TIn Atlanta, hanging with my cousin Jason we relive old times, talk about the Bills and how no table is safe. On the nose it comes off sweet, cherry and cream soda. On the finish is smooth with orange citriusy flavor. Added ice and cooled the burn with just a touch more flavors poking through. We both agree that it is good, very good and just as easily drink it with out ice. A testament to how good it was, we both finished what we had and went for another pour! Cheers!
How much: a bottle of George Dickel Bottle in Bond will run you about $45
Who makes it? Joseph Magnus Distillery, sourced from MGP
Mash Bill: undisclosed but the Straight Bourbon is triple cask finished with Olorosso, Pedro Ximenez, and Cognac casks while Murray Hill Club was finished in Malt and Virginia Cider casks.
Age: Both use mostly 11 year and some 18 year
This Christmas edition we have Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon vs Murray Hill Club Special Release. Two totally different flavors as far as Kris was concerned. For the Straight Bourbon on the nose it reminded Kris of cigar blend but not as heavy while Erik thought it was full of caramels, fruity but not rye spicy. The finish for Kris had a lot of layers and complexity where Erik thought is was average with dried apricots and peaches. For the Murray Hill, it was totally different. Much lighter on the nose and smoother going down. Kris thought was tame with a sweetness while Erik nosed apples. With the finish Erik couldn’t get the taste of apple cider vinegar out of his brain even though it was better with ice while Kris thought it was more tame and sweeter and the addition of ice made it sour. Overall Kris enjoyed them both but didn’t think the Murray Hill Club was worth buying again at the 170 price point. Erik was totally thrown off by apple cider vinegar and couldn’t get it out of his brain movies.
Kris gave the Straight bourbon a 8 and the Murray Hill Club a 7
Erik gave the Straight bourbon a 6 and the Murray Hill Club a 4
How much: a bottle of Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon will run you about 100.00 while the Murray Hill Club is going for 200, if you can find it!
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Who makes it? Sourced, aged at Lonerider Spirits in Durham, NC
Mash Bill: 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley
Age not disclosed
On another #whiskeyventure and this time ended up in Raleigh, NC visiting my brother and decided to do a flash review at Josh’s Power Wheels Chop Shop. Since I was on his home turf I thought it would be a good idea to pick up a local bottle and so Lonerider Sherry Cask finished it was, being from Durham, so why not. It did come with a bonus sidecar of their Deadwood Finished bourbon(in stout casks). The nose was interesting, sweet and cherry while Josh could smell the alcohol. On the palate, the flavors showed up bringing more fruity notes, smooth well rounded. I was impressed. Then onto the Deadwood and to me is more on the run of the mill side. Like Josh put it, “more generic”. In the end we were split, where I would opt for the Sherry Cask finished and Josh would take the Deadwood. To finish up the night we brought out the cigars which I took the Arturo Fuente and Josh kept the Drew Estate Acid Kuba Kuba for himself. We had a great time talking about squirrels, swirlys and people that drink seltzers.
Kris gave it a 8 and the Deadwood got a 5
Josh was undecided
How much: a bottle of Lonerider Sherry Cask Finished will run you about 40.00 dollars
To celebrate Repeal Day, 88 years ago. Kris picked up George Remus Straight Bourbon and Remus Repeal Reserve which is a medley of 5 different batches coming in at 100 proof, 50% abv. We talk about hookers and blow, death, the 18 amendment then the 21st amendment and then a little about what we think of Remus.
How much: a bottle of Remus Straight Bourbon goes for about $40.00 and the Remus Repeal Reserve is about 100.00 dollars
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Aged 5-7 years coming in at 64.35 abv/ 128.7 proof, rick no. L-27, barrel 20-04615, bottled 8/7/20 by Master Distiller Jeff Arnett
The “D” comes back with another bottle and this time it’s Jack Daniel’s SBBP. What is even more amazing is that Dan was able to hold onto this bottle for almost a year but he did and we get to reap the benefits! In this vid we learn that Erik might of been probed, Kris doesn’t like anybody telling him how much water to put in his whiskey. Plus, Dan has a special SURPRISE!!!
