Keeper’s Heart Irish + America 

What exactly makes renowned Irish Master Distiller Brian Nation leave Ireland for Minnesota? I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t the weather. Monday I had the chance to spend an evening with Nation and co-founder of Keeper’s Heart Michael O’Shaughnessy. Keeper’s Heart has launched their Irish + American whiskey and they have done so with…

James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey

OK, I had never heard of this whiskey till our friends brought it out while we were visiting them in VA. It’s a Kentucky whiskey first established in 1780 but it’s a brand that was relaunched in 2012. This 100% proof (50% abv) whiskey is 95% rye and 5% malted barley. It is aged 3-4…

Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

The saying goes “don’t cry over spilled milk,” I counter however that you do cry over spilled whiskey. Out of all the years of being an amateur whiskey blogger this is the first time I’ve broken a whiskey bottle. Yes, this went down as I tried to take product pictures. But… after a few tears…

WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye 6 Years

Not too long ago I realized that although I’ve written about WhistlePig before I had not written about nor had tasted their 6 year PiggyBack. Not wanting to buy a full bottle, I was happy to find a 50ml bottle for just $5.99. Let me clarify, the actual 750ml PiggyBack is not expensive at a…

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye Barrel Proof

Now here’s a rye bourbon that is affordable, tastes great and doesn’t disappoint. Rare Breed Rye is bottled at 56.1% abv. It has a msrp of $60 and we purchased our bottle at $55.99. Nose: caramel, vanilla and toffee  Palate: vanilla, cinnamon, pepper and light honey sweetness  Finish: smooth, wood and sweetness Personally I really…

Michter’s 10 Year Rye Whiskey

This whiskey is not only one of their most limited produced products but it also took a three year hiatus. It was their then Master Distiller Willie Pratt who gave the go ahead in 2014 to re-release this whiskey and how grateful are we for this decision. The whiskey is bottled at 46.4% abv and…

Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye Whisky

This is the whisky that was named whisky of the year in “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2021.” Up until now, I can’t really recall any other Canadian whisky I’ve had prior to this one other than, Crown Royal. And let me tell you, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is pretty darn delicious. This Alberta Premium…

Arrrrrrrdbeg Committee Release

No, the 7 R’s isn’t a misspelling but rather a pirates way to say Ardbeg. Before I get into the whisky let me clarify, yes this is a Ardbeg Committee release, however it’s not the yearly committee release from the Islay Whisky Festival. That 2021 bottle has yet to drop. Arrrrrrrdbeg was released to celebrate…

Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye Whiskey review

When I think of rye whiskey, the first thing that comes to mind are American whiskies followed by Canadian whiskies. I had not seen an Irish Rye Whiskey till I saw Kilbeggan’s Small Batch Rye. This limited edition rye contains a mash bill of malt, barley and 30% rye. Kilbeggan is reaching into its roots…

Davidson Reserve Four Grain

Posting a quick and short review on the Davidson Reserve Four Grain, a whiskey I brought back with me from my recent trip to Nashville. This four grain whiskey is made by blending three of the Davidson Reserve grain whiskies, Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey, Tennessee Straight Sour Mash Whiskey and Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The…

Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey

While out in Seattle earlier this year I had a chance to visit the Woodinville Whiskey distillery. The distillery was started by two friends Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile who were mentored by David Pickerell, former Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark. Although Sorensen and Carlile are still very much a part of the distillery, in…