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I like podcasts, I like whiskey, here are a couple that combine both.
You may know that my main job is as a freelance designer (ahem... eburkedesign.com). I work on advertisements, direct mail, logos, promotional materials, posters, billboards and much more while standing at a desk just yards from my bed.  My wife works a real job that pays a regular salary. A job that is nowhere near my bed. This means that I spend a lot of my time with only dogs for conversation. Needless to say, they don’t talk a ...
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The new Yetti Lowball.
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If you can find it and the price isn't too outrageous, think about grabbing it.
On Friday I adopted another dog. Her name is Maddy and she is a five year old American Eskimo. She came to our attention on Facebook of all places. Our city has a local Facebook group where people can list items for sale. A couple of weeks ago one of the items listed was Maddy. Maddy doesn’t have a particularly sad story. She had an owner who rescued her when Maddy was 14 weeks old. She loved her very much and spoiled her rotten. And...
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Great story! My wife and I are the proud parents of three rescues. As for the Harper's, I will be on the lookout. I Enjoy your posts!
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I like Old Forester/Woodford Reserve even when I don't like the price. This is fairly reasonable at under $40
Back in August 2012 I said the following:  "Overall I liked this whiskey. I didn't care for the price. $100 is a lot for this, but the experience and the satiated curiosity were worth it, even if the whiskey was not. Based on this, if Woodford released a permanent rye in the price range of their original bourbon, I'd give it the occasional look." I was talking about the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection New and Ag...
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I'm gonna have to do some samplin
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Three words for bourbon enthusiasts: Buy this book
Shortest review ever: buy this book. Can I say more? Of course. I can always say more. Do I need to? Not really. I’ve read a lot of books about bourbon. I’ve got a shelf full of them. Some are fantastic. A couple are really, really bad. Some just spit out the same marketing myths you’ve heard over and over. Some have amazing amounts of original research. Some of them are interesting, but dry. Others are entertaining, but empty of rea...
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This is a fairly inexpensive bourbon, reminds me of a cross between Jack and Evan. Mellow doesn't begin to describe it. Website says it's "Kentucky Straight Bourbon," bottle says "bourbon" I trust the bottle.
It’s coming up on Father’s Day and I’m reminded of something that my step-father did on one of the many trips my wife and I took to the cabin to spend a holiday with he and my mom. My step-father is a Jack drinker. He has been for longer than I’ve been alive. He likes a good bourbon, Basil Hayden was an appreciated treat one year for Christmas, but Jack is his go to. Jack on the rocks to be specific.  Well, knowing that my wife an...
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I think it's rather drinkable at the price point. 
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Happy Friday!

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It gave me an excuse to take a pretty picture, but I don't know that I'd put it in my mouth again.
It’s summer and to some of us in the bourbon world, that means it’s also Julep Season. My wife is a big fan of the mint julep. It carries all the lovely flavors of a good bourbon and adds in some sweetness and delicate mint. I normally take my julep without the mint, sugar, julep cup or most of the ice when I make one for her but I can be persuaded on a particularly hot day to partake. But sometimes making a julep can be a bit too mu...
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Sounds tasty. My wife likes hers a bit sweeter so I had to go heavier on the sweet, but yours sounds good. 
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Better than Rebel Yell bourbon in that it is drinkable. Not great though and I might pass if the price feels high.
This is the second part of a two part post. The first being the story of how I got the bottle and a reminder that you don’t know what’s in a bottle of whiskey until you open it and take a taste. Well. I’ve spent two weeks with this whiskey. It’s half gone and now I think I can talk about it. I’ve turned the bottle over and over in my hands looking at what is said and what is not said on the label. And I noticed a few things. *...
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The bottled bourbon trend got it's start in 1870. What else happened?
1870. Old Forester claims that George Garvin Brown started selling his Old Forester brand of whiskey in that year. And since renowned bourbon historian Michael Veach backs that up in his book Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, I have no reason to suspect they are fibbing. In the story, Old Forester was the first bourbon sold exclusively in bottles.  But 1870 is not a year that I, living in 2015, have thought too much about. And I’m going to g...
