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Axis of Whisky  Musings, reviews & booze from Baldo Oakstave (LA), Thane McDram & J.T. Rickhouse (Chicago). All original pics & reviews. #axisofwhisky

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Fondly remembering this killer sherried single cask @mackmyrawhisky from my distillery visit - about which a full write-up is coming soon - while listening to the great @thisismydram interview with MM Master Blender Angela D'Orazio. .
Hope your #WhiskyWeekend has been a fine one, friends! Skål! -BO
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When it comes to bourbon and rye whiskeys we all have our favorites, but sometimes there’s nothing like satisfying the urge to try something new and different. The question is where do you go to find that “something different”? The previous batches of Barrell bourbon have been a part of my answer to that question, so I was eager to give the new Barrell Rye Batch 001 a go.
Although Barrell is in the process of building its own distillery in Louisville, it continues to do an amazing job sourcing and bottling cask strength whiskeys (and rum) from different distilleries. Each batch is a unique blend of whiskeys that provides a new experience with every release, and this inaugural rye batch is no exception. This is a unique blend of rye from MGP and an undisclosed Tennessee distillery. There is a higher component of the MGP rye, which has an interesting 51% rye/49% malted barley mash bill.
Sweet caramel, toffee and butterscotch lead on the pleasant nose and are followed by a soft rye spice. The palate has a similar sweet and spicy profile but there’s an additional complexity of malt and citrus. As the palate transitions to the finish, the familiar MGP mint notes become evident and intermingle beautifully with the malt flavors. The finish is a little subtle but quite sustained with rye spice and malt.
For its first rye batch Barrell could have released your typical and familiar sourced rye, but instead we get something both different and delicious. Cheers! -JTR

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The whisk(e)y industry is constantly changing. Tastes evolve, ingredients can grow scarce, conglomerations take over small distillers. So I found it fascinating when a distiller continues to buck trends.

Take Anchor Distilling, for example. Credited by some as having created the first craft whiskey in Old Potrero, Ancho has somewhat bucked the trend of distillery takeovers, by going down the path of full independence. It should be an exciting time, if the Single Malt Rye (48.5% ABV, $70) and the 18th Century Style Whiskey (51.2% ABV, $65) are any indication.

The rye is my favorite of the two. Aged in new handmade oak barrels, it has a funky nose of pine trees, soft candies, and cinnamon. The palate is quite complex. Rye spice and oak to be sure, but also a bt of medium roast coffee, peasant loaf bread, and just made caramel. The finish is a bit abrupt for my taste and veers towards the medicinal at the backend. I've enjoyed some terrific Manhattans with this, but it's solid all on its own.

The 18th Century Style is quite unlike any whiskey I've ever had. There's absolute sawdust in the nose, along with a hint of marzipan, lemon frosting, and rich cocoa. The palate was intiially all dust and raw spice, but a pleasant rye bread note soon emerged, along with garden mint and Cadbury's chocolate. The finish was longer than I expected and very nicely brought the fresh bakery bread back to the fore.

These were the first Old Potrero's I've tried and, as I said, I think the rye is the standout. I'm quite curious as to what the future and full independence will bring. For now, I'll wish you all a happy Friday. Cheers, friends! - TM #kanpai #whisky #whiskey #whiskygram #whiskeygram #whiskycollection #americanwhiskey #instadram #instawhisky #instawhiskey #dram #drinkstagram #drinks #booze #rye #ryewhisky #ryewhiskey #booze #alcohol #hooch #cheers #slainte #oldpotrero

The seventh installment of Bruichladdich's Micro-Provenance digital whisky tasting is happening today live from the distillery and is sure to be another amazing experience. Featured will be this trifecta of Islay Barley single casks (No #1694, #2431 and #4019). Join us online this afternoon as Head Distiller Adam Hannett leads the exploration of these beauties. Link to the live stream is in our bio. Also, in case you missed it, check out our recently published, entertaining and informative interview with Adam on axisofwhisky.com. Cheers! - JTR

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When you're not quite in the mood for a whisky, what's your favorite malternative pour? The brilliant American brandies from @copperandkings are go-tos for me all the time. This Small Batch is rich, round, and endlessly drinkable (full review on axisofwhisky.com) - and @klwines currently has it (shippable) at a crazy low price.
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Here's to bending the rules on a fine #WhiskyWednesday. Cheers, friends! -BO
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I rarely consider myself to be a homer. While I'm very fond of my home state and allow myself to be tortured by my beloved White Sox, I tend not to look at Illinois through rose-colored glasses.

But when it comes to the whiskies being made here, I'm an unabashed homer and that's because they're all so damn good. One of my new favorite distilleries is DeKalb's Whiskey Acres and they may have outdone themselves with their Blue Popcorn (ABV 43.5%, $29.99.) The latest in their Artisan Series, the Blue Popcorn offers up a nose, unsurprisingly, of freshly popped corn and layers in green apple, freshly baled hay, and carmelized bacon.
The palate sings a song of summer. Of course there are elements of movie popcorn, but I also caught traces of elephant ears, sizzling pork loin, fritters, and an ever so faint dried apricot.
The finish was just superb. Long, but doesn't outstay it's welcome and it brings to mind bobbing for apples and offers slight hints of light cocoa and a smoked sausage. These guys keep topping themselves and I can't wait to see what comes next. Happy Monday, friends! - TM #craftwhiskey #whisky #whiskey #whiskygram #instadram #instawhisky #instawhiskey #booze #bourbon #dram #drinkstagram #alcohol #hooch #illinois #cheers #slainte

What's your favorite sub-$50 bourbon? Four Roses Single Barrel is definitely in my top 5.
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Profiles vary slightly as with any single barrel, but this standard SB uses 4R's OBSV recipe (see their website for details), is a robust 50% ABV, and goes for $40. Perfect balance of corn sweetness, toffee, oak, baking spices, sweet leather & tobacco, with the high rye (35% of the mashbill) providing plenty of definition.
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There are cheaper bourbons on the market of course, but this one outstrips many at twice the price.
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Hope your weekend's been a good one. Cheers, friends! -BO
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It's always nice when one of the good guys succeeds.

About six years ago, Mrs. McDram asked me if I'd heard about this new distillery in Evanston, Illinois. Craft bourbon and rye. Local ingredients. Of course I was intrigued.

Well, it's been a tick over six years and this craft distillery startup has become one of the most respected American distilleries...in the world. Friends text me photos of F.E.W in Scotland, Hong Kong, Russia. I talk with distillers who speak in hushed, reverent tones, about the work that Paul Hletko and his team are doing. And I continue to be amazed at, well, the sheer balls of these guys to continue experimenting, playing, and trying to perfect their art. I've long been on record as a massive fan of the bourbon and rye and you should all grab a bottle. But for now, I'll just wish the crew a belated birthday and say that I can't wait to see what they do next. - TM #slainte #kanpai #cheers #chicago #craftwhiskey #few #whisky #booze #bourbon #rye #ryewhisky #whisky #whiskey #whiskygram #whiskeygram #instadram #instawhisky #instawhiskey #dram #alcohol #hooch #fewspirits

Like the Laphroaig Quarter Cask? You'll love it at cask strength. That's what the new Cairdeas is: a (no age statement) Laphroaig matured for 5+ yrs in ex-Maker's Mark barrels, then finished for 6 mos in 21-gallon quarter casks & bottled at 57.2% ABV.
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The extra potency does great things. The nose is unmistakably Laphroaig–sweet and peaty–but with a twist. Clementines, canned peaches, an enigmatic floral note. White chocolate—flecked with candied ginger.
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The palate is salty & spicy, particularly w/o water. Red pepper flakes. Salted caramel. Dry smoke. With water, more sweetness. The peat tips toward mesquite–as opposed to the iodine of the Laphroaig 10–wrapped in a blanket of vanilla. Ashiness and sweetness intertwine on the very long finish that leads you all the way back to Islay.
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Cheers to the #WhiskyWeekend, friends! -BO
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Not all whisky pairing dinners are equal and the one hosted by Nikka's Naoki Tomoyoshi at Chicago's hip Bad Hunter is one that TM and I will remember for awhile.
Emphasizing the integration of the whisky and food, Naoki's approach to their pairing was focused on combining both in your mouth at the same time, alternating between starting with the whisky and the food - similar to the overall style of Japanese eating, where multiple dishes are combined at the same time.
The dinner also featured the new US release of the Nikka gin and vodka that are distilled on their famous Coffey stills. I particularly enjoyed the gin gimlet offered. However, I was most excited to hear about a new Nikka whisky in the works for the US market. Exact details weren't disclosed, except that it will be cask finished. Yum.

Check out axisofwhisky.com for BO's prior reviews of Nikka's releases and happy whisky Wednesday, friends! -JTR

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In the immortal words of Wesley Snipes, always bet on black. Especially when it's the newest member of Highland Park core North American range and a damn fine NAS. Reviews on both are forthcoming, but for now, I'm just glad to have facilitated this little family reunion. Cheers, friends! - TM #slainte #cheers #whisky #whiskey #whiskygram #whiskycollection #whiskyfun #instadram #instawhisky #instawhiskey #instascotch #highlandpark #scotch #scotchwhisky #singlemalt #singlemaltwhisky #booze #hooch #alcohol #thirstytuesdays #dram #drinkstagram

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