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Whiskey lover-blogger-photographer- reviewer of fine whiskies, based in Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Follow on Instagram for daily musings and pours.

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Bonding Over Bourbon

Suddenly the government became guarantor for the authenticity, quality, and traceability of any spirits labelled as โ€˜Bottled-in-Bondโ€™, consumers were protected from rectified spirits, and distilleries received a tax incentive for producing bonded whiskies as taxes Tax strips were also helpful as they provided consumers with an approximate age of the whiskey within a 6 month period as each distilling season was 6 months long ย (spring season covering January to June, fall covering July to December) and distillers were required to state the distilling season and year that the whiskey was made and bottled on the tax strip. Examples where age statements were being left off from labels of whiskies less than 4 years old, producers deceiving consumers as to the source of their whiskies, misleading labels aimed to confuse consumers as to the true age and background history of a whiskey, and whiskies with added flavourings being passed off as bourbon, have all been seen in recent years and have begun to tarnish the reputation of honest whiskies yet again. Sure, Iโ€™d also like to see more producers join the growing trend of stating what distilling season the whiskey was distilled and bottled in, such as with Heaven Hillโ€™s popular Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond series, however, as the popularity of Bottled-in-Bond continues growing due to consumer demand

Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10y.o. Bottled-in-Bond Review

Named in honour of its Irish founder, the Henry McKenna brand dates back to 1855 when Irish immigrant Henry McKenna started a small distillery to make use of waste coming from his grain mill which he operated in Fairfield, KY. Today it is one of the many brands produced with distinction by the Heaven Hill Distillery and has in recent years rose to notoriety after winning numerous prestigious awards and achieved very high review ratings for the 10 y.o. Made using the standard Heaven Hill high-rye mashbill, the โ€˜brown labelโ€™ Henry McKenna is an 80 proof straight bourbon that comes in at about 3 y.o., whereas the 10 y.o. is Heaven Hillโ€™s oldest continuously-released Bottled-in-Bond whiskey and again honours Having started with a Bottled-in-Bond bourbon as their core whiskey their commitment to the category is still seen in the large number and variety of Bottled-in-Bond whiskies they continue to produce.

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Finished Bourbon (2020) Review

The distillery also has the largest number of Bottled in Bond whiskies on the market and is the only heritage distiller that features every major category of American whiskey in their 5 distinct mashbills producing traditional bourbon, wheated bourbon, rye whiskey, corn whiskey, and wheat whiskey. Beginning its journey as the traditional Heaven Hill high-rye bourbon recipe, the fully mature bourbon earmarked for Elijah Craig is first dumped before being re-entered into custom toasted barrels at barrel proof and being finished for a period of approximately 2-3 months. For reference, hereโ€™s what a standard Elijah Craig bourbon barrel stave (left) with a Level 3 char looks like compared to a heavily toasted no char stave (middle), and finally the heavy toast stave following a Level 1 char that was used to finish this bourbon (right). Compared to the toasted stave (middle) and the flash charred toasted stave (right), the darkening of the wood from the custom toasting is clear in both and shows that the whiskey didnโ€™t have to travel very deep into the second barrelโ€™s staves to interact with the concentrated wood sugar and attain the target flavour profile.

Distillery 291 Small Batch Rye Review

their range of offerings now include a small batch bourbon and rye, a single barrel bourbon and rye, a small batch American whiskey, two different new-make whiskey products, a 4 grain bourbon, a high-rye bourbon, and their very famous Experimental E series of whiskies. First released in December 2019, Distillery 291 Small Batch Colorado Rye is the first bottling of a small batch rye whiskey from a distillery which had previously solely produced single barrel offerings. Coming from the same signature production process as their single barrel whiskies, switching to a small batch product has meant that instead of a barrel yielding only about 60 or so bottles per barrel, 291 instead takes 15 to 20 hand-selected barrels and mingles them together to create a more consistently better rye whiskey that yields considerably more bottles. As with their single barrel rye this product uses 291โ€™s standard rye mashbill of 61% rye and 39% corn, thatโ€™s milled on site, fermented in open-top fermenters, and triple distilled in their copper pot stills before being aged for just over a year in heavily charred 10 gallon new oak barrels.

