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Wild Turkey Rare Breed vs Wild Turkey

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.

Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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!

Chattanooga Single Barrels Whiskies

We get together with Florida Rep Chris Helmly for another round only this time it is with two special bottles of Chattanooga Whiskey.  The 1816 Single Barrel aged 11 years at 111.2 proof was a limited release of their MGP offering that was picked up at the experimental distillery tour last year.  This has a flavor all it’s own and you can taste high percentage of rye on the finish.  The second bottle is Chattanooga’s first ever barrel 91 Tennessee High Malt Single Barrel Store Pick(their own distillate). Coming in at 118 proof!  We also get a chance to check out the Chattanooga Whiskey single barrel selection kit.  Chris gives us a break down on the selection process complete with a tasting chart and grain examples. For a 118 proof, it goes down smooth with an abundance of flavor as Chris says that’s what Chattanooga is after with their caramel malts and seven day fermentation process.  Erik hits it right on the head, “Chattanooga just does it right”.  We were impressed with the 91 and 111, the 1816 was good but we’d agree that the 91 Single Barrel store pick was just plain awesome giving it the highest score to date.  Check out the review below, pick up a bottle and let us know what you think!

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Chattanooga 1816 and Tennessee High Malt Single Barrels

We get together with Florida Rep Chris Helmly for another round only this time it is with two special bottles of Chattanooga Whiskey.  The 1816 Single Barrel aged 11 years at 111.2 proof was a limited release of their MGP offering that was picked up at the experimental distillery tour last year.  This has a flavor all it’s own and you can taste high percentage of rye on the finish.  The second bottle is Chattanooga’s first ever barrel 91 Tennessee High Malt Single Barrel Store Pick(their own distillate). Coming in at 118 proof!  We also get a chance to check out the Chattanooga Whiskey single barrel selection kit.  Chris gives us a break down on the selection process complete with a tasting chart and grain examples. For a 118 proof, it goes down smooth with an abundance of flavor as Chris says that’s what Chattanooga is after with their caramel malts and seven day fermentation process.  Erik hits it right on the head, “Chattanooga just does it right”.  We were impressed with the 91 and 111, the 1816 was good but we’d agree that the 91 Single Barrel store pick was just plain awesome giving it the highest score to date.  Check out the review, pick up a bottle and let us know what you think!

Single Barrel Selection kit with 1816

Bicentennial Jack Daniel’s

On June 1796, President George Washington signed a bill granting statehood to Tennessee.  In 1866 Jack(Jasper Newton) Daniel registered the first distillery in America. In 1896 he bottled Jack Daniel’s Centennial in celebration of Tennessee’s 100th birthday in a special decanter that he designed himself and due to the time it took to craft the unique twisted glass shape few were made.  For Tennessee’s bicentennial Jack Daniel’s (now owned by Brown-Forman) bottled a Jack Daniel’s Bicentennial Whiskey at 96 proof in a very similar decanter.  The highest proof bottling at that time.  Now you have Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel and Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select both at 100 proof!  The Bicentennial was a limited bottling that was sold in 1995 and can now only be found on the secondary market for 400 to 600 dollars.

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