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New Riff Bottle in Bond vs. Single Barrel Barrel Proof

Who makes it? New Riff Distilling

Mash Bill: 65% corn, 30% rye, 5% malted barley

Where it’s from: Newport, Kentucky

Kris’s wife picked up the Bottle in Bond on the way home and then Kris picked up the Single Barrel from Golden Ox Liquors on Normandy and told Erik that we should do a head to head. We found out Ken Lewis was fresh out of college, and just landed a teaching job when his dad asked him to come home and help run his liquor store and kick out his uncle. Well he did that and more. He ended up making it into one of the biggest in Kentucky, called the Party Source. The very first liquor warehouse, 80,000 square feet of libations! At one point Ken was even hauled off in handcuffs for having his prices too low and undercutting all the competition. (he didn’t know there were laws against how low it could be). This only fueled the fire and put his place on the map and then Jay Erisman convinced him to buy some MGP barrels at 375 a pop and was the start of New Riff distillery.

Kris on the nose of the BIB got a sweet smell and a slight cinnamon spice while Erik got more of a honeycomb and made Kris’s mouth water. On the palate Erik got a sweet heat with a corn finish. Kris thought is was a nice easy pour, even though it was rye forward did not get a lot of spice. Next up, the SBBP. Kris thought it was more earthy and slightly sweet while Erik thought is was smokey. The palate for Erik was a bowl of chicken noodle soup with fresh cracked pepper and burnt marshmallow. While Kris thought it had a boat load more flavor, more spice and definitely grabs your attention.

Kris gave the BIB a 7.0 and the SBBP a 8.0

Erik gave the BIB a 6.0 and the SBBP a 7.5

In the end bot really good bottles, both Kris and Erik thought the BIB is good everyday sipper but Kris was very impressed with the SBBP and even went back and bought another bottle of it!

For the price? The BIB comes in around 49.99 and the SBBP you’ll pay 59.99 – pony and get the bottle!

Laws Whiskey with Chad Wilkes, part 2 the Ryes!

Who makes it? Laws Distillery

Mash Bill Rye San Luis VAlley: 50% malted rye, 50% raw rye

Where it’s from: Denver, Colorado

In this review we find out that the Cody family farm that grows the rye for Laws buts up against the biggest producer of serrano peppers. Through some of root commingling. Bringing a little white pepper on the backend. A little bit of heat, vegetable, eucalyptus and tea. Plus, Chad tells us how there is no master distiller at laws and how they have a few barrels that they have no idea what they taste like. With Al being from Canada, they had to do a rye whiskey but it is a uniquely a Colorado rye. 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!

Kris on the nose of the San Luis Valley rye gets a hint of mint while Erik can’t pin it down. On the palate it was light and easy, with a slight spice on the backend. Then the bonded comes out. On the nose a little more heat but no mint. Then the palate hits and it’s amazing. More spice, a flavor bomb. This is Erik’s favorite! Kris said it’s smooth, creamy with a thickness to it. Chad then brings out 2 more bottles and they’re cask strength 4 Grain and San Luis Valley Rye. The 4 grain has a bite but not “alcoholy”. We also learn about the trigeminal nerve, that makes your jaw tighten especially when drinking some high proof whiskey!

In the end Laws Whiskey gets our stamp of approval, Kris and Erik both agree that the San Luis Rye Bonded is their fav of the bunch!

For the price? Just regular bottle of 4 Grain and Rye will run you about $60, the bondeds will put you up in the $80s and if you find the cask then you’re talking right around a Benjamin!

Laws Whiskey with Chad Wilkes, part 1

Who makes it? Laws Distillery

Mash Bill Four Grain Bourbon: 60% corn, 20% heirloom wheat, 20% heirloom rye and 10% malted barley

Centennial Wheat: 100% heirloom wheat

Where it’s from: Denver, Colorado

Al Laws started in 2011 and did what many distilleries have a hard time doing, waiting. According to his motto, “no shortcuts” they distilled, barreled and waited, and waited, and waited until 2014 when the first bottles of Laws hit the shelves. Make no mistake, Laws is a straight up whiskey company! They don’t make vodka, gin or any other spirit. There only focus is whiskey and they do it right. Al was born in Alberta, Canada and did time in the Oil and Gas finance sector before he had enough of sitting behind a desk and decided to make his passion(a collection of over 600 hundred bottles, all open) into an obsession! He met and became good friends with master distiller Bill Friel from Barton distillery which Al affectionately call his Yoda. According to Al, Bill helped add soul to it! They are truly a seed to glass distillery sourcing all the grains from Colorado so you are getting a true taste of what a Colorado whiskey is. From there Four Grain Bourbon to the San Luis Valley Rye and their Centennial Wheat that is one of the very few out there coming in at 100% unadulterated wheat for a very unique flavor. Watch the review and see what we thought.

Kris on the nose of the four grain was very different, light and little sour on the back end while Erik got more sweet corn, dark fruit and plum. On the palate Kris thought is full of flavor with a light finish of this 40 barrel blend. Erik on the other hand thought it was like skinny girl vodka. Thick on the tongue and light on the finish. The bonded Four Grain, that is confidence in a glass. If you like the heat then, pull this bad boy from the shelf and add a single ice cube to open it up a little. Moving onto the Centennial Wheat, that really stumped us since we’ve never had a 100% wheat whiskey. Kris gets vanilla right off the nose while Erik got a spice, maybe nutmeg to it. The palate is light, as Chad says is nice summer sipper. How many of you out there have had a 100% wheat whiskey.

George Dickel BIB 13yr Flash Review No.0004

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

Joseph Magnus Strght Brbn and Murray Hill Club -rvw 0030

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!

Lonerider Sherry Cask Finished – flash review 0003

Who makes it? Sourced, aged at Lonerider Spirits in Durham, NC

Mash Bill: 60% corn, 36% rye, 4% barley

Age not disclosed

On another #whiskeyventure and this time ended up in Raleigh, NC visiting my brother and decided to do a flash review at Josh’s Power Wheels Chop Shop. Since I was on his home turf I thought it would be a good idea to pick up a local bottle and so Lonerider Sherry Cask finished it was, being from Durham, so why not. It did come with a bonus sidecar of their Deadwood Finished bourbon(in stout casks). The nose was interesting, sweet and cherry while Josh could smell the alcohol. On the palate, the flavors showed up bringing more fruity notes, smooth well rounded. I was impressed. Then onto the Deadwood and to me is more on the run of the mill side. Like Josh put it, “more generic”. In the end we were split, where I would opt for the Sherry Cask finished and Josh would take the Deadwood. To finish up the night we brought out the cigars which I took the Arturo Fuente and Josh kept the Drew Estate Acid Kuba Kuba for himself. We had a great time talking about squirrels, swirlys and people that drink seltzers.

Kris gave it a 8 and the Deadwood got a 5

Josh was undecided

How much: a bottle of Lonerider Sherry Cask Finished will run you about 40.00 dollars

Remus Repeal Reserve Repeal Day 2021

Who makes it? MGP

Mash Bill: 75% corn, 21% rye, 4% barley

Aged about 6 years

To celebrate Repeal Day, 88 years ago. Kris picked up George Remus Straight Bourbon and Remus Repeal Reserve which is a medley of 5 different batches coming in at 100 proof, 50% abv. We talk about hookers and blow, death, the 18 amendment then the 21st amendment and then a little about what we think of Remus.

How much: a bottle of Remus Straight Bourbon goes for about $40.00 and the Remus Repeal Reserve is about 100.00 dollars

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof

Who makes it? Jack Daniel’s Distillery

Mash Bill: 80% corn, 12% barley, and 8% rye

Aged 5-7 years coming in at 64.35 abv/ 128.7 proof, rick no. L-27, barrel 20-04615, bottled 8/7/20 by Master Distiller Jeff Arnett

The “D” comes back with another bottle and this time it’s Jack Daniel’s SBBP. What is even more amazing is that Dan was able to hold onto this bottle for almost a year but he did and we get to reap the benefits! In this vid we learn that Erik might of been probed, Kris doesn’t like anybody telling him how much water to put in his whiskey. Plus, Dan has a special SURPRISE!!!

Interesting: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Brand was first introduced in 1997 as a 94 proof whiskey. While Blanton’s was the originator JD decided to hope on board since Buffalo Trace isn’t the only one that’s been in business for a while and JD definitely had the stock they knew they had sweet spots. Now the SBBP comes out from 125-140 proof!

This has a deeper amber color over standard Jack and on the nose Kris said he could definitely get the higher alcohol content along with oak and vanilla while Erik smelled a sweetness. On the palate Kris could fell the punch and the finish was long lasting where the rye stood out. Erik said he could taste vanilla, oak and it had creaminess. The addition of ice for Kris made it more enjoyable and Erik thought the same. Dan brought back the Bicentennial Jack and we all agreed was much better and DID NOT need ice or water.

Kris gave it an 6.0

Erik gave gave it an 6.5

The “D” gave it a 6.5 also

How much: A bottle of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof (if you can find it) will cost you about $65.00