In the words of the great Pointer Sisters, "I'm so excited, and I just cant hide it..." Dusty & Wayne are back again for a super exciting tasting of a brand new Jim Beam product called Little Book "The Easy". But thats not all, we answer listener questions, and we answer them well. Wayne shares his opinions on the rankings of bourbon by the media. Dusty drinks a liitle too much moonshine. So buckle up, strap in, mow the lawn, and put out the cat because the Revue de Bourbon train is running on overdrive!
Hey Now! All aboard the bourbon train, we are on a one way trip to the famous Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville on the Urban Bourbon Trail! Bourbon steward/sommelier Troy Ritchie sits down with Dusty and Hot Rod to explain how The Brown Hotel does the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. We also chat about about a suprise bourbon and Hot Rod's love for Hot Brown's. So pack your bags, put out the cat, and stop the mail because we're headed down the dusty trail. See you on the podwaves!
On this episode of the Revue de Bourbon Podcast we head to Peerless Distiling Co. and chat with Head Distiller Caleb Kilburn. This is our very first distillery visit and it's right here in downtown Louisville, Ky. Caleb educates us on history, distilling, and Whiskey Advocates "15th best whiskey worldwide" for 2017, their 2yr Rye Whiskey. You're not going to want to miss this one, the train's leaving the station so hop on!
Tasting Notes - Peerless Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 2yr.
Single Barrel / Fruit & Floral / Proof - 108.4 / MSRP - $125
As mentioned in the podcast the small batch is a blend of approximately 6 barrels from 3 pillars of flavor. This is a single barrel, specifically from the ‘fruit & floral” pillar.
Taste – honeysuckle, cherry, fresh cut wood, strawberry malt, bitter chocolate
Smell – lemon, dandelion, dark berries, sheet cake
Sight – dark tea with a hue of cherry, gorgeous bottle that captures the essence of tradition whilst distinguishing itself amongst the rest
Touch – gentle, in a Clint Eastwood kind of a way
Sound – Little Jimmy Dickens
Hey, look out! The Revue de Bourbon train is coming in hot to trot! On this episode Dusty & Wayne discuss not one, not two, but three bourbons from the great Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. The main feature is Old Bardstown coming in at 101 proof, along with a blind tasting of Rowan's Creek and a Willett Family Estate 7yr. Bourbon. We also take to social media to answer listener questions and things get a little out of hand when Wayne gets a question about tequila. There's train loads of bourbon comin' down them there tracks so hop on, satisfaction guaranteed!
Tasting Notes - Old Bardstown Estate Bottled
Taste - corn husk, burnt sugar, fresh leafy herbs, peanuts
Smell - orange, corny, nectar, vanilla, oily
Sight - light tobacco, bottle leaves a little to be desired, wax covered top is mismatch for the basic unrecognizable label
Touch - medium-firm, like a handshake in a job interview
Sound - early Bonnie Raitt
On this episode of Revue de Bourbon Wayne falls ill and guest host Frank del Franko steps in to chat with Dusty. Our featured bourbon is John J. Bowman Pioneer Spirit by the A. Smith Bowman Distillery. But you can't talk about Johnny J. without bringing up the Buffalo Trace Distillery and their common bond. We do a blind tasting of other whiskies with the same mashbill and see how they stand up to eachother. Frank del Franko lets us know what's in his liquor cabinet. Dusty delivers some whiskey news you probably don't know about. It's all about the John J. Bowman (1/3)Virginia (2/3's Kentucky) Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Sit down, strap in, and lock up, the Revue de Bourbon train is leaving the station, all aboard!
Tasting Notes - John J. Bowman
Taste - french toast w/ powdered sugar, lemon, spiced oak
Smell - sweet, vanilla, fresh citrus, apple pie
Sight - lightly tanned leather
Touch - medium-gentle, like holding a golf club
Sound - Allman Bros. (ramblin' man)
Let's keep this Rye train a rollin' all night long! On this episode of Revue de Bourbon we cover Russell's Reserve 6yr Rye by Wild Turkey. It's no secret this is one of Waynes favorite distilleries, so we feature a cocktail using the rye called the Cynar Totonto. Quickdraw is an all "Russell" theme, and Dusty talks about hate mail. This and much more on Revue de Bourbon Podcast!
