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Friday, December 31, 2021

December 2021 in Review

Welcome to the December 2021 recap. A big thank you to all my readers. I'm hopeful everyone stays safe and has a wonderful new year!


Baby Leo and Miss Fiona

This month I posted 14 articles. The site saw 19,500+ page-views. Up from the 15,474 views in November. Additionally, there were over 219,000+ page-views for the year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Four Roses Opens Expanded Distillery Visitor Center (lots of pictures!)

Four Roses has announced the opening of their expanded visitor center. The updated visitor center comes in at 14,446-square-feet and is designed to inform and educate guests about Four Roses’ bourbons, its distilling process, and its unique history. 

To design and build the visitor center, Four Roses partnered with Louisville-based architecture firm Joseph & Joseph + Bravura, the same firm that in 1910 designed the distillery itself, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The new building is modeled after the existing Spanish mission-style structures unique to Four Roses and this part of the country. The interior space has an accompanying 3,850-square-foot outdoor covered patio and cocktail area. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

ColumbusBourbon Year-in-Review and a new way to Connect!

First of all, let me send a sincere Thank You to all the readers. I started this site as a way to keep track of which bourbons I liked and why and it has grown into something that averages almost 18,000 page views per month! Crazy. 


A sincere Thank You from Mark and Baby Leo
(celebrating his 6th birthday)

Monday, December 20, 2021

Four Roses Bourbon Review

Welcome to the review for Four Roses Bourbon. This is my first time reviewing a Four Roses product. For those new to the site, I did tour the distillery in 2019, you can check it out here

Let's get started with the basics. 

Manufacturer: Four Roses

Friday, December 17, 2021

OHLQ Announces Baker’s Single Barrel Select Bonus Lottery Winners

The Ohio Department of Liquor has posted the results of the 2021 Baker’s Single Barrel Select Bonus Lottery. 

Sadly, there were zero Mark R. winners, keeping my lifetime losing streak intact. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Jim Beam Announces Jim Beam Bourbon Cream

Jim Beam has announced the limited release of Jim Beam Bourbon Cream. For those who have never had bourbon cream... Buffalo Trace is the gold standard and lots of other distillers are getting into the act. 

Monday, December 13, 2021

Last Day to Enter Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Lottery

Today is the last day to enter the The Ohio Department of Liquor (OHLQ) lottery for the following:

Pappy Van Winkle Collection (same prices as 2021)

  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10, $69.99 plus tax
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, $79.99 plus tax
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15, $119.99 plus tax
  • Pappy Van Winkle 20, $199.98 plus tax
  • Pappy Van Winkle 23, $299.99 plus tax

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Products (same prices as 2021)

  • Eagle Rare 17, $99.99 plus tax
  • Sazerac Rye 18, $99.99 plus tax
  • Thomas H. Handy, $99.99 plus tax
  • William Larue Weller, $99.99 plus tax
  • George T. Stagg, $99.99 + tax

The lottery ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 13th. You can enter at the OHLQ lottery website. In order to enter, you'll need to provide the following:
  • Ohio Driver's License Number / Ohio Identification Card Number
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Street Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Preferred OHLQ store location for purchasing the product if you win
Good luck everyone!

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces WhistlePig Home-Field Hog Batch - Coming Week of Dec. 13

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced a never-before-released mash bill blend for Ohio from WhistlePig called Home-Field Hog Batch. It will be available in select stores the week of December 13 with a price of $64.99 plus tax. 

Friday, December 10, 2021

OHLQ Pappy Lottery Historical Odds Break Down

As I'm sure you know, this week is the Pappy Van Winkle lottery through the Ohio Department of Liquor... perhaps our only opportunity to purchase a bottle without spending multiple paychecks. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Booker's Announces Next Release - 2021 - 04, "Noe Stranger's Batch"

Booker's Bourbon has announced their latest release titled 2021 - 04, "Noe Stranger's Batch." This is the fourth Booker's release this year and is named to celebrate Booker Noe... From Fred Noe, Beam Family 7th Generation Master Distiller... 

This batch celebrates the genuine, social nature of my dad, Booker Noe, and the way he could turn a stranger into a friend for life in no time.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

OHLQ Announces Expensive Bourbon Lottery Winners

The Ohio Department of Liquor has posted the results of the 2021 Expensive Bourbon lottery (OFC Bourbon 1993 ($2,499.98 plus tax), Double Eagle Very Rare ($2,000 plus tax), Michter's 25 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($1,000 plus tax), King of Kentucky ($249.98 plus tax), Old Forester Birthday ($149.98 plus tax). 

Once again, there were zero Mark R.'s who won, keeping my lifetime losing streak intact. 

Monday, December 6, 2021

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Lottery is Live - Enter at Link Below

The 2021 Ohio Department of Liquor (OHLQ) Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection bottle lotteries are live. These lotteries are for the opportunity to purchase the following:

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Last Day to Enter Baker’s Single Barrel Select Lottery

Today is the last day to enter the The Ohio Department of Liquor (OHLQ) lottery for the following:

  • Baker's - $99.99 + tax. There are two barrels allocated for Ohio:
    • Barrel 1476919 - 107 PROOF (CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST, AND SOUTHWEST) - With flavors of dark chocolate & cocoa that coat the palate and aromas of vanilla & candied pecans roasting in the oven, this select barrel has an almost desert-like quality. The finish is well-rounded, ending with notes of light tobacco and espresso.
    • Barrel 1476968 - 107 PROOF (NORTHWEST AND NORTHEAST) - This complex bourbon with a robust finish has flavors reminiscent of chewy caramel changing to light butterscotch as it travels across your palate, and a citrusy aroma of bright orange zest leading to a soft char.

The lottery ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 5th. You can enter at the OHLQ lottery website. In order to enter, you'll need to provide the following:
  • Ohio Driver's License Number / Ohio Identification Card Number
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Street Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Preferred OHLQ store location for purchasing the product if you win
Good luck everyone!

Saturday, December 4, 2021

2021 State of Ohio Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Bottle Lotteries Announced

Like last yearthe previous year and the year before, the The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the Pappy Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace Antique Collection bottle lottery. This is a lottery to win the opportunity to purchase a hard to find bottle of select Buffalo Trace products at retail prices. The 2021 edition begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6 and runs through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13.


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Lottery for Baker’s Single Barrel Select is Live - Enter at Link Below

The latest 2021 Ohio Department of Liquor (OHLQ) lottery is live, kicking off today (December 1) and running through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 5th.