Clark, a good friend of ours suggested we pick up a bottle of Clyde Mays’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey and when we decided to review it we picked the Original Alabama Style too. Why not, two bottles are always better than one, right? We find out that Clyde May’s isn’t just another pretty face on the liquor store shelf. Like many brands they have a great back story which is what sells the initial bottle but the quality of the juice is what keeps you coming back for more. We dive into a little bit of the history of Clyde May who was a real person, the WWII veteran, moonshiner and jailbird. His son makes it legit and his grandson is the brand ambassador. As we’re reviewing the neighbor’s son shows up and gets sucked into our whiskey review and gives his “not a whiskey drinker” opinion. We had a great time, checkout the review and see what we thought, how we rated it and if it gets our stamp of approval. Special thanks to Jarrod for reviewing with us.
This time Erik does something amazing. He actually holds onto a bottle without opening it for a review. So Kris puts his 1792 Small Batch up against Erik’s 1792 Sweet Wheat. We give a little history of Barton Distillery over in Bardstown Kentucky and found out that 1792 is relatively new coming out in 2002. Plus, it went through a name change because of Brown Forman. Check it out and see how we rate both of these bottles and at the end Kris has a little surprise for Erik, a couple of other Barton’s to taste.
In July we attended the first annual Jax Bourbon Social to fight MS. Not only did we get show up and drink whiskey, we were also fortunate to contribute along so many other generous bourbon lovers. This all took place at Manifest Distilling headquarters in down town Jacksonville, FL where you could catch Whistlepig, Grey Matter Distilling, Ezra Brooks and Four Roses aplenty for your sampling pleasure. Over $23,000 was raised in the effort to eradicate MS. Easy to say that a great time was had by all.
The “D” is back along with a gift from Uncle Chet. A double pack of bottles from Whiskey Acres. Their new Bottle in Bond and the third in the Artisan Series, the Blue Popcorn. Each coming in at 75% corn 15% wheat and 10% malted barley except for trading out the yellow dent for blue shaman corn! Kris jumps in and throws Erik off balance while we find out why Dan is wearing a hoody in the middle of Summer. Both great offerings from Whiskey Acres from out in Dekalb Illinois. We get into why it’s called Bottle in Bond and the differences between the two. Kris and Erik have very different opinions but in the end they both get the Whiskey and a Hammock stamp of approval.
It’s our 2 Year Anniversary! We decided to take our top 6 reviews and do a blind tasting and see which one comes out on top. The line up: Missouri Spirits Bourbon Whiskey, Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend, Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon, Iron Smoke Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Chattanooga Whiskey 91 and 111(since Kris and Erik were split on them). What have we learned over 2 years? An OG #whiskeykrew member Gary Elmes stops by and does the honor of setting it up. We try a new way of nosing(on number 4). Erik gets tired of waiting on Kris to make up his mind and ups the ante by doing a shooting score too. Does Erik really think Rare Breed sucks? What wont Gary do on camera? Plus, an infinity shot or blended whiskey? Either way it’s amazing. Check it out, comment below and let us know what you think!