Posts from the ‘Phil’s Cabinet’ Category

(What’s in) Phil’s Cabinet? April Edition

Here are the bottles in the Bargain Bourbon cabinet as of April Fool’s Day (this is not a trick).


Bully Boy White Whiskey – This is a 100% wheat whiskey that is bottled prior to being aged in a barrel.  This is a very different whiskey experience, and a whiskey that is phenomenal as a cocktail pour.


1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select – This is a fine bourbon.  There isn’t a lot that leaps out for me, but there is nothing especially off-putting, either.

Angel’s Envy (unopened) – It is starting to warm up, so it might be time to crack this one soon.

Four Roses 2012 Limited Edition Small Batch (unopened) – My good buddy, William, over at A Dram Good Time hooked me up with a bottle of this juice, and I am stoked to try it.

Rebel Yell (unopened) – I know I promised to review this one soon, so I’ll get on that.

William Larue Weller – I should have a post on my thoughts about this year’s Antique Collection in the next few weeks or so.


Old Overholt (unopened) – Not sure when I’ll get to this one, but hopefully it won’t be too long.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac – I finally opened this one up, and I am definitely a fan.


Bowmore Legend – A fine, young Islay whisky.  Not my favorite Islay, but a wonderful dram to have around at the price point.


As always, let me know if there are other whiskeys y’all want to see reviewed on the site.

(What’s in) Phil’s Cabinet? March Edition

This is my cabinet as of March 1st, normally when I start to move towards more spring and summer whiskeys, but the seasons are so messed up in Boston that it is pretty hard to actually do anything concrete with them.


Bully Boy American Straight Whiskey – A young, exciting whiskey from Bully Boy Distillers in Boston.


1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select – I cracked this one open the other day.  I know I’ve had a few requests for this one, and I’ll be reviewing it in a few weeks.

Angel’s Envy (unopened) – I’m saving this one for warmer temperatures.

Rebel Yell (unopened) – I’ve had some requests for this one, so I snagged a bottle the other day.  I’ll have a review up as soon as I kick a few of the other open bottles presently in my cabinet.

William Larue Weller (2012 bottling) – I opened this one up during Nemo the blizzard, and I haven’t decided whether or not to review this one yet.  At $70, it is right on the upper end of my price range for whiskey.  Any thoughts?


Old Overholt Rye (unopened) – This is another one I have had some requests for, and although I have a bottle, it might be a month or two before a review goes up.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac (2012 bottling) (unopened) – This one will probably get opened up before it gets too warm in Boston.  Like the Weller, let me know if you want to see a review on the blog.

Willett 4 yr. Estate Reserve Single Barrel – This one is going to be a tandem review with William from a Dram Good Time.  We should have our notes up for you by the end of next week.


Bowmore Legend – I should have a review of this Islay scotch up as soon as I finish my mini-series on Irish whiskey.

Those are the whiskeys I have in the cabinet as of March 1st, let me know if there are any reviews you would like to see.  In the meantime, let it ride!

(What’s in) Phil’s Cabinet?

Here are the whisk(e)ys in my cabinet as of February 1st.  As always, please let me know if you have any great value bourbons in your cabinet that you would like me to review.  I’m up to review most anything under $75.


Bully Boy American Straight Whiskey – This is a new release from a local Boston micro-distillery.  It isn’t technically a bourbon, nor is it a rye, but I’ll give the details in my review.  Stay tuned.


1792 Ridgemont Reserve Barrel Select (unopened) – This is an 8 year bourbon from Buffalo Trace distilled at the Old Barton distillery.  I’ve wanted to try it for a while, and it was on sale, so I grabbed a bottle.

Angel’s Envy (unopened) – I’m thinking this will be a nice bourbon to have open when Boston starts to thaw out in April and May.

Maker’s 46:  I’ve still got an open bottle of this one, but it is going fast because one of my roommates realized how much better the 46 is compared to the original Maker’s Mark.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed – I’m about halfway through this one.  I should have my review up soon.

William Larue Weller (unopened) – I’m still looking for a special occasion to crack this one open.


Thomas H. Handy Sazerac (Fall 2012 bottling)(unopened) – Again, I’m looking for a special occasion and some good whiskey connoisseurs to share this one with.

Willett Family Estate Single Barrel 4 yr. – I just cracked this one yesterday after a hard week, so it will be a few weeks before I review it for the blog.


Highland Park 12 yr. – I’m about halfway through this one.  I should have a review up pretty soon.


That’s my cabinet as of now.  Leave a comment if there are any whiskeys that you would like to see reviewed in the future.  Let it ride!

(What’s In) Phil’s Cabinet

Happy New Year!  To kick of the New Year, I am starting a new section on the blog called (What’s In) Phil’s Cabinet.  People ask me all the time what I am drinking at present, what they might expect if they came by for dinner and a dram.  So, on the first of every month, I will update what is in my whisk(e)y cabinet, both opened and unopened bottles.  This is also an opportunity for you to put in requests as to what you would like to see me review in the future, whether it is Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Rye, Welsh, Indian, Japanese, or other type of whisk(e)y.  So, leave me a comment, or drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter.

Here is what is in the cabinet as of January 1, 2013:


Angel’s Envy (unopened) – This is a bourbon that some folks have asked about, and I should have a review of it up by the end of spring.  It is a bourbon finished in port wine casks, and I am very excited to try it.

Evan Williams Single Barrel 2002 Vintage – This is a wonderful everyday bourbon, and I looking forward to grabbing a bottle of the 2003 Vintage that just hit shelves a few weeks ago.

Maker’s 46 – This is very good bourbon, with a very nice, deep sweetness that unfolds beautifully.  If it were a few bucks cheaper, it would contend for one of my favorite value bourbons.

Wild Turkey Rare Breed (unopened) – Another whiskey that has been requested a lot, this is a barrel-strength offering from Wild Turkey.  I am excited to try it, review it, and here what y’all have to say about it.

William Larue Weller (fall 2012 bottling) (unopened) – This is a barrel strength, limited-release wheated bourbon from Buffalo Trace that my father found as a Christmas present.  Not necessarily a value bourbon, but it is one of the most anticipated bourbon releases every year.


Jim Beam Yellow Label – A solid every day pour that makes a very nice cocktail, too.

Sazerac 18 yr. (fall 2012 bottling) – This is my favorite whiskey currently in my cabinet.  I love this one.  Not necessarily an ideal price point, but you get your money’s worth for $70.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac (fall 2012 bottling) (unopened) – This is the younger, brash brother to the Sazerac 18.  Jim Murray rated this bottling as his Whisky of the Year in the 2013 Whisky Bible (William Larue Weller was his runner-up).

Willett Single Barrel Estate Reserve 4 yr. (unopened) – This is an LDI rye, bottled at cask strength.  My affinity for Bulliet 95 is what made me seek this one out.


Ardbeg 10 yr. – This is one of my favorite Islay Scotches from one of my favorite Scotch distilleries.  As far as Scotches go, it is a pretty good value, and I’ll probably put up a review here in the next few weeks.

The Black Grouse – A nice, peaty blended whisky that works well for an everyday Scotch.

Highland Park 12 yr. – Another beautiful Single Malt Scotch from Scottish islands.  I should have my review of this one up soon.

Those are the whiskeys in my cabinet at present.  What’s in your cabinet?  What whiskeys do you want to see reviewed on the blog?  What whiskeys are you hoping to try in 2013?  Once again, Happy New Year and let it ride!