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  • BOTM 02/20 Old Grand Dad(s) 114 February 5, 2020
    First, apologies for missing BOTM in January. The work schedule and demands came on like gangbusters right after the holidays and the entire month resembled one very long Monday. The good news is that the break has allowed me to catch up and get back on schedule for posting these near the beginning of the month. […]


  • Looking for info on Kentucky's Richland Sour Mash bottled dated 1917 Cincinnati April 5, 2020
    We inherited this bottle from a friend saved it all these years.  Written in pencil is "August 18, 1917"  Neck late says 8 years old.  Main label says "My Own bottling, Henry Boedeker, 508 and 510 Main Street, opposite post office, Cincinnati, O.  for family and medicinal purposes.  Has anyone ever heard of this sour […]
  • A J Samuels Bourbon March 10, 2020
    I know that the Samuels name is associated with both Makers Mark and Heaven Hill's - T W Samuels brand.  Was there ever an A J Samuels branded bourbon.  I recall buying some dusty old bottles in Lexington about circa 1978 and while not certain, my recollection is that it was labeled "A. J. Samuels" […]

General Discussion


  • Shelf vacancy April 5, 2020
    I have a vacancy on one of my bourbon shelves, and I'm looking for recommendations for a bourbon or rye to fill it.  Here's the catch: the bottle can be a maximum of 9 1/8" tall, and I prefer to buy 750mL bottles (or larger, but that just isn't going to fit).  It's replacing a […]
  • Why chill filter a higher proof whiskey? April 3, 2020
    I have read any whiskey 92 proof and below will become cloudy when ice added so the chilled filtration system is used to prevent this. Some highly refined palates say chill filtering slightly reduces flavor and mouthfeel. Fortunately my palate is iron clad. But I have noticed the majority of whiskey sold over the 92 proof level is chill filtered also. Why […]
  • 50ml Mini Bottles April 2, 2020
    It has been my experience that 50ml mini (a.k.a. airline) bottles are almost always bottom shelf brands.  There are a few mid shelf brands.  The most expensive I've seen in person is Woodford.  In the early 1990s the Bourbon Heritage Collection had minis, but that was like a one off deal.  I'm also aware that […]
  • TTB Alcohol Beverage Labeling & Advertising Regulations: Final Rule April 2, 2020
    Hi All:   If you are up for a little "light reading" (104 pages) during the Covid-19 stay-at-home period, this morning the TTB just published its final rule to address certain proposals included in Notice 176, Modernization of the Labeling & Advertising Regulations for Wine, Distilled Spirits, & Malt beverages. The final rule will be […]

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  • Which online liquor store do you recommend for barrel picks? March 30, 2020
    I was considering putting in an order and was curious if there's a particular store that really stands out, especially for hand picked barrels of bourbon/rye/maybe TN whiskey and what you would order if it was your dollar.   I was also looking at party source but they have a lot of private barrels and […]
  • Four Roses SMBLE Mystery March 21, 2020
    Good evening, all.  Ran across something odd, and wanted to see if anyone had any idea what might be going on here.  I'm in Japan, and someone is selling a bottle of the 2019 Small Batch LE that's 56.6% ABV.  Now, every bottle I've ever seen is 56.3, and I'm not aware that there's proof […]
  • 16 yr Knob Creek Single Barrel Private Selection! March 16, 2020
    This morning I picked up a couple of bottles of the latest Knob Creek single barrel selection made by the Hardin County Bourbon Club in conjunction with Packages and More in Elizabethtown.  As you can see from the photos, it was barreled in January of 2004, selected in November of 2019 (15 yrs. 10 mos.) […]
  • Recommendations for 9 year age stated “special” bottle February 28, 2020
    Last November I opened a Weller CYPB in celebration of my 8 year wedding anniversary. I would like to keep the tradition going forward and am looking for ideas for anniversary #9.   Thus far all I can really think of is the Old Fitzgerald 9 year BiB. Other thoughts could be a 9yr MGP like […]
  • Bardstown Bourbon Co. Discovery Series #2 February 28, 2020
    I was back in Bardstown yesterday at the Bardstown Bourbon Co., working on details for a meeting that an Association of which I am a member, will be having later this year.  After that was accomplished, I decided to have lunch at their Bottle and Bond restaurant.  They have some of the best salmon I've […]