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Knappogue Castle

 Bandits Review: Review:
       Kilbeggan (80 proof) The bargain bottle of the bunch. Produced by the Cooley Distillery, which opened in 1989, and bottled at the ancient Lockes Distillery in Kilbeggan. It spent 3 years in barrel and tastes of pear, …

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Woodford Reserve

Bandit Review 
There are so Many Bourbons to choose from I often feel like a child in a candy store. Woodford is a great place for anyone to start their journey into exploring the world of Bourbons. This whiskey is very soft and easy going, with its rich sweetness and relatively light burn. This Bou…

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Michter's US 1 Rye And it's Older Brother Michter's 10yr Rye

Cocktail Chronicles Review:
"Michter’s US1 Straight Rye Whiskey
        The US1 has earned a reputation as an excellent mixing whiskey that also isn’t too shabby on its own.
It has a nose that is good and spicy, but not too aggressive, with little hints of cherry and tobacco. Tasted neat, the…

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Connemara and Connemara Cask Strength

Bandit Review:

"Tasting notes of Jim Murray, renowned Whiskey Commentator

Nose: A light and fruity nose with a distinct smoke and peat aroma.

Taste: Silky smooth and honey sweet start, malt and fruits giving way to the intensifying full bodied peat. Complex yet balanced with vanilla oak tones.


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Bushmills 10yr 16 yr, and 21yr its a family thing!

Sazerac 6yr Review:      

"  The world of spirits is booming, and with this influx, a variety of new products have appeared. Keeping up with each of these spirits can be a difficult undertaking, but one of the best ways to experience this exciting period in cocktail and spirit history i…

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Bushmills Vs Black Bush

Rip Van Winkle 13yr Review:

    " Deep tawny copper. Powerful caramel, spice, sweet tobacco, and estery aromas jump from the glass. A smooth, broad entry leads to a medium-to full-bodied palate with sweet toffee, roasted nut, and leather notes. Finishes with a wave of white pepper, spice, and long-lingering…

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William Larue Weller

     "Born in 1825, William Larue Weller was one of the early distilling pioneers in Kentucky. After serving in the Louisville Brigade during the 1840's, William Larue Weller remained in Louisville and continued his family heritage of whiskey distilling. Mr…

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Crown Royal, Crown Royal Reserve, and Crown Cask No' 16

Bandits Review: Review
"Crown Royal is a ten year old whisky, but may have whiskies that are much older in it. In the early days up to 40 different whiskies were used to make Crown Royal, this allowed for the creation of a unique spirit where no single component was identifiable. The di…

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Willett Reserve

      "Bottled in a really cool glass pot still decanter. Soft and elegant on the nose and palate, and very well balanced. An incredibly drinkable whiskey. There’s no age statement on the bottle, but it was bottled at just the right time, based on its g…

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Rowan's Creek 12yr

"Rowan’s Creek is stored in charred oak barrels. It is hand bottled at 50.05% alc./vol. (100.1 proof).
Rowan’s Creek is made and bottled by hand, in small lots, one batch at a time.
This Bourbon takes its namesake from the creek that still runs through our distillery. Back in the late 1700’s when …

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Wild Turkey 101pr

Bandit Review: Review:
Wild Turkey 101??? has an exceptionally soft, but rich aroma for a high proof bourbon, due to quality at all stages of its production. The taste is an American classic with caramel and vanilla and notes of honey and oranges. The finish is very long, rich an…

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Pure Kentucky XO

"Pure Kentucky XO
Pure Kentucky XO, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is distilled, aged and bottled in Kentucky at 53.5% alc./vol. (107 proof).
This extraordinary Bourbon is the result of generations of the master distille…

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Rip Van Winkle 10yr 90pr Vs. Rip Van Winkle 12yr 107pr

Flor De Cana

     Although I'm not a huge fan of Silver rums, I have to say for the price point, this rum is a steal. Since the liquor laws are so rigid in California it is hard to get any real "support" from your vendors, so why sell their product if it's not the best product you…

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Path of the Bartender....Guest Blog

Path of the Bartender      " I can't take credit for this, but I wholeheartedly agree with every single word. This is something that I have been thinking of a lot lately actually, and was amused in the 'coincidental' timing of receiving this. Its an e-mail I got thi…

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Never Rush Perfection! How To Pour A Pint of Guinness..

Why don't people understand that a Guinness needs to be poured in a two stage process? You need to let it settle in order to enjoy the beverage with a good head on it, one that follows you through the entire pint! The Head should leave rings down the side of your pint glass. Don't argue w…

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Pernicious Barflies

    " I’ve been in the restaurant/bar industry for years. And I’m a grown up. So I understand the bare bones and economics of serving people. We provide food and libations to hungry and thirsty patrons, who chose our joint over some other joint. Good service people, bartenders …

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