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Bourbon Thoughts: Four Roses Elliott’s Select Limited Edition Single Barrel

2016 Four Roses Elliots Select Barrel Strength

For the first time Four Roses Bourbon released Elliott’s Select bourbon, a rare Single Barrel bourbon. The bourbon will be Brent Elliott’s first limited edition release as the master distiller.  Brent Elliott became master distiller in September 2015 and hand-selected the 14-year-old OESK, one of the 10 unique Four Rose’s bourbons.  Bottled at barrel strength this particular […]

Bourbon Thoughts: Old Forester 2016 Birthday Bourbon

2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

The 2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is bottled from 93 barrels distilled on July 4th, 2004. The master distiller of Brown-Forman, Chris Morris, hand-picked the barrels with Old Forester brand representative Jackie Zykan.  Ultimately a little over 14,000 bottles were aged for 12 years and bottled at 48.5% abv. The nose is very icate with spicy and […]

Get Snow Buzzed: Best Winter Cocktails of 2017

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…because Mother Nature is a fickle little minx so kick back and (responsibly) enjoy a little warmth with our favorite winter drinks & cocktails this year. Rum, rye, vodka, jalapeño and ginger.  These are a few of my favorite things, especially when the winter bites.  When you’re snowed in or snowed out, the one friend […]

Copper Mules: 9 Best Moscow Mule Mugs in 2017

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Drinking your Moscow Mule out of anything except a copper mug is just pointless.  Really, don’t even bother.  Shop our picks for the 9 best copper Moscow Mule mugs you need in your life. 1.  Moscow Mule Mug:  Vintage Inspired Copper – Get it Here for $19.95 2.  Moscow Mule Mugs:  24 oz Hammered Copper – Set […]

Rye Thoughts: Booker’s Rye Limited Edition “Big Time Batch”

Booker's Rye Limited Edition Big Time Batch

The first ever rye produced by Boer’s also comes from some of the last barrels filled by the late, great, distiller Boer Noe.  the label is a note from his son, Fred Noe, explaining how his farther always liked the challenge of rye grains and laid these barrels in his favorite rackhouse.  It is aged […]

Top 51 Christmas Gifts for Men This 2017 Holiday Season

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…because we’re all in need of gift ideas this holiday season. How is it already that time of year?  It doesn’t always have to only be ties and gs for the holidays so browse our picks and gather some great Christmas gift ideas for all the great men in your life.  If you have a husband, brother, […]

These Exact Christmas Cocktails Will Get You Through the Holidays

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…because if Santa Claus is coming right down Santa Claus Lane, I’m going to need a minute.  I’m also going to need to be heavily intoxicated for the majority of December.  Who’s with me? Christmas is the time of year when you surround yourself with the people that you and, well, in order to […]

11 Unique DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

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…because sometimes times are still tough…and you have about 100 people to buy holiday gifts for so if you have some time try making your own homemade Christmas gifts.  People still creativity! If you’re loing find cheap Christmas gifts under $100 or even under $50 these may just be right up your alley.  If […]

Bourbon Thoughts: Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon Whiskey

Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition

Knob Creek 2001 is one of the last batches of bourbon barreled by the late, great Jim Beam distiller – Boer Noe.  His son, Fred Noe, discovered the barrels labeled 2001 after his father passed away.  The results is a really easy drinking bourbon that will keep you coming back for . The tasting notes […]

Whiskey Thoughts: Slaughter House American Whiskey

Slaughter House American Whiskey

David Phinney who is a part of the Splinter Group that distills Slaughter House, is also the winemaker at Orin Swift Cellars.  Orin Swift and team continue to produce some amazing wines like Abstract and Machete, needless to say we think they have great taste. Slaughter House is aged 9 years in American Oak and then […]

9 Cool Halloween Cocktails & Drinks That Spooked My Liver

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…because if you’re going to have a co-ed Halloween party you’re going to need a little something for everyone.  Boo!  Swipe through our favorite spoy cocktails for 2017. Check out our favorite Halloween cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks of the season.  We couldn’t the candy corn layered milkshake any than we do! 1.  Best […]

The Apple and Ginger Beer Cocktail Perfect for Autumn Days

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I’m 2 years in and still not over my ginger beer obsession.  Clearly, my all-time favorite is the Moscow Mule, but with Fall approaching I was loing to welcome the season with something new that had an Autumn-like kick to it.  Since I’ve boycotted apple-picking ever since Fall of ’89, I had to get my […]

Rye Thoughts: High West Says Yippee Ki-Yay

High West Yippee Ki-Yay

High West to their Double Rye product and added it to barrels that had been used to age both Vermouth and Syrah.  The creation is a blend of Rye Whiskeys that High West hopes make you say ‘Yippee Ki-Yay’, like the cowboy on the bottle. The bottle I sampled was Batch No. 2.  The nose […]

Bourbon Thoughts: Trail’s End

Trails End Bourbon

Trail’s End secures eight year old juice from Kentucky and ages the Bourbon Whiskey with Oregon Oak staves.  This particular bottle is from Batch No 002 and is 45% abv. The nose is fragrant with sweet, orange notes.  The taste is smooth and sweet up front with some spicy rye hints.  The finish is long […]

Wishful Drinking: 9 Summer Cocktails Perfect for 4th of July Weekend

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…because the perfect cocktail really completes any summer day. Editor’s picks for the best summer cocktails of 2016 (and the perfect way to spend your Fourth of July).  The sun, beach, sand and an easy breezy cocktail…it’s all you really need to help wind down and enjoy the summer.  Check out our favorite drinks you […]

