Happy Holidays!

I’m not sure where the time has gone, but it has been a wild year for sure. I hope this post finds you all getting ready to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. I would like to thank you for taking time and visiting Sour Mash Manifesto, for commenting, and for sharing stories and insights on whiskey. I appreciate each of you for those contributions to the site. It’s clear a lot of people share a passion for whiskey.

As for me, I don’t plan on hibernating over the next 2-3 weeks. Coming up we have a series of Rye reviews – the 2011 Sazerac 18 year, Sazerac Rye Whiskey, and Willett 3 year Single Barrel Rye. In addition I will be reviewing a new one from High West called Son of Bourye, which is a blend of a younger bourbon and rye than it’s father – Bourye. I’ll also take a look at High West’s newest “silver” whiskey, OMG Pure rye, a nod to the Old Monongahela. Finally, we’ll get back to some entry level products with some reviews of Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7, Jim Beam “White Label”, and George Dickel No. 8. I’m sure there will be some others here and there as well, and it will be a fun few weeks. I hope you agree.

Lastly, I plan on joining the fray with some awards for a few specific categories for 2011. Like the whiskey world needs more awards, but there are some distilleries and bottles that deserve acknowledgement. Be on the look out for that very soon.

Drink well, but responsibly, this holiday my friends. All the best to you and yours!



  1. Ryan says:

    Merry Christmas, Jason! Looking forward to some of those reviews!

  2. Todd Clingman says:

    Merry Christmas. Looking forward to more reviews in 2012. I’d love to see a VWFRR comparison review along with the Saz18 you mentioned.

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Drink Your Bourbon!

  3. Merry Christmas all! Looking forward to those reviews Jason.

    Right now I’m enjoying Four Roses Single Barrel. Tomorrow with the family High West Bourye and a Firestone 15 are on the menu.


  4. MAL says:

    Merry Christmas Jason and to all that comment and look in here. I’ll be knocking back a few Manhattans for sure. Looking forward to more reviews. I enjoy the bottom shelf reviews just as much as the top shelf ones.

  5. Anorak1977 says:

    Merry Christmas Jason.

    Did you finally get the Saz 18 in the mail? 🙂


  6. Randy Watson says:

    Happy Holidays Jason. As a newbie to the bourbon world your site has been invaluable to me. Keep the reviews coming!

  7. Thanks Randy. Glad it is of help!

    Anorak1977 – I sure did get it – thanks to you! Review soon – it’s fantastic stuff!

    MAL – indeed, I will certainly keep the more accessible stuff coming.

    Todd – Have a happy one!

    Cheers Ryan!

  8. Greg says:

    Jason, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It’s been a great year for whiskey. Here’s looking to 2012.

  9. Mateusz Wysiecki says:

    Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku 😉 All the best for you and your family. You did a damn fine job with that blog Jason. Inspiring and useful. Professional !!!! Greetings from Poland 🙂 Take care. Mat

  10. Thank you Mat. My wife’s family had their traditional Polish Christmas dinner last night. Heading up there this morning and will be looking for some leftovers. ; )

    Happy Holidays sir to you and your family and friends.

  11. Thanks Greg. Fantastic year for whiskey indeed. Great stuff on your website this year. It is a go to site for me and I know many others. Happy Holidays!

  12. Dave says:

    Merry Christmas from Oklahoma!! Jason, you have a wonderful website and do a great job with your reviews. I would like to throw two ideas into the mix for next year.

    #1. Could you do a review on collectible American whiskey & bourbon? It seems the whiskey world is starting to look into collectible drinks. Maybe you could suggest older whiskey & bourbon to start looking for and even ones to start collecting now!! Buying two at a time, one to collect and it’s twin to consume on special occasions.

    #2. Age…..yes aging. It seems there are alot of folks who immediately look at the age number and make that their main purchase choice. I know some distillers won’t go over a certain age/year because of imparting more wood flavor. So how about a review on different ages-vs-flavor? Maybe even different proof…80-vs-90-100+??

    Thank you for a great website, great reviews, and helping me become a more informed connoisseur!!


  13. Jim Sanders says:

    Merry Christmas Jason, and again, thanks for all the reviews and work that you put into the site.

    I thought I’d tell you of one of my most exciting gifts that I received this year: a box of bourbon / American Whiskeys. It contained a bottle of each of the following:

    Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select
    and a new one (not yet in Tennessee, but coming soon according to their website)

    Can’t wait to try some of these – may have to crack one open tonight.


  14. Gary Coe says:

    Merry Christmas, Jason. Looking forward to another year of chatting up bourbons. From what i’m reading and hearing we might be in for a few surprises this year.

    Gary (wareagle30)

  15. Jim S- The Breckenridge bourbon is pretty good stuff! after the other couple of small distillery bourbons I’d tried from Colorado (Colorado Gold, Peach st) I was pretty blown away by Breckenridge’s. Nice little pot still distillery in the mountains.

    Jason- I’ve heard some good things about the ancient age 10 year, have you had it? It might make for a good review along side your ‘budget’ whiskeys coming up. I’ve never had it, our local LS doesn’t carry it, but I’ve seen it around and been curious. Keep up the good work man!

  16. ABland says:

    First off Happy Holidays and greetings from Chicago. Stumbled across your blog just over two months ago and it has for sure opened up my mind when it comes to the world of bourbons. Looking forward to your review of the Sazerac 18. You have an amazing website, keep up the good work!

  17. Max says:

    Happy Holidays to you Jason, thanks for all the reviews in 2011, exceptional work.

    Now a question: can you recommend a good Bourbon based forum?

  18. Max, Straightbourbon.com and BourbonEnthusiast.com are two very good forums. Give those a try. Cheers!

  19. ABland – stay warm in the windy city. Cheers!

  20. Chris, looking forward to trying the Ancient Age 10 soon. Stay tuned!

  21. Gary, cheers – thanks for the holiday wishes.

  22. Jim, enjoy those new bottles man!

  23. Dave, sorry for the late response. Item #2 is definitely in the works. I’ve cooking up a series of vids about flavor factors for whiskey. Stay tuned.

    #1 is a tough one for me simple because that is not necessarily my thing. I am a collector only from the standpoint that I will acquire extra bottles of the bottles I like. But I definitely do not approach it with a collecting approach. Guys like Greg at Bourbondork.blogspot.com and Sku at Recenteats.blogspot.com both do a much better job of this than I do. It’s honestly just not in my nature. I’m much more about accessibility. I look at what’s available and determine what I think of it vs. trying to track down bottles that I may or may not ever find again. And then once I do find them, if I love them, too bad because I may never get a shot at drinking them again. Hopefully that makes sense.

    Thanks as always for your contributions Dave.

  24. SteveBM says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    The Sazerac 18 is phenomenal. I look forward to that release each and every year. Looking forward to what Sour Mash Manifesto has in store for 2012!

  25. Anorak1977 says:

    Gotta love that Sazerac 18. Was something magical going on in 1985? I’d love to know who distilled it 🙂 I love the bottle so much that I refuse to let the level go too far below the label ! It’s definitely one to treasure and ration IMHO.