Dusty and Wayne return to the podwaves after a brief hiatus/sabbatical with a brand new episode! The whiskey up for review is a two for one, Basil Hayden Rye and Dark Rye. Long-time listener and second time caller Brian phones in and consfuses everyone. We also have the privilage to ask the man himself, Mr. Merideth Basil Hayden Sr., 20 questions in a new segment called "20 Questions with a Famous Person". Theres also whiskey filled chocolates from Andalusia Whiskey Co., a Christmas themed Quickdraw, and much much more!!
Tasting Notes -
Rye (Exclusive Release) - Nicely balanced yet not quite achieving the rye punch we were looking for. Although once again Basil Hayden comes through with a very flavorful 80 proof whiskey. Like its bourbon contemporary, the Rye has a lot to offer with strong but suble hints of orange, ginger, and perhaps a sprinkling of baseball mit leather.
"...i've never had it." - Caller Brian
"A beautiful rye finish." - Wayne
Dark Rye - Not just a clever name, it's dark, and delicious. If you like port then you will certainly be pleased with this new product from Basil Hayden. The rich bitter raisiny sweetness of the California port is a nice juxtaposition to the spiciness of the rye. Best enjoed with an ice cube after dinnner.
"It's almost refreshing!" - Wayne
"I'm going to pour a little bit more." - Dusty
Hurry up and get to the podwaves! Dusty & Wayne are back in action and coming in hot with a new epidode featuring two top-flight craft distilleries. Kings County Distilling from Brooklyn, NY and Westland Distilling from Seattle, WA.
- Westland Distillery
Sherry Wood American Single Malt - Color is deep with slight redish as you would expect coming from a sherry barrel. Fruity nose. Palate is brandy like, cherry, fruity, maintaining the whiskey integrity throughout for a mature hot finish. Quite nice for a picnic.
– “a good transition for that scotch drinker looking to try whiskey” – HotRod (RDB guesthost)
American Oak Single Malt – Light in color. Cinnamony, nutty, almondy, chocolatey, stouty!
- “that was a really good one” – Bill Clemson (RDB interrupter)
Peated American Single Malt – Nose comes with a nice dose of smokey sweetness. Not as scotchy as one may think. Robust, and should be enjoyed often.
- “it’s a lot like an islay scotch, just a bit sweeter” – Wayne (RDB Co-Host)
- Kings County Distillery
Single Malt Whiskey – Nose has an incredible freshness, light and floral. A Sunday morning kind whiskey.
- “…that’s nothing to shake a stick at.” Dusty Pockets (RDB Co-Host)
Peated Bourbon – Rich and bourbony, old timey, mature. A nice cigar would enhance the experience but certainly not needed.
- “… i want to keep drinking it to figure it out, I’m going to need a lot more.” – Wayne (RDB Co-Host)
Barrel Proof Bourbon – Hot candy smell. Reminischent of mellow corn, and we like that. This one kicks things in to overdrive.
- “man look at the color of that!” – Wayne (RDB Co-Host)
What is George Dickel's middle name.....? Find this out, and much more on this episode of the Revue de Bourbon Podcast! We have two selections up for review from George Dickel, the Rye Whisky & No. 12 Whisky. Wayne starts a new segment of the show called, "Wayne Reads Whatever Is On The Bottle!" Very exciting stuff! Our featured cocktail is named the Southern Simplicity taken straight from the George Dickel website. We have a guest in the house named Derrick, and we get personal with Wayne. You don't want to miss this one!
Tasting Notes - (W)George Dickel No.12 & (R)Rye Whisky
Taste - (w)butterscotch, sawdust, hazlenut
(r)lime, gingerbread, late peppery spice
Smell - (w)kettle corn, grilled ribeye
(r)fresh lemons, western blazer w/tassels, riesens candy
Sight - (w)dirt road in Georgia
(r)dirt road in Tennessee
Touch - (w)200 grit sandpaper
(r)180 grit sandpaper
Sound - Merle Haggard
Dusty & Wayne return once again for the final first round of "Bottom Shelf Blind Bourbon Taste Test Challenge!" That's right, we've blindly tasted 15 bourbons from the bottom shelf or $15 and less. For this episode we brought in special guest Les Wilhelm, a jack of many trades. On the menu for tonight's review is Kentucky Tavern, Rebel Yell, and David Nicholson 1843. We also have a spirited round of "Quickdraw" where Wayne and Les answer some bottom shelf questions, but probably not the kind you're thinking of. Look out! Revue de Bourbon podcast train is coming through full steam ahead....