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Fall For These Perfect October Liquors

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October means the fall season is in full swing, with pumpkin patch picking, apple pie baking and spooky costume making at an all-time high. When pumpkin carving parties, bonfires and fall celebrations come into play, these three liquor bottles will have you covered. Easy sipping whether neat or on the rocks, any of these would be great in a party punch, or specialty cocktail as well.

Blackwell Jamaican Black Gold Rum

Blackwell Jamaican Black Gold Rum goes well on the rocks, but can also be used in a fun party cocktail for serving to a group. With the distinct “Black Gold” style of this rum, the elegant depth and perfect smoothness make it a perfect bottle to stock up on. The finish of charred oak and winter spices will warm the palate, adding a flare to the finish. Serve this at your October celebration party, it’ll be easy to share.

Try this easy rum punch recipe:

  • ½ cup Blackwell Jamaican Black Gold Rum
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • orange and pineapple slices

Simply add these ingredients into your pitcher and serve with a lot of ice.

Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey

Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey is amazing all by itself, whether neat or on the rocks. To elevate this liquor, simply serve it as a shot with a salted rim, or shaken (martini style) with a salted rim. The rich, smooth peanut butter taste lends to the whiskey flavor. The taste of this liquor speaks for itself. It’s great alongside a chocolate covered pretzel as well. Serve this at a pumpkin carving or picking event, it’ll be a sweet and fun themed accompaniment. 

Try making this Skrewball martini:

  • 3oz SkrewBall Peanut Butter Whiskey
  • salt
  • chocolate covered pretzels

Simply rim your glass with some salt (to spruce it up try sea salt, or crush a few chocolate covered pretzels). Shake the 3oz of Skrewball over ice and strain into your glass. Serve with a chocolate pretzel garnish.

Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch


Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch is the final recommendation for your fall bottle collection, and fittingly so. This scotch is a perfect way to wind down the night. Voted the Highlands Single Malt of the Year by Whisky Advocate in 2013, this is an intense and vibrant liquor. The mouth-coating palette brings a warm finish. Simply serve this drink neat, and make sure everyone gets a sip. This scotch will go perfect at a bonfire, roasting marshmallows with this scotch keeping you warm.


Whether your party planning hasn't started yet, or you already have one in the making, try these three bottles to make your fall get-togethers memorable. With few ingredients needed, as these liquors are great on their own, they’ll make a special complement for you and your friends to enjoy.

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Three Whiskeys to Get You Through the Changing Seasons

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Though many of us may be hanging on, pretending that it's still summer, it's time to face facts - fall is here. Whether you've packed away your tank tops and shorts or if you're the type of person to dress for June until you start to get funny looks, eventually we all must concede that the season is changing. Stand strong, Flip Flop Warrior, you’ll be the one to judge when it’s freezing out. Not to fear, though - Cask Cartel has got you covered for premium booze all year round. Check out these three whiskeys that are perfect for the changing of the season.


Backwoods Pecan Whiskey



What could be more appropriate to open our list of autumnal whiskeys than a classic American whiskey flavored with the alluring aroma and flavor of pecans? Aged for 7 years in American oak barrels, Backwoods Pecan Whiskey is a perfect flavored whiskey for fall-themed cocktails. We're a few months away from November yet, so pick up a bottle of this smokey, nutty whiskey and pave the way for the pecan pie yet to come. For some of us, the holidays can’t get here fast enough, so this is a great way to get your fix before the holidays get here. 


Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky



Continuing down the path of changing leaves, chilly evenings and rides in the hay wagon, Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky calls to the wild before you even open it - they put a caribou right on top of the bottle! Proving once again that our friends to the north really know what they're doing when it comes to whiskey, Caribou Crossing has imbued this spirit with a subtly fruity aroma with notes of orange caramel, giving way to a palette full of rye spice and toasted marshmallow. The bottle is a showpiece, perfect for pulling out at the end of the night for a round on the rocks.


