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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. Since college, he has dabbled in beer, bourbon, wine tasting, beer making, and currently works in finance. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.


  1. Bill: you looked a little underwhelmed.
    Is it good enough to replace the 12 yr as your daily go to or are you still on the hunt for something to replace it?

    • It’s definitely not the same. It’s fine now, but the logistics of the situation mean it’s far more likely to get younger and younger as the years go on, which means it will skew more and more away from its current (or recent) taste profile.

      It was always one of the more common bourbons I reached for, but I have plenty of options that fall into tis wheelhouse. The bottom line is that there’s no longer anything substantial to differentiate it from the mass of NAS bourbons.

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