Review #0010 Missouri Spirits Bourbon

Who makes it? Missouri Spirits

Mash Bill: 75% Midwest-grown corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley. Then ages a minimum of 2 years in a new white oak charred barrels from Missouri!

From the nose right down to the finish, it was all good. Erik was getting a scent of apples while Kris could tell it had a different nose, sweet and tame. Both agreed from the initial to pull to the last a very good bourbon. Not agressive, very smooth and opened up slightly from a little melt but very good neat.

Kris gave it 8.5

Erik gave it 7

How much: It’ll cost you about $30

A little history: Springfield’s first and only spirit house from midwest-grown ingredients to locally made barrels. Started in 2011 by founder Scott Shotts. Used to be a body shop, they gutted it made a distillery.
Having a background in Marketing and sales he helped a friend start a distillery and then decided to start his own.

Currently it can be found in Missouri and 6 surrounding states.

Review #0009 Metaxa

Who makes it? The House of Metaxa

Something totally different than we are used to. It is very smooth at 40% alcohol and definitely has fruity smell and taste. Erik could taste plums at the first taste while Kris could pin down what kind of fruit he was tasting, then after adding ice it brought out more of the botanicals. Grapes more on the finish. With a full melt Kris could taste the rose petals and Erik enjoyed it more with a full melt.

Since it’s not a whiskey we didn’t think it would be fair to rate plus being in a league of it’s own we decided to just give our opinion.

What do you get in the bottle: wine distillates, muscat wine and Mediterranean botanicals that is a closely kept secret except for the rose petals

How much: It’ll cost you about $30

A little history. Founded by Spyros Metaxa who was a silk merchant and of the day did not like the spirits of the day being to harsh and not very smooth. He then got his brother involved and built a distillery and upon digging the foundation found a medallion of a Salamania warrior and that is on the bottle today. It was first introduced as a Cognac but in 1936 Cognac was defined and it didn’t fit the bill. So it was then considered a brandy but again in 1987 brandy was defined and because Metaxa contains wine and botanicals that it couldn’t be a brandy. So it now in a class all of its own.

Currently it can be found in most liquor stores.

Review #0008 Chattanooga Whiskey, Part 3

For part 3 Chris tells us all about the experimentals at the experimental distillery, how you can get them. Then we give our final review of 91 and 111 and where you can get them.

Who makes it? Tennessee Stillhouse, Chattanooga TN

First taste of the 91, Kris thoroughly enjoyed it as did Erik. It had a good nose with a smooth finish with lots of flavor. On the 111, it has little more bite that foretells of the flavor and let you know to chill out and take your time and enjoy this drink. Given the choice, Kris would go with the 91 where as Erik would pick the 111 which fell directly in line with what Chris Helmly said. On his travels it is pretty much split 50/50 and we just went and proved it

Kris gave the 91 an 8, 111 a 7.5 while Erik gave the 91 an 8 also but totally barstooled it and gave the 111 a 8.2

What do you get in the bottle: the mash bills are exactly the same 75% yellow corn, 25% of Malted Rye, Caramel Malted Barley, and Honey malted Barley

How much: It’ll cost you about $35 for the Chattanooga Whiskey 91 and $45 for the 111.

A little history. Before prohibition there used to be over 30 distilleries in Chattanooga, after prohibition the laws never changed in Chattanooga so Tim and Joe set their minds to changing that. Starting with a Facebook post saying “Would you drink Chattanooga Whiskey?” and an overwhelming YES came from the people. Well.. they did it. Changed the law and are now the first distiller in about 100 years. To get things rolling they get with LDI to get them started while creating their own masterpiece. Today they distill 100% of their own product and are blowing up the southeast.

Currently it can be found all over Tennessee, Georgia, and here in Florida at Total Wines and Iceball Liquor.

Check out Chattanooga Whiskey at: follow them on Instagram too! Make suer you tour their Experimental Distillery, definitely worth it!

Review #0008 Chattanooga Whiskey, Part 2

In this video we finally get to taste Chattanooga Whiskey 111. Chris fills us in on the differences and tasting notes. Erik gets a full melt and Kris gets a lesson on talking to ice. Part 3 will come out next week when we do whiskey news on Chattanooga Whiskey.

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Review #0008 Chattanooga Whiskey, Part 1

We get to sit down with Chris Helmly from Chattanooga Whiskey and he tells us all about the whiskey, history, and the distilling process. We had such a good time and have so much great footage we decided to break it up into 3 parts. Part 1, Chattanooga 91. Part 2 Chattanooga 111 and Part 3 some history of Chattanooga Whiskey and what they are working on now and in the future.

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Review #0007 PROHIBITION Gooderham and Worts Whiskey

We get to sample and review a 94 year old bottle of whiskey! Our good friend, diver extraordinaire, George McDaniel pulled it out of the Niagara River in the mid eighties and decided to share it with us. It was amazing sampling this bottle of 1925 Gooderham & Worts Whiskey. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.