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Jack Daniels Master Distiller Series No.2 with Luke

Jack Daniels Master Distiller Series No.2 with JD SBBP and Luke!
We met a fellow whiskey enthusiast at a couple of our events named Luke Gardner. He said he has a few special bottles he’s been holding onto and he’d love to hang and review one of them. Well, Luke brought both and let us choose. Jess Motlow was our choice so we get into a little bit of history of Jess, what he did for Jack Daniel’s and how he arguably had the hardest go of it trying to Jack Daniel’s through prohibition, which he did. Then we get on with the tasting, not a bad pour, went down smooth but dissipated quickly. Kris brought a surprise in the new #whiskeyventure back pack, a bottle of JD Single Barrel Barrel Proof just to see how it would match up.

Iron Smoke Flash Review with Tiffany at the Jefe Boutique Cigar Event

We’re bringing Ingrid from Whistlepig Whiskey to Island Girl Cigar Bar in Fleming Island for a tasting and cigar pairing. You’ll be able Headed down to the Jefe Boutique Cigar, Whiskey and Wine event at Lake Eola Park in Orlando, FL with our good friends Monte DeLeon Cigars. They brought their kick ass traveling cigar lounge! Then Tiffany from Iron Smoke dropped by with a few bottles and we decided to to do flash review on the spot. Started off with their flagship Iron Smoke Bourbon which they smoke their wheat with apple wood to give it a unique flavor. Then we moved on to their elixirs. First up was Rattlesnake Rosie’s Apple Pie and we had to shake the snake. Finally was Rosie’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Bourbon that went perfectly with Carlos’ El Capitan Cigar. We already big fans of Iron Smoke and Rosie is the desert after the bourbon! Huge thanks to Tiffany for stopping by, her energy is amazing! Comment, like, subscribe and shake the snake!

Whistlepig/Limavadi Tasting and Cigar Pairing

We’re bringing Ingrid from Whistlepig Whiskey to Island Girl Cigar Bar in Fleming Island for a tasting and cigar pairing. You’ll be able to sample their incredible line up along with Limavady Irish Whiskey. We’ll have a couple of cigars that will compliment what you’re tasting or feel free to browse their full walk in humidor selection!

Plus, special guest and local cigar owners Monte DeLeon Cigars will be there with a few sticks to pair up to the rye and Irish Whiskey.

Calumet 8,14,15yr and Sam Houston with Dan

Dan from North Point Bar came down to visit and brought along a bottle of Calumet 8yr. On a previous #whiskeyventure Kris stopped by the Dan’s private bar that he hand crafted, fully stocked with full size cooler behind the bar. The real deal. Anyway, Dan made it down to Florida and we decided to review the Calumet 8yr he brought, what he didn’t know is that Kris pulled three more bottles out of his #whiskeyventure Back Pack! A Calumet 14thr, and 2 unopened bottles. One Calumet 15yr and Sam Houston 15yr. We learned they all came from the same place, Western Spirits Beverage Company. Watch the review and see what other spirits they carry.

We had a great time? Surprisingly all 4 were very different. While Erik and Dan agreed that Calumet 8 was a great easy sipper, Kris enjoyed each one along the stage more and more. Kris was the only one that enjoyed the spicy Calumet 15yr and put it above the 14. Erik and Dan were not fans, that’s for sure! I think the clear favorite was the Sam Houston 15yr. Not easy to find but definitely recommend picking it up if you see it!

Oceanside Distillery with Owner/Distiller Ron Folino

We made a trip down to Cape Canaveral and visited Oceanside Distillery. Ron Folino, owner and distiller does a flash review of his double bourbon and gives us the low down on all their spirits. They are one of the few distilleries that carry the fresh from Florida on their label and check out how Ron the mad scientist makes all of his spirit concoctions. Plus, Ron generously donated a bottle of their signature bourbon for our #whiskeyventure Back Pack that we are auctioning off at Jax Bourbon Social. To top it all off, we were in time to catch Chase Harvey who was performing at Oceanside and he definitely set the drinking mood!

