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Whiskey Acres BIB and Blue Popcorn #0025

Who makes it? Whiskey Acres in Dekalb Illinois

Mash Bill Bottle in Bond: 75% yellow dent corn, 15% Soft Red Winter Wheat, 10% malted barley

Mash Bill Blue Popcorn: 75% shaman blue popcorn, 15% Soft Red Winter Wheat, 10% malted barley

Two great bottles by Whiskey Acres, on the nose of the BIB Kris was able to pick up a sour, earthy smell and on the finish is where the wheat showed through. Very different from any of the blind 6 we did in the last review. Erik on the nose said it was sweet and grainy while on the finish it coated your tongue in sweet corn flavors. With the addition of ice, Kris preferred a half skull while Erik would of gone with out. Kris thought that with just a little bit of water it brought out more of the flavors and taming down the 100 proof.

For the Blue Popcorn, Kris right of the nose thought is sweet and buttery, on the palate is where the caramel showed through. Erik didn’t taste a whole lot of difference and that the bottle in bond was sweeter. This is where Kris and Erik had a major difference of opinion and Kris enjoyed the Blue Popcorn better and would of picked that over BIB but Erik chose just the opposite.

Kris gave the BIB a 7.0 and Blue Popcorn a 7.5

Erik gave it 7nd Blue Popcorn a 6.8

The “D” gave both a 9.1

How much: This will run you about 50.00 for BIB and the Blue Popcorn 60 if you can find it. If you find it out in the wild, pick it up cuz it’s sold out online!

Other products by Hillrock: Single Malt Whiskey, Double Cask Rye Whiskey, plus a Napa Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Sauternes and Cognac finishes. Plus single cask picks by Motorhead and Anthrax.

Blind Tasting Review of our top 6 review #0024

Who makes it? Chattanooga Whiskey, Hillrock Estates Distiller, Missouri Spirits Distillery(out of business) and Iron Smoke Distillery

This is our 2 year anniversary and we decided to do a blind tasting of our top 6 reviews.

The line up

  1. Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend
  2. Chattanooga Whiskey Straight 91
  3. Missouri Spirits
  4. Chattanooga Whiskey Straight 111
  5. Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon
  6. Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Off the get go Kris knew that number 1 was Joseph Magnus, with that heat and complexity it had to be. Erik on the other hand thought it might be Chatt 111. Kris went through and tasted them all first while Erik did a taste and put it on paper.

We talk about what we have learned of the past 2 years, where Kris thinks that finishing plays a very important role and Erik thinks we’ve come along way on nosing and relating the flavors on the finish. Since were talking about the best we decided to which was our least, for Kris, Maker’s Mark didn’t register high on his list while Erik gives Wild Turkey Rare Breed a hard NO and would love to do a “Rare Breed Sucks change my mind”(borrowed from Louder with Crowder) episode, coming to college near you. Erik races ahead and decides to give them all a shooting score to and 111 and Jos A Magnus almost take him out. An OG #whiskeykrew member Gary Elmes drops by and helps set up the tasting to keep it fair but there is one thing he won’t do on camera…

Kris’ list was:
Chatt 111
Chatt 91
Hillrock
Missouri Spirits
Iron Smoke
*Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend

Erik’s list was:
Hillrock
Chatt 91
Missouri
Chatt 111
Iron Smoke
Jos. Magnus CB

Shooting Score:
Missouri
Chatt 91
Iron Smoke
Hillrock
Chatt 111
Jos. Magnus CB

1350 Distilling Review #0023 – 5 Bottles!!!

Who makes it? 1350 Distilling, Whiskey is sourced

Mash Bill: The Guardian and Code Four are both 99% Corn, aged 3 years. Leatherneck is a Rye whiskey

Our third mail call from 1350 Distilling included 5 bottles! We put all 5 to the tast test, the Guardian Bourbon is great all around bourbon thats an easy sipper. The Leatherneck has a little more to it, that’s because it’s heavy on the rye and that spice shines through without being overpowering. A cube tames it down and lets more flavor through. Next was the Code Four Cask Strength, this was Kris’s Favorite while Erik preferred the Guardian. The Code Four definitely packs more of a punch coming in at 115 proof and it lets you know it! Good flavor, picks up more with the addition of an icecube. The Five Alarm is Bourbon and Cinnamon, no sugar here. If you’re thinking Fireball then you’ve got it all wrong. Lastly the Gin is interesting since it’s base is made from sugarbeets and 6 other ingredients which one is a closely guarded secret.

How much: from 40- 50$ but for Code Four it’ll run 70$

Phil Bragg retired from the Marines after 27 years of service as a mechanical engineer. Then with wife Kandis and 2 other friends turned his hobby into a business and created 1350 Distilling. 13 stripes and 50 stars, after you know that it will stick with you forever. The center piece is a custom made steam injected still that is shaped like a military round that puts out 100 gallons of distillate. This military themed distillery is high on community and always there for the veterans. We met Phil Bragg in person and took the tour and we’ll never forget it. Had such a great time, can’t wait to do it again.

Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey vs Old Elk Sour Mash

Who makes it? Old Elk

Mash Bill: 51% corn, 34% malted barley, and 15% rye. Sour mash is the same, just different yeast strain experiment.

I already had a bottle of Old Elk Straight Bourbon but my cousin Jason brought down the Old Elk Sour Mash Small Batch.

Me and my cousin both agreed that we like the Sour Mash offering better. While the Straight Bourbon felt it had more heat, definitely got better with the addition of an ice cube. This one also seemed to have more spice to it. The Sour Mash had more of a cherry, chocolate covered cherry, sour taste but much smoother on the finish. We both agreed that even though we both like our whiskies chilled we would rather drink this one straight from the bottle.

How much: the Old Elk Straight bourbon was 70 while the Sour Mash will run you about 80.

Curt Richardson is the one behind Old Elk and also the visionary behind the Otter Box. He worked with MGP and with a specific Master Distiller, Greg Metze. After creating many recipes and mashbills for Old Elk, Curt hired Greg to come work at Old Elk and you now see his signature on all the bottles.

Art of the Spirits

Who makes it? Art of the Spirits

Mash Bill: 1st: Final Run- 90% corn 5% rye 5% malted barley – 2nd: The Originals- 99% Corn 1% malted barley – 3rd: Easy Elegance- 90% rye 5% corn 5% malted barley – 4th: Krule 2B Kind 100% corn

We sit down with Richard Paul the owner/creator of Art of the Spirits and get to taste all four of these amazing bottles. We started with his best and Richard was right Kris and Erik both enjoyed that one the most coming in at 128 proof, with a nose full of spice and the finish of oak and cinnamon. The second was fruity on the nose with cherries and apricots, going down smooth with a little bit of heat that sneaks up on you, pleasantly though. The third spice on the nose again and this time Erik caught a little bit of Earl Gray. The fourth single barrel had a great nose was a little lighter on the palate with caramel at the fore front.

Kris gave it 7

Erik gave it 7.5

How much: This will run you from $200 to 70$ depending on the bottle and which store you find it in.

Richard Paul in 2016 did some research and found that whiskey was going to to be the number one spirit by 2019. He loved all that you could do with whiskey, the elegance, the labeling and since he worked with David Uhl and Danial James he decided put their artwork on the labels.