Whiskey

Product of Canada, eh?

Tasting Notes: Tap 357 Maple Rye Whiskey

Mixing two famous Canadian products such as rye whiskey and maple syrup may seem crazy at first, but the result is far from it. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whiskey is the culmination of a match made in heaven, a perfect blend of various aged rye whiskeys ranging from 3 to 7 years and fresh, “Grade...

Lighten up

Wild Turkey Rye 81 Proof

For many of us, 101 proof alcohols conjure up fuzzy memories of enflamed shot glasses and, well, not much else. For the now more responsible — and presumably with better taste — the Lawrenceburg, Kentucky distillery famed for its high-proof whiskeys, has released Wild Turkey Rye 81 Proof. Aged for 4–5 years in “alligator” char...

Rockin' good bourbon

Tasting Notes: Rock Hill Farms Bourbon

In the single barrel bourbon space, the Buffalo Trace Distillery is at the top of our list for their variety of well-made, accessible and just generally great bourbons. Their Blanton’s Bourbon gets most of the shelf space — and for good reason, it’s delicious — but our current single barrel favorites in the Buffalo Trace...

Whiskey for the common connoisseur

Tasting Notes: Elmer T. Lee Bourbon

In addition to its flagship offering, the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY produces some of our favorite bourbons, including Eagle Rare, Rock Hill Farms and Elmer T. Lee ($28). The latter is a small batch, single barrel bourbon that’s named for the former Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace. Mr. Lee created this bourbon with...

Happy anniversary to the original small batch bourbon

Tasting Notes: Knob Creek Rye Whiskey

It’s been 20 years since Knob Creek shipped its first batch of bourbon. Back in 1992, terms like “small batch bourbon” and “super-premium” didn’t exist. Knob Creek was instrumental in creating this category, which has since been embraced by numerous brands and millions of whiskey drinkers. And now, after 20 years of success and last...

Your favorite Irish whiskey, now stronger

Tasting Notes: Redbreast 12 Cask Strength Irish Whiskey

Redbreast, makers of our favorite pure pot still Irish whiskey, recently launched Redbreast 12 Cask Strength ($65). The new whiskey begins its life as regular Redbreast 12-Year, but instead of being filtered and diluted with water to bring down the proof, the Cask Strength version goes straight into the bottle at a potent 57.7% alcohol...

Whiskey fit for a president

Tasting Notes: Jefferson’s Bourbon

Maybe it’s just our nature to root for the little guy, but man, we sure love small batch bourbons. The industry giants put out some fine products, but it’s the smaller players that take up most of the space on our home bars. Like Jefferson’s ($30), a very small batch, hand-crafted and Kentucky-bred bourbon. Jefferson’s...

Tasting Notes: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Launch Event

When Jack Daniel’s invites you to Las Vegas to try their latest whiskey, you don’t say no. Other than Lynchburg, Tennessee, we can’t think of a more appropriate venue for the launch of a new variety of America’s most iconic spirit. So this intrepid reporter, camera in tow, showed up at the MGM Grand megaplex...

Honey Baked Jack

Tasting Notes: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey

When it comes to an American spirit, it doesn’t really get any more tried, true and blue than a handle of Old No. 7. So you can imagine our surprise when we unboxed a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey ($22). After getting over the initial shock of the bottle’s packaging that says more...

Making the Best From a Bad Situation

Glennfiddich Snow Phoenix Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Attaching something like “Snow Phoenix” to the name of an otherwise perfectly good bottle of single malt might lead many to think the master distillers have been reading a bit too much Harry Potter after work. The truth is, this special run is actually the result of disaster caused by record snowfall back in January...

A whiskey by any other name...

Tasting Notes: Four Roses Bourbon

Whiskey (or whisky) drinkers tend to fall into one of two camps – single malt Scotch fans and those who favor Bourbon. Devotees of each tend to be fiercely loyal and passionate about their distilled grains. But there’s no reason why any man should limit his imbibing to the Old World or the New. After...

Turning Tradition on its Nose

Compass Box Orangerie Scotch Whisky Infusion

Scotch drinkers are a finicky bunch. We know this because Gear Patrol has its share of whisky aficionados on its staff. Drinking Scotch is an activity not to be taken lightly, and is done with a great deal of reverence. So, it’s no small feat to win over the die-hard Scotch crowd with an infused...

As good as Scotch? Blasphemy!

The Yamazaki 12-Year Old Single Malt Whisky

The Japanese have a knack for taking things made famous by other countries and duplicating them perfectly, often improving them. Think of the sports sedan, outdoor gear, tea, and the diver’s watch. But when I received a bottle of The Yamazaki 12-year old single malt as a birthday gift from some Japanese friends, I was...

Jack Daniel’s Single Whiskey Barrel

240 Bottles of J.D. – Almost Enough To Get You Through The Holidays You probably don’t know this, but there’s a pretty popular drink called Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. It’s a semi-famous drink distilled in Lynchburg, Tennessee (population: 361) and it’s been around since 1866. You probably don’t know that it might be one of America’s...

(rī)1 Whiskey

It’s Pronounced “Rye One” Well, this is surprising. Normally we expect our brown distilled bevs in a more traditional package, but the makers of Jim Beam have made a whiskey for the urbanites and sophisticates without disenfranchising the traditionalists. (rÄ«)1 is a modern take on rye whiskey. The 92 proof spirit provides a slightly spicy...

Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch Whisky

There are three main ingredients that make Laphroaig 10 year: barley, water and yeast. As Islay, a remote island in the Western Isles of Scotland (how’s that for a story) Laphroaig makes scotch and they make good scotch. With a 200 year history the community that produces this spirit knows their product and it shows...

Small Batch Bourbon

If you’re a man and enjoy a good drink then relegating yourself to beers and vodka alone is truly sad. Take your personal consumption and home bar up a notch with a small batch bourbon. It’s a drink truly made for the connoisseur. Every sip of a small batch bourbon is made to be enjoyed....

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