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Copper Sky Distillery Tour, Bottling, and Interview

After we reviewed Copper Sky’s Wheated Bourbon back in December(Copper Sky Wheated Bourbon Review #0018) we called Mike Root(founder, owner and the one who sent us a bottle and sweet samples) and told him how much we enjoyed it. Mike said “come on up for a visit”. We had one thought, WHISKEYVENTURE! The amazing part is that another group down here in Florida, Bourbon and the Bible, were talking to Mike about a Copper Sky barrel pick. Then they saw our review, couldn’t believe the coincidence, asked if we wanted to be involved and of course we said YES! The vote was unanimous, we selected a 13 year light whiskey that came in at 135.3 proof and it was smooth. Plans were made to trek out west.

We flew out to Colorado, met Mike and gave us a tour. We learned Kya Coursen’s unending energy keeps the place humming as Sales Manager and Mixologist, Isaac Haefner, their head blender, explained the magic that happens in their spirit playground. Before we got to work, Mike shared a sneak peek of bourbon barreled rum they were working on and it was awesome! Slightly sweet with a punch of high proof where you might mistake it for whiskey. Can’t wait until this one is released.

Then we all got to it, bottled, corked, labeled, and added our custom label until the barrel was gone. After all that hard work we sat in the tasting room talking with local patrons and relaxed with a few cocktails mixed up by their Director of Mixology Oliver Capece which went down way too easy. We can’t thank Mike and his staff enough for letting us invade his distillery, we had so much fun hanging out we would of camped out in the tasting room all night! If you are into whiskey, we’d highly recommend heading out to Longmont, CO and visiting @copperskylongmont and have a drink and a cocktail!

Whiskey Glass Showdown

We’ve been talking about it for a while, should we change the glasses we review whiskey out of? On review #0017 of Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend, we received a comment from Zesty Cheesemaker saying “hate to say it, but I think you guys are using the wrong glassware… you’re going to need something like a Glencairn to funnel that aroma thereby allowing the flavor’s to shoot through then take a puff of your smoke along w/ it.” This spurred us into action to put some glasses to the test. We pit the Rocks Glass(the one we’ve been using so far) against the Glencairn and the Norlan. So check out our review, see what we thought and let us know what you think and the glass you use most.

Proof Artisan Distillers Mail Call Review

Not just one but we review all three bottles from Proof Artisan Distillers! Proves to be a good showing from North Dakota’s first legal distillery since prohibition. We’ll give a little background on Proof along with giving out trivia and a language lesson on bison/bisons.  Plus what to use to make a crooked furrow.  Thanks again to Joel Kath, owner of Proof for sending a package with brown water goodness.

Proof Artisan Distillers Unboxing!

Huge shout out to Joel Kath owner of @proofartisandistillers who sent this amazing package of brown water goodness. Not just one but THREE different bottles for us to be excited about. So you know what we’re reviewing this month, PROOF ARTISAN DISTILLERS! Review #19!!!

Copper Sky Distillery Mail Call

Our first mail call from Copper Sky Distiller in Longmont Colorado(unboxing on our Instagram) and then of course gave it a review. Not only did we get a bottle of their 5 year, 100 proof wheated bourbon, CEO and owner Mike Root, tossed a couple of samples in there for us which we also give a go after we reviewed the “Wheater”. The first sample was a 5 year Rye, 120 proof bourbon and the second is a Light Whiskey coming in at 13 years and 140 proof. Can you say fire in bottle! Check it out and see if we give it our stamp of approval and the stick around for the samples which one actually gets hotter when we add water to it.

North Point Bar

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.

Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend with Monte De León Cigars

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.

Want to smoke some effing amazing cigars? Check out Monte De León Cigars https://montedeleoncigars.com/shop

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

Our First BARREL PICK-Chattanooga Whiskey

Our First BARREL PICK-Chattanooga Whiskey

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.

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.