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Review #986 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Bill Samuel’s Jr Selection (Pt.2)

​Review #986 | Bourbon Review #514 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Bill Samuel’s Jr. Selection (Pt.2) The Schtick: Maker’s Mark, one of the larger producers of bourbon in Kentucky, produces wheated bourbon that is sold both domestically and abroad. Until recent years, Maker’s only produced a small handful of products. In the last couple of years, …

Review #978 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Hi-Time Liquors Selection

​Review #978 | Bourbon Review #510 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Hi-Time Liquors Selection The Schtick: Maker’s Mark, one of the larger producers of bourbon in Kentucky, produces wheated bourbon that is sold both domestically and abroad. Until recent years, Maker’s only produced a small handful of products. In the last couple of years, though, products …

Review #968 – Maker’s Mark Private Selection, Crown Liquor Selection 1.1

Day 3 of the Maker’s Mark Private Selection Series

Maker’s Mark, one of the larger producers of bourbon in Kentucky, produces wheated bourbon that is sold both domestically and abroad. Until recent years, Maker’s only produced a small handful of products. In the last couple of years, though, products like Maker’s Mark 46 and Maker’s Mark Cask Strength have seen domestic releases. A major criticism of the brand, though, was the absence of a barrel selection program in favor of wax dipped limited editions. That has now changed. A barrel selection at Maker’s Mark is unique, though, in that you choose a combination of staves to mature in a barrel, and that barrel is bottled. This is different from almost any other barrel selection process on the market. For better or for worse, this creates a very different product than their core line of expressions. I’ve set out to try approximately a dozen of these various private selections, completely blind, to gather my thoughts on how their releases are shaking out.

Review #948 – Hyde 1938 Special Reserve Irish Whiskey

This is a blended Irish whiskey that contains 18 year old single malt and 8 year old single grain whiskey that has been finished in a sherry cask. The 1938 is important, as it signifies the year that Hyde because President in Ireland.

HYDE Single Malt Irish whiskey is made from 100% malted barley grain from one distillery source in Ireland. It is double distilled in a traditional Copper Pot Still to our very strict HYDE specifications.

Deanston Variety Show

Recently, a Deanston rep came to town, and I had a couple drams from their core line of products. Here are my thoughts.

About 20% of their produced spirit is used for their single malt releases and 80% goes out the door to be a blend component for brands owned by Diageo and William Grant & Sons. Their recent dive into the single malt market comes with a promise to never filter or color, and they recently boosted their ABV floor from 43% ABV to 46-ish% ABV.

Review #931 – Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin

“Barr Hill Gin is our ode to the hardworking bees of the Northeast. Each batch is distilled in our custom-built botanical extraction still. The juniper-forward botanicals are brought to a perfect balance by the floral depth of the raw honey. The results are distinctive and unparalleled. How do we extract such complexity from simple raw materials? Our secrets are kept in the hive.” – Caledonia Website