Interesting: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Brand was first introduced in 1997 as a 94 proof whiskey. While Blanton’s was the originator JD decided to hope on board since Buffalo Trace isn’t the only one that’s been in business for a while and JD definitely had the stock they knew they had sweet spots. Now the SBBP comes out from 125-140 proof!
This has a deeper amber color over standard Jack and on the nose Kris said he could definitely get the higher alcohol content along with oak and vanilla while Erik smelled a sweetness. On the palate Kris could fell the punch and the finish was long lasting where the rye stood out. Erik said he could taste vanilla, oak and it had creaminess. The addition of ice for Kris made it more enjoyable and Erik thought the same. Dan brought back the Bicentennial Jack and we all agreed was much better and DID NOT need ice or water.
Kris gave it an 6.0
Erik gave gave it an 6.5
The “D” gave it a 6.5 also
How much: A bottle of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof (if you can find it) will cost you about $65.00
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Who makes it? Rebecca Creek Distillery and Jos A Magnus Distiller
Kris and his brother Justin sit on the back porch to enjoy a smoke and whiskey on a rainy night. Justin brought Rebecca Creek which is his current favorite camping whiskey and since were also going to enjoy some stogies, the massive Asylum 13, Kris thought it would be a good idea to break one of his favs Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend. Not just one but two bottles, batch number 19 and batch 20. We discuss flavored whiskey, other camping whiskies, hiding the good stuff and leaving the ash on your cigar(the answer can be found in review 17). Plus, is there a law with the claw?
Kris said that Rebecca Creek would be a great camping whiskey, easy drinking with a brown sugary sweet taste. For Joseph Magnus, it never disappoints, went great with the Asylum 13 cigar and was better than I remember.
Justin thought that Rebecca Creek had a buttery sweet taste, went down smooth and great for camping. On the Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend, he thought it was delicious with multi levels of taste and flavor. The finish just kept on going and going. Safe to say that he was impressed.
How much: A bottle of Rebecca’s Creek will run you about 25.00 dollars while Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend will cost you about 170.00.
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Scott Ian and Frankie Bello trekked all the way to Ancram New York to sample the one and only barrel that would be fit to be called their 40th Anniversary Solera Aged Bourbon. We didn’t know that Kathy and Jeff were rockers and we’re glad for it! They have teamed up with Anthrax before with Evil Twin 1 and 2. Plus, there is a Motorhead Ace of Spades Hillrock out there(which we also have, because Kris is a METALHEAD!) Super excited to get this in so that’s why Kris decided to honor it in the best way possible and make my own music video! Enjoy, I’m the man, NOT!
How much: A bottle of Anthrax XL 40th anniversary Solera Aged Bourbon will cost you 210 dollars(with delivery)
Who makes it? Acquired from Kentucky, 24 barrels of it.
Mash Bill: undetermined
Two brothers decided they wanted to open a craft distillery and in 2018 it came to fruition in Cape Canaveral Florida! Great place to visit, for 10 bucks take the tour. It comes complete with a flight and a mixed drink. The bartenders are great and so are the drinks of course concocted from their own spirits. One of the few distilleries that carry the Fresh from Florida seal acquiring all their grains from north central Florida. Plus, they are the only distillery to use an istill, yes it’s called an istill. A non-traditional square based still that will let you ferment, mash and distill all in the same vessel! On top of that it has a jet propulsion agitator. We were lucky enough to get a tour from the owner Ron Folino who is a 6th generation wine and brandy producer in Italy.
On the nose of this amazing looking deep burgundy spirit Kris couldn’t place it and Erik put it as caramely, black licorice and hint of special K cereal. For the finish Kris got a lot of heat coming out of this 96 proof 14 year old bourbon and a taste of deep rich wheat. Erik said it was smooth, thick and buttery. After we do what we do and add an ice cube to it(or a half a bone) it changed the nose completely, in a good way! Kris got a big whiff of cherries and oak while Erik thought it was oaky and dark fruit. It smelled delicious! The finish was wonderful for Kris and couldn’t put his finger on what he was tasting and thought it have been finished in a another barrel.
Kris gave it an 8.0
Erik gave gave it an 8.0
How much: A bottle of Acquisition Bourbon will cost you 170 dollars. We both agree it’s worth it!!!
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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