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Reviewing Booker's Latest Release

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It's hard to deny Booker's appeal - uncut and unfiltered, specially mixed and dedicated to the legacy of the "Big Man of Beam," Booker's Bourbon is one of the best on the market. Each batch (they release four per year), is named after something that is somehow significant to Booker Noe, grandson of Jim Beam and Master Distiller of the company from the 1960s until he death in 2004. He coined the term, "small batch" bourbon, when he introduced his own, signature line - Booker's Bourbon - in 1987.

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World Whisky Day is coming up – it is celebrated globally by whisky aficionados on the third Saturday in May. Now, notice the name is “Whisky” and not “Whiskey.” What’s the difference? Well, “whisky” is the traditional spelling of the spirit made in Scotland, while the rest of the world spells it “whiskey.”

So essentially, we’re not celebrating all whiskies, we’re celebrating the smokiest of the bunch – Scotch! And to help you celebrate, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites to help make the day even more enjoyable (and yes, we know one isn't technically a Scotch, but we wanted to rep at least one made in the U.S.). We hope you can try some of our suggestions below, and we hope you have a Happy World Whisky Day!

 

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This Sunday is Father’s Day, your chance to thank dad (or husband) for all the hard work he puts in the other 364 days of the year. It’s also your best chance to make up for all lousy gifts you’ve given him in the past. This year, get him something he’ll actually enjoy – a bottle of bourbon! We’ve put together a short list of five great bourbons guaranteed to put a smile on the old man’s face.

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It's hard to find the perfect gift for Father's Day, but if you're looking for something for a dad that's a bourbon fan, we've got some great ideas for you. We've selected 10 gifts for the bourbon lover, and we think they'd be perfect for Father's Day.

Bootleg Kit

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This Bootleg Kit contains everything you'd need (except alcohol) to age your own whiskey. All your dad has to do is add some moonshine or vodka into the barrel, then add essence and shake. Wait 2 weeks and he'll have a one of a kind barrel-aged whiskey he can serve himself and his friends. Available from $89.95.

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BB Bottle Neat GlassWe went into tasting Berentzen’s Bushel & Barrel after having tried a number of other whiskey-apple combinations. Unfortunately, that was the wrong approach, as the spiced-apple spirit Berentzen has made is completely unlike any other brand out there.

For starters, it’s much stronger than some. While Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack – billed as a Tennessee cider – ranks at about 15% ABV, Bushel & Barrel rings in at 30%. This is also substantially less than others, like Jim Beam’s Red Stag Hardcore Cider and its cough-inducing 40% ABV.

The small difference – more than one but less than the other - actually lends to Bushel & Barrel’s drinkability. Winter Jack can stands on its own with ice or warmed up because It IS a cider and there’s little alcohol to note. Red Stag on the other hand tastes like a flavored whiskey (which is what it is), the apple is only the supporting character and even then its role is minimal.

But Bushel & Barrel splits the combination right down the middle. On first sip you get huge apple flavors that compete immediately with Kentucky Bourbon. It’s a really flavorful combination that seems to wrestle at the outset, but then the two flavors make peace and the result is a great, edgy drink that is perhaps more flexible as a result.

Unlike Winter Jack for example, Bushel & Barrel can be added to warmed apple cider on a cold night. Winter Jack would simply get lost – it’s so much more apple than anything else that you couldn’t tell it’s even there. And Red Stag, while great to sip, really overpowers the delicate cider it’s added to – little cinnamon or clove will come through, just whiskey with an afterthought of apple.

Bushel & Barrel, on the other hand, is just strong enough to remind you it’s there. Added to warmed cider it cuts the winter air and quickly warms you up. On ice it’s strong enough to sip as a decent stand alone. Mix it with something like ginger ale, and you have a great tasting apple fizz (even better, use it in your next Washington Apple).

Of the three we have to say that Berentzen’s creation is probably the best all-around whiskey cider we’ve tried. And really that’s no surprise considering the age and history of the maker (Berentzen’s been around for a couple of centuries now and is known for their liqueurs).

Any of these three choices would be great selections for a cold night this winter, but the next time the snow's falling we’ll probably reach for the Berentzen Bushel & Barrel.