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Booker’s “Kentucky Chew”

Bottle of Booker's with glencairn glass

The newest batch of Booker’s let’s get down to tasting and see how it stacks up against the rest.

(As you will see this batch runs hot so I did a pre-water and post-water review.)

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof



Elijah Craig Barrel Proof with glencairn glass

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Some days walking into a liquor store you end up not finding much and some days you find the last bottle of the newest batch of one of your favorite bourbons.

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Michter’s Barrell Strength Rye Whiskey

Bottle of Michter's Rye and glancairn glass

A limited release rye that I was able to get my greedy paws on. Rarely do I get the opportunity to buy a limited release barrel proof and pass on it. I thought about it with this one, as I had to drive two hours to pick it up, but in the end I’m glad I made the trip.

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Booker’s “Blue Knights Batch”

Bottle of Bookers with patially filled glencairn glass

Here’s the newest batch of Booker’s bourbon. I’ve been sitting on this one for a few weeks while I cleared out a few of my older reviews. Booker’s, to me, is synonymous with quality. There are very few that I don’t like and I think—even after the price increase—it’s one of the better buys out there right now. Whenever I buy a bottle even if it isn’t my favorite I know that it will be an experience and a worthwhile bourbon.

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch #13

Bottle of Elijah Craig barrel proof with glencairn glass on table
I’ve had to put this review on hold as I’ve been moving lately so let’s just get straight to the tasting.

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Old Forester 1920 – Prohibition Style

Old Forester 1920 and dram
This expression is the third of Old Forester’s Whiskey Row collection with the first being the 1870 Original batch and the second the 1897 Bottled in Bond. I was not impressed with the 1870 and ended up using most of it in cooking and to spice up my tea, and I never got my hands on a bottle of the 1897 expression. I had been hearing lots of good things about this current expression, however, and went out of my way to grab a bottle. Will it become part of my regular rotation or is it fated to be mixed with tea?

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Booker’s “Tommy’s Batch”

Booker's bourbon

This new batch of Booker’s priced higher than last year’s but does the quality remain?

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Four Roses Barrel Select

I’ve always been a big fan of Four Roses and almost always have a bottle of both the yellow label and single barrel hanging out on my bar. When I saw this private selection Hoffend’s liquor store in NY, with a recipe I hadn’t tried before. How does it compare to the OBSV .

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Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof 


I am a fan of the Col. E.H. Taylor line from Buffalo Trace, even though they tend to be hard to get a hold of here in Virginia. Because of that limited availability I’ve only had the single barrel, rye, and the small batch. The single barrel so far has been my favorite and it’s a bourbon I’d buy regularly if I could find it.

Yesterday I picked up a bottle of the barrel proof that I was lucky enough to win in a lotto, so how does it compare to the rest of the expressions?

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Showdown

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

As I have mentioned before in a previous post I was able to get a couple bottles of the new Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. After having it sit in my vault for awhile unopened I decided it was time to open it up and see how it fared. But then I thought it would be better to do a side-by-side tasting with what remains of one of my older bottles of ECBP. So here we are two barrel proof bourbons enter the ring and only one wi– well they will both get drank and enjoyed.


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