St. Augustine Distillery Line Up and New Release

Review and sampled the St. Augustine Distillery Company lineup plus, the brand new Cognac finished release! In this review we learn about the distillery, their process and if there is a Florida Style bourbon. Plus, we ask if there is a right and wrong way to nose and taste. Find out what hyper local means and how craft distilling is a labor of love. We highly recommend taking the tour, then stopping the in gift shop for samples and support local and pick up a bottle for yourself (watch the review, the cognac finished is awesome and limited supply) Huge thanks to Will and Ric, check out the review and the tour!

St. Augustine Distillery Tour

Have you been to the St. Augustine Distillery yet? We just took a tour and it was awesome! We got to hang with Will Hensler the Chief Operating Officer and we learned about the over 100 year old building it’s housed in. Will runs down their process, milling, distilling, barreling and bottling all done on site! Watch the full vid on our site or YouTube channel to see where the magic happens, learn what goes into the labor of love of craft distilling. The tours are free along with samples, why aren’t you headed down to St. Augustine already? Plus, a new review comes out on Wednesday of these fine spirits along with a new release that you have to check out!

Luca Mariano Whiskey Part 2

The last 2 bottles round out this @lucamariano review. Jenn gives us the lowdown on what it means to be a Master Blender, the sampling, the proofing, the tasting and the sauciness! As we dive into the barrel pick we learn that there is a rare Signature expression out there in the wild that once a year Jenn and Francesco pick the most amazing barrel for. Kenny tells us how the oldest stone house in Kentucky built by William Crow is on the Luca Mariano property along with bootlegger tunnels from Guy Jones! Find out who Erik’s new favorite super hero is. Kris walks off camera for another Whiskey and a Hammock first! An impromptu live performance SURPRISE ENDING! Check out the review and we hope you’re sockless! Huge thanks to Jenn and Kenny!

Luca Mariano Whiskey

Three years today we’ve been making videos and reviewing whiskey. Today we are releasing part 1 of our review of Luca Mariano Whiskey with special guests Jennifer Brandt, Master Blender and “Born in Italy, perfected in Danville Kentucky.” We are reviewing Luca Mariano Whiskey with special guests Jennifer Brandt, Master Blender and Kenny Fuller their Creative Director. Saying they came prepared is an understatement. Bringing five bottles to taste through while we get our own master class on tasting and whiskey from Jenn. Kenny fills us in on the history, where the name came from and owner Francesco Viola. We learn about the amazing almost 600 acre spread up there in Kentucky while me and Erik debate about bubble hockey and northerners. Are they all the same? Plus, who can you breathe through your lips and smile with your eyes? Is it even possible? We had so much fun that we had to break it up into 2 parts. Find out the answers to all these burning questions and learn how Luca Mariano is making waves in the whiskey community. As Kenny says “you can’ t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning” Next week will drop part 2 where we find out what it means to be a master blender, sample the last 2 bottles and a first ever ending to one of our reviews.

Von Payne Black

“A New Riff on an Old Tradition” is the tag line from New Riff Distilling as we delve into not one but two of these beautiful gradiated bottles. The Bottle in Bond and the Single Barrel Barrel Proof. We get into a little of the history of how they started. From small liquor store, to a mega liquor warehouse, then distillery. Find out how a fresh bowl of chicken noodle soup come into tA bottle was beckoning me sitting high up it’s shelf. The perched gargoyle watched as I went aisle to aisle searching for whiskey. Each bottle I touched would not suffice for this bottle of Von Payne Black Whiskey was destined to be my purchase… for I am the Whiskey Hunter! Found out that this whiskey is infused with Black Currant, don’t know what that is, either did we. It’s an illegal berry that made it into this delicious whiskey and it came out this January right in our home state of Florida. We put it through our tasting process and see how it holds up. The man behind this sexy bottle is Steve Allen plus it comes with a patented gargoyle pourer that you can seal back up. We had a lot of fun with this one and really embraced the Payne!