Who makes it? American Freedom Distillery
Mash Bill: 65% corn, 30% rye, 5% malted barley
I break out a bottle of signed Horse Soldier bourbon that I’ve been holding onto since last year. I jumped out of a plane last month and my videographer was a Horse Soldier ambassador so I knew it was time to give it a review. Kris thought it was pretty good straight but definitely benefited by adding an ice cube bringing out more of the flavours. Erik could taste the sweet of the corn, even buttered corn while being very mellow.
Kris gave it 6.5
Erik gave it 7.0
How much: This will run you about 45 dollars
An amazing story of green berets being dropped in Afghanistan after 9/11 to fight the taliban on horseback and when they finished fighting for our country, then decided to make a bourbon. They even made a movie about them, 12 Strong. Plus, 500 pounds of metal from the World Trade Center was used to make the molds for their bottles! Their motto, ” Legendary Men, Legendary Spirits”.
Who makes it? Tennessee Stillhouse
Mash Bill: Yellow Corn, Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley & Honey Malted Barley
We get to do a collaboration with Whiskey 904, Golden Ox, PJ’s Liquors, and Ponte Vedra Liquors to bring you our first barrel pick that is a 2 Char with a 61 Toast coming in at 118.4 proof.
How much: This will run you about 60 dollars
Our good friend Chris Helmly, Florida state rep for Chatt brought us some samples of Single Barrel, Barrel Proof Chat Whiskey to see which one we were going to put our stamp of approval on.
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.
Who makes it? Wild Turkey Distillery
Mash Bill: ? 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley
We break out the bottle from our “One Year Party with the Krew” and give it go. Erik brings a surprise to go up against Rare Breed but gets punched in the mouth. Kris talks about how Wild Turkey got its name and the 17,000 barrels that went up in flames because of a gender reveal party. Kris tasted dark cherry with leathery notes and sour on the finish when ice added. Erik could taste tobacco, dark cherry and said this is the whiskey he’d pick for a biker.
Kris gave it 7
Erik gave it 6
How much: This will run you about 40 – 55 dollars
Wild Turkey get it’s name from an Austin Nichols executive that took the best samples in the warehouse on a wild turkey hunt and everyone loved it. Asking on the next hunt if Tom brought any of that wild turkey bourbon. Two years later, it was bottled and sold as Wild Turkey Bourbon and has been a mainstay ever since.
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.