Rare Bottle of OFC Bourbon Raffle in the Philadelphia,PA Area

Rare Bottle of OFC Bourbon Raffle in the Philadelphia,PA Area

BOURBON + BBQ + DVFF FUNDRAISER + WIN A VERY RARE BOURBON BOTTLE By Joe Canals West Deptford THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 2017    7:00 PM — 8:30 PM An Evening of Discovery: From Grain to Glass. Crafting Fine Bourbons Join us on Thursday, February 23 from 7pm-8:30pm at Joe Canal’s of West Deptford as we host a very special bourbon event and raffle to benefit the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation (DVFF). The DVFF is a non-profit foundation that works to help sustain and defend regional small agriculture including farmers who grow grains for use in spirits like whiskey. This year the DVFF will focus on the SeedSpark program which is helping fund a project at Penn State University to bring back an heirloom rye grain that hasn’t been in production since Prohibition. To...

The 2nd Annual American Whiskey Convention!

The 2nd Annual American Whiskey Convention!

“By Whiskey Lovers, For Whiskey Lovers” The 2nd Annual American Whiskey Convention is a Grand Tasting at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA on March 24th   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Feb 7, 2017 — Pennsylvania is the birthplace of American Whiskey. As the first days of spring arrive, Philadelphia will host the largest all-American whiskey event in the country! Philadelphia’s whiskey aficionados will have access to a grand tasting with over 150 bourbons, ryes, wheat and malt whiskeys from some of the finest distilleries in the country. The 2nd Annual American Whiskey Convention takes place on Friday, March 24th in the Hall of Fame Club of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pa. “We’ve created an event to highlight America’s whiskey renaissance and...

County Seat Spirits in Allentown, PA

County Seat Spirits in Allentown, PA

Allentown, Pennsylvania is home to County Seat Spirits.  Anthony Brichta, a native of Allentown, (which is the county seat of Lehigh County) began the business in the autumn of 2014 with his uncle, John Rowe.  One of the things that I respect about this little distillery is its connection to its roots and the history of the surrounding area.  Each spirit they produce is named after a local landmark or, in the case of their wheated bourbon, local history.  County Seat pays homage to the true story of how the Liberty Bell came to stay in Allentown for a brief period of time. In 1777, George Washington suffered defeat to the British and was forced to leave Philadelphia undefended. (He would winter in Valley Forge, which allowed for the 9 month occupation of British...

Lincoln Henderson’s Angel’s Envy

Lincoln Henderson’s Angel’s Envy

Most bourbon drinkers have seen that beautiful bottle of Angels Envy by now.  It has what’s called “shelf appeal” because it stands out among the other bourbons when they’re all lined up on the bar shelf.  The tattoo-like wings and the tall graceful bottle…You know you’ve seen it. The whiskey itself is about 4-6 years old. It was sourced from an undisclosed distillery in Kentucky and then finished in port barrels.  I’ve read that the port barrels used to finish Angel’s Envy bourbon are 60 gallons, but I’ve also read that they used port pipes (a large tapered barrel used in the port industry) which are closer to 150 gallons…not sure on that one.  The company didn’t establish a distillery until 2013 so the whiskey had to be sourced from elsewhere.  The most...

What’s the Sweet Spot in Age for Bourbon?

What’s the Sweet Spot in Age for Bourbon?

So I’ve been asked “What is the sweet spot in age for bourbon?” The answer always goes the same way. “The right age whiskey is the whiskey you enjoy.  If you like it young, than that’s the right one.  If you like it old, than that’s right for you.” It’s like answering the question, “Who’s the best artist in the museum” or “What’s the best food on the menu?”  The truth is that the best is relative.  You have to develop your palate and determine which you prefer.  The more you’re exposed to, the better your own understanding will be of  those preferences.  What I can tell you is there are reasons that your bourbon tastes the way it does.  Knowing how age affects your whiskey is the first step to knowing which ones to sample next.   That, and knowing that price has...

Texas and Its Whiskey

Texas and Its Whiskey

Yesterday, Dec 29th 1845, Texas became the 28th state in the union. Texan citizens have always been fiercely loyal to their state and to the products produced there. There are now about 25 different distilleries producing whiskey in Texas. Though Texans are promoting these products, their popularity throughout the country has put Texas distilleries at the forefront of the American whiskey industry. Here is a list of their distilleries to date (research by Sku’s Recent Eats blog) 1. Alamo Premium Distillery, San Antonio, TX. This distillery makes Texas Moonshine Corn Whiskey and is working on Texas Craft Whiskey.2. Balcones Distillery , Waco, TX. This distillery released the first run of their Baby Blue blue corn whiskey in September 2009. They also make Brimstone...

Why So Defensive About Sourced Whiskey?

Why So Defensive About Sourced Whiskey?

I was asked at the Dram Devotee’s Whistle Pig tasting on Thursday, “Why do you sound so defensive when you are speaking about sourced whiskey?” It must be true that I sound defensive or it wouldn’t have been noted by one of my guests.  I can tell you that a lot of my defensiveness stems from the commentary that I read on the internet.  I suppose I do feel the need to defend those companies that source their bourbons and ryes, but also manage to put out a consistently great product. I’ve seen all the lists of sourced whiskeys from LDI/MGP (Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana/Midwest Grain Products).  (For those that have not seen the list, you can find information here- (http://recenteats.blogspot.com/p/the-complete-list-of-american-whiskey.html.) There is a lot...

Is Pappy Van Winkle Worth the Price?

Is Pappy Van Winkle Worth the Price?

One of the questions I get most often is…Is Pappy Van Winkle worth the price? That is always a difficult question to answer because the price is so difficult to pin down. The retail prices may be worth it-they are excellent whiskeys- but, I also warn people against getting wrapped up in popular trends. Everyone has different tastes and it’s always a good idea to try before you buy. I know that it has become a cult whiskey, but it is important that you know the truth behind the price mark-ups. Suggested retail prices for Van Winkle Products are as follows: 10 year old Old Rip Van Winkle- $49 12 year old Van Winkle Special Reserve (“Lot B”)- $59 Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 year old- $79 Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye- $99 Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve...