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Steve Beckelhimer
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Buck 8 Year Old Bourbon
While at the Liquor Barn off Man O War in Lexington, Kentucky recently I was disappointed that they were out of stock of most of my favorites: Eagle Rare, Willett Pot Still, Johnny Drum Private Stock and Blanton’s Single Barrel.  I picked up bottles of Elijah Craig 12 and 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, both great choices.  While I was browsing the aisles, the helpful Bourbon concierge suggested that I try Buck 8 Year Old Bourbon.  I didn’t know a thing about this Bourbon but since I trust the knowledgeable staff at Liquor Barn, I decided to give it a try.
I am generally skeptical of “gimmick” Bourbon.  I have had some very mediocre yet overpriced Bourbon that was put in a fancy bottle and given a good story.  Last year, a dear friend gave me a bottle of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey as a gift.  The bottle was pretty but I was really sorry that he paid over $60 for a whiskey that was, in my opinion, less to my taste than many Bourbons that are half that price.  I have had some similar experiences with other Bourbons, regretting that I overspent on a Bourbon that I didn’t especially like.  However, in most cases, the lesson is worth what I paid for the bottle.
Since Buck 8 YO was less than $25, I trusted the advisor and gave it a try.  When I got home after my two hour drive from Lexington, I popped the cork and poured a couple of fingers in a Glencairn nosing glass.  The Bourbon glowed in the glass and invited me to inhale the sweet caramel aroma that had a slight hint of cinnamon and perhaps a slight nuttiness.  The first sip tingled on the tongue, owing to the 90 proof but was very pleasant. I don’t tend to like a lot of rye in the mashbill of a Bourbon and Buck has just enough to give it a little spice on the sides of the tongue.  The second sip was even better having a buttery mouthfeel and the muted tingle on the tongue gave way to the vanilla, dried fruit and just enough oak.  The finish was plenty warm but never hot or unpleasant.
I don’t know anything at all about who make’s Buck Bourbon.  It is sold as a Kentucky Bourbon but a web search traces it to Frank-Lin Distillers of California.  However, the location of the parent company may or may not have any connection to the location of distillation, aging or bottling.  
Unlike some of my prior impulse Bourbon purchases, I think that Buck is a pretty darn good drink.  It won’t replace any on my top ten list but was certainly well worth the sub $30 price and made a good sipping Bourbon.
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After a winter of snow and cold wind followed by heavy rain resulting in local flooding, we were anxious to take advantage of a beautiful day and take an outing with friends. We picked up our longtime friends, Greg & Janina ...
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Bourbon ice cream!  Like a cone of Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream with some nuts and chocolate.
Graeter's, the Cincinnati-based ice cream maker, has a new seasonal mystery flavor that is certainly no mystery to Kentucky: Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Chip.
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DR. DOUG TALLAMY NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AUTHOR & LECTURER ‘THE IMPACT OF HOME GARDENING ON BIODIVERSITY’ FREE PUBLIC LECTURE & SLIDE PRESENTATION TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015 7PM AT CHRIST CHURCH UNITED METHODIST (Corner of Qu...
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A Spirited Way of Using Plants
Notes for our presentation on "A Spirited Way of Using Plants" is now available for download.
Notes for our presentation on "A Spirited Way of Using Plants" is now available for download.
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I am sitting in the basement of my West Virginia home.  There is a coating of snow on the ground and the weather outside is cold.  My daughters came home to visit for the weekend.  We have a fire in the fireplace and a great Bourbon to sip.  What a great weekend!
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WV State Conservation Camp scholarship opportunity
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The Beverly Hills Garden Club Conservation Committee is interesting in identifying a youth who is interested in learning more about our natural resources and their economic and social importance. Each year BHGC provides a sch...
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March Update
WSAZ Home and Garden Show First on everyone’s
mind is the WSAZ Home
and Garden Show on March 13-15.  A great lineup of speakers will be on
hand throughout the weekend who will be sharing gardening information and useful
tips.  This is a great
opportunity to...
WSAZ Home and Garden Show First on everyone’s mind is the WSAZ Home and Garden Show on March 13-15.  A great lineup of speakers will be on hand throughout the weekend who will be sharing gardening information and useful tips...
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2015 WSAZ Home & Garden Show Speakers
Friday March 13 5 pm Dr. Chuck Talbot School
Gardens & Food Safety 6 pm Jeff Moore Backyard
Chickens Saturday March 14 12 pm Jeff Bishop Home &
Garden Pesticide Safety 1 pm Gary Selby Container
Gardening & Raised Beds 2 pm Brenda
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Friday March 13 5 pm Dr. Chuck Talbot School Gardens & Food Safety 6 pm Jeff Moore Backyard Chickens Saturday March 14 12 pm Jeff Bishop Home & Garden Pesticide Safety 1 pm Gary Selby Container Gar...
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A Spirited Way of Using Plants
The handout from our presentation at the February 14 education session is available for download by clicking the image below.
The handout from our presentation at the February 14 education session is available for download by clicking the image below.
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For those of us who are science nerds, you and your students light enjoy stepping out to see the International Space Station.  When I went out yesterday evening, I could see it very clearly, so clearly that I could see light ...
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Science Coordinator
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  • Marshall University
    Science Coordinator, present
  • Cabell County Schools
  • West Virginia Department of Education
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Lexington, KY - LeSage, WV - Huntington, WV - Los Angeles, CA
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Raconteur and purveyor of bovine excrement
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I work as STEM coordinator for Marshall University's June Harless Center.  I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, biking, geocaching, hunting and fishing.
My wife, Mary, is technology director for Putnam County Schools.
 
 
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I am especially proud of my two daughters who are the lights of my life.
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  • University of Kentucky
    Science Education, 1984 - 1987
  • Marshall University
    Biology, 1981 - 1982
  • Marshall University
    Biology Education, 1974 - 1977
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