Happy Woodford Wednesday everyone!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅƒ Now time for some delicious double oaked whilst I watch the sun set!๐ŸฅƒFollow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ#woodfordwednesday #woodfordreserve #whiskeywednesday #doubleoaked #sunset #fancy #glass #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

Watchig the sunset with my first bottle of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof since they changed to the new bottle shape๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜ Very excited to taste this one has anyone snagged one yet?๐Ÿค”๐ŸฅƒCheers!๐Ÿ‘ Follow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ#sunset #tuesday #barrelproof #beauty #elijahcraig #colorful #flavour #cantwait #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

Today my son decided to surprise us both by climbing out of his cot after being put to bed and trash his room ๐Ÿ˜‚ Put him back in and watched him get half way out again in a flash ๐Ÿ˜‚ Needless to say the cot has now been converted into a toddler bed and daddy's earned a dram for his struggles ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅƒ Anyone know how to train a little monkey that's not even 2 y.o. yet? Not asking for a friend ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Cheers!๐Ÿฅƒ Follow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ #mondaybluesnomore #michtersmonday #monkey #child #sunset #reflectiongram #michtersmoment #mondays #makeitmichters #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

Living it up Colorado style tonight with these two beauties ๐Ÿ‘Œ Individually both these whiskies are delicious but when you put them side by side the real differences come out between the two styles. I don't know about you guys but this rye would be my choice of the two๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿ”ฅ Cheers! Follow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ#drinkcraft #saturday #distillery291 #smallbatch #ryewhiskey #weekend #weekendvibes #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

Derby may be cancelled but I know a few ponies I'd always put my money on!๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฅƒ Any bets on which will win?๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ‡ Follow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ #friday #derby #blantons #instead #gold #friday #derbyday #horses #horseracing #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

New review posted of Old Forester's 1910 Old Fine Whisky on bourbonpaddy.com (link in bio!)๐Ÿ”ฅ So far so good with Old Forester's Whiskey Row series but how will the 1910 fare in the running? Read my review now to find out!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅƒ Follow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ #oldfo #review #whiskeyrow #friday #tgif #new #checkitout #weekendvibes #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

Reached for something that I've recently fallen in love with!๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿฅƒ Yellowstone Select isn't just the most photogenic bottle I own but it also tastes really good and I'm kicking myself for having slept on it for so long! Plenty of brown sugar, toasted oak, earthy rye spice and a dash of cherries to keep me happy! Cheers!๐ŸฅƒFollow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ #thirstythursday #sunset #new #wow #colorful #thursday #reflectiongram #reflection #sunsetporn #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

As one of the more interesting bourbons in my collection KOVAL single barrel bourbon has 49% unmalted millet in its mashbill with nmalted corn making up the remaining 51% and enzymes added during fermentation ๐Ÿค” Read my full review now posted on bourbonpaddy.com (link in bio!)๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿ”ฅ Slรกinte! ๐Ÿ‘ Follow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ #craft #whiskeywednesday #singlebarrel #craftwhiskey #drinkcraft #wednesday #sunset #new #review #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

If it's good enough for Meryl Streep straight from the bottle then it's good enough for me!๐Ÿ˜‚ Mondays are all about finding little ways to get yourself through and if a swig of Michter's 10 is what'll do it for you then who's stopping you?๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿ”ฅ Follow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ #michtersmonday #makeitmichters #mondaybluesnomore #cherryblossom #michtersmoment #mondays #littlethings #sunset #itsallaboutthewhiskey #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

My Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2019 review is now live on bourbonpaddy.com (link in bio!)๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน Read all about last year's release and more importantly how it fared in my 5-way blind taste off between it, the standard Four Roses Single Barrel, and the top 3 winners from last year's 2018 review ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸฅƒSlรกinte! ๐ŸฅƒFollow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ #smallbatch #saturday #limitededition #barrelproof #fourroses #sunset #colourful #review #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

Friday has arrived and not a minute too soon!๐Ÿ˜“ Time for some proper barrel proof rye whiskies and tonight's choices tell 3 interesting stories - 1 craft made, 1 sourced from MGP, and 1 sourced from an unknown distillery ๐Ÿ‘Œ Each bringing their own profile and nuances but all still a barrel proof rye whiskey๐Ÿ”ฅ Slรกinte! ๐Ÿฅƒ Follow for daily pics and weekly reviews!๐Ÿฅƒ#ryewhiskey #fryeday #barrelproof #long #week #sunset #weekend #tgif #delicious #bourbon #irishbourbonlovers #greatview #picoftheday #bourbonporn #bourboncollection #whiskeylife #whiskey #instadrink #drinkporn #drink #instabourbon #whiskeygram #dram #whiskeytime #drinkwhiskey #ireland #instalike #specialreserve #irishblogger

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