OFFGRID’s New Year’s 2021 Whiskey Guide

2020 has been a shit of a year, so as we cruise into 2021 hoping for better days ahead, we are not taking any fucking chances; so this year we are starting it off with a couple of drams — no scratch that — we are busting out some of our newest bottles and coming in swinging!

If you are looking for something interesting to bring to your New Year’s Eve protest – apparently some “government officials” are saying you can’t have a “party”, so in honor of these tyrants, we are throwing a Whiskey Rebellion; here are a couple of offerings that will get your crowd going!

Puncher’s Chance Bourbon

Puncher's Chance Whiskey

Wolf Spirit Distillery recently introduced a new Bourbon to the market, one that is said to be “inspired by two great American traditions: whiskey, and fighting for what we believe in.” As a Whiskey drinker, I usually don’t buy into the hype, but as someone with an Advertising background I do appreciate the work that goes into crafting the images behind some of these whiskeys; while they don’t affect the taste, they do set an expectation.

Puncher’s Chance Bourbon is a marriage of 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old Kentucky Straight bourbons, it leads with caramel, spicy, slightly sweet, and creamy vanilla notes. The palate shows complex oaky sweetness alongside orange, dark chocolate, leather, and baking spices. The finish is long with sweet maple and sugar notes.

Daviess County

Davis County Whiskey

Lux Row Distillers has crafted three unique whiskeys, inspired by the Daviess Country Distilling Company. All three Daviess County varieties feature a unique combination of two bourbon mashbills – a smooth wheated and a traditional ryed.

  • Kentucky Straight
    • A balance of sweetness and spice..
    • Tasting Notes: Honey, vanilla, and caramel on the nose. Smooth notes of honey, vanilla, and caramel on the palate. Finish is long, warm, and sweet with a hint of spice
    • 48% ALC/VOL
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Finished for six months in cabernet barrels for an unforgettable layer of complexity.
    • Tasting Notes: Honey, vanilla, and caramel on the nose. Smoothness from the barrel finish with hints of fruit and oak on the palate. Long, warm finish with a hint of spice
    • 48% ALC/VOL
  • French Oak
    • Finished for six months in French oak barrels for an unforgettable layer of complexity.
    • Tasting Notes: Honey, vanilla, and caramel on the nose.. Smoothness from the barrel finish with hints of chocolate and oak on the palate. Long, warm finish with hints of spicy oak.
    • 48% ALC/VOL

Minor Case

Minor Case Whiskey

Minor Case is the a rye whiskey from Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, KY. Minor Case features straight rye whiskey finished in US sherry casks and bottled at 90 proof. The name pays tribute to the legacy of the distillers great-grandfather Minor Case Beam.

Tin Cup Whiskey

Tin Cup Whiskey Caters to the outdoorsman, so much so they include a nice outdoorsy little TINCUP Shot cup, inspired by the old tin cups used by the frontiersmen who helped make this country.

Tincup is an 84 proof (42% abv) whiskey distilled from a blend of corn, malt barley and a high rye mash bill. 

Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Ardbeg Wee Beastie

I’m a huge fan of Ardbeg 10, so I was excited to try Ardbeg Wee Beastie — a 5-year-old version that is a peat lovers dream! The Ardbeg Wee Beastie is an awesome smokey dram that is probably the rawest, smokiest Ardbeg to be released.

This was one of my favorite of the year; in fact, I am a little shocked but as of late, I actually prefer the five to the ten!

Whiskey Related Gifts

We love Whiskey; we also love the history of Whiskey. One of our favorite times in Whiskey History is the Whiskey Rebellion, when farmers and distillers in western Pennsylvania almost started another American Revolution over an excise tax on whiskey.

Whiskey Rebellion Shirts

Whiskey Rebellion Shirt

This shirt commemorates the spirit of the American Whiskey Drinker and can be found over at Shirts of Liberty.


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