Booker’s Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task

Thanks to /u/devoz for this dram. Canadian whisky is allowed to still be called Canadian whisky and keep its age statement assuming that less than 1/11th of it is made up of spirits that have been aged at least two years or non-spirit (or wine) added. This was so that we could add in American whisky to ours and give it flavour. Oh, I’m sorry, I guess… Continue reading Booker’s Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task

Booker’s Rye Big Time Batch

Thanks to /u/devoz for this sample. When Booker’s Rye Big Time Batch came out, I sadly couldn’t obtain some. Changing careers, not having children to sell, various other things that came up like needing food to live all got in the way. However, through some swaps, I was eventually able to get it. The idea behind it? Back in 2003, Booker Noe laid down barrels of rye before he… Continue reading Booker’s Rye Big Time Batch

Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2016-01E

Thanks to /u/throzen for sharing a dram of this one at our recent tasting (that I’ve written up). So in this tasting we’ve had an independent bottle, something from Buffalo Trace, something from Heaven Hill, Four Roses and something from Wild Turkey. We missing anyone? Oh, yes. Silly us. Beam. We need to try a new variation of Beam, less we release the demons from ages… Continue reading Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2016-01E

Knob Creek 25th Anniversary

Thanks to /u/devoz for sharing this sample with me. Anniversaries are an interesting thing. In theory we shouldn’t give a rat’s puckered butt about how long anyone has been doing something unless we know them. However time and time again people celebrate anniversaries that they have little invested in. I think it’s part of the human experience. We know that doing something for a long time is… Continue reading Knob Creek 25th Anniversary

TWS attends Jim Beam Black & Double Oaked pre-launch party + reviews!

A few weeks ago we received an email from PraxisPR, inviting us to attend the pre-launch party and tasting of the new Jim Beam Double Oaked and Black extra aged. So we, Bryan and Kyle, dutifully went to the Village Cigar Company & Barbershop for cocktails, old timey vaudevillian music, and in Bryan’s case, a free haircut won in a draw!  This place was peak hipster, and … Continue reading TWS attends Jim Beam Black & Double Oaked pre-launch party + reviews!

Toronto Whisky Society’s <10yr/NAS Social Event

Looks like them Toronto Whisky Society boys (and ladies) are up to no good again folks. Just kidding, we’re always up to great good. It was a slightly windy day in First Spring when the TWS (owners of this here website and such) had a good ol’ tastin’. We headed to Dupont, set out the nicest crackers, dark chocolates, and cheesey-poofs, and invited everyone. Entry? Well … Continue reading Toronto Whisky Society’s <10yr/NAS Social Event

Old Grand Dad triple review (80, Bottled in Bond, 114 proof)

Thanks to /u/I_SAID_NO_GOLDFISH, /u/stinkysauce and /u/Jolarbear for these samples. I almost feel like I don’t need to introduce the Old Grand Dad Bourbon series. It was created by Raymond Basil and named after his grandfather. Or really everyone’s grandfather. His name was Basil Hayden Sr. So I guess the other bourbon wasn’t good enough in the naming department. Or he was bad at names. I’m going to… Continue reading Old Grand Dad triple review (80, Bottled in Bond, 114 proof)

Jim Beam Red Stag Hardcore Cider

Thank you to… damn, didn’t write it down. Sorry about that. Some guy gave me this. He didn’t want anything back. Said it was bad. I’ve said, multiple times, that if someone releases something and calls it a whiskey, I’ll review it. Recently I’ve had quite a few whiskies from different distilleries that most people have commented on as “rough” and “holy damn that wasn’t… Continue reading Jim Beam Red Stag Hardcore Cider