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2014 William Larue Weller

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William Larue Weller is a name that you (should) know if you drink bourbon.  Credited as one of the greatest bourbon innovators of the 19th century, Mr. Weller is attributed as the creator of wheated bourbon.  Paying homage to this, the Weller line of wheated bourbons exists to this day, produced by Buffalo Trace.  That being said no expression of the Weller line pays higher respect to the man himself than the bottle that exhibits his full name, William Larue Weller (WLW).   A Bugatti amongst bourbons, WLW is a vintage dated and venerable wheated […]

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Buffalo Trace, Royal Liquors Single Barrel

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I’ve been really fortunate with finding some great single barrel picks lately from some shops here in San Francisco.  Situated in the heart of San Francisco’s Polk Street, bordering the Tenderloin, is Royal Liquors.  Judging from its outward appearance, one may find Royal as austere and more of a wall flower amongst San Francisco’s many colorful businesses and signature, flamboyant style landmarks – on the side of the building is a colorful depiction of the royal faces in a deck of playing cards.  However after stepping inside you’ll realize that Royal isn’t just another Polk […]

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Old Weller Antique 107, Cask Single Barrel

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For those of you who know bourbon, and San Francisco, then you know Cask.  Recognized as “Artisanal Beverage Purveyors” of the Bay Area, San Francisco’s premier spirit store Cask is the destination for locals and nonnatives alike looking for premier spirits.  Specializing in whiskey, specifically domestic whiskey, Cask typically boasts a handful of single barrel picks including, but not limited to, bourbon, rye and single malt.  They also showcase an impressive Scotch, Irish, mezcal, and tequila selection along with rum, gin, vodka, liqueurs, amaros, vermouths, bitters, wine, barware and cigars.   In the case of […]

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Elijah Craig 12 Year

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As some of you reading this may already know, Heaven Hill recently announced in January that they would be removing Elijah Craig’s 12 year age statement.  Many knew this was coming for a while, especially after HH moved its rather pronounced, red 12 year age statement to its back label summary in 2015.  At this point it wasn’t a matter of if, but when.  ‘When’ came sooner than some expected but following the economics and lifeblood of the whiskey market, this has become not unusual.  To little surprise, the subtraction of Elijah Craig’s age statement […]

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Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel, BevMo! Single Barrel

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First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope you all had safe holidays and that the whiskey in your glass was in no short supply.  Secondly I want to thank everyone that has stopped by here at Bourbon & House, and if this is your first time, welcome!  2015 came to a swift close but as we find ourselves freshly into 2016 I wanted to start things right by sharing about a very special bottle of bourbon (and the barrel it slept in) that comes from Wild Turkey. When one […]

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2015 A Midwinter Nights Dram Act 3 Scene 3

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Few things pair like the marriage of long, cold winter nights and whiskey.  Although it’s not technically winter quite yet, High West’s ‘A Midwinter Nights Dram’ could become the archetypical cold weather whiskey that defines this marriage – regardless of season.  A Midwinter Nights Dram (MWND) is High West’s inaugural ‘Rendezvous Rye’ (a blend of a 6 and 16 yr rye whiskeys) which is then finished in ex French Oak and Port barrels. As you may have guessed, the name ‘A Midwinter Nights Dram’, is a take on Shakespeare’s comedy play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.  […]

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2015 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

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I’m sure most people reading this post have had birthday bourbon, that is, bourbon on your birthday.  But you may have not had Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon (OFBB).  Each year on September 2nd, the Brown-Forman Distillery, who produces Old Forester, releases OFBB in honor of founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday.  OFBB is a vintage dated bourbon, bottled from one single day of production, and aged 12 years. The 2015 release is the 14th installment, has been bottled for the first time at 100 proof and according to Master Distiller Chris Morris: “This particular lot of […]

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2015 Parker’s Heritage Collection 8yr Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey

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I don’t think many will argue that few producers of American whiskey have as diverse and an innovatively driven approach to releasing high caliber, expressions of whiskey, like that of Heaven Hill (HH).  Being the second largest holder of bourbon in the world, HH is known for their flagship bourbon, aptly named “Heaven Hill ‘Old Style Bourbon’”, Evan Williams and Elijah Craig.  The pinnacle of their potential however, is often seen through their Parker’s Heritage Collection release which is an annual, limited edition whiskey that changes from year to year both fundamentally and idiosyncratically.  As […]

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Old Weller Antique 107, Healthy Spirits Single Barrel

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Living in the Bay Area, like in any major metropolitan area, it can be taxing trying to keep up on everything going on within the whiskey world – particularly as it pertains to the bourbon community here.  Thats why I always love when clients help me out by dropping me juicy morsels of intel such as when certain stores will be hosting lotteries for limited whiskeys, when something allocated is coming in, or in the case of this review when a store purchases a barrel of something.  Especially when that barrel is a barrel of […]

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2015 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch

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The Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch is Four Rose’s very limited Fall release, and since Four Roses cut their Limited Edition Single Barrel, this is now the most desired, and highly sought after offering from Four Roses.  As the name implies, the 2015 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch is similar to FR’s standard Small Batch bottling, in that it’s a small number of barrels that are picked, blended together and bottled at 90 proof.  A very simple and straightforward bourbon.  In the case of FR’s Limited Edition Small Batch, the same execution is […]