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MB Roland Kentucky Black Dog. I don't care for it for drinking, but it helps a cocktail and makes a hell of a barbecue sauce ingredient.
Disclaimer: I consider Paul and Merry Beth of MB Roland to be my friends and in my statement of ethics I promised to disclose when I am sharing one of my friend’s products and to only review them when it was truly something I really liked. While there is no review, one of their products does play a featured part in this post. Minnesota is a cold place. We normally get snow until April. We get cold rains until mid June. And the threat...
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We all know that Buffalo Trace fills barrels with Mash #1, #2, Wheated Bourbon and Rye whiskey distillate. So what is an Eagle Rare Barrel?
It all started with one little article shared on twitter. “Reverend Nat's Eagle Rare Bourbon Barrel Aged Revival Cider.” It’s a hard cider that they claim was aged in barrels that previously held Eagle Rare. This prompted a response on Twitter. @arok is there such a thing as an Eagle Rare barrel? Gonna guess that isn't what was on it when it was dumped. Andrew Elms ‏(@elmsandr) Now, I’m going to guess that Andrew is as...
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It used to be a pretty decent bourbon when it was sold here originally. Now...well...it has the same name.
I just wish there were more. Sweet, spicy, rich and floral sum this up nicely. The color is even beautiful. It is a joy to look at, smell and taste. Just yum. That's what I said about a small mini of I.W. Harper from the early 70s. It was delicious. It was also a one of a kind deal. So it was with great interest that I read that I.W. Harper was being brought back to the US. I didn't imagine that a new version would taste nearly...
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This is a good craft whiskey. Tastes a bit young, but is still quite good.
So. Craft whiskey.  I haven’t written about a craft whiskey in a while.  There’s a reason for that. I’ve been burned too often to want to pull the trigger on buying them when I see them in the store. I used to try every whiskey I could get my hands on. Big producers, small producers, bottlers, blenders, it didn’t matter. And I loved the idea of supporting small distilleries with my love and money. But there was a problem.  Out of...
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I like Old Grand-Dad, but had never had the opportunity to compare them head to head before this.
Sometimes circumstances beyond your control put you in a position where you realize: “Hey, I’ve got bottles of three different styles of Old Grand-Dad open.” Now I know what you’re thinking. “Eric, you’ve limited yourself to enough room for 22 open bottles of American whiskey, why would you have three different styles of Old Grand-Dad open?” Or at least you would be asking that if this were a local radio commercial. I feel sorry f...
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Don't feel like getting dad bourbon for fathers' day? (what's wrong with you?) Maybe an accessory or some glasses?
It's almost Father's Day. And, if you're like me, you're thinking to yourself: "oh shit! I forgot to get my dad something!" Now my dad is a brandy drinker so I am planning to just spend some time with him this weekend and hope I don't come off as cheap. But if your dad is a bourbon fan, the easy answer is that you could always buy him...well...bourbon. Of course, it's entirely possible that you are looking for something a little less...
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Ray asks a question we all asked when we first started with bourbon: "Where are you guys finding all these flavors?"
A few days ago I got a question from Ray about tasting bourbon. I found your site and have been reading your blog posts about tasting different bourbons. I'm just getting started out on trying different bourbons and was wondering if you have any tips on how to do a tasting.  I almost always just taste the alcohol and can rarely detect any of the different flavors you list on reviews. I've read up on it and put so...
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Jack Daniels master distiller series :-)
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Tom asks: how can a bourbon be over 125 proof when it has to go into the barrel under that?
A few days ago, I got an email from Tom asking about barrel proof. Hi Arok...... I need a little clarification. I just received a bottle of "Booker’s” in a nice box, as a gift. The label says single barrel 127 proof. It aroused my curiosity. Then I read that Garrison Brothers have a new release "Cowboy Bourbon" @ 134 proof (not for the faint of heart)....! I thought to be "Bourbon.” whiskey had comply with certai...
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