Staff Favorites - John Flanigan

John Flanigan


Wilderness Trail (Yellow Label) Bottled In Bond Sweet Mash Wheated Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 12-04-2021
The team at Wilderness Trail are true artists of distilling. Like other great artists, they can use the same palate of colors and tastes as everyone else, and yet produce something so far above what others are doing with the same materials. Their sweet mash process has proven to be a standout signature of their whiskey. The nose starts softly and warms into a fluffy cinnamon bun fresh out of the oven, followed by a mouthful of chocolate covered caramel, and a long warming finish giving the drinker a feeling of being wrapped in a wool blanket. Cinnamon, caramel, and chocolate are tasting notes you find in many bourbon reviews, but I promise not many bourbons taste as good as the works of art Wilderness trail is giving us.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

New Riff Bottled In Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 12-04-2021
This 100 proof rye whiskey is a must have. The spicy rye smell is complimented by a nose of fresh cut grass, fields of heather, and perhaps a shade of mint. The rye flavors are bold and clean with a nice bit of sweetness coming at the end of the palate. The finish is long and highlighted with some bright citrus. Overall this hits all the buttons of a great rye, driving hard down the center lane of what to expect in a nice bottle-in-bond.
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Basil Hayden's "Toasted Barrel" Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 11-28-2021
If you already enjoy the Basil Hayden Line- the light nuanced flavors, the low-proof, easy-drinking, velvety mouthfeel- then this bottle is right up your alley. The buttered sweetbread aroma and lightly toasted finish is a great un-aggressive, enjoyable drinking experience. This is a wonderful introduction to the world of toasted bourbon.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu "Iwai 45" Japanese Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 11-28-2021
Nose of dried cherries and wore-in leather. On the palate there are strong citrus and wood notes. Not oaky wood, but more outdoorsy forest wood. A nice hint of vanilla sneaks through towards the finish. Good flavors to experiment with some whiskey cocktails.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu "Iwai" Japanese Whisky (750ml)
Review Date: 11-27-2021
This is a light and delicate whiskey, extremely pleasant to sip before an evening meal. The nose evokes a cup of black tea sweetened with honey. That warm honey note gets stronger on the palate changing to a honey/lemon hard candy and follows through all the way to the finish. "Nuanced" is the best word to describe this whiskey. There are no hard edges or heavy flavors, just a pleasant afternoon drinking experience before the sun the sun goes down.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Willett Family 4 Year Old Cask Strength Kentucky Rye Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 11-24-2021
A robust cask strength rye that warms with every sip. The nose pulls heavily from classic rye spices and citrus zests. The taste opens up to a host of sweat breads, dried fruits and roasted nuts, the finish lingers for a quite a while. At 4 years, this drinks like a much older whiskey, one of the finest in the Willett line.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

Rowan's Creek Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)
Review Date: 11-24-2021
A hearty mid-proofed bourbon with a spicy herbaceous nose. Strong woody notes on the palate and nice crisp oaky finish. This is a solid choice for nightcap or a bit of elevation for your cocktail.
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Noah's Mill Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 11-24-2021
This is the type of bourbon that warms you up from the inside. The sweet honey tea aroma grabs you immediately and stays in your nose for a nice long time. On the palette you are treated to rich, round flavors of hot caramel, honey-drops, and candies cherries. Just like the nose, the finish goes on for days!
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Bardstown Bourbon Company "Fusion Series #6" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 11-23-2021
The Bardstown Fusion Series keeps getting better and better. This 6th expression is a blend of three classic bourbon mashbills. There is a growing maturity and richness in the Fusion Series that is a reflection of the growth of Bardstown Bourbon Company itself. Here we get a strong taste of cinnamon, apple tarts, and dark maple wood with a long oak finish. The mid-proof strength makes for a good anytime sipper.
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart