Distillery Spotlight: Persian Empire Distillery

If you asked people what they pictured when you say Persian Empire Distillery, they probably won’t picture a craft distillery in Peterborough, Ontario – one of the first in Canada to open its doors in nearly 40 years! Since 2006, Bruce Khabbazi has been producing spirits of both european and middle-eastern heritage, and recently expanded to a new facility that shoudl more than triple their … Continue reading Distillery Spotlight: Persian Empire Distillery

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

Pike Creek 21 European Oak / Gooderham & Worts 11 Souls / Lot 40 11 Cask Strength

Thanks to the Toronto Whisky Society for pouring me these. Here we are in the second year of the Northern Border Collection. If you missed last year, well you’re useless and should feel bad. Oh, wait, no. That’s just the voices in my head directed at myself. What I meant to say is I feel sorry for you. This year has now been released, and we have… Continue reading Pike Creek 21 European Oak / Gooderham & Worts 11 Souls / Lot 40 11 Cask Strength

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2016

Thanks to /u/devoz for pouring me a sample. I usually feel a bit sheepish about some of my reviews. They’re behind the times, to be honest. However when it comes to the rarer, harder to find stuff, I’m going to review them when I get the chance. Period. Take, for instance, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye from 2016. Yes, this would have been more pertinent two years ago. However… Continue reading Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2016

High West Double Rye! Quady Black Muscat finish Premier Fine Wines and Liquor pick

Thanks to /u/ScotchChick for the sample. So let’s start High West Double Rye! That’s not me being excited, just the name of the whiskey. That’s a mixture of 2-year-old rye and 16-year-old rye, each sourced from a different company. This was made before they started adding in their own rye. Or is that Rendezvous now? I think that’s RR. None the less, we start with those. Then… Continue reading High West Double Rye! Quady Black Muscat finish Premier Fine Wines and Liquor pick

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2009

Thanks to /u/Orehnmadgib for pouring me a sample of this dram. It’s odd having a drinking buddy like /u/devoz. He’s going to joke around and be cool, and then you find out he’s the number one reviewer of BTAC on Reddit, even though he doesn’t live in Kentucky and totally doesn’t have the last name “Handy” or “Lee” that you’d expect. Not that bourbon requires you to be… Continue reading Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2009