Happy New Year

I hope your new year has gotten off to a great start. I’m starting out the new years with apologies for few posts of late. Its been a busy 2013 so far. But rest assured – there’s a number of new reviews and posts on the horizon. Namely – Four Roses 2012 Limited Edition Small Batch, as well as my votes for American Whiskey, Distillery, and Craft whiskey of the year. I assure you – no pomp and circumstance with those awards.

In addition, if you haven’t heard the news, Diageo has fired up the still at Stizel-Weller Distillery. John Hansell of Whisky Advocate broke the news this week after it got leaked and rumblings began to start. Chuck Cowdery and Sku also have good posts on this subject.

As for, obviously I think S-W distilling again is great for whiskey lovers. We all have to have conservative expectations and see where things go. Pappy quality bourbon takes time, but reportedly they have some excellent stocks of older barrels as well. Regardless, it will be fun to see how things go.

More to come folks!



  1. David says:

    Great to hear Jason! The 2012 FR LE SmB is one of my favorites for 2012. In fact, I can’t say that I had any better whiskey in 2012.

  2. Jeff says:

    Welcome back, Jason! As I respect your opinions greatly, I would really appreciate a review of EH Taylor Small Batch. I have seen some wildly divergent reviews of this, including the possible mashbill. Help a guy out, will you!?!

  3. Jim Listerman says:


    Looking Forward To Your 2013 Bourbon Reviews.

    Have You Visited & Completed Kentucky Bourbon Trail Distillery Tours ?

    Personally Enjoyed Touring Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, and Four Roses In 2012.

    2013……Bardstown Distilleries

    Road Trip !

  4. William Berdine says:

    Thanks Jason for all you do with SMM , I understand how much time it take and understand how busy you must be with family and work. Thanks and happy new year!

  5. Jim, I’ve been to all of the Trail tours but a couple. My faves have been Four Roses and Heaven Hill. The later probably my favorite, though you don’t get to see distillation. Still some excellent tastings as well. Cheers!

  6. Jeff, EH Taylor Small Batch is next up. Cheers!