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Welcome to our Featured Spirit Archives. Here, you can read about our experiences with various spirits and become privy to some of our favorite brands of each spirit that we've stumbled upon so far.

You can select a spirit category from the list below to learn about that category. From there, you can select any of the spirits we've featured so far within that category and read what we had to say.

If you have comments regarding the spirits we've selected or have an opinion about what we should feature next, feel free to contact us.



Brewers’ Whiskey - Walleye Rye PDF Print E-mail
Featured Spirits - Whiskies

a picture of New Holland's Walleye Rye Brewers Whiskey
New Holland Brewing Co.
New Holland, MI
90 proof


New Holland’s “Brewers’ Whiskey” is a series of small-barrel whiskeys twice distilled from a “beer wash” and laid down in small casks with a heavy char. The Walleye Rye is one of these specialized, small-release whiskeys. Only 350 bottles of Walleye were released in 375 ml bottles. They come with a bit of a price tag, around $35, but if you can find one, snag it up it’s worth every penny!

This was, without a doubt, the most unique, bordering-on-bizarre whiskey our panel tasted. Every time we thought we pinned down a flavor or aroma, something new would bubble to the surface. The aroma is very fruity about as fruity a whiskey as I’ve ever encountered with notes of apple, pear, cherry, fig and apricot. The flavor was constantly shifting fruity and spicy, then woody, then hints of maple and finishing with ginger. Countless other flavors fell in between, but seemed to slip through our fingers before we could fully grasp them. Truly, this is a whiskey that could be sipped and talked about for hours. Very complex and unique. Surely, this whiskey is not for everyone, but the experience alone makes it worth a hunt for this elusive product.

 
Woodford Reserve PDF Print E-mail
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a picture of Woodford Reserve bourbon
The Woodford Reserve Distillery
Versailles, KY
90.4 proof



Woodford Reserve is one of those iconic, high-quality bourbons that we simply couldn’t pass up when talking about American Whiskey. Owned by the Brown-Foreman company and distilled in Woodford County, Kentucky, it has become a benchmark bourbon; it is a whiskey by which other bourbons are judged.

In our tasting, we used Woodford Reserve to establish something of a baseline. The nose is iconically bourbon — butterscotch and caramel with just a hint of something earthy and/or woody. One person in our tasting panel suggested cardboard. I don’t think that’s inaccurate. Caramel, butterscotch and rich oak come through in the flavor, with subtleties of white pepper and maple toward the finish. This bourbon is full-bodied and extremely smooth, finishing dry and sweet. There is good reason this is one of the whiskey elite. ~$30.

 
High West Double Rye PDF Print E-mail
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a picture of High West's Double Rye
High West Distillery
Park City, UT
92 proof



High West’s Double Rye is a tale of two rye whiskeys (neither of which are actually distilled by High West) that were masterfully blended by High West Distillery and bottled for the true rye lover. The first rye in the blend is an impressive 95% rye whiskey aged only 2 years. This young, hot and spicy whiskey is then blended with a very mature, mellow and smooth 16-year-old low rye whiskey (53% rye, 37% corn). The result is a complex, bold yet amazingly smooth whiskey.

Big spiced apple hits the nose with light notes of licorice and caramel. The flavor is exceptionally fruity (mostly apple) with an amazing blend of spices — clove, cinnamon, licorice and pepper. Some oak character shines through and it finishes dry and slightly bitter from the oak, turning to sweet caramel that lingers a long while — well worth the ~$40 price tag. We also tasted the High West Bourye, a blend of bourbon and rye, that we all thoroughly enjoyed. Both are highly recommended, but the Bourye is in very limited quantities.

 
Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut” PDF Print E-mail
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a picture of Jim Beam's Devil's Cut
James B. Beam Distilling Co.
Frankfort, KY
90 proof


Devil’s Cut is the newest product in a long line of bourbons from Jim Beam. In their own words: “As bourbon ages, a portion of the liquid is lost from the barrel due to evaporation — that's the ‘Angel's Share.’ After aging, when the bourbon is dumped out of the barrel, a certain amount of whiskey is left trapped within the wood of every barrel. We call that the ‘devil's cut.’” The distillers at Jim Beam extract this oak-rich bourbon that is normally trapped within the barrel, blend it with 6 year old bourbon and bottle it at 90 proof. The result is a very bold, oaky bourbon unlike anything else on the market.

The aroma is primarily oak, cherry and caramel. The flavor is very woody; some of our tasters considered it entirely too woody. Huge charred wood dominates the flavor, but hints of cherry, fig and some vanilla and caramel come through also. The spirit is relatively thin on the palate and quite hot. It finishes dry and slightly bitter, but long into the finish some cherry comes through. This was a polarizing spirit with our tasting panel — some loved it, some hated it. Me? I thought it was a great change of pace from typical whiskey profiles and will definitely buy a bottle for my private collection. ~$25.

 
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