Bourbon Thoughts: Smooth Ambler Contradiction

Smooth Ambler Contradiction

A bottle of Smooth Ambler Contradiction is exactly that, a huge contradiction.  A mix of a wheated bourbon and a spicier bourbon with a heavier rye mash bill; 27 percent of the bottle was aged 2 years while the remaining 73 percent was aged 9 years.  Despite what might lo like odd pairings the end result […]

Rye Whiskey Thoughts: Rogue Farms Oregon Rye Whiskey

Rogue Farms Oregon Rye Whiskey

There is no question that the folks at Rogue know how to brew some of the best beers in the world.  Check out a few of the best beers by Rogue Ales & Spirits. Over the past few years they have also ramped up their production of different types of spirits.  The Oregon Rye Whiskey […]

Rye Thoughts: 2016 Michter’s 10 Year Straight Rye

2016 Michter's 10 Year Rye

It is always good to get a taste of an aged bottle of Michter’s.  This particular bottle of rye was aged 1o years in fire-charred, new American white oak barrels and released in 2016.  Master Distiller Willie Pratt wasn’t happy with the product in 2015 so he refused to release a product in 2015, hoping that […]

Wake Up: The Best K Cups That’ll Kick Start Your Keurig

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…because, let’s face it, there’s about 1 million Keurig K Cup options and many of them are less than stellar. Flip through our top 10 picks for the best coffee, tea and hot chocolate K Cups that are out there (as tested by us). Swipe left!

Bourbon Thoughts: Noah’s Mill

Noah's Mill Bourbon

A Small Batch Bourbon distilled by the folks at Willet.  It is a surprising smooth pour for a bourbon bottled at 114.3 proof. The nose is smey and woody with some spicy rye notes showing through.  The taste is filled with rye, yet somehow still smooth.  The finish is long and rich with some of […]

Why Do You Need Whiskey Stones?

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It doesn’t matter if it is a bourbon, rye or whiskey; there are certain times that you don’t want to add ice.  When you have an exceptional product, regardless of how high the proof, you want to experience what the master distiller envisioned when he crafted the bottle. Adding ice waters down the product and […]

Bourbon Thoughts: Old Scout Straight Bourbon Whiskey 7 Year

Old Scout 7 Year Bourbon

Smooth Ambler is a relatively new to bourbon distilling, founded in West Virginia in 2009, but they have quickly established themselves with a solid slate of products. The Old Scout straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged at least 7 years in old barrels.  It is distilled with high rye mash bill at 36% and bottled at […]

Bourbon Thoughts: 2015 Micther’s 10 Year Bourbon

2015 Michter's 10 year old Bourbon

  The 2015 Micther’s 10 Year Old Aged Bourbon or the M10 is a smooth pour.  Michter’s marks the neck of their bottles so you are able to see the year of the release; the numbering on the 2015 release starts with ’15’. The nose is a sweet with chocolate notes.  The sweet, maple flavors […]

Bourbon Thoughts: Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon Whiskey

Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon

Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon Whiskey is distilled by the folks at Buffalo Trace.  No longer considered a single barrel bourbon because an automated assembly replaced a manual bottling process which means certain bottles could contain two barrels at the switch-over. The nose is sweet and citrusy with oak notes.  The taste is dry […]

Bourbon Thoughts: Blade and Bow Bourbon Whiskey

Blade and Bow Bourbon

Blade and Bow is a relatively new product from Diagio who also produces Bulleit.  Diagio has in its possession as few barrels of whiskey distilled and produced by Stitzel-Weller.  While there is not enough whiskey in the old Stizel-Weller batch to bottle on its own the Diagio team used a solera system to stretch the old […]

Your New Pre-Workout Protein Shake for 2017

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The FitNut Almond Milk Protein Shake A pre-workout power punch! This is a tasty, pre-workout meal and super- health boost! It has enough carbohydrates to supply stamina for you workout and protein to feed your muscles!  So make it and down it before you workout and start reaping the benefits. Protein Shake Ingredients: 12 oz. unsweetened […]

The ONE Kale Smoothie You Need to Start Your Morning With

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There are a million different types of smoothies on the market that promise and promote high energy, key nutrients, and metabolic stabilization. Here’s the one morning smoothie that’ll help you get through important moments of your day in a super powerful way!

15 Best Champagne Cocktails For the Best 2017 Ever

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…because you’re going to need a strong buzz to all year round and, well, these 15 champagne inspired cocktails & drinks may do just that. Some folks say you don’t need to drink to have a good time.  We don’t know who those folks are or why they would say something like that.  Whether you’re […]

Whiskey Thoughts: Parker’s Heritage Malt Whiskey

Parkers Heritage Malt Whiskey 8 Year

  The Parker’s Heritage Malt Whiskey is 65% malted barley and 35% corn, thus it doesn’t qualify to be labeled as a bourbon.  The product is aged for 8 years a bottled without chill filtration at a bold 54% abv. The nose has a funky, charred oak blast with some subtle, sweet vanilla notes.  The […]

Rye Thoughts: 2015 Thomas H. Handy Sazerac

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac BTAC 2015

The Thomas H. Handy Sazerac is part of the 2015 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection; unfiltered and uncut this clocks in at 63.45% ABV or 126.9 proof.  This bottling process which doesn’t add water or filter the rye helps to preserve a lot of the bold, at times, over the top flavors. The nose has a […]

Bourbon Thoughts: 2015 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

2015 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

This is the 14th year that Old Forester released a Birthday Bourbon for their creator, George Garvin Brown.  The bourbon is selected from a single day of production, barreled in 2003 and bottled at 50% abv.  The 2015 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon is one of the better years that I have tasted. The nose has a […]