Spirit Reviews

Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Bourbon Review

December 25th, 2013|

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Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Bourbon Review

By: Fork & Stave

Proof:  100 Proof (50% ABV), No Age Statement

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Difficult to find in many markets, Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Bourbon is not a whiskey that I had the opportunity to try until early this year.  I’ll admit, the bottle caught my eye and was what prompted me to look into the source of this bourbon before my [...]

Rowan’s Creek Bourbon Review

December 22nd, 2013|

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Rowan’s Creek Bourbon Review

By: Fork & Stave

Proof:  100.1 Proof (50.05% ABV)

Rating: 5 Barrels (5 out of 5)

I’ve been enjoying bottles of Rowan’s Creek since I first discovered it in a small store in Tennessee.  The flavor profile is outstanding with a finish that makes it a wonderful sipping whiskey.  The product, produced by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd., gets it’s name from John Rowan, a Kentucky statesman during the late 1700s.  Rowan’s [...]

Willett Family Estate Single Barrel 6 Year Bourbon Review

December 17th, 2013|

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Willett Family Estate Single Barrel 6 Year Bourbon Review

By: Fork & Stave

Barrel 6464, Youngest whiskey in the bottle: 6 years

Proof: 123.4 Proof (61.7% ABV)

Rating:  5 Barrels (5 out of 5)

I have been a big fan of KBD and the Willett brand name for some time now.  During a recent trip through Bardstown, I decided to visit the Willett Distillery.  Situated across from Heaven Hill, the distillery is located in the beautiful Kentucky [...]

Stagg Jr. Bourbon Review

December 8th, 2013|

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Stagg Jr. Bourbon Review

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 134.4 Proof (67.2% ABV) – Cask Strength / Non-Chill Filtered

Rating:  3 Barrels(3 out of 5)

For fans of George T. Stagg, Buffalo Trace released a “sibling” this Fall called Stagg Jr.  This bourbon is not aged as long as GTS and hit the market with much anticipation from the drinking public.  It was difficult to find in my area until just before Thanksgiving based [...]

Blind Twitter Whisky Tasting – Live tonight at 8pm EST #USATT

October 29th, 2013|

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What whisky could be inside these mystery containers?  We shall find out!

Blind Twitter Whisky Tasting – Live tonight at 8pm EST

Please join me tonight as I sample 4 whisky samples blind along with a panel of experts.  You can follow the action using the hashtag USATT. 

My partners in crime will be:

Johanne McInnis (@whiskylassie)

The Casks (@The_Casks)

Eric Burke (@arok)

Josh Feldman (@cooperdtot)

Bozkurt Karasu (@bozkurtkarasu)

and

Smoky Beast (@SmokyBeast)

 

We were mailed 4 Scotch Whisky samples that we will taste blind.  At the end of the [...]

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch 12 Year Single Barrel Review

October 23rd, 2013|

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The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch 12 Year Single Barrel Review

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 95.6 Proof (47.8% ABV)

Cask Number: 12745   Bottle Number: 27

Rating:  4 Barrels(4 out of 5)

While I was in London this past Spring for work, I visited a local liquor store, looking for something unique.  After explaining my love for American whiskey to the shop owner and describing the taste profiles I enjoy in a great dram, he pointed me [...]

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon Review

September 21st, 2013|

Hirsch Bourbon

Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon Review

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 92 Proof (46% ABV)

Rating: 3 Barrels (3 out of 5)

I ran across this bottle at my local retailer last weekend and I thought I would give it a shot.  I’ve read good things about the Hirsch label, but it’s usually about their older expressions that are well into the triple digit price range.  This particular product from Anchor Distilling Company in San Francisco, California, has numerous accolades [...]

Michter’s US★1 Small Batch Bourbon Review

September 8th, 2013|

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Michter’s US★1 Small Batch Bourbon

By: Fork & Stave

Batch 13-42

Proof: 91.4 Proof (45.7% ABV)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

This is my first experience with a product from 2012 Distiller of the year: Michter’s Distillery.  Like many of you, I’ve been seeing their bottle all over the place lately, so I figured it was time to sample the goods.  It can be difficult to find certain small batch or rare whiskies here [...]

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon Review

September 5th, 2013|

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 90.4 Proof (45.2% ABV)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked starts life as standard Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select bourbon.  When the Distiller’s Select is emptied from it’s original barrel, it is put into a second barrel, made specially for this purpose, at 110 proof for roughly 9 months.  The characteristics of the second barrel include a longer [...]

Nelson’s Green Brier Belle Meade Straight Bourbon Review

September 2nd, 2013|

Belle Meade Bourbon

Belle Meade Bourbon

By: Fork & Stave

Proof: 90.4 Proof (45.2% ABV)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

I saw this bourbon for the first time when visiting some friends in Nashville this past Spring.  When I returned home to Birmingham, I saw that it was also available in my local liquor store.  Belle Meade Bourbon is the culmination of the efforts of Charlie and Andy Nelson, two young entrepreneurs.  Their great-great-great grandfather [...]