Proof – Crooked Furrow, Glen Fargo, and Harvest Blend

Who makes it? Proof Artisan Distillers

Mash Bill: ? (not disclosed)

This was our second mail call and Joel Kath from Proof Artisan distillers sent us not one but three bottles from their distillery in true North Dakotan fashion(according to Erik). So we were up for the challenge and reviewed all three. Kris said that the Crooked Furrow smelled of sweet apples while Erik was more of a buttered popcorn on the nose. For the finish, was smooth and we both agreed that an ice cube is not needed. Then on to Harvest Blend which we both agreed was good but not as good as Crooked Furrow and that there was a flat spot on the finish. Glen Fargo was Kris’s favorite being a single malt and America’s scotch like whiskey.

Kris gave Crooked Furrow 7.5, Harvest Blend 6.0, Glen Fargo 8.0

Erik gave it Crooked Furrow 8.2, Harvest Blend 7.5, Glen Fargo 8.0

How much: for the Glen Fargo about $75, the Crooked furrow about $45, and Harvest Blend ?

The distillery resides in a 1920’s municipal building complete with Judge’s chambers where the tasting room is. For their tasting room, the “minions” salvaged a bar from the Down in Under Pub in Grand Forks, North Dakota that was about to be torn down. The pub has been around since 1892!

Proof is also the first legal distillery in North Dakota since prohibition.

Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend

Who makes it? Joseph Magnus Distillery & Co.

Mash Bill: ? (not disclosed)

We picked up this bottle of Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend and knew that when we cracked it open we needed to have Monte De León Cigars there with us. This sourced bourbon is finished in Armagnac, Sherry, and Cognac casks. Came on strong at 124 proof with notes of molasses, burnt cherry, coco, and leather. After we sampled this delicious bourbon it was time to have a couple of Monte De León’s own cigars in a non-stop rain storm. All of us were soaked (whiskey and rain) and could not have had a better time. We get into a little history of the bottle, grandparents, how some things changed and how some have stayed the same.

Kris gave it 9

Erik gave it 8.6

How much: This will run you about 150 dollars

In 2007 Jimmy Turner found a bottle of bourbon in a closet while cleaning out his parents home after his mother died. It turned out to be a 122 year old bottle passed down from generation to generation, he gathered experts together and they tried to re-produce it’s contents. They found an 8-year-old bourbon aging in Kentucky that had a strikingly similar profile to the original bottle and all agreed that it needed to be finished in a sherry cask.

Nancy Fraley is the Master Blender at Joseph Magnus finishing the 12 year bourbon in a triple cast process using Oloroso Sherry, Ximenez, and Cognac casks.

After we posted our review Nancy Fraley herself commented on our video:

“Hey there @Whiskey and a Hammock, Magnus Master Blender Nancy Fraley here. Fantastic episode and review, thanks, although I’m sorry it didn’t score into the 9’s! 😉 Just a few FYI’s: the Cigar Blend Bourbon was not a product that was original to the Jos. Magnus distillery that existed between 1892 and 1917. Since I come from a brandy production background (Germain-Robin in CA, started by a 10th generation Cognac maker), I’m deeply influenced by the long tradition of “Cigare” Blend Cognacs, and as such sought out to make a Bourbon that would be an homage to my mentor(s) in the French brandy world. Also, the components in your bottle use about 2 to 3% of the finished flagship Magnus expression of the regular Jos. Magnus Triple Cask (Oloroso, PX, and Cognac), and I combined that with 12.5 to 20 year old Bourbon. All of this blend finishes exclusively in Armagnac barrels. Thus, any cask finished notes you might taste will really just be coming from the Armagnac. The Sherry and Cognac notes in the blend are negligible. But the plum, prune, leather, and burnt cherry are a combination of the age of the Bourbon and the Armagnac.

Secondly, yes, I actually DID take a needle and syringe into the 2 original Magnus bottles by going through the side of the glass and did very little damage to the closure and cork. It literally took at least an hour to do this because of all the pushback on the needle! When I analyzed the whiskey, I noticed that it had a strong Sherry type note to it. Interestingly enough, we discovered that when Joseph Magnus was selling off used barrels when he closed down his distillery, he was selling off Sherry casks. Cheers, Nancy.”

