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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!

New Riff Bottle in Bond vs. Single Barrel BP

“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 the mix, the bud light party ball and how much Erik knows about cars and the impending apocalypse. Then we tie the whole thing up with our final thoughts and how we rated similar but very different bottles!

Laws Whiskey House *GIVEAWAY*

If you watched our marathon 7 bottle, 2 part review of Laws Whiskey you know we teased about a giveaway. Here it is, Chad brought some sweet swag that you can get and don’t pitch a fit: 1 Laws t-shirt, 2 Laws rocks glasses, 1 Laws Richardson low-pro 115 trucker hat and something to put in those Laws rock glasses. A Laws tasting kit that Chad was talking about. Complete with 4-100ml bottles. Their Four Grain Straight Bourbon, San Luis Valley Straight Rye, Centennial Straight Wheat and Henry Road Straight Malt! Enter now for your chance to bathe your taste buds in whiskey and all the Laws Whiskey House swag!

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Laws Whiskey with Chad Wilkes, part 2 the Ryes!

From our Whiskey Wine and Wildlife #whiskeyventure we met Chad from Laws Whiskey House and we convinced him to hang with us and bring some bottles. That he did! We get to learn more about laws, drink whiskey and have a good time, such a good time that here is a part1 and part 2. Laws is all about no shortcuts, they only make whiskey out there in Denver, Colorado. No In part 2 we get into the Ryes! Like Chad says, all their grains come from Colorado so the rye comes from the San Luis Valley. Unlike others it’s a 100% rye with 50% malted and 50% raw. Right off the nose it is different from any other rye whiskey out there. Then we move on the the award winning bonded rye, simply delicious. We also learn that Laws does not have just one master distiller, whoever is on the floor that day is the master distiller, what other distillery does that? Chad says they have wizards and mad scientists working back there and we agree! Lastly Chad breaks out the casks, a true representation of what they do. They definitely bring the heat but so good. This is where a cube or two comes in to play. Did we mention a giveaway? Huge thanks to Chad for coming down and letting us drink all of Laws whiskey and we even get our very own Whiskey and a Hammock bottle! Watch the review, let us know what you think.

Laws Whiskey with Chad Wilkes, part 1

From our Whiskey Wine and Wildlife #whiskeyventure we met Chad from Laws Whiskey House and we convinced him to hang with us and bring some bottles. That he did! We get to learn more about laws, drink whiskey and have a good time, such a good time that here is a part1 and part 2. Laws is all about no shortcuts, they only make whiskey out there in Denver, Colorado. No gin, no vodka, only whiskey. That is saying something. As Chad says, they are full ass, they don’t half ass anything! They are seed to glass, all of the grains they use is sourced from in their state, again no shortcuts. This gives Laws a unique characteristic, so what you’re getting is distinctly Colorado whiskey. No sourcing here ladies and gents. Plus, Chad has a bottle of their Centennial Wheat, not a wheated bourbon, it’s a 100% wheat whiskey, definitely different! Nothing to compare it to. Watch the video to hear about Origins X and a super limited 8 year bonded that will be coming out soon.

Maple Old Fashioned with Piggyback and Bacon!

When we did our Whistlepig review with Chris Helmly he brought up his twist on a Old Fashioned and instead of the sugar cube he used Whistlepig Maple Syrup. I had to take it one step further and candy some thick cut bacon with brown sugar and the same Whistlepig Maple Syrup. Plus, I added a couple dashes of bitters and a flaming orange peel, first time and I lit it on FIRE!

Whistlepig 15yr, 18yr and Boss Hog VIII

Our good friend Chris Helmly is back! This time with Whistlepig and we doing a Primo Tasting going right for the big boys! We start out with the 18yr double malt, malted rye and pinch of malted barley. Then move on to the 15yr 100% rye aged in Vermont oak, what a difference! Chris then brings out a surprise and slaps the Boss Hog VIII on the table and we get to indulge in the best that Whistle Pig has to offer. Beautiful bottles and the attention to detail is amazing. Every Boss Hog has an individually designed topper and this pig on top comes with a machete to salute Lapu Lapu because this bad boy is finished in Philippino Rum casks for a totally unique flavor!

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Whiskey Acres Straight Rye BIB review

Here comes the BOOM!  The Bottled in Bond bourbon was so good that Erik ordered the Straight Rye bottled in Bond and of course we invited the “D” back since he’s the unofficial ambassador for Whiskey Acres. We do a quick review and give our thoughts while Dan calls Erik out and Kris talks about the Whiskey and a Hammock vault. Watch the review and see how we rate it against the other Whiskey acres offerings and if we give it the Whiskey and a Hammock stamp of approval. There is a little bonus vid if you watch to the end so don’t miss it!  Cheers!

George Dickel BIB 13yr Flash Review No.0004

I head up to Atlanta for another #whiskeyventure and hang with my cousin. We head to the first liquor store we can find and low and behold I spot the Dickel BIB on the bottom shelf and I remembered my good friend The Whiskey Reaper said it was one of his new favs so we had to buy it!  What next?  Drink it!  Might as well do a flash review to boot, so we give our thoughts on this interesting 13 year old bourbon coming in at under 50 bucks!  It was a good…  we give our thoughts, talk about the Bills, #billsmafia and to look over our shoulder because no table is safe!