TASTING REVIEW: HENRY MCKENNA 10 YEAR BOTTLED IN BOND

In 2015, after catching a Sunday-morning radio interview with bourbon aficionado Fred Minnick, I immediately ordered his book, Bourbon Curious [commission link: https://amzn.to/30wBgE8%5D. It was while reading the history of a number of great distilleries and individual brands that he mentioned Henry McKenna Bourbon, produced by Heaven Hill in Bardstown. Yes, Heaven Hill produces a … Continue reading TASTING REVIEW: HENRY MCKENNA 10 YEAR BOTTLED IN BOND

TASTING REVIEW: FOUR ROSES SMALL BATCH 

It was right there in plain sight the entire time. Many will recognize the famous Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph of a US sailor kissing a woman in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945.  But did you notice the moniker on the building in the background? Zoom in. Yep. It’s a Four Roses lighted advertisement that … Continue reading TASTING REVIEW: FOUR ROSES SMALL BATCH 

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: BASICS OF HORSE RACING BETS

With the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, you might want a mint julep in one hand and a betting ticket in the other hand. Wagering on horse racing can be intimidating, but here's some information to help you sort through the dizzying array of betting options. DISCLOSURE:  Always wager responsibly. If you or someone … Continue reading BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: BASICS OF HORSE RACING BETS

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL

With the current billion-dollar bourbon boom, it’s no wonder the Kentucky Bourbon Trail has been experiencing a record number of visitors. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail launched back in 1999 - the same year that Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace hit theaters, soccer star David Beckham married Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham, Backstreet Boys’ … Continue reading WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE KENTUCKY BOURBON TRAIL

TASTING REVIEW: TULLAMORE DEW 12 YEAR IRISH WHISKEY

In celebration of International Whiskey Day, I broke out a bottle of one of my favorite Irish whiskeys. Several months back, we caught a Broadway production in a nearby city and we had dinner at a traditional Irish restaurant. I asked the bartender what kind of Irish whiskey he'd recommend for a bourbon drinker and … Continue reading TASTING REVIEW: TULLAMORE DEW 12 YEAR IRISH WHISKEY

ORANGE BOURBON CHICKEN

Many of us are trying to eat healthier and low-carb, but low-carb doesn’t have to mean low-flavor.  Check out my interpretation of a classic grilled chicken breast and sides. Serves 2 Glaze 1 Tbsp butter ¼ cup orange marmalade ¼ cup pure maple syrup 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard ¼ tsp Old Bay Seasoning 4 Tbsp … Continue reading ORANGE BOURBON CHICKEN

TASTING REVIEW: JIM BEAM REPEAL BATCH 

I saw a display of this at my neighborhood grocery store and it immediately caught my eye. At $18 and a limited edition, I didn't have much to lose, right? Hitting shelves during the Fall of 2018, this arrived just in time to celebrate the 85th anniversary of Prohibition's repeal (December 5). I wondered how … Continue reading TASTING REVIEW: JIM BEAM REPEAL BATCH 

STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT BOURBON

Walk into any of your favorite shopping sites for bourbon and you'll see a dizzying array of words on a label.  Here are some of the most common words you may see: ABV:  Abbreviation for alcohol by volume.  An ABV of 40 indicates that the bottle you're holding contains 40% alcohol.  Multiply this by two … Continue reading STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT BOURBON

TASTING REVIEW: OLD FORESTER STRAIGHT RYE WHISKY

Confession time: I'm not a huge rye whisky fan. I enjoy a solid bourbon or an occasional whiskey (and rarely a scotch). I've had an opportunity to sample Woodford Reserve Rye, which I would call "very approachable" for non-rye drinkers, due to the sweetness offered by its number two ingredient - corn. There have been … Continue reading TASTING REVIEW: OLD FORESTER STRAIGHT RYE WHISKY