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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.
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.
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What we smoked:
Kris had the Nicaragua Puro which paired amazingly well with Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend
Erik had the La Dama cured in cognac barrel, again great pairing.
Jelllitza, the Lancero Nicaraguense
Carlos, the El Cuatrista
This killer artwork was created for our first Bottle Pick from Chattanooga Whiskey and designed by none other than the Whiskey Kaptain himself. We get to slap this beautiful sticker on 120 cases of that sweet Tennessee High Malt Single Barrel, Barrel Proof bourbon. A huge thanks to Chris Helmly our good friend and Florida State rep for Chatt. You can see the review process below and see which bottle we put our stamp of approval on.
In 1968 Thomas Ripy built the Old Hickory Distillery in Tyrone, Kentucky new Lawerenceburg. The Ripys sold bourbon they produced at their distillery to various wholesalers who bottled it under their own brands. Austin Nichols was one of these wholesalers. In 1940 an Austin Nichols executive named Thomas McCarthy took some of the best warehouse samples with him turkey hunting with a bunch of his friends. They next time they got together to hunt they asked Tom if he had any of that wild turkey bourbon and the rest was history. Two years later the Austin Nichols company decided to bottle and sell that whiskey as Wild Turkey Bourbon. Three decades later they bought the distillery that made that amazing bourbon and renamed it the Wild Turkey Distillery in 1971. Jimmy Russel, the master distiller was at that distillery before it changed hands and he’s been there since. Not only has he been inducted into the bourbon hall of fame but he taught his son Eddie everything he knows and he started at the bottom and worked his way up and became a master distiller himself. The only father-son team of master distillers in the world. Now Rare breed is a night and day difference than original Wild Turkey. This is something to sit down and enjoy. Compared to the original it pales in comparison.
Time to raise your fist to to whiskey and rock! We become bad-ass whiskey soaked scoundrels as we opened 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 I was able to have a quick jaw session with CEO, founder and rocker Tommy Brunett as well as giving a what’s up to Drew Wescott Iron Smoke’s master distiller. They are one of those hard working, everything done on site from smoking the wheat with apple wood to crushing the grains in their own hammer mill and distilling their own spirits. All this takes place right outside of Rochester NY in Fairport along side the Erie Canal in a building that was know as the American Can Factory that dates back to the Civil War. Not only is it a distillery where they store apple smoked juice in 30 gallon barrels to speed up the aging process they also have a 4,000 square foot tasting room, event space and stage where you’ll see Tommy and his band belt out some killer whiskey drinking music. Punch my ticket, I’m heading to NY!
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