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The final distillery we visited was Four Roses. I’ve been a fan of the Single Barrel for a while (and unsuccessfully tried to get my hands on the 2014 special release all year long), so this was another I was looking forward to. Somewhat disappointingly, Four Roses doesn’t age on-site, so we got to see […]

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The third stop on the trip was to Buffalo Trace, producer of several of my favorite bourbons. We called in advance and were set up with a pretty great private tour of the inner workings of the distillery. It happened to be a Sunday and no one was actually working, which turned out to be fortunate for us in terms of […]

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Next up, and just down the road from Heaven Hill was one I’d been really looking forward to: Willett Distillery. Occupying a strange middle ground between craft microdistillery and large producer, Willett places their emphasis on very specific small-scale methods that can only really be this closely controlled when making a more manageable amount of product. […]

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Our first stop was the Heaven Hill Distillery. The largest family-owned, and second-largest holder of barreled bourbon in the world, clocking in at 1.5 Million 53-gallon barrels. According to Heaven Hill, bourbon came about when Elijah Craig had a barn fire that charred the inside of his barrels. After deciding to use the barrels anyway […]

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A couple of weeks ago, Whiskey Club took a trip to Kentucky with the singular purpose of enjoying some great bourbon and rye. While we achieved that, we also managed to learn a ton of stuff about where my favorite spirit is made. There’s a veritable mountain of history and tradition that differs from distillery to distillery, […]

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Yesterday, I had a chance to check out the newest in the recent string of whiskey-centric bars opening in Philadelphia. Bank & Bourbon (infuriatingly similar in name to the also-new Bourbon & Branch in Northern Liberties, sure to confuse me more than it should for the foreseeable future) is located at 1200 Market Street, attached […]

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After a month that seemed to take far too long, Jen and I got together with 8 other like-minded drinkers from Philadelphia for the express purpose of opening and consuming a bottle of whiskey that at least one of us had been meaning to try. Due to some really fortunate timing and a tip from […]

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Slow Learner 1 oz Bourbon (I used Elijah Craig) 0.5 oz Aalborg Akvavit 0.5 oz Benedictine 0.5 oz lemon juice 2 dashes Hella Bitters Wormwood 0.75 strawberry rhubarb syrup Shake ingredients well with ice and strain over a large ice cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with a strawberry and a lemon peel. NOTES: I […]

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Nog the Halls

Last week, I wrote a holiday themed classic cocktail post for Drink Philly, featuring some of my favorite recipes. I made almost all of them for our holiday cocktail party on Friday, but I ended up tweaking the eggnog recipe last minute because I found an almost empty bottle of ROOT in the back of […]

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The Orchard Keeper 1.5 oz Eagle Rare Bourbon 0.5 oz Laird’s 100 Proof Apple Brandy 0.25 oz Nocello Walnut Liqueur 1 oz Grenadine 3 drops Autumn Spice Bitters Shake ingredients well with cracked ice and strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with candied ginger and cinnamon. NOTES: This one is […]

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