Hose Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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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.

Review #0014 Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Who makes it? Iron Smoke Distillery in Fairport NY

Mash Bill: ? 53% corn, apple wood smoked wheat, barley and just a slap tickle of rye!

Time to raise your fist to to whiskey and rock! We become bad-ass whiskey soaked scoundrels as we open this New York based bourbon coming in at 80 proof, aged 3 years with just a whisper of appley smoked wheat goodness. Before the review CEO and Founder Tommy Brunett gave us the skinny on Iron Smoke and the distillery just outside Rochester, NY.

Kris gave it 8

Erik gave it 7.6

How much: This will run you about 40 – 50 dollars

The 1816 gets its name from the trading post that was established on the Tennessee River in 1816.

Review #0013 Chattanooga 1816 Single Barrel & 91 Single Barrel

Who makes it? Tennessee Still House, bottled by Chattanooga Whiskey Co.

Mash Bill: ? (1816)75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Malted Barley, aged 11 years, (91 single barrel) Yellow Corn, Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley & Honey Malted Barley

We crack open a bottle of no longer made, can’t be found, straight from the experimental distillery Chattanooga 1816, 11 year 111.2 proof Single Barrel with Chris Helmly, who brought to the table, a bottle of Chattanooga’s FIRST EVER Tennessee High Malt Single Barrel coming in at 118 proof. We laugh, we cry, we sweat our balls off and remember the times of yesteryear when we froze those same parts. We have a great time, talking whiskey, single barrel selection and everything else under the sun.

Kris gave 1816 a (splashy)7 and 91 single barrel an 8

Erik gave it 1816 a (splashy)7 and 91 single barrel an 8.8

How much: The 1816 Single Barrel was limited release so it is no longer available but the 91 Single Barrel store pick can be found at Broudy’s Liquors for $59.99

The 1816 gets its name from the trading post that was established on the Tennessee River in 1816.

Review #0012 Old Mr. Boston Freedom Bell Bourbon

Who makes it? Old Mr. Boston Distilleries

Mash Bill: ? Aged 8.3 years or 100 months

We get a hold of this 44 year old bourbon from Andy “Conman” Conley whose mom scored two full sealed bottles at an estate sale in Georgia. Sampling this sweet amber liquid Kris found that the nose was very strong, smelled of alcohol overpowered the sweet and spices until the ice cube was added. Erik had a similar take with the added smell of glue. On the finish Kris found that it more appealing than the nose but on a whole not overly impressed while Erik thought the same but was less enthused by the finish. At the end of this review Erik goes on a rant about Crown Peach that is hilarious.

Kris gave it 5.0

Erik gave it 4.5

How much: Good luck finding a full bottle but… it last sold in 2013 overseas for $32.00

A little history: Old Mr. Boston was founded by Irwin Benjamin and Hyman Berkowitz in 1933. Not only did the produce the whiskey but many cordials, liqueurs, gin, rum and brandies. They also created the Old Mr. Boston Bartenders Guide in 1935 that had hundreds of drink combinations and quickly became a staple in bars across the country. Back then it sold for 50 cents and also contained ads for Old Mr. Boston which served as a great marketing tool. In the 50’s and later they were known for collectible decanters such as the Freedom Bell, Paul Bunyan, Paul Revere, Polish Horse mounted legionaire, camels, trains, cars and sailboats. Glenmore Distillers bought the company in the late 60’s but by 1986 closed it doors on 1010 Massachusets Ave. and the state took over the massive building. In 1995 Sazerac bought the rights to Old Mr. Boston changing it to Mr. Boston and continues to put out liqueurs, cordials, mixers, bourbon, gin and brandy in that name.

Review #0011 Jack Daniel’s Bicentennial Whiskey

Who makes it? ack Daniels – Brown Forman

Mash Bill: 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye. Then ages a minimum of 4 years.

Our good friend and Whiskey Krew member “D” aka: Dan,  generously provided this bottle to review.  Upon a visit to his dad, it was found in a closet and Dan instantly googled it and decided to hold onto it for just over a decade. Kris thought it was very smooth with a strong finish with a buttery oaky flavor, definitely an improvement over black label Jack. Erik thought it had a buttery flavor and wouldn’t have guessed that was Jack Daniel’s. Dan enjoyed the butterscotchery flavor with no bite and just a tingle around the lips. Overall, very enjoyable!

Kris gave it 7.5

Erik gave it 8.6

How much: It’ll cost you about $400-600 on the secondary market. Currently not available in stores.