Proof Artisan Distillers Unboxing!

Huge shout out to Joel Kath owner of @proofartisandistillers who sent this amazing package of brown water goodness. Not just one but THREE different bottles for us to be excited about. So you know what we’re reviewing this month, PROOF ARTISAN DISTILLERS! Review #19!!!SHOW MORE

Copper Sky Wheated Bourbon and friends

Who makes it? Copper Sky Distiller

Mash Bill: ? (not disclosed)

Our first mail call from Copper Sky Distiller in Longmont Colorado(unboxing on our Instagram) and then of course gave it a review. Not only did we get a bottle of their 5 year, 100 proof wheated bourbon, CEO and owner Mike Root, tossed a couple of samples in there for us which we also give a go after we reviewed the “Wheater”. The first sample was a 5 year Rye, 120 proof bourbon and the second is a Light Whiskey coming in at 13 years and 140 proof. Can you say fire in bottle! Check it out and see if we give it our stamp of approval and the stick around for the samples which one actually gets hotter when we add water to it.

Kris: 7

Erik: 7.2 neat – 6.8 little melt – 7.0 full melt

How much: 45.00

Can only be picked up in and around Longmont Colorado or contact them for a mail order

North Point Bar and Chattanooga Single Barrel

Who makes it? Chattanooga Whiskey

Mash Bill: ? (not disclosed)

I traveled to Tamassee, SC to bring #whiskeykrew member Dan Manhardt a new addition for his bar from Chattanooga’s Experimental Distillery. A bottle of #chattanoogawhiskey Single Barrel coming in at 122.62 proof. I get to check out the bar that Dan built himself, learn what makes the best Highball and at 81 he is still kickin ass! After the bar review we take a cruise on Lake Cherokee with a little #bibandtucker. Can’t wait to visit again.

Kris: it’s Chattanooga Whiskey, how can you wrong?

Dan: I like it!

How much: This will run you about 70.00

Can only be picked up at Chattanooga’s Experimental Distillery

Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend

Who makes it? Joseph Magnus Distillery & Co.

Mash Bill: ? (not disclosed)

We picked up this bottle of Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend and knew that when we cracked it open we needed to have Monte De León Cigars there with us. This sourced bourbon is finished in Armagnac, Sherry, and Cognac casks. Came on strong at 124 proof with notes of molasses, burnt cherry, coco, and leather. After we sampled this delicious bourbon it was time to have a couple of Monte De León’s own cigars in a non-stop rain storm. All of us were soaked (whiskey and rain) and could not have had a better time. We get into a little history of the bottle, grandparents, how some things changed and how some have stayed the same.

Kris gave it 9

Erik gave it 8.6

How much: This will run you about 150 dollars

In 2007 Jimmy Turner found a bottle of bourbon in a closet while cleaning out his parents home after his mother died. It turned out to be a 122 year old bottle passed down from generation to generation, he gathered experts together and they tried to re-produce it’s contents. They found an 8-year-old bourbon aging in Kentucky that had a strikingly similar profile to the original bottle and all agreed that it needed to be finished in a sherry cask.

Nancy Fraley is the Master Blender at Joseph Magnus finishing the 12 year bourbon in a triple cast process using Oloroso Sherry, Ximenez, and Cognac casks.

After we posted our review Nancy Fraley herself commented on our video:

“Hey there @Whiskey and a Hammock, Magnus Master Blender Nancy Fraley here. Fantastic episode and review, thanks, although I’m sorry it didn’t score into the 9’s! 😉 Just a few FYI’s: the Cigar Blend Bourbon was not a product that was original to the Jos. Magnus distillery that existed between 1892 and 1917. Since I come from a brandy production background (Germain-Robin in CA, started by a 10th generation Cognac maker), I’m deeply influenced by the long tradition of “Cigare” Blend Cognacs, and as such sought out to make a Bourbon that would be an homage to my mentor(s) in the French brandy world. Also, the components in your bottle use about 2 to 3% of the finished flagship Magnus expression of the regular Jos. Magnus Triple Cask (Oloroso, PX, and Cognac), and I combined that with 12.5 to 20 year old Bourbon. All of this blend finishes exclusively in Armagnac barrels. Thus, any cask finished notes you might taste will really just be coming from the Armagnac. The Sherry and Cognac notes in the blend are negligible. But the plum, prune, leather, and burnt cherry are a combination of the age of the Bourbon and the Armagnac.

