Whiskey Acres BIB and Blue Popcorn Review #0025

Whiskey Acres BIB and Blue Popcorn

The “D” is back along with a gift from Uncle Chet. A double pack of bottles from Whiskey Acres. Their new Bottle in Bond and the third in the Artisan Series, the Blue Popcorn. Each coming in at 75% corn 15% wheat and 10% malted barley except for trading out the yellow dent for blue shaman corn! Kris jumps in and throws Erik off balance while we find out why Dan is wearing a hoody in the middle of Summer. Both great offerings from Whiskey Acres from out in Dekalb Illinois. We get into why it’s called Bottle in Bond and the differences between the two. Kris and Erik have very different opinions but in the end they both get the Whiskey and a Hammock stamp of approval.

Whiskey Acres BIB and Blue Popcorn #0025

Who makes it? Whiskey Acres in Dekalb Illinois

Mash Bill Bottle in Bond: 75% yellow dent corn, 15% Soft Red Winter Wheat, 10% malted barley

Mash Bill Blue Popcorn: 75% shaman blue popcorn, 15% Soft Red Winter Wheat, 10% malted barley

Two great bottles by Whiskey Acres, on the nose of the BIB Kris was able to pick up a sour, earthy smell and on the finish is where the wheat showed through. Very different from any of the blind 6 we did in the last review. Erik on the nose said it was sweet and grainy while on the finish it coated your tongue in sweet corn flavors. With the addition of ice, Kris preferred a half skull while Erik would of gone with out. Kris thought that with just a little bit of water it brought out more of the flavors and taming down the 100 proof.

For the Blue Popcorn, Kris right of the nose thought is sweet and buttery, on the palate is where the caramel showed through. Erik didn’t taste a whole lot of difference and that the bottle in bond was sweeter. This is where Kris and Erik had a major difference of opinion and Kris enjoyed the Blue Popcorn better and would of picked that over BIB but Erik chose just the opposite.

Kris gave the BIB a 7.0 and Blue Popcorn a 7.5

Erik gave it 7nd Blue Popcorn a 6.8

The “D” gave both a 9.1

How much: This will run you about 50.00 for BIB and the Blue Popcorn 60 if you can find it. If you find it out in the wild, pick it up cuz it’s sold out online!

Other products by Hillrock: Single Malt Whiskey, Double Cask Rye Whiskey, plus a Napa Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Sauternes and Cognac finishes. Plus single cask picks by Motorhead and Anthrax.

Blind Tasting Review of our top 6 review #0024

Who makes it? Chattanooga Whiskey, Hillrock Estates Distiller, Missouri Spirits Distillery(out of business) and Iron Smoke Distillery

This is our 2 year anniversary and we decided to do a blind tasting of our top 6 reviews.

The line up

  1. Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend
  2. Chattanooga Whiskey Straight 91
  3. Missouri Spirits
  4. Chattanooga Whiskey Straight 111
  5. Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon
  6. Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Off the get go Kris knew that number 1 was Joseph Magnus, with that heat and complexity it had to be. Erik on the other hand thought it might be Chatt 111. Kris went through and tasted them all first while Erik did a taste and put it on paper.

We talk about what we have learned of the past 2 years, where Kris thinks that finishing plays a very important role and Erik thinks we’ve come along way on nosing and relating the flavors on the finish. Since were talking about the best we decided to which was our least, for Kris, Maker’s Mark didn’t register high on his list while Erik gives Wild Turkey Rare Breed a hard NO and would love to do a “Rare Breed Sucks change my mind”(borrowed from Louder with Crowder) episode, coming to college near you. Erik races ahead and decides to give them all a shooting score to and 111 and Jos A Magnus almost take him out. An OG #whiskeykrew member Gary Elmes drops by and helps set up the tasting to keep it fair but there is one thing he won’t do on camera…

Kris’ list was:
Chatt 111
Chatt 91
Hillrock
Missouri Spirits
Iron Smoke
*Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend

Erik’s list was:
Hillrock
Chatt 91
Missouri
Chatt 111
Iron Smoke
Jos. Magnus CB

Shooting Score:
Missouri
Chatt 91
Iron Smoke
Hillrock
Chatt 111
Jos. Magnus CB

Blind Tasting Review of our Top 6

It’s our 2 Year Anniversary! We decided to take our top 6 reviews and do a blind tasting and see which one comes out on top. The line up: Missouri Spirits Bourbon Whiskey, Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend, Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon, Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Chattanooga Whiskey 91 and 111(since Kris and Erik were split on them). What have we learned over 2 years? An OG #whiskeykrew member Gary Elmes stops by and does the honor of setting it up. We try a new way of nosing(on number 4). Erik gets tired of waiting on Kris to make up his mind and ups the ante by doing a shooting score too. Does Erik really think Rare Breed sucks? What wont Gary do on camera? Plus, an infinity shot or blended whiskey? Either way it’s amazing. Check it out, comment below and let us know what you think!

TWO YEAR *GIVEAWAY*

This year we are featuring @whistlepigwhiskey , not one but two bottles. You get a 6 year PiggyBack and a 10 year rye!  To compliment these two righteous ryes we have 3 sticks from @montedeleoncigars (with a cutter), then we give you the means to relax anywhere with our attach and hang hammock!  Help us reach 1000 followers on Instagram or Facebook then we pick a winner!

What you need to do:

1. Follow us and tag 3 or more friends = 1 entry (6 friends=2 entries etc…)
2. Like our Facebook page  = 1 entry
3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel  = 2 entries
4. Share to your story = 3 entries
5. Repost on your page = 5 entries

Rules:
Must be 21 to enter
US residents only

When we hit 1000, then we pick a winner!  

Unboxing from Whiskey Wine and Design

This UNBOXING is a little different than the rest. We had no idea what was in the package sent by @whiskeywineanddesign All we knew is that they made wicked items from reclaimed whiskey barrels.

Hats, Hoodies, Long Sleeves Oh My!

I’m trying to introduce our new line of Hoodies and Long Sleeves only to be interrupted by Erik running all the way in with a fresh new box. In the box are our brand new Richardson Hats Char front and Gray back complete with an awesome leather patch!

1350 Distilling Review #0023 – 5 Bottles!!!

Who makes it? 1350 Distilling, Whiskey is sourced

Mash Bill: The Guardian and Code Four are both 99% Corn, aged 3 years. Leatherneck is a Rye whiskey

Our third mail call from 1350 Distilling included 5 bottles! We put all 5 to the tast test, the Guardian Bourbon is great all around bourbon thats an easy sipper. The Leatherneck has a little more to it, that’s because it’s heavy on the rye and that spice shines through without being overpowering. A cube tames it down and lets more flavor through. Next was the Code Four Cask Strength, this was Kris’s Favorite while Erik preferred the Guardian. The Code Four definitely packs more of a punch coming in at 115 proof and it lets you know it! Good flavor, picks up more with the addition of an icecube. The Five Alarm is Bourbon and Cinnamon, no sugar here. If you’re thinking Fireball then you’ve got it all wrong. Lastly the Gin is interesting since it’s base is made from sugarbeets and 6 other ingredients which one is a closely guarded secret.

How much: from 40- 50$ but for Code Four it’ll run 70$

Phil Bragg retired from the Marines after 27 years of service as a mechanical engineer. Then with wife Kandis and 2 other friends turned his hobby into a business and created 1350 Distilling. 13 stripes and 50 stars, after you know that it will stick with you forever. The center piece is a custom made steam injected still that is shaped like a military round that puts out 100 gallons of distillate. This military themed distillery is high on community and always there for the veterans. We met Phil Bragg in person and took the tour and we’ll never forget it. Had such a great time, can’t wait to do it again.