Who makes it? Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.
Mash Bill: 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley
Age: 13 year
TIn Atlanta, hanging with my cousin Jason we relive old times, talk about the Bills and how no table is safe. On the nose it comes off sweet, cherry and cream soda. On the finish is smooth with orange citriusy flavor. Added ice and cooled the burn with just a touch more flavors poking through. We both agree that it is good, very good and just as easily drink it with out ice. A testament to how good it was, we both finished what we had and went for another pour! Cheers!
How much: a bottle of George Dickel Bottle in Bond will run you about $45
Who makes it? Joseph Magnus Distillery, sourced from MGP
Mash Bill: undisclosed but the Straight Bourbon is triple cask finished with Olorosso, Pedro Ximenez, and Cognac casks while Murray Hill Club was finished in Malt and Virginia Cider casks.
Age: Both use mostly 11 year and some 18 year
This Christmas edition we have Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon vs Murray Hill Club Special Release. Two totally different flavors as far as Kris was concerned. For the Straight Bourbon on the nose it reminded Kris of cigar blend but not as heavy while Erik thought it was full of caramels, fruity but not rye spicy. The finish for Kris had a lot of layers and complexity where Erik thought is was average with dried apricots and peaches. For the Murray Hill, it was totally different. Much lighter on the nose and smoother going down. Kris thought was tame with a sweetness while Erik nosed apples. With the finish Erik couldn’t get the taste of apple cider vinegar out of his brain even though it was better with ice while Kris thought it was more tame and sweeter and the addition of ice made it sour. Overall Kris enjoyed them both but didn’t think the Murray Hill Club was worth buying again at the 170 price point. Erik was totally thrown off by apple cider vinegar and couldn’t get it out of his brain movies.
Kris gave the Straight bourbon a 8 and the Murray Hill Club a 7
Erik gave the Straight bourbon a 6 and the Murray Hill Club a 4
How much: a bottle of Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon will run you about 100.00 while the Murray Hill Club is going for 200, if you can find it!
Who makes it? Sourced, aged at Lonerider Spirits in Durham, NC
Mash Bill: 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley
Age not disclosed
On another #whiskeyventure and this time ended up in Raleigh, NC visiting my brother and decided to do a flash review at Josh’s Power Wheels Chop Shop. Since I was on his home turf I thought it would be a good idea to pick up a local bottle and so Lonerider Sherry Cask finished it was, being from Durham, so why not. It did come with a bonus sidecar of their Deadwood Finished bourbon(in stout casks). The nose was interesting, sweet and cherry while Josh could smell the alcohol. On the palate, the flavors showed up bringing more fruity notes, smooth well rounded. I was impressed. Then onto the Deadwood and to me is more on the run of the mill side. Like Josh put it, “more generic”. In the end we were split, where I would opt for the Sherry Cask finished and Josh would take the Deadwood. To finish up the night we brought out the cigars which I took the Arturo Fuente and Josh kept the Drew Estate Acid Kuba Kuba for himself. We had a great time talking about squirrels, swirlys and people that drink seltzers.
Kris gave it a 8 and the Deadwood got a 5
Josh was undecided
How much: a bottle of Lonerider Sherry Cask Finished will run you about 40.00 dollars