Opening up this bottle this evening. I picked this up a while back when I visited Jim Beam. I was impressed by the sample and wanted to bring some home with me.

I really enjoy this pour! On the nose I am picking up oak, vanilla, cinnamon and caramel. My first impression on the taste is vanilla, caramel and a very peppery burn.

If you are a fan of Jim Beam products you will love this! If you have not tried much of Jim Beam, I would still recommend this to everyone!


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Figo, a K9 officer in Bardstown, KY, says goodbye to his partner Jason Ellis. Ellis was slain 25 May on his way home from work.

Police say debris — which has not been described in detail — was purposefully placed on the Springfield Road exit off the Blue Grass Parkway to cause Ellis to stop. When the officer got out of his cruiser, he was shot numerous times with a shotgun from an embankment above the roadway.

33-year-old Ellis leaves behind a wife and two young sons. He is the first officer ever killed in the line of duty in Bardstown.

A $125,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved. Anyone with information on Ellis’ death is asked to contact Kentucky State Police at (800) 222-5555, Nelson County Dispatch at (502) 348-3211 or Bardstown Police at (502) 348-6811.

Tonights Buzz: McAfee’s Benchmark

In honor of Bourbon Heritage month I wanted to take some of my favorite bourbons and give you a little history and my taste profile! Tonight we are looking at the bottom shelf king, Benchmark!

This bourbon got its name from the McAfee brothers, who were surveyors, and they found a site north of Frankfort Kentucky in late 1700’s. This bourbon is a rye recipe which follows suit with much of the releases from Buffalo Trace. While it may be considered a bottom shelf bourbon to some, this is an award winning bourbon to many. Benchmark has been winning bronze, silver and gold medals in many competitions and challenges consistently since 2010. To me, the winnings are well deserved. This is one of my favorite bourbons in the bottom shelf category. It is jammed packed with great flavors and smoothness. I highly recommend trying this out if you have not already done so. It can be found at a vast majority of liquor stores, both local and national chains, for somewhere between $7.99 and $10.99!

Now for the taste profile! First off the nose on Benchmark is amazing. I pick up caramel, oak, cherries, leather, sweet fruits and vanilla. Most of that comes through on the palate. To me the vanilla and caramel are very predominate on the front end. I get the oak, cherries and a hint of butterscotch on the finish…which is very smooth. A lot of bourbons and whiskeys in this price range normally taste young and have a strong finish but not Benchmark. It definitely packs a big punch for having such a small price point.
Well, I won’t keep you any longer. Now it is your turn, give Benchmark a try and let me know your thoughts! I think you’re going to like it!

Cheers, friends!

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