September 2011 Archives

Elijah Craig 12 year old is a quality, "classic," small-batch style Bourbon from Heaven Hill Distilleries. At first nosing it may seem simple and straight-forward, but you don't want to rush into this one.  Add a splash of water and let it sit covered for a few minutes before tucking in and you'll be rewarded with a fine, economical, sippin' Bourbon.

Borco Pennypacker Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Looking for a new workhorse Bourbon? 

Look no further.

Refined and mellow, Borco's Pennypacker Straight Bourbon Whiskey is one of the most versatile Bourbons I've come across to date. Pennypacker contains a blend of corn, rye, barley, with corn making up 70% of the mash. At a restrained 40% ABV, Pennypacker offers well-balanced flavours at a very reasonable price.

Lifford Wines Mixology Event

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In what seems to be a great trend for Scotch (and spirits) lovers, more and
more marketing firms & liquor importers have been showcasing their products
at smaller intimate events. Lifford Wines hosted such an event and invited
ScotchBlog along.

Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

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Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon Whiskey is a blend of wheat, rye and corn whiskies which have been aged in new American oak for 8 years. According to the bottle, it's only lightly filtered "so that it retains all its complex flavor and is bottled in as natural and pure a state as possible." 

I wish they'd have ran 'er through the filter a couple of more times as there's too much heat on the nose and an off-putting sourness that muddles the flavours. You're gonna need some water with this one!

Old Rip Van Winkle Handmade Bourbon 10yr

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Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery's 10 "Summers Old" Handmade Bourbon has become my benchmark for a smooth, complex, aged Bourbon. I purchased this bottle at the Kenmore, NY location of Prime Wine & Spirits. Standing in the spirit section, in front of a wall of Bourbon and American whiskey, my eye was drawn to the old timey label design. Enchanted by the label and, noticing that it's 53.5% ABV, I picked 'er up on sight only. 
Nice eh? My bottle no. B3982
In addition to our near unquenchable thirst for Scotch whisky, we at also have a torrid love affair with Bourbon. 

Although the selection of Bourbons in Toronto, Ontario is pathetic compared to what you'd find just south of the border in Buffalo, NY; as a group we've tried nearly everything that's passed through the LCBO and we've even made a point of buying harder-to-find bottles during our individual trips to the USA. 

So why bother reviewing Bourbon on a blog specifically dedicated to Scotch? Quite simply, we all enjoy it. Moreover, as a group we recognize Bourbon's invaluable contribution to the Scotch industry: oak barrels. 

That fine Single Malt you're drinking right now probably spent some time co-mingling with wood which was once soaked in Bourbon.


Recent Comments

  • Isabelle Gurble commented on The Famous Jubilee, Special Edition Reserve:

    This looks amazing, something my husband would love. His birth is coming up soon as well.

  • Ryan commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    Hi Sherry, I think you might be outta luck on this one. Only 9000 bottles of this delicious whisky were produced and I'd wager most - if not all - purveyors have been sold out for quite some time now. If you're looking to sample it, I'd recommend visiting your local whisky bar and checking their list of Canadian whisky offerings. Your only other option would be to try and track down someone willing to give up their bottle? I've got one 2oz sample tucked away and, sorry, I'm keeping it all to myself! :) Good luck! Let us know if you find a bottle!

  • Sherry commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    Do you know where I can purchase this item?

    Sherry Boutilier

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