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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and the President and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. 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. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. 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.


    • Good question. I normally get a some hints of brown sugar and mintiness from regular RR. Plus, it usually has a bit too much bite for me to enjoy neat. This just seems to be a lot smoother, with a sweeter character to it. The finish is really where it’s different though. The oakiness and tannins are tamed a bit on this selection, which just makes it a much more enjoyable sipper. Regular RR tastes like a 110 proof bourbon. On this, you can tell it’s not weak, but it’s much smoother than expected.

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