Iron Smoke Casket Strength Straight Bourbon



Fall is a time for spooky stuff - we start ramping up the ghouls and goblins right around this time of year, building toward peak creep-factor on Halloween at the end of October. In that (haunted) spirit, we present Iron Smoke Casket Strength Straight Bourbon, an award-winning American Bourbon that comes in a bottle emblazoned with a cool skull guy smoking a pipe. Packing a powerful aroma of vanilla and western herbs with thick flavors of spice, tobacco and pecan pie, Iron Smoke Casket Strength is all about coming on strong.


It’s never a bad time for whiskey, but something about the falling leaves and crispness of the air lends itself to a snifter in the hand. Whether you're raking up leaves (or jumping into the piles), checking out the evening's football game or putting together junior's costume for All Hallows Eve, you can't go wrong with one of these whiskeys from Cask Cartel. Check out, the leader in premium spirits delivered straight to your door.

Liquor Desserts

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Through combinations of different distillers, ingredients and blends, these three bottles pose unique combinations of flavors and taste profiles. With such different palettes yet all perfectly made, these bottles might be just what you need for your next dessert. Whether you want to enjoy a dessert with a rocks pour of your bottle of choice, or make the liquor part of the dessert, these three bottles bring great flavor to a sweeter palette.

Legent Bourbon by Jim Beam Suntory - Limited Release Whiskey 

Legent Bourbon by Jim Beam Suntory is a limited release whiskey that holds true to bourbon principles and styles. Made with 220 years of bourbon-making skills and 100 years of Japanese whiskey artistry, this whiskey is a meeting of Japanese and Scottish bourbons in Kentucky soil. Made with premium grains and aged in select white oak barrels, the taste of authenticity is undeniable. Layered with spice and fruity undertones, this rich paletted bourbon is warm and oaky with a smooth and surprisingly long finish. A perfect bourbon to use for Bittersweet Chocolate-Bourbon Pops

Key West Distillery - Key West Chefs Vanilla Rum


Key West Chefs Vanilla Rum by Key West Distillery is a bottle of vanilla brûlée dark rum. Being a chef forward distillery, this rum is made through sourced raw ingredients, and personally made extracts. With no artificial ingredients or additives, this rum is absolutely mouthwatering. Made by Chef Distilled, an American rum distillery in Key West, Florida, this liquor is a dessert in and of itself. Taste the real Madagascar vanilla bean and infused smoky sugarcane in a true dessert manor by serving it over your favorite vanilla ice cream, or just serve on the side. For an extra flare, try adding caramelized bananas.

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey 


Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey is aged for six years in ex-bourbon casks and then married for 6 months in Central American ex-rum casks. This high malt content Irish blend comes from hand selected casks of grain and malt whiskey. The approachable taste from the rum cask makes a sweet and woody marriage with the ex-bourbon casks. The sweet and spicy finish is accentuated by the woody undertones, making it easy on the palette. Try this whiskey alongside some dark chocolate mousse or if you’re feeling creative try adding it into the mousse with this chocolate mousse with orange and whiskey recipe.

While dessert-making may not be a regular occurrence, these three bottles suit up as great pairings for those with a sweet tooth. Whether picking up a dessert from the store, whipping up a quick caramel sauce or left over slice from dinner, these bottles won’t disappoint.

Apple Cider Cocktails to Welcome Fall

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Apple cider is something you can love hot or cold, during the day or late at night. Its diverse usage during the fall months make it a staple for any home during this season. Since apple cider is probably already in your kitchen, if not on your shopping list, it’s an easy base to have for a fall-inspired cocktail. Give some of these recipes a try with a special liquor bottle, it’ll make this type of drink a staple to enjoy all year. 

Basil Hayden's Two by Two Rye Whiskey

Basil Hayden's Two by Two Rye Whiskey is a four bottle blend of 5-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, 7-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, 13-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and 6-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon. With a light-bodied, warm texture taste, this blend is perfect to serve in a cider-inspired cocktail. The finish is long, with hints of vanilla, adding an extra flavor to your drink. 


  • 2 oz Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye Whiskey
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¼  oz real maple syrup
  • 2 oz fresh apple cider

Simply combine lemon juice, maple syrup, whiskey and ice. Shake briefly to chill and strain over fresh ice. Top with apple cider and a garnish of sliced apples.

Check out some other yummy whiskey cocktails here.

Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finished Bourbon

Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finished Bourbon is a tri-whiskey blend finished in ex-Cabernet Sauvignon Chappellet Wine French Oak Casks. The wine barrels sweetness gives the bourbon tasting notes of dark berry, espresso and chocolate. With a long, smokey and tannins filled finish, an apple cider cocktail compliments the taste profile perfectly.

  • 1 ¼ oz Jefferon’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finished Bourbon
  • Hot apple cider
  • Dash of allspice
  • Tall cinnamon stick
  • Lemon slice

Simple add bourbon to your favorite mug. Fill the mug with hot apple cider and a dash of allspice. Garnish with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick.

For other bourbon cocktail drinks, read more here

Dos Maderas Rum

Dos Maderas Rum hails from a five-year aging process in the Caribbean. This rum is then double-barreled for another three years in Spain. This is the world’s only doubled cask aged rum. The balanced palette presents notes of tropical spices and ripe fruits, an uncanny compliment for an apple cider cocktail. With a distinctly rich and smooth taste, the smokey oak and tobacco finish makes this rum go well with just about anything. 

  • 2 oz Dos Maderas Rum
  • 1 ½ oz Apple cider
  • ¾ oz Chamomile tea
  • ¾ oz Demerara syrup
  • ½ oz Fresh lemon juice

Simply add all these ingredients into a pot and bring it to a boil. Serve in a coffee mug and garnish with a lemon wheel and fresh grated nutmeg.

For more rum inspired cider drinks, click here.

What to Serve at a Three Course Whiskey Meal

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When someone says tastings, people usually imagine wineries, beer flights and small bites or assorted plates. Whiskey tasting might be something you imagine when you fly to Ireland or visit Kentucky, but whiskey tasting profiles can also be enjoyed at home. With whiskey being so versatile, it might even be a fun trial and error process to try different types of whiskeys with all types of food. For example, a rye is better with certain spices and flavors over a bourbon or whiskey. These next three whiskies listed were specifically paired with a course in mind based on their tasting notes. 


Cheese Plate Appetizer: Cleveland Underground Hickory Wood Finished Bourbon 


Cheese might seem like it calls for a good bottle of wine, but whiskey actually brings out different cheese flavors as well. With both cheese and whiskey being aged and varietal, there are many ways to enjoy their complementary flavors. For Cleveland Underground Hickory Wood Finished Bourbon Whiskey, the dry, tart finish best accompanies either a hard, strong cheese or softer cheese. This specific whiskey’s medium taste profile makes it easy to switch between a couple different cheese options. Spicy whiskies go with hard cheeses (like blue cheese) while softer cheeses are better with lighter, aromatic whiskies. To spice up your cheese plate, try adding sweeter nuts, as they will bring out the tart finish of this whiskey.


Salmon Entree: WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Crop No. 003 Whiskey


Whiskey can be enjoyed with a couple different proteins, and while steak might be the obvious answer, WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Crop No. 003 Whiskey actually pairs with salmon quite nicely. The fruity and spicy palette accompanies the woodsy taste of smoked salmon well. Whether smoked or wood-grilled, salmon holds the taste of its cooking style. Rye whiskies specifically capture salmon’s smoky flavor with bourbon’s sweet and spicy tastes. If salmon isn’t what you're craving, steak has long been established as a great compliment of tastes for whiskey drinkers. For steaks, leaner steaks go well with bourbons, and any smokey whiskey brings out that steak flavor we all crave.


Apple Crumble Dessert: Balcones Barrel and Bottle Select Single Barrel French Oak 


For the finale, what better way to end a meal than with an apple crumble or pie. Balcones Barrel and Bottle Select Single Barrel French Oak Whiskey is a bit sweeter, making it a perfect match for a dessert course. The caramel flavors within the whiskey complement the apple and cinnamon filled bites. If baking isn’t your style, especially after two prior courses, a fail-safe dessert is always chocolate. This may take some experimenting, as with cheese, chocolate is as versatile as whiskey and there a million combinations to try. For Balcones Barrel and Bottle Select Single Barrel French Oak Whiskey, try it with you favorite dark chocolate bar.


Something that makes eating and drinking fun is the way you can share your experience with others. Whether you want to entertain for an entire course-filled meal, or enjoy just one of these food and whiskey pairings, it’ll be something to talk about and taste with friends and family. Try one of these bottles for something truly original for both the paletting of food and drinks and for the genuine authenticity of these specific bottles.

Labor Day Bottles to Enjoy at Any Festivity

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As we turn again toward the last lingering days of another summer, plan to hit the next gathering with a great bottle from Cask Cartel and finish out the day surrounded by your favorite people. This week’s featured bottles all work great in a cocktail, on the rocks or with a squeeze of citrus. A drink is a drink, some might say, but picking up a little something special helps cement the memories and brings a personal flare to any party. Check out this selection of bottles and grab the one that best fits your plans for the upcoming holiday.


Balcones Barrel and Bottle Select Single Barrel American Oak


Celebrate summer’s last American holiday with none other than Balcones Barrel and Bottle Select Single Barrel American Oak. A Texas single malt aged in American oak barrels, pouring from this bottle is a fitting homage to our country on Labor Day. Whether at a barbecue or a camping getaway, this drink is for sipping while cooking your next meal. With a woody palette, filled with subtle fruit blends, this whiskey stays light on oak flavor. The finish is filled with tasting notes of caramel and the lingering taste of wood.


Fat Ass Blanco Tequila


Fat Ass Blanco Tequila is your bottle of choice if you want to bring a great party gift that’s easy on the eyes and easier on the palette. This tequila is double distilled with slow cooked 100% Weber Blue Agave, giving their small batches amazing flavor. With sweet and fruity tasting notes and a hot and peppery finish, you can enjoy this tequila on the rocks or in any mixed drink. For a flare, try using this tequila in a watermelon you can bring to a picnic or the beach. As Labor Day calls for your last big summer celebration, nothing turns up better than a good bottle of tequila. 


WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Crop No. 002

Distilled from their own grain, aged in custom Vermont White Oak and proofed with their own water, WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Crop No. 002 by WhistlePig is an American dream. This is a blend of 2-year aged Triple Terroir whiskey from WhistlePig farm, 6-year aged whiskey from MPGI in Indiana and 10-year aged whiskey from Alberta Distillers in Canada. This combination was crowdsourced from consumers, influencers and bartenders from all around the USA, ensuring its good taste. This whiskey maintains a full-bodied burst of cinnamon and spices, with subtle fruity tones. With a dry paletted finish, the white pepper and oak tasting notes give way to a long, spice-filled end. Enjoy this full blown American craftsmanship as we celebrate our country’s workers. 

These three liquors are different, yet share the same quality: unique stories and palettes. Whether you’re at the beach slicing up a tequila-filled watermelon, squeezing a lemon into your glass of whiskey next to the barbecue or settling down on the couch after a day of festivities, these bottles capture your Labor Day needs. Give a gift that keeps giving and honor your American heritage with a special liquor bottle for all to enjoy.

A Rye, A Bourbon and A Whiskey For Your Next Night Cap

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Hot toddies and coffee drinks are a fun way to wind down any evening, and whiskeys, ryes and bourbons are often used in this sort of drink. Whether it’s a cold or hot beverage that you desire on a Saturday morning or warm august night, one of the best parts about spiked coffee and tea drinks is that they are easy to make at a moment’s notice. Try any of the drinks listed below for a great twist on classic hot toddies and coffee drinks by using these unique liquors available at Cask Cartel.

Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye


Inspired by the sweet and spicy contrast between rye and rum, this blend of 8-year Kentucky Rye Whiskey and 4-year Canadian Rye Whiskey is finished by adding Black Strap Rum into the cask. The growing trend of cask-finished rye brings a taste of rye and brown sweets to Basil Hayden’s Caribbean Reserve Rye, whose palette also includes a woody accent. With a molasses-sweet finish, the pleasant, lingering warmth is a great liquor to add to a nice nightcap. Inspired by a chill-summer-night-kind of beverage, try using this rye blend in a rum milk punch. 

Spiced Rum Milk Punch:

  • 1 ½ oz Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye
  • ¾ oz simple syrup, try substituting maple syrup to better compliment the rye
  • 1 dash of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 oz milk

Simply pour these ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and enjoy. For added flare, top with grated nutmeg or cinnamon.

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur


Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur is small-batch, handmade Buffalo Trace bourbon mixed with rich cream and a hint of sugar. While one can enjoy this beverage simply served over the rocks, in coffee or over ice cream, try it in a spiked coffee float to enjoy the extra bourbon flavor. The creamy vanilla flavor complements the bourbon’s smooth taste and might just become your favorite dessert to drink. 

Spiked Coffee Float:

  • 3 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur 
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate Ice Cream

Simply add the 3oz of Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur into the bottom of your glass, fill the glass with coffee and leave enough to add a scoop of chocolate ice cream on top. For added garnish, grab some whipped cream, cherries or sprinkles to put on top.

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey


With a sweet and fruity style, Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey was aged in ex-Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. This whiskey produces tasting notes butter, honey and vanilla. It is smooth, soft and easy to drink, which is no wonder as it was named the Best Grain Whiskey in 2014. The accented finish of raisins, orange peel and coconut makes this whiskey a perfect way to enjoy a classic hot toddy. Its smooth palette blends perfectly with added honey and lemon, a cure for sore throats and chilly nights.

Classic Hot Toddy:

  • 1 ½ oz Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2-3 tsps of honey (to taste)
  • 2-3 tsps of lemon juice (to taste)

Simply bring the water to a boil and pour into your favorite mug, add Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey and your honey and lemon to taste. Allow the drink to cool a bit, and sip to your heart’s content. For added flavor, garnish with a slice or wheel of lemon, and a cinnamon stick.

Coffee and tea drinks are a great way to spruce up any morning, evening or sick day. They are easy to make with simple ingredients if you have a good liquor already ready to grab and pour. These three liquors add an extra taste and appreciation for flavor when added to a go-to coffee or tea recipe. Rather than stock on a stereotypical liqueurs and liquors this fall, try something new this season.

Bold Tasting Liquors to Try This Fall

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As the warmer months slowly draw to a close, the nights get colder and the reasons to drink bolder flavors heat up. Whether on your last camping trip of the summer, having a barbecue with friends, or settling in for a movie night; these three liquors give a warming feel with each sip. While summer is hot and refreshing drinks are not only needed, they are necessary. Try these three liquors to cushion the blow of that fall crisp feeling that starting to settle in.

Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year Old Dominican Rum


To keep the feeling of summer perfectly captured, try Kirk and Sweeney 23 Year Old Dominican Rum first and foremost. Rum is a perfect interlude of summer island breezes, but with the distinct flavor of this rum, it is a perfect bridge to fall. After being aged for 23 years in American oak casks, this rum presents a taste of dry fruits, hints of honey and the raw sugarcane it was made with. With its well balanced finish, it is a perfect transition to enjoy after sipping on light, easy drinks in the hot months of summer.

Knob Creek Smoked Maple Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon


As fall sets in more firmly, maybe after summer’s final Labor Day fling, try Knob Creek Smoked Maple Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon for a smooth transition to the colder months. This bourbon is full-bodied, unlike the cans of White Claw, Budweiser and light mixed drinks that were recycled over summer. Knob Creek offers consistent rich flavors with this small batch, holding smokey maples tasting notes with a slight sweet and smokey finish. It is a perfect liquor to enjoy as your taste buds turn to home-cooked meals and cozy evening.

Widow Jane 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon

The final bottle to end your entrance to fall is Widow Jane 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon. This signature bourbon is award-winning, a blend of some of the finest whiskeys produced throughout the United States. Its honey and cherry wood palette finishes smoothly with a charred, citrus and spicy end. It is a perfect taste to celebrate the fall months of relaxation and preparation for the winter. 

While summer offers long days in the sun, fall gives a grounding feeling as the colder months approach. Give yourself an easy way to enjoy the change of seasons by complimenting your palette with some fall-driven tastes. These liquors are rich in flavor, prompting better tasting notes and an ease to do so as the days cool off sooner. Enjoy these bottles for an experience of the seasons changing.

About Cask Cartel

Cask Cartel has become the greatest online marketplace for premium spirits.  The company prides itself by operating with decades of customer service experience and a team of top tier individuals prized within the alcohol beverage industry. Cask Cartel has extensive partners and relationships with Producers, Brands and the Local Retailers which grant consumers online access to new arrivals, limited productions and allocated items. Their E-Premise Marketplace transforms the way premium spirits are shipped sold and fulfilled by combining a network of the largest range of liquor selections available online.


Whiskeys and Films Go Hand-in-Hand for Your Next Night In

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Whiskeys and films go hand-in-hand - they’re easy to watch, much like a good, genuine whiskey is easy to sip on. Whiskey is thematic in nature, they aim to hit your palette with a taste you can feel. In fact, a lot of major beer, liquor and wine companies regularly appear in cinematic films. Here’s a list of some whiskeys that made a pointed appearance in some movies we all love-- and if you haven’t seen one on this list, maybe give it a watch while enjoying their featured whiskey? 

LOST IN TRANSLATION (2003) - Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony


Bill Murray is a classic, and so is the Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony that was featured in Lost in Translation. It’s lifted fruitiness is easy to enjoy while watching a classic film. This movie is a film for lovers, and the couple in the plot line meet in Tokyo, a place of culture, taste and history. Just like the whiskey featured in this film, Japanese taste is fine, sweet and easy to sip on or watch with someone during an evening in.


SKYFALL (2012) - Macallan 18



Just like The Macallan 18 Years Old Triple Cask Single Malt, Skyfall is seductive and James Bond is always a classic. Who doesn’t love a good English drama? Macallan 18 maintains a full-bodied taste, from hand-picked sherry oak casks, giving deep taste notes in each sip. Whether you’re watching Skyfall or just listening to Adele’s amazing feature song, titled Skyfall from this film, drink some Macallan 18 to give your senses a full experience. This is a promise, it won’t disappoint.

TRUE GRIT (2010) - High West Rendezvous Rye

Like all good whiskey, some just need to keep that American taste in mind. True Grit is a great film to enjoy with its featured liquor, High West Rendezvous Rye. True Grit a great film to encounter when you’re feeling the vibes of desert, country landscapes and quiet, ominous tones. This rye gives you taste notes that are truly gritty, best served neat or on the rocks.

While you may have seen these films, much like new-age art is accompanied by music: sometimes movies are best accompanied by a good drink to sip on. Give these films a review if you’ve seen them before with a better intent to engross yourself in taste and story lines. If you haven’t seen one of these films, welcome yourself to the best enjoyment you could have by watching one while you sip a thematic drink alongside.

About Cask Cartel

Cask Cartel has become the greatest online marketplace for premium spirits.  The company prides itself by operating with decades of customer service experience and a team of top tier individuals prized within the alcohol beverage industry. Cask Cartel has extensive partners and relationships with Producers, Brands and the Local Retailers which grant consumers online access to new arrivals, limited productions and allocated items. Their E-Premise Marketplace transforms the way premium spirits are shipped sold and fulfilled by combining a network of the largest range of liquor selections available online.

Straight From the Cask Single Barrel Whiskey

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According to the Whiskey Wash, private crafted barrel whiskey programs are growing in popularity among new distilleries and producers. One notable craft distillery who is expanding their selection program is Balcones Distilling. Barrel and Bottle is the Deconstruction of Balcones Texas Single Malt, a concept created by David Sweet. Sweet’s concept is to present the true raw forms of select whiskey brands through his unique barrel selection and distilling process

Master distiller and co-founder Jared Himstedt collaborated with Steve in selecting three distinctly unique barrels. The flavor profiles and board diversity were key components to selecting these barrels, not only from the varied terroir of the oaks, but also a range of usage or barrel “re-fills.”

This whiskey is distilled in hand selected barrels and then bottled in custom ceramic bottles. The collection is a truly one-of-a-kind experience for any whiskey lover to sip on. For the first-time ever you can compare the individual components that make up this iconic whiskey. Here are the three different barrels by Balcones Barrel and Bottle and available through Cask Cartel for a limited time:

Balcones Barrel and Bottle Select Single Barrel French Oak

This is the first fill barrel, a single malt whiskey matured in French Oak barrels. The standard Balcones Texas Single Malt Whisky is a product of the same whisky matured in barrels from French Oak. The first fill barrel provides a fruity, more spicy flavors with lots of wood and caramel taste. This aromatic whiskey gives a floral yet tangy citrus taste. It’s a delicious combination of flavors, especially for those who love some spice.

Balcones Barrel and Bottle Select Single Barrel Hungarian Oak

Hungarian Oak, or European Oak is the next barrel, aka the second fill barrel production of bottles. This is the smoothest of the three Balcones Distilling whiskeys available through Cask Cartel. This single malt whiskey maintains a deep, rich flavor with oak and sweet notes. As the wood so heavily affects the taste of the whiskey being distilled, the Hungarian/European Oak both flavors this whiskey smoothly with the spicy and sweet undertones. 

Balcones Barrel and Bottle Select Single Barrel American Oak

The final whiskey of this deconstruction collection is the fifth barrel made in American Oak barrels. This single malt whiskey produces a smooth and light flavor of a balanced malt. With subtle fruit and oak undertones, this whiskey gives a scent of pears and candy with just a hint of oak. The burnt caramel and smooth oak finish leaves a delightful little burn after you taste it.

These Balcones Barrel and Bottle select single barrel whiskeys are cask strength and barrel proof. The unfiltered process gives these whiskeys a rich and full flavor. Keeping the intended raw form of straight from the cask whiskey, all three of these whiskeys are a treat to a genuine whiskey-loving palette. With the distillery only a quarter mile from downtown Waco, Texas, these whiskeys are also locally produced and distributed. Located in a neighborhood of abandoned storefronts sits America’s finest new whiskey makers, and you can taste some of their work for a limited time only in this deconstruction collection.
Whiskey Tour of Styles From Around the World

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With the world of whiskey only growing, new ways of flavoring, finishing and blending extend as well. Here is a list of whiskeys that are original and creative, down to their cask, their origin and their taste. These are great sips if you find yourself curious about just how complex the world of whiskey can get. Global exposure allows for new ideas, like blending rye, distilling in Japan or deepening the flavor to a point only pure experience can execute. 

Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye

Basil Hayden is good whiskey, there is no arguing that the lighter taste is a great compliment in the Jim Beam small-batch collections. Basil Hayden’s Caribbean Reserve Rye solidifies this with a creative twist and craftsmanship. Using rum and rye whiskey, this blend features 8-year Kentucky Rye Whiskey and 4-year Canadian Rye Whiskey and finishes off with Black Strap Rum. This blend gives a toasted oak flavor that is complemented by the rye spice and sweet molasses flavor. Try this whiskey for a sweet and spicy contrast that is purely creative.

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon

Wild Turkey is another type of whiskey you remember your grandfather drinking by the creek every summer. A staple whiskey, that one may not realize holds unique flavor and technique. Keeping the signature Wild Turkey bold and rye-forward flavoring, this whiskey’s balance of taste is one to be noted. With the rye keeping it spicy, rich vanilla flavors save a hint of sweetness. The lingering finish of almonds, honey, blackberry and leather keeps any whiskey fan loving the deep and complex flavors, that Wild Turkey trademarks. Try Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel Bourbon and enjoy the unique layering of flavors.

Yamazaki 12 Year Old Japanese Single Malt

Yamazaki hails from Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery. This whiskey is Japan’s first seriously marketed single-malt whiskey, and has gained a bit of a cult following. Which is not hard to imagine considering it is truly the first of its kind. First marketed in 1984, this whiskey holds a signature origin and a stand up flavor palette. Try Yamazaki 12 Year Old Japanese Single Malt and love the global world of whiskey.

About Cask Cartel

Cask Cartel has become the greatest online marketplace for premium spirits.  The company prides itself by operating with decades of customer service experience and a team of top tier individuals prized within the alcohol beverage industry. Cask Cartel has extensive partners and relationships with Producers, Brands and the Local Retailers which grant consumers online access to new arrivals, limited productions and allocated items. Their E-Premise Marketplace transforms the way premium spirits are shipped sold and fulfilled by combining a network of the largest range of liquor selections available online.

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Specialty Craft Whiskeys You Need To Try

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While everyone can enjoy the taste of a good whiskey, the appreciation only grows when it’s well-made, unique in flavor and one of a kind. Whether you’re looking for a staple to keep at home for friends and family or an off-the-beaten track special occasion bottle, below are some whiskeys that anyone with a taste for genuine craftsmanship should give a try.


Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon

If you’re itching for a whiskey that is innovatively aged, Jefferson’s Ocean Aged At Sea hits the mark. This exclusive whiskey ages each batch at sea, a salute to original distilling of Kentucky whiskey. In the early years of Kentucky distilled whiskey, an unintentional extra aging process was discovered due to transporting across rivers. Because the sea travel leaves the whiskey in constant movement, there is more contact with and flavoring from the wood from their barrels. Jefferson’s found a niche by capitalizing on this extra aging process and barrelling this whiskey at sea. Each batch travels at different times of the year, through different areas of the world, allowing for one of a kind taste in each new batch you buy, even if you never leave your corner of the world.

Read about your future bottle’s ocean voyage’s here.

Barrell Craft Infinite Project Whiskey 02-12-18

While trying a new bottle and experiencing its flavors is worth the treat, everyone needs a staple whiskey to enjoy all year. Named the Best American Whiskey of 2018 in Forbes, Barrell Craft Spirits boasts a whiskey you know you’ll love anytime. And while each bottle has its own array of undertones for you to taste, any bottle you buy will be easy to enjoy. Founder Joe Beatrice was inspired by Scotland’s independent bottlers, Beatrice began blending exceptional casks and giving consumers a chance to taste whiskey straight from the barrel. Each blend allows variety, giving an exciting new twist for whiskey lovers to enjoy. Highly rated by Whisky Advocate, if you try one batch and stick to it, it’ll be just as consistent as ordering a new blend from Barrell Craft Spirits each time you’re ready to re-up your staple bottle.

To get started one which bottle to try first, here is a list of award-winning whiskeys you can narrow down.


Belle Meade Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon

This final whiskey is both a staple bottle and purely unique because of its dessert-like finish, which you’ll want to taste again and again. Belle Meade Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon is adored for its caramel, dark chocolate, cherry and mint notes. Like any good wine drinker needs to show off a good port, this bourbon gives whiskey lovers a taste to enjoy after dinner. This bourbon is finished in a special cask, from Malmsey-styled wine on the island of Madeira, known for its depth and complexity of honeyed flavors from a “cooked” fortified aging process. This bourbon gives the palette a distinguished experience that you’ll keep craving and will enjoy sharing with others.

If this rare type of aging process and flavoring piques your interest, here is a more in depth scope.

One of the most enjoyable parts of having a taste for craftsmanship whiskey is just how versatile each new bottle you try can be. Whether you want a niche bottle aged at sea, a staple blend for anyone’s taste buds to enjoy or a special treat to finish an evening with, these whiskeys are worth a try.

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