Sunday, October 16, 2022

Bourbon Barrel Blurbs, Volume 01, Issue 17

Just in time for NFL pregame perusing, another issue of BBB is live. With blurbs on MB Roland, Willow Creek Distillery, Whiskey Thief Distilling Co., Fierce Whiskers Distillery, Woodford Reserve's Holiday Bottle, Unbound Spirits, and more, there's sure to be something to pique your interest.

MB Roland Introduces First 7-Year and 8-Year Single Barrels & Dark Fired Bourbon Returns

Images courtesy of MB Roland

The wait is finally over for two very special releases from MB Roland Distillery.

The 7-year single barrel has:

  • An earthy nose with hints of toasted marshmallow.
  • On the palate, tastes of leather, clove, and pine tickle the taste buds.
  • The medium mellow finish will leave you with notes of tobacco and anxiously awaiting your next sip.

The 8-year single barrel:

  • Graces the nose with scents of caramel, vanilla, and ginger spice.
  • Expect tastes of charred oak, rich molasses, and dark cherry.
  • The finish is long with charred oak prominent.

Hitting the MB Roland gift shop shelves on Sunday, October 16th, the 7-year single barrel is priced at $99.95 and the 8-year single barrel is $124.95. There is a limit of one bottle each per customer due to the high demand and limited supply.

Arriving to gift shop shelves in November: a very special single barrel release of fan-favorite Dark Fired Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

"This barrel aged for 4 years and is a perfect combination of smoky and sweet. Sipping on a pour is reminiscent of sitting by the campfire on a crisp Autumn evening."
Pre-orders to secure a bottle are being accepted at MB Roland's online store!

Willow Creek Distillery Releases Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Willow Creek Distillery Straight Bourbon

Willow Creek Distillery in Paso Robles, California, has released its first-ever straight bourbon. The artisanal spirit was aged for two years in new charred American oak barrels. The bourbon is the latest spirit to come from Willow Creek Distillery, which was established by sister winery Opolo Vineyards in 2013.

Read the full story here.

Three Boys Farm Distillery Changes Name Back To Whiskey Thief Distilling Co.

After a decade of distilling bourbon on a 127-acre working farm in Franklin County, Kentucky, Three Boys Farm Distillery is going back to its old name, Whiskey Thief Distilling Co., according to a news release. Whiskey Thief is the original brand of bourbon distilled on site. Whiskey Thief Distilling Co. is the first Kentucky distillery to offer every visitor a single-barrel experience with the opportunity to fill their own bottle. 

Read the full story here

Five Facts About Austin’s Up-And-Coming Local Distillery, Fierce Whiskers

Image courtesy of Fierce Whiskers website.

The Austin Chronicle’s Wayne Alan Brenner gives us a view of Fierce Whiskers Distillery, an "up-and-coming spirits company" at 5333 Fleming in Southeast Austin.

  1. Fierce Whiskers was founded by Houston natives Tri Vo and Tim Penney.
  2. Fierce Whiskers' bright array of equipment is anchored by a copper pot still from Vendome Copper and Brass Works out of Louisville, Kentucky.
  3. Sept. 24 of this year was the first time the company ever sold a bottle.
  4. Fierce Whiskers is often promoted as an Asian-owned business.
  5. The company's name is from a comment by Rutherford B. Hayes in 1849: "Austin is an inconsiderable village with large expectations … full of discharged 'Rangers' … costumes of every variety … fierce whiskers, gaming, and drinking very abounding in all quarters."

Read the full facts and story here.

UPROXX Ranks Every Standard Bottle Of The Jim Beam Whiskey Line

Image courtesy of Jim Beam website.

Zach Johnston with UPROXX ranks “all eight bottles of Jim Beam that you can pick up on pretty much any shelf, nationwide (and internationally), right now.”

“Look, these bottles are crazy cheap all things considered. It’s 2022 and a good $20 bottle of whiskey is getting a little harder and harder to find these days. What’s amazing about Jim Beam is that you could go to your local liquor store and buy all eight of these bottles and still spend less than what you’d likely pay for a single “premium” expression which, honestly, isn’t going to be that much better.”

Here is a look at numbers eight through five.

For the full list, including Zach's tasting notes, click here.

Woodford Reserve Unveils Their 2022 Holiday Bottle.

Woodford Reserve has introduced its 2022 Holiday Bottle in preparation of this year's gift-giving season. This edition of this yearly launch comes with a gold label. The bottle includes a festively-decorated version of Woodford Reserve's regular bourbon expression.

Woodford Reserve Holiday Bottle 2022.

“A Woodford Reserve holiday bottle is the perfect gift for any whiskey lover,” says Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris. “This bottle is guaranteed to put everyone in the holiday spirit and will stand out beautifully on a bar cart.”

With a suggested retail price of $50, the one-liter Woodford Reserve holiday bottle is offered for purchase all around the world. It may also be found on Reserve Bar.

Great Lakes Bourbon Boat?

We’ve seen river-aged whiskey, ocean-aged bourbon and whiskeys aged while being hauled in trucks across America's roadways. Now we have Great Lake-aged bourbon. Green Bay’s WBAY profiles Kerry Shaw Brown and his Unbound Spirits in Oconomowoc.

Kerry initially imagined this moment years ago, when he couldn't find the good bourbon he was looking for and began to wonder.

“Could I blend a series of bourbons and create something that was really complex and refined, but still a really smooth type of sipping bourbon,” questioned Kerry.

Image courtesy of Unbound Spirits website.

Kerry has spent the last five years making at least two dozen different batches of bourbon. He wanted an aggressive aging method, one that could age the bourbon years in just a few months. Following his ancestors path as Great Lakes captains, he turned to a charter boat, named The Kinndred. Once the six 15-gallon casks of bourbon were loaded onto The Kinndred and placed in her berth, the waves of Lake Michigan awaited. Three months later, and countless charter fishing trips by The Kinndred, the day Kerry had been waiting for was finally here.

Kerry named his whiskey The Maelstrom, a reference to the famed whirlpool off the coast of Norway known for “eating boats.”

Read the full story here.

UPROXX Blind Tasted And Ranked Affordable & Good Bourbon Whiskey

UPROXX’s Zach Johnston blind taste-tested and ranked 10 of the most recognizable and affordable bourbons on the shelf. Those cheap straight bourbons that actually win awards and make those subjective “underrated” lists all the time. These are all bottles that are also still gettable and affordable (depending on where you live). 

Bottles tested were: Maker’s Mark, Old Tub, Elijah Craig Small Batch, Wild Turkey 101, Benchmark Small Batch, Heaven Hill Old Style Bourbon 6 Years Old, Jim Beam Single Barrel, George Dickel Bourbon Whisky Aged 8 Years, Weller Special Reserve, and 1792 Small Batch.

Here's a peek at bottles 10 through 7.

For the full list, including Zach's tasting notes, click here.

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