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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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