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October 2013 Whiskey of the Month

12 Oct

Bourbon & Oak

October 2013

We are very pleased to announce that High West Campfire Whiskey has been selected as our October 2013 Whiskey of the Month. We first sampled this fine whiskey at excellent BBQ restaurant in Alpharetta, Ga, and it has been one of our favorite whiskies since. Please see our full review below. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying this yet, I would highly recommend it. Enjoy!

High West Campfire Whiskey

Name: High West Campfire Whiskey

ABV: 46%

Proof: 92

Age: Minimum of 5 Years

Our Rating: 93%

Notes: Nose: spicy, sweet, woodsy, and some peat smoke notes.

Palate: A pleasant and sweet vanilla taste, with some fruit and spice, cinnamon and clove, and rye which fades to allow the peat and smoky taste to come in.

Finish: Moderate with some delicious light smoke and peat taste with just the right hint of vanilla.

This whiskey is excellent. It…

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12 Oct

Russell’s Reserve Rye

12 Oct

Sipology

Maker: Wild Turkey, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA (Campari)RRR

Age: 6 y/o

Style: Kentucky Rye

Proof: 90 (45% ABV)

Michigan State Minimum: $40

Note: Two person review!

J: Josh

A: Friend of the Blog, Amy

Appearance

J: Pale copper, with spotty legs.

A: Light, bright gold with hard-to-find legs.

Nose

J: Oak, peanut butter, alcohol, barrel char, bubble gum. Changes a lot in the glass.

A: Mild rye aroma, hint of grass and mint.

On the palate

J: Medium bodied and sweet. Oak, fruity hard candy, burn, butterscotch.

A: Light bodied with soft mouth feel. Very sweet but with kick.

Finish

J: Leather, cumin, coriander and a lingering sweetness.

A: Rye much more present in the finish than on the palate.

Parting Words

A: Having met Jimmy Russell in person, I am always happy to sample his wares. It’s not a rye that hits you over the head with rye. I like…

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Templeton Rye Rating & Review

21 Sep

Bourbon & Oak

Name: Templeton Rye

Bottled By: Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana

ABV: 40%

Proof: 80

Age: N/A

Notes: Templeton Rye has a nice sweet and spicy scent with notes of fresh fruit, rye, caramel, vanilla, and mint. At first sip, I could taste the rye upfront with a faint sweet honey or syrup taste which makes way for some spice to come into play, pepper and cinnamon. This whiskey has a nice sweet taste which allows it to stay mild without a lot of bite. The finish is bold, crisp, with some sweet honey, oak, and mint, that lingers slightly but not too long. This is a delicious whiskey and very smooth, most likely due to the low proof. I tried this neat and in a cocktail, and I prefer it neat. Don’t be turned away by the price tag, in my opinion it is worth the price, it’s something different than the…

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