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Review #0012 Old Mr. Boston Freedom Bell Bourbon

Who makes it? Old Mr. Boston Distilleries

Mash Bill: ? Aged 8.3 years or 100 months

We get a hold of this 44 year old bourbon from Andy “Conman” Conley whose mom scored two full sealed bottles at an estate sale in Georgia. Sampling this sweet amber liquid Kris found that the nose was very strong, smelled of alcohol overpowered the sweet and spices until the ice cube was added. Erik had a similar take with the added smell of glue. On the finish Kris found that it more appealing than the nose but on a whole not overly impressed while Erik thought the same but was less enthused by the finish. At the end of this review Erik goes on a rant about Crown Peach that is hilarious.

Kris gave it 5.0

Erik gave it 4.5

How much: Good luck finding a full bottle but… it last sold in 2013 overseas for $32.00

A little history: Old Mr. Boston was founded by Irwin Benjamin and Hyman Berkowitz in 1933. Not only did the produce the whiskey but many cordials, liqueurs, gin, rum and brandies. They also created the Old Mr. Boston Bartenders Guide in 1935 that had hundreds of drink combinations and quickly became a staple in bars across the country. Back then it sold for 50 cents and also contained ads for Old Mr. Boston which served as a great marketing tool. In the 50’s and later they were known for collectible decanters such as the Freedom Bell, Paul Bunyan, Paul Revere, Polish Horse mounted legionaire, camels, trains, cars and sailboats. Glenmore Distillers bought the company in the late 60’s but by 1986 closed it doors on 1010 Massachusets Ave. and the state took over the massive building. In 1995 Sazerac bought the rights to Old Mr. Boston changing it to Mr. Boston and continues to put out liqueurs, cordials, mixers, bourbon, gin and brandy in that name.

Review #0011 Jack Daniel’s Bicentennial Whiskey

Who makes it? ack Daniels – Brown Forman

Mash Bill: 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye. Then ages a minimum of 4 years.

Our good friend and Whiskey Krew member “D” aka: Dan,  generously provided this bottle to review.  Upon a visit to his dad, it was found in a closet and Dan instantly googled it and decided to hold onto it for just over a decade. Kris thought it was very smooth with a strong finish with a buttery oaky flavor, definitely an improvement over black label Jack. Erik thought it had a buttery flavor and wouldn’t have guessed that was Jack Daniel’s. Dan enjoyed the butterscotchery flavor with no bite and just a tingle around the lips. Overall, very enjoyable!

Kris gave it 7.5

Erik gave it 8.6

How much: It’ll cost you about $400-600 on the secondary market. Currently not available in stores.

A little history: On June 1796, President George Washington signed a bill granting statehood  to Tennessee.  In 1866 Jack Daniel aka Jasper Newton Daniel) officially started his distillery.  In 1896 he bottled Jack Daniel’s Centennial in celebration of Tennessee 100 birthday in a special bottled he himself designed and due to the time it took to craft this unique twisted glass shape few were made.  For the bicentennial Jack Daniel’s (now owned by Brown-Forman) bottled a Jack Daniel’s Bicentennial at 96 proof.  The highest proof bottling at that time. Now you have Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel and Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select at 100 proof.

Review #0010 Missouri Spirits Bourbon

Who makes it? Missouri Spirits

Mash Bill: 75% Midwest-grown corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley. Then ages a minimum of 2 years in a new white oak charred barrels from Missouri!

From the nose right down to the finish, it was all good. Erik was getting a scent of apples while Kris could tell it had a different nose, sweet and tame. Both agreed from the initial to pull to the last a very good bourbon. Not agressive, very smooth and opened up slightly from a little melt but very good neat.

Kris gave it 8.5

Erik gave it 7

How much: It’ll cost you about $30

A little history: Springfield’s first and only spirit house from midwest-grown ingredients to locally made barrels. Started in 2011 by founder Scott Shotts. Used to be a body shop, they gutted it made a distillery.
Having a background in Marketing and sales he helped a friend start a distillery and then decided to start his own.

Currently it can be found in Missouri and 6 surrounding states.