Dale’s Wheels Through Time Tour It truly is a museum that runs! We were able to hear a 1932 Ford Dirt Track Racer roar to life(in the vid). Plus, a few other vintage bikes(not in the vid). The amount of vehicles are amazing, one offs, rare Harleys, Indians, and one of the rarest bikes on the planet. The 1916 Traub! What luck! The American Motor Drome Company / Wall of Death Thrillshow was putting on their last show there. It was sensational!
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On this #whiskeyventure we are up in Maggie Valley NC and check out Elevated Mountain Distilling. We get a tour with the owner Dave Angel. We get to taste Dave’s yet to be released Bourbon right from the barrel coming in at about 110 proof. I can say that we can’t wait for it to be bottled! They took over a dinner theatre, yanked out the stage clear to the basement to put in their massive still. To keep this place rockin’ they have live music every weekend and that kick ass still is the back drop. Along with their current Whiskey, Purchase Knob they also have Hurricane Creek Vodka and Shinning Rock Moonshine. If you’re in the area, take the tour, sample the spirits and hang around for the live music.
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We found out the Clyde May was indeed a real person. A WWII vet who earned the bronze star and purple heart and came back to his farm and started distilling moonshine as a side hustle. He was known for his impeccable standards, making his own stills and priding himself on the quality of his shine. He did some jail time in the 70’s for it but when released went right back to it. He made a “Christmas Whiskey” which was unaged corn shine in a charred barrel with some toasted apple slices that he gave away to family, friends and valued customers. He said it smoothed it out and made it more palatable and this is what is son Kenny May after his death took to make legit. Still not being able to be distilled in Alabama because of Prohibition laws still on the books he had to go to Kentucky where Even Kulsveen from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers and created the juice from the trucked up water and grains to produce the first 4000 bottles of Conecuh Ridge Whiskey. Clyde never sold a bottle legally and is famous for saying that “it’s better to break laws than cut corners”. Today it is the official drink of Alabama and his grandson L.C. May is the brand ambassador.
We started off with the Straight Bourbon coming in at 92 proof/46% abv and right off the rip Erik nosed apples, fruit, heavy alcoholy not an overpowerful ethanol while Kris nosed spice, cinnamon and fruit. Jarrod thought this was sweeter than the Alabama style. On the palate Kris thought it was full bodied, packed with flavor and all around good juice while Erik thought it was more ryey and did not get a lot of grain coming through. For the Alabama style coming in at a little less abv of 42.5%/85 proof Kris could definitely smell the apple especially after a little swirl and agitation, along with a spice. Don’t expect an apple whiskey, it just has a subtle hint that makes it enjoyable. On the palate Kris said it was creamy, with a little spice and smooth. While Erik said it was thick on your tongue. Jarrod said it was tabaccoey, bold and a nice bite at the end. We all agreed that Clyde May’s is a great whiskey and bourbon. Don’t pass it by and definitely pick some up next time you’re at your local liquor store!
Kris gave the Original Alabama Style a 8.0 and Straight Bourbon 8.0
Erik gave gave the Original Alabama Style a 7.8 and Straight Bourbon 8.0
How much: A bottle of Original Alabama Style will run you about 35 dollars and now Costco carrys it! The Straight Bourbon Whiskey is around 40 dollars.
Other products by Clyde May’s – Straight Bourbon 5yr, 110 proof, Special Reserve 110 proof, Cask Strength 12yr, and Straight Rye Whiskey
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Mash Bill Small Batch: 75% corn, 15% rye, 10% barley – it’s technically undisclosed but we found a place that posted it so…
Mash Bill Sweet Wheat: 75% corn, 15% Wheat, 10% malted barley – again undisclosed and this just our guess base on the info above
The Small batch came in at 93.7 proof while Sweet Wheat considerably less at 91.2. Being released from Barton Distillery that has been around since 1879 started by Thomas S. Moore and today is the oldest functioning distillery in Bardstown Kentucky. Interestingly the 1792 line started in 2002 and took it’s name for when Kentucky became a state. Originally it was named Ridgewood Reserve 1792 but Brown Forman was not happy about that because of their Woodford Reserve and then took them to court on the basis that the name was too similar and they won. So, they changed the name to 1792 Ridgemont Reserve and came with an 8 year statement. Still not good enough, they dropped the Ridgemont Reserve, kept 1792 and added Small Batch. They also dropped the age statement. Since then 1792 has made a name for itself and is the flagship premium brand for Barton Distillery. Here are a few other brands they make: Very Old Barton(which shows up in our video) Tom Moore, Kentucky Gentleman, Kentucky Tavern, Zachariah Harris and also made a deal with CostCo to create a Small Batch CostCo bottle for them. At the distillery they have 29 barrel aging warehouses, 22 other buildings, still and the Tom Moore Spring. They did run into a bit of bad luck in March of 2019 when the lost 120,000 gallons of would be bourbon after an equipment failure and half a warehouse collapsed.
Kris thought that on the nose 1792 Small Batch was fruity with a hint of berries, on the finish a little strong with a char oaky flavor. The addition of the ice cube is what it needed and brought more flavors and made it more palatable. Erik to thought it was fruity on the nose but not very oaky on the finish and said it was great and fantastic. Kris was reserving judgement until the Sweet Wheat was opened and on the nose it definitely more subtle. Not as fruity and more sugary. On the finish Kris thought it was sweeter, lighter and you could taste the wheat verse the high rye. Also much smoother. Erik thought just the opposite and thought that Sweet Wheat on the finish was stronger and on the nose agreed it was sweeter. In the end we both picked Sweet Wheat as our favorite but disagreed on whether is was worth a secondary price tag of 100. Kris said that he’d probably shell out the Benjamin where Erik would not especially knowing msrp is 35 and the most he’d pay is 40. In the end we both agreed that we’d keep 1792 in stock in our bar and Kris would be hiding the Sweet Wheat.
Kris gave the Small Batch a 6.5 and Sweet Wheat 7.5
Erik gave Small Batcha6.5and Sweet Wheat6.8
How much: A bottle of 1792 Small Batch is pretty easy to find and usually around 30 dollars but Sweet Wheat is a bit harder to find. MSRP is 35 dollars but you’ll find it on the secondary market for around 100 dollars up to 120.
Other products by 1792: Full Proof, Bottle in Bond, Port Finished, High Rye and a line of Thomas Moore
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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!
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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
Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend
Chattanooga Whiskey Straight 91
Chattanooga Whiskey Straight 111
Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon
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
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