Category: Whiskey Reviews

Whiskey Review: John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Bourbon

John J. Bowman Single BarrelVirginia Straight Bourbon WhiskeyGrade: (Above Average)Price: $50 (750ml) I've been a resident of the Old Dominion for the past ten years, so I have a particular interest in Virginia spirits. This is especially true when it comes to the products made by A. Smith Bowman, since I lived just a few … Read more

Taste Test: Bourbons from $25 to $50

We conducted the second round of our bourbon taste test last weekend. The whiskeys this time all had a suggested retail price of between $25 and $50. (Our first Bourbon Taste Test featured bourbons under $25.) As was the case last time, some of the samples were provided by the distilleries and some were from my … Read more

Taste Test: Bourbons Under $25

We had three friends over last weekend to taste some bourbons. For this first group, the theme was "bourbons under $25." A few of the bottles were submitted by the distilleries, and the rest were from my own cabinet. We conducted the tasting blind, so the participants didn't know which bourbon they were drinking. (I … Read more

Whiskey Review: Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon

Evan Williams 1783 Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyFinal Grade: A-Price: $15 (750ml) The Evan Williams family of whiskeys isn't as well known as some others (like Jim Beam, Jack Daniel's, and Maker's Mark), but it should be, as they make some of the best bourbons for the money that you can find. Evan Williams 1783 is … Read more

Whiskey Review: Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

Four Roses Single BarrelKentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyFinal Grade: APrice: $39 (750ml) The Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky is one of the most acclaimed in the world. Their bourbons win gold medals regularly at all the major competitions, and their 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel was recently named by F. Paul Pacult as the 3rd … Read more

Whiskey Review: Tullamore Dew

Tullamore DewBlended Irish WhiskeyFinal Grade: BPrice: $20 (750ml) Tullamore Dew is an old brand of Irish whiskey, first distilled in Tullamore, Ireland in 1829. It's gone though many changes, owners and locations over the years, and is currently owned by spirits conglomerate William Grant & Sons, makers of Glenfiddich and The Balvenie scotches, amongst other … Read more

Ten Suggestions For Bourbon Beginners

Chuck Cowdery is a bourbon expert and a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. He writes for The Whisky Advocate, WHISKY Magazine and other places. So when the man talks bourbon, he's worth listening to. Chuck has compiled a list of 10 bourbons for beginners, and I think it's the best list of its kind that … Read more

Whiskey Review: Bushmills Black Bush

Bushmills Black BushBlended Irish WhiskeyFinal Grade: A-Price: $32 (750ml) Like many Americans (and maybe even a few Irishmen, although I'm more skeptical of that), I spent St. Patrick's Day drinking Irish whiskey. Unlike most of them, I did so with pen and pad in hand, scribbling notes as I enjoyed a glass of Bushmills Black … Read more

Whiskey Review: Red Stag Spiced Bourbon Whiskey

Red Stag Spiced Bourbon WhiskeyFlavored Bourbon WhiskeyFinal Grade: BPrice: $18 (750ml) Red Stag Spiced builds on the popular line of flavored whiskeys that Jim Beam began with their original Red Stag product, Black Cherry Bourbon. For this new spirit, the distillers start with their flagship four-year-old bourbon (Jim Beam White label) and infuse it with … Read more

Whiskey Review: Michael Collins Irish Whiskey

Michael Collins Irish Whiskey Blended Irish WhiskeyFinal Grade: B+Price: $25 (750ml) Reviewed by Bob Montgomery Michael Collins Irish Whiskey is a blend of malt and grain Irish whiskey, as most standard Irish whiskeys are. (They also produce an all-malt version.) It is double-distilled, in contrast to most Irish whiskeys, which are triple-distilled. This should lead to a … Read more