Whiskey Review: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

One of the more popular spirits to introduce a newbie to the world of whiskey is Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Affordable and consistent, I can absolutely see why it’s a logical or default place for many to start exploring lesser-known brands in the world of whiskey. As someone who has been somewhat immersed in this world, though, I wondered… popular or not, is it actually a good place for newbies to start?

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Whiskey Review: The Most Righteous NY Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Craft spirits and local distilleries are quite “the thing” right now, and upstate New York is no exception. It’s hard to differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd in a market like this one, so the Catskill Distilling Co. decided to try and trade on their proximity to the famous Woodstock festival grounds to make a name for themselves. The only question: is it any good?

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Whiskey Review: Black Dirt Crown Maple Bourbon

I always enjoy experiencing new local spirits wherever I go. I was in a liquor store in upstate New York (well, “upstate” for someone who grew up in Westchester County) when I spotted an interesting looking bottle that seemed to come from a local distillery, specifically this Black Dirt Bourbon. Having tried (and loved!) the maple cask rye from another local distiller, Tuthilltown Spirits, I figured this was worth a taste.

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Whiskey Review: Widow Jane 10 Year Straight Bourbon Whiskey

I might live in Texas, but I was born and raised in New York. I appreciate all the flavors and the history of that state, and there seems to be a number of distilleries who are popping up over the last decade in the area trying to capture that local essence and bottle it. One of those producers is Widow Jane, and their flagship product is their 10 Year Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

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Whiskey Review: Ironroot Republic Promethean

A couple months back I attended the Texas Whiskey Festival, which is a great annual event here in Austin where most of the local distilleries bring samples of their latest and greatest to try out. It was there that I discovered Ironroot Republic Distillery — the bourbon that they had on display that night was so delicious that it made me want to go out and see what else they had to offer. Their other bourbon: the Ironroot Promethean.

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Whiskey Review: Fire Oak Texas Bourbon

The vast majority of new distilleries in the Austin, Texas area either sell an un-aged whiskey or just re-bottle someone else’s stuff. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t meant as a overt criticism — it makes good business sense when aged whiskey takes time and new distilleries haven’t been open long enough for that. But Fire Oak, a new-ish distillery based in Texas, bucks this trend and that’s what makes this original Texas bourbon unique and worth a look.

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Whiskey Review: Oak & Eden Rye & Spire

There’s not much that’s revolutionary in the world of whiskey these days. The methods have been tested and proven over centuries of production, and they have even been codified into legislation in some parts of the world. Oak & Eden is a company that looked at the current market and, instead of trying to beat everyone else on marketing or branding, legitimately tried doing something new and novel. And it works.

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Troubleshooting: Traeger Grill Won’t Power On

I love my Lil’ Tex Traeger Grill. The thing is amazing, churning out delicious meaty meals time and time again. It’s getting on in years, and after this latest winter, it seemed like the grill had smoked its last brisket. It wouldn’t turn on, and I wasn’t sure what to do. Thankfully, I’ve got it working again — but it definitely took some trial and error, so I wanted to share my troubleshooting process for anyone else who thinks they may have killed their beloved smoker.

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