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Apr 13, 2016
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    10 Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
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    Four Roses Small Batch is a straight bourbon that is comprised of 4 of the 10 recipes Four Roses employs. They use an equal measure of both of their mash bills (60% corn, 35% rye, 5% barley and 75% corn, 20% rye, 5% barley). They also use yeast strains which highlight both a light and spicy profile along with a rich and fruity one. It is bottled at 45% ABV.
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    9 Isle of Skye 12 Year
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    Isle of Skye is a whisky produced at Ian Macleod, named after the chieftain of the Macleod clan. The idea was to create a blend based on his family's 19th century recipe, which includes a high proportion of island and Speyside malts aged an average of 12 years or higher. After the whiskies are blended, they're aged together in oak to get to know one another, which is an unusual step as most blended whisky goes straight from blend to bottle.
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    8 Aerstone Land Cask 10 Year
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    Aerstone Land Cask is one of two 10 year old single malt Scotch whiskies launched by William Grant & Sons (the owners of the Glenfiddich and Balvenie Scotch whisky distilleries, amongst others). The Aerstone whiskies aim to 'demystify' whisky for beginners. The Land Cask is described as the 'rich and smoky choice.' The distillery where this is produced is not disclosed. This single malt launched in the UK in mid-September 2018 and launched in the US in September 2019.
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    7 Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye
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    Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye is a limited edition Irish whiskey available beginning mid-November 2018. It is made from a mash bill of malted and unmalted barley and around 30% rye. Since Single Pot Still whiskeys cannot have more than 5% of any grain other than barley, it doesn't qualify as such technically. It is double distilled in copper pot stills, one of which was made in the early 1800s and is the oldest working pot still in the world. Rye was used by Irish distillers in the late 1800s, but it disappeared around the time of Prohibition and the Irish War of Independence. It is the first Kilbeggan whiskey to be 100% distilled and matured at the Kilbeggan Distillery since it was restored in 2010.
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    6 Gooderham & Worts Four Grain Canadian Whisky
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    Gooderham & Worts celebrates the history behind a Toronto grist mill and distillery which first produced whisky in 1837. It closed in 1990, but at its height was producing over 2 million liters of whisky a year, which at the time was half the production in the whole of Canada. This whisky was first released in the late 90’s as part of the failed Canadian Whisky Guild Series along with Lot 40 and Pike Creek. It’s back! This bottling was distilled by Corby Distillers and production was overseen by Dr. Don Livermore. The four grains blended are corn, wheat, rye, and barley. It is bottled at 44.4% abv.
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    5 Temperance Trader Straight Bourbon
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    This sourced whiskey is produced using a high-rye mash bill (65% corn, 25% rye, 10% malted barley) and brought down to proof with water from the Bull Run Watershed. Aged for at least 6 years, this is produced in small batches consisting of 5-6 barrels so proof will vary slightly.
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    4 Elijah Craig 12 Year
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    Produced by Heaven Hill and named after the disputed inventor of Bourbon Rev. Elijah Craig; he put his whiskey into barrels that had been charred in a fire. This is a small-batch bourbon (in this case, it is made from 100 or fewer barrels) and has a traditional bourbon mash-bill (one with 70-80% corn and remainder rye and barley). Note: As of Jan 2016, this product has been discontinued and replaced with a no-age statement Small Batch bottling.
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    3 I.W. Harper Straight Bourbon
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    I.W. Harper is a brand that has existed since the 1870s, founded by Isaac Wolf and Bernard Bernheim. The name of their distillery is Bernheim, but the name "Harper" actually comes from the owner of a Kentucky Derby horse the brothers took a liking to. Though Bernheim has continuously operated since it first opened in some capacity, even during Prohibition when it made "prescription" whiskey, and in the 70s and 80s, the brand was allocated to the Asian market till now. This straight bourbon is a blend of whiskeys aged between 4 and 20 years at the Stitzel-Weller warehouse, with a mash bill of 73% corn, 18% rye and 9% malted barley.
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    2 Woodford Reserve Straight Rye
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    As of early 2015, Woodford Reserve Rye is the latest member of the Woodford family of American whiskeys to join the party! Master Distiller Chris Morris has been working on this project since 2006, as an answer to fans who for many years have been requesting a rye from this historic distillery. It's made from a 53% rye mash bill, produced and aged at their distillery in Versailles, Kentucky.
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    1 Evan Williams Single Barrel
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    Since 1983, the master distiller for Heaven Hill has chosen select barrels for this single barrel series. Each bottle is dated with the vintage date of when the bourbon was distilled along with the year it was bottled. Additionally, each bottle bares a serial number of the barrel from which it was drawn. Bottled at 86.6 proof.