Who makes it? Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.
Mash Bill: 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley
Age: 13 year
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!
After we reviewed Copper Sky’s Wheated Bourbon back in December(Copper Sky Wheated Bourbon Review #0018) we called Mike Root(founder, owner and the one who sent us a bottle and sweet samples) and told him how much we enjoyed it. Mike said “come on up for a visit”. We had one thought, WHISKEYVENTURE! The amazing part is that another group down here in Florida, Bourbon and the Bible, were talking to Mike about a Copper Sky barrel pick. Then they saw our review, couldn’t believe the coincidence, asked if we wanted to be involved and of course we said YES! The vote was unanimous, we selected a 13 year light whiskey that came in at 135.3 proof and it was smooth. Plans were made to trek out west.
We flew out to Colorado, met Mike and gave us a tour. We learned Kya Coursen’s unending energy keeps the place humming as Sales Manager and Mixologist, Isaac Haefner, their head blender, explained the magic that happens in their spirit playground. Before we got to work, Mike shared a sneak peek of bourbon barreled rum they were working on and it was awesome! Slightly sweet with a punch of high proof where you might mistake it for whiskey. Can’t wait until this one is released.
Then we all got to it, bottled, corked, labeled, and added our custom label until the barrel was gone. After all that hard work we sat in the tasting room talking with local patrons and relaxed with a few cocktails mixed up by their Director of Mixology Oliver Capece which went down way too easy. We can’t thank Mike and his staff enough for letting us invade his distillery, we had so much fun hanging out we would of camped out in the tasting room all night! If you are into whiskey, we’d highly recommend heading out to Longmont, CO and visiting @copperskylongmont and have a drink and a cocktail!
For our glass review, we used a bottle from review #0014 Iron Smoke Bourbon and a helper Iron Smoke CASKet Strength to put three glasses through the paces. A Rocks(old fashioned) glass, a Glencairn and a Norlan. Since we started reviewing we’ve been using the tried and true Rocks glass. We’ve talked about changing it up and then we received a comment from Zesty Cheesemaker from review #0017 and he said this “hate to say it, but i think you guys are using the wrong glassware… you’re going to need something like a Glencairn to funnel that aroma thereby allowing the flavor’s to shoot through then take a puff of your smoke along w/ it. Hate to say it, but i think you guys are using the wrong glassware… you’re going to need something like a Glencairn to funnel that aroma thereby allowing the flavor’s to shoot through then take a puff of your smoke along w/ it.” So then we figured it was time for a glass showdown.
First, the Rocks glass. It has been around so long that it is the quintessential whiskey glass and official glass of the Old Fashioned. That wide rim and thick base(so non liquid ingredients could be mashed and muddled) that flattens out whiskey’s complex aromatics.
Second, the Glencairn. Developed by Glencairn Crystal Ltd. of Scotland designed by Raymond Davidson. The glass was derived from the traditional nosing copitas used in whisky labs. It would be of no surprise that the Glencairn is the official glass of scotch, endorsed by the Scotch Whiskey Association. I’m sure that master blenders from five of the largest whisky companies in Scotland had nothing to do with it. Production of this glass started in 2001. Plus, the nub at the bottom is where you are supposed to hold the glass for two reasons. One, so you don’t warm up your whiskey with your hand and two, so any smells from your hand(oils, soap etc) are kept away from your nose as not to interfere with the nose of the whisky.
Last, is the Norlan. This beautiful glass was designed by Sruli Recht in 2016. The idea behind this glass was to reduce the ethanol oxidation to surface volume which employed the use of fluid dynamics. So the liquid could be agitated in such a way that the ethanol could escape, reducing the volatility of the spirit and allowing the flavorful aromatics to surface. With it’s double walled design, your hand will not warm up your whiskey and the circumference at the top was made wide enough to fit your nose in your glass when taking a sip.
Poured all three, the Rocks glass on the nose seemed to dissipate quickly and held in just a little longer in the Norlan but the Glencairn was being greedy and holding all those aromatics in. On the palate, the Rocks glass seemed to have less of the alcohol than the Glencairn but you’re able to fit your nose in it. The Norlan seemed to have less alcohol but the spirit seemed cooler that the other two, maybe because of it’s double walled construction.
Our verdict: If you’re tasting a whiskey for the first time and want to catch all the different flavors and smells then a Glencairn would be the choice. If you are going to just sit a relax with one of your go to’s then the Rocks glass is the winner. If you want to show off to your friends and want something that isn’t as dainty as the Glencairn then the Norlan is our pick.