Secondly, yes, I actually DID take a needle and syringe into the 2 original Magnus bottles by going through the side of the glass and did very little damage to the closure and cork. It literally took at least an hour to do this because of all the pushback on the needle! When I analyzed the whiskey, I noticed that it had a strong Sherry type note to it. Interestingly enough, we discovered that when Joseph Magnus was selling off used barrels when he closed down his distillery, he was selling off Sherry casks. Cheers, Nancy.”

Chattanooga Riverfront Distillery Tour and Experimental Distillery

Chattanooga Riverfront Distillery and Experimental Distillery

The Whiskey Krew tours Chattanooga Whiskey’s Riverfront Distillery by none other than the man himself, CEO & Co-Founder Tim Piersant. We learned so much and meeting Tim was great. Afterwards we walked over to the Experimental Distillery to quench our thirst with a couple of flights with six tastings. Chatt Whiskey Silver, Chatt Whiskey 91, Chatt Whiskey Cask 111, Chatt Whiskey 99 Rye, Chatt Whiskey Batch 015 Coffee infused and an old fashioned with Dr. Thacher’s cocktail syrup. Great atmosphere, great people and great whiskey!

Hose Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey

https://youtu.be/0nMYHCGMwTc

Who makes it? American Freedom Distillery

Mash Bill: 65% corn, 30% rye, 5% malted barley

I break out a bottle of signed Horse Soldier bourbon that I’ve been holding onto since last year. I jumped out of a plane last month and my videographer was a Horse Soldier ambassador so I knew it was time to give it a review. Kris thought it was pretty good straight but definitely benefited by adding an ice cube bringing out more of the flavours. Erik could taste the sweet of the corn, even buttered corn while being very mellow.

Kris gave it 6.5

Erik gave it 7.0

How much: This will run you about 45 dollars

An amazing story of green berets being dropped in Afghanistan after 9/11 to fight the taliban on horseback and when they finished fighting for our country, then decided to make a bourbon. They even made a movie about them, 12 Strong. Plus, 500 pounds of metal from the World Trade Center was used to make the molds for their bottles! Their motto, ” Legendary Men, Legendary Spirits”.

Our First BARREL PICK-Chattanooga Whiskey

Who makes it? Tennessee Stillhouse

Mash Bill: Yellow Corn, Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley & Honey Malted Barley

We get to do a collaboration with Whiskey 904, Golden Ox, PJ’s Liquors, and Ponte Vedra Liquors to bring you our first barrel pick that is a 2 Char with a 61 Toast coming in at 118.4 proof.

How much: This will run you about 60 dollars

Our good friend Chris Helmly, Florida state rep for Chatt brought us some samples of Single Barrel, Barrel Proof Chat Whiskey to see which one we were going to put our stamp of approval on.

Review #0015 Wild Turkey Rare Breed vs Wild Turkey

Who makes it? Wild Turkey Distillery

Mash Bill: ? 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley

We break out the bottle from our “One Year Party with the Krew” and give it go. Erik brings a surprise to go up against Rare Breed but gets punched in the mouth. Kris talks about how Wild Turkey got its name and the 17,000 barrels that went up in flames because of a gender reveal party. Kris tasted dark cherry with leathery notes and sour on the finish when ice added. Erik could taste tobacco, dark cherry and said this is the whiskey he’d pick for a biker.

Kris gave it 7

Erik gave it 6

How much: This will run you about 40 – 55 dollars

Wild Turkey get it’s name from an Austin Nichols executive that took the best samples in the warehouse on a wild turkey hunt and everyone loved it. Asking on the next hunt if Tom brought any of that wild turkey bourbon. Two years later, it was bottled and sold as Wild Turkey Bourbon and has been a mainstay ever since.