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Sagamore Rye

I couldn't help but feel right at home at the distillery as they sprinkled in some classic dad jokes and buttered me up with an extra pour of a limited whiskey. Their standard rye was good, but things really stood out when I tried the barrel proof. The higher proof brought out some red hots, licorice, and spices. The final whiskey I tasted is a really special 105 proof rye finished in ex-cognac barrels for 9 months.

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Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve

There's a reason this one was meant to be restricted to a small region of the United States. It didn't pack any type of yell (or notes on the palate). What you'll get on the nose is reminiscent of your standard bourbon but with it being a wheated whiskey you'll get sweet vanilla on the finish. Don't worry, you'll forget about the flavor before your glass hits the table.

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Father's Day Whiskey

When you're dad says he doesn't want anything for Father's Day and that he'd rather spit shine his old Mercedes, it really means he wants to sit back and share a dram of his favorite whiskey. We're also here to help give you a couple options in the event you don't know what his favorite whiskey is. 

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Elijah Craig Small Batch

This small batch bourbon from Elijah Craig replaced it's strictly 12-year old predecessor in 2016 to combine whiskey from 200 barrels ranging in age from 8-12 year. Unfortunately, we weren't around in 2016 to have a dram of it's eldest sibling but if they share even a few genetic traits we can only imagine how good it was. The current Elijah Craig Small Batch is smooth, even at 94 proof, and has a lovely honey and vanilla flavor to it. At the end of the day, as the Temptations play in the background, it's another solid bourbon at a great price.

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Roknar Rye

As Benjamin Franklin put it, "He that can have patience can have what he will." Well Mr. Franklin, what do you say? We've had the Roknar Minnesota Rye Whiskey on our to-taste list for months and could hardly wait to pour a dram.  

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Evan Williams Single Barrel

As smooth as Evan Williams Single Barrel goes down, you'll be surprised as to what shows up on your credit card statement. What's even more fascinating than the taste and notes you get on the nose, is that those characteristics will change from year to year. Every single barrel whiskey will vary from batch to batch, and although we found notes of vanilla and burnt sugar in this one, it might change by the time you pick up a bottle.

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Wild Turkey Rare Breed

As words of thanks fill the dinner table this Wild Turkey Rare Breed is a great backup if the real turkey didn't come out just right. Coming in at a lower price point, you'll enjoy the smooth, full-bodied flavor that comes from the blend of 6, 8, and 12-year whiskeys used to make this bourbon. 

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8 Whiskeys For Election Day

If there is one thing that can bring us together on election day its a glass of American whiskey. From the first president to a man who wishes he was on the ballot and everyone in-between, theres one thats bound to calm your nerves. 

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Koval Oat

If you've been waiting for a chance to ditch the mixer this could be your gateway into sipping your whiskey neat. Koval's Oat whiskey is light and still brings some flavor from the new charred American oak barrels. 

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Koval Rye

If you're familiar with rye whiskey you know that there can be a certain edge to it. After the prohibition, bartenders would usually cut it with something sweet to soften the spike and lessen the blow. The Koval Rye has no need for additives as it will be one of the smoothest whiskeys you'll ever put down. Enough so that if you're not much a fan of rye, this one might change that.

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Koval Four Grain

Start with Koval's Four Grain and you'll get an idea on the variety of tricks they have up their sleeve. If you don't have a chance to check out the distillery on the north side of Chicago, just know that they are creating an amazing lineup that branches outside of whiskey. 

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