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Booker’s Batch 2016-01: Booker’s Bluegrass

127.9 proof: 6 years, 11 months $59.99/750ml suggested retail price The story: Beam has bottled the first of six planned releases in its 2016 Booker’s Batch Collection, a limited-edition series honoring legendary master distiller Booker Noe. Each batch will be selected by…

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Double Cider-Bourbon Punch

  INGREDIENTS 4 cups apple cider 3 12-ounce bottles hard apple cider 2 12-ounce bottles ginger beer 2 cups seltzer 3 cups bourbon (From one 750 ml bottle; I used Maker’s Mark) Juice of 1 lemon Large apple for garnish…

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A whiskey emoji? >:-(

Our long national nightmare may soon be over: Starting next year, there may finally be an emoji for whiskey drinkers. The Unicode Consortium, which standardizes characters and emojis across operating systems, announced this week that this glass of whiskey on…

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Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel

90 proof; 18 years old $120/750ml suggested retail price The story: It’s back! After a three-year absence due to inventory shortages, Heaven Hill is again releasing Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon, which was introduced in 1994. As demand for the…

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Maker’s 46 Cask Strength

108-114 proof (this bottling is 108.9 proof); no age statement $40/375ml The story: In September 2014, Maker’s Mark began offering an uncut and unfiltered cask strength version of its bourbon (see my tasting notes here). That proved to be so…

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1792 Port Finish Bourbon

88.9 proof; aged 6 years in new American white oak barrels and an additional 2 in used port wine barrels $39.99/750ml suggested retail price The story: Barton 1792 Distillery, owned by Sazerac, continues its new line of premium 1792 brands…

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Kentucky Mule

The Kentucky Mule is a variation on the Moscow Mule, a cocktail that mixes vodka, lime juice and ginger beer over ice, usually in a copper mug. The Kentucky version obviously substitutes bourbon for the vodka. Bourbon has always played well with…

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Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye

90 proof, 2 years old $27.99-$29.99/750ml suggested retail price The story: Rebel Yell as a brand name dates to 1849, when it was distilled at the famed Stitzel-Weller operation (and named by Louisville Mayor Charlie Farnsley). After several ownership changes,…

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