A little history: On June 1796, President George Washington signed a bill granting statehood  to Tennessee.  In 1866 Jack Daniel aka Jasper Newton Daniel) officially started his distillery.  In 1896 he bottled Jack Daniel’s Centennial in celebration of Tennessee 100 birthday in a special bottled he himself designed and due to the time it took to craft this unique twisted glass shape few were made.  For the bicentennial Jack Daniel’s (now owned by Brown-Forman) bottled a Jack Daniel’s Bicentennial at 96 proof.  The highest proof bottling at that time. Now you have Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel and Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select at 100 proof.

Review #0010 Missouri Spirits Bourbon

Who makes it? Missouri Spirits

Mash Bill: 75% Midwest-grown corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley. Then ages a minimum of 2 years in a new white oak charred barrels from Missouri!

From the nose right down to the finish, it was all good. Erik was getting a scent of apples while Kris could tell it had a different nose, sweet and tame. Both agreed from the initial to pull to the last a very good bourbon. Not agressive, very smooth and opened up slightly from a little melt but very good neat.

Kris gave it 8.5

Erik gave it 7

How much: It’ll cost you about $30

A little history: Springfield’s first and only spirit house from midwest-grown ingredients to locally made barrels. Started in 2011 by founder Scott Shotts. Used to be a body shop, they gutted it made a distillery.
Having a background in Marketing and sales he helped a friend start a distillery and then decided to start his own.

Currently it can be found in Missouri and 6 surrounding states.

Review #0009 Metaxa

Who makes it? The House of Metaxa

Something totally different than we are used to. It is very smooth at 40% alcohol and definitely has fruity smell and taste. Erik could taste plums at the first taste while Kris could pin down what kind of fruit he was tasting, then after adding ice it brought out more of the botanicals. Grapes more on the finish. With a full melt Kris could taste the rose petals and Erik enjoyed it more with a full melt.

Since it’s not a whiskey we didn’t think it would be fair to rate plus being in a league of it’s own we decided to just give our opinion.

What do you get in the bottle: wine distillates, muscat wine and Mediterranean botanicals that is a closely kept secret except for the rose petals

How much: It’ll cost you about $30

A little history. Founded by Spyros Metaxa who was a silk merchant and of the day did not like the spirits of the day being to harsh and not very smooth. He then got his brother involved and built a distillery and upon digging the foundation found a medallion of a Salamania warrior and that is on the bottle today. It was first introduced as a Cognac but in 1936 Cognac was defined and it didn’t fit the bill. So it was then considered a brandy but again in 1987 brandy was defined and because Metaxa contains wine and botanicals that it couldn’t be a brandy. So it now in a class all of its own.

Currently it can be found in most liquor stores.

Review #0008 Chattanooga Whiskey, Part 3

For part 3 Chris tells us all about the experimentals at the experimental distillery, how you can get them. Then we give our final review of 91 and 111 and where you can get them.

Who makes it? Tennessee Stillhouse, Chattanooga TN

First taste of the 91, Kris thoroughly enjoyed it as did Erik. It had a good nose with a smooth finish with lots of flavor. On the 111, it has little more bite that foretells of the flavor and let you know to chill out and take your time and enjoy this drink. Given the choice, Kris would go with the 91 where as Erik would pick the 111 which fell directly in line with what Chris Helmly said. On his travels it is pretty much split 50/50 and we just went and proved it

Kris gave the 91 an 8, 111 a 7.5 while Erik gave the 91 an 8 also but totally barstooled it and gave the 111 a 8.2

What do you get in the bottle: the mash bills are exactly the same 75% yellow corn, 25% of Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley, and Honey malted Barley

How much: It’ll cost you about $35 for the Chattanooga Whiskey 91 and $45 for the 111.

A little history. Before prohibition there used to be over 30 distilleries in Chattanooga, after prohibition the laws never changed in Chattanooga so Tim and Joe set their minds to changing that. Starting with a Facebook post saying “Would you drink Chattanooga Whiskey?” and an overwhelming YES came from the people. Well.. they did it. Changed the law and are now the first distiller in about 100 years. To get things rolling they get with LDI to get them started while creating their own masterpiece. Today they distill 100% of their own product and are blowing up the southeast.

Currently it can be found all over Tennessee, Georgia, and here in Florida at Total Wines and Iceball Liquor.

Check out Chattanooga Whiskey at: https://chattanoogawhiskey.com/ follow them on Instagram too! Make suer you tour their Experimental Distillery, definitely worth it!