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Midleton Rare

Winecommune.com review: 
Winner of Gold at the 2005 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
This whiskey is aged between 12 and 25 years, and is matured exclusively in seasoned Bourbon barrels. Midleton Very Rare was launched in 1984 to celebrate the whiskeys of the Midleton distillery, and a new vintage has been released every year since then. Each bottle carries its own individual number and the signature of our Master Distiller. This annual release of a new vintage is a departure for the whiskeys of Irish Distillers where consistency from year to year is highly valued. The individual nature of the selection process for each vintage of Midleton Very Rare means that each year’s vintage provides its own character.
Bar Bandits Review:

Give me a cigar I love this whiskey!  This whiskey 

 

Booker’s


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“Booker’sBottled By:  James B. Beam Distilling Co. Clermont,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content125.6 Proof 
Availability US: Available Japan: Available Duty Free: Unknown Europe: Available

History
In 1988, Booker Noe introduced his own signature bourbon, Booker’s True Barrel Bourbon. Inspired by a 200-year-old tradition, Booker’s is the only bourbon bottled straight-from-the-barrel, uncut and unfiltered. First created as a holiday gift for his special friends, Booker’s whiskey was so well-received that he decided to make it available to bourbon lovers worldwide; much to the joy of spirit connoisseurs everywhere. Booker’s is the rarest, absolute best bourbon available.

Distinctions
Booker’s Bourbon is the only uncut, unfiltered, straight-from-the-barrel, connoisseur’s sipping bourbon available today. It’s bottled at its natural proof of between 121 and 127, and aged between six and eight years. Booker Noe, Jim Beam’s grandson and master distiller emeritus, hand selects each barrel that will become Booker’s Bourbon. Each barrel that will become Booker’s bourbon is aged in the very center of the rackhouse where the temperature and humidity combines in the perfect proportion for the finest bourbon. This is truly the absolute best bourbon available.

Tasting Notes

Age: 6 to 8 years
Proof: 121 to 127
Color: Deep, rich, smoky amber
Aroma: Big oak, vanilla, smoky charcoal
Taste: Intense, fruit, tannin, tobacco
Finish: Clean, long, intense
Award: Gold Medal Bourbon
– Wine Enthusiast
Comments: “A tasting of Small Batch Bourbons left me in awe of Booker’s.” – The Chicago Tribune”

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Posted by on January 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Sazarac Thomas Handy

“Any crispier and the glass would shatter: hard as a diamond rye, but oh! So much more of a rare and valuable gem!

Rating 94.5″
        Jim Murray’s 2009 Whiskey Bible

Bandit Review:
For the price, this is all sorts of Spice and nice!  Incredibley complex and yet affordable.  This bottle packs a punch, but for a beginner it is more approachable then lets say, George T Stagg.  The Stagg is incredible at 141.4 proof, however this is little lighter on the proof and has a smooth finish easy on the burn.  This Rye Whiskey is a must taste and loved by all the Bar Bandits!

Spiritsreview.com Review:
      “Notes: This is the first release of the Thomas Handy Sazerac and a new addition to the Antique Collection. If you can find any I suggest you grab it now it will probably be a collectors item. Production was very limited – less than 1/3 the number of barrels than the George T.Stagg.

It is the only barrel-proof rye on the market today.

      First Impression: Rye, allspice, fuity spiciness, saddle leather notes. Damn solid- most whiskey this high a proof would start to burn the nose, this one teases it.
      Taste: Nice medium/heavy body and mouth feel generating warmth wherever it touches with a spicy sourness underlying. Like a very intense almost essence of rye bread. Lingering spicy oak dryness. Remarkably smooth fpr a overproof whiskey – possibly dangerously so.”