booker's Country Ham Uncut, Unfiltered Bourbon Whiskey from Jim Beam's Small Batch Collection. Is this finally the time Dan opens up a Booker's release and doesn't like it? Or, will it be delicious bourbon as usual? We open this bottle as part of Episode 10 of The Practical Still…

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Back to the Bottle - Belle Meade Cask Strength Reserve Bourbon Whiskey. Another bourbon sourced from MGP in Indiana. Does that make it bad whiskey? Does that make it good bourbon? Not necessarily but in this case, it does make for a pretty good whiskey that I don't feel is worth the price.

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Open the Bottle - McKenna 10-year-old Bottled In Bond, Single Barrel, and I miss my dad. McKenna was my dad's brand back when bourbon drinkers had 'brands' and rarely strayed from them. He'd never just say 'McKenna' it was always 'Henry McKenna Sour Mash Bourbon' to him. This bottle from this parti…

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We open up Mellow Corn Bottled In Bond Straight Corn Whiskey and talk about the specific requirements to be a straight, corn whiskey. At $15 it certainly isn't a big commitment for us to try something we haven't tried before but is it a whiskey that we'd want to drink at any price? Watch and see an…

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The Peerless Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was my first experience with Peerless whiskey and it was a good one. A reasonable price for a very enjoyable bourbon that employs and seldom-used sweet mash process rather than the more popular sour mash. Is that how a 4 year old bourbon ta…

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Back to the Bottle - Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon. At 116.8 proof, it isn't the highest proof barrel strength bourbon out there but that due to lower barrel entry proof. Rare Breed is all the wonderful flavors of Wild Turkey bourbon whiskey pushed all the way up to what the barrel ga…

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Weller 12 sits with Weller Special Reserve and Old Weller Antique as the typical bourbon drinkers best shot at experiencing one of the more famous bourbons ever. Sharing a recipe with the vauted Pappy Van Winkle and William Larue Weller whiskies, Weller 12 used to be a daily drinker for anyone who …

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We open up a Knob Creek 15 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon and see if it is worth the extra money over a KC store pick. It's a Knob Creek with more age than we usually see but I'm thinking that Fred Noe can find some great barrels around the Jim Beam rickhouses that combine to form a fine bourb…

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Dan and Mark appear in an Open the Bottle video together for the first time. Barrell Craft Spirits Dovetail Bourbon is a whiskey finished in Rum, Port, and Wine barrels. It is 'too finished'? Does the whiskey shine through? Is the Indiana bourbon from MGP? Is the Tennessee whiskey from Dickel?

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Elijah Craig Small Batch Toasted Barrel Bourbon is the latest entrant into the ever-growing toasted barrel finished whiskeys coming into the market. It starts off life as the standard Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon but then undergoes a secondary maturation in a toasted and flash charred barrel. D…

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Dan opened this bottle of uncut, unfiltered bourbon about a month ago and was blown away by the unique, cream soda flavor. How has the whiskey stood up and changed? Does he still like it as much as he did when he opened it?

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The Practical Still is about enjoying whiskey and there is much more to it than unicorn bourbon and allocated releases. Dan and Mark became friends over whiskey and want to share what they've learned with others. Whiskey is about sharing and having fun with one of the greatest inventions ever.

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Open the Bottle - Barrell Craft Spirits Single Barrel, unfiltered Rye whiskey. A store pick from Lincoln Road Package store in Hattiesburg, MS. 13-year-old Rye whiskey distilled in Canada, aged in both Canada and Kentucky. Misty and Jamie Farris have a solid reputation for picking great barrels and…

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Back to the Bottle - Kentucky Owl Confiscated bourbon whiskey. Does the first national release from Kentucky Owl stand up to its more limited release predecessors?

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Back to the Bottle - Early Times Bottled In Bond Bourbon. One of the new crop of reasonably priced bourbon whiskeys that may not blow your mind but certainly rewards the whiskey fan willing to venture down to the bottom shelf and can help recruit new whiskey drinkers starting out with higher proof …

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We open up a Stranahan's Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt whiskey. A cool bottle with a tin shot glass included but how does the whiskey stand up? Better than the standard offering? Does the extra proof make a difference? Why am I asking so many questions about an American, single malt whisk…

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Unfiltered, Bottled In Bond. Those are good things for bourbon in my estimation especially when it comes with a $23 (or less) price tag. A nod to Beam's past more in name and label than a completely unique distillate but I'll take it. How often do we get limited release whiskey for such a reasonabl…

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