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Very Olde St. Nick – 17 yr Ancient Rye Review

Very Olde St. Nick – 17 yr Ancient Rye Review

For my money The Very Olde St. Nick – 17 yr Ancient Rye had it all and was my favorite of the night, but not everyone felt the same way. Which is good, because if everyone had the same opinion then we’d all be drinking the same thing and whiskey wouldn’t be as exciting and…

Rare Perfection 16 year Rye Review

Rare Perfection 16 year Rye Review

The Rare Perfection brand is put out by those wonderful Willett folks the Kulsveens and was part of an epic set of tastings we did at the SoCal Whiskey Club where we went through almost all of the Very Olde St. Nick bourbon and rye lineup which is also done by the Kulsveens, which is…

Very Olde St. Nick – 15 year Ancient Rye Review

Very Olde St. Nick – 15 year Ancient Rye Review

The Very Olde St. Nick – 15 year Ancient Rye was the second VOSN we tried at the SoCal Whiskey Club tasting and tasting it next to the Many Summer’s Old there was an immediate and olfactory filling difference between the two when it comes to spice level. I don’t know what the mash bills…

Very Olde St. Nick Summer Rye Review

Very Olde St. Nick Summer Rye Review

The Very Olde St. Nick Summer Rye was the second whiskey we tried that night, but the first VOSN of the evening and moving from the 4 yr. Willett to this was a palate shocker. Where the 4 yr. Willett screamed rye this made me initially think of bourbon with it’s sweetness and low rye…

How George Dickel Is Made

How George Dickel Is Made

Ever wonder how that delicious delight we know as George Dickel is made? Well wonder no more because The Whiskey Jug has got you covered! We’ve been selected to be part of the Dickel Dirty Dozen which means we’re getting access to some exclusive content like the custom made video below where Dickel’s National Brand…

Willett Single Barrel Rye – 4 yrs old Review

Willett Single Barrel Rye – 4 yrs old Review

I recently attended a Very Olde St. Nick whiskey tasting event put on by the SoCal Whiskey Club and to kick things off we started with this, the Willett 4 year. Why you might ask? Well because the Kulsveen’s, who bottle the Willett line, also bottle the Very Olde St. Nick and Rare Perfection lines….

Tasting Talisker: An Epic Flight Through 18 Different Talisker Expressions

Tasting Talisker: An Epic Flight Through 18 Different Talisker Expressions

Last Week I had the great fortune to be invited to a Malt Nuts meeting, organized by the gregarious Barry Kaye, here in the city of Angels. We Ate, we drank, we talked, we drank, we discussed, we drank, we listened to Diageo’s Master of Whisky Steve Beal regale us with fantastic whisky tales and…

48 Whiskey Enthusiasts Weigh In On What They Want From The Whiskey Industry

48 Whiskey Enthusiasts Weigh In On What They Want From The Whiskey Industry

  A few weeks ago I was reading Chuck Cowdery’s Bourbon Strange when I hit the following passage: “Whiskey marketers have had trouble wrapping their heads around the enthusiast phenomenon. They recognize it as an important market but they are still trying to figure out exactly what the enthusiast consumer really wants.” My initial thought was…

Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon – Bottled In Bond Review

Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon – Bottled In Bond Review

Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. is made by that venerable distilling powerhouse known as Buffalo Trace and named after Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. who purchased the O.F.C (Old Fire Copper) distillery in 1869 and began distilling. He only owned the distillery for 9 years before it was bought in 1878 by George T. Stagg which…

Masterson’s 10 yr. Straight Rye Review

Masterson’s 10 yr. Straight Rye Review

Masterson’s is definitely a nice rye. Though, like Whistle Pig, it suffers from a bit of an identity crises because it gets distilled up in Canada, but then gets brought down and bottled here in the states. Part of me wants to call it a Canadian whisky, because really that’s what it is, and the…

Craigellachie 13 Review

Craigellachie 13 Review

The Craigellachie 13 is the second, and my favorite, of the Last Great Malts I was sent to give a taste to. The other being the Aberfeldy 12 that I reviewed, and enjoyed, yesterday. This foggy little dram with the name that sounds like a monster straight out of a Tolkien book magically captures both…

Aberfeldy 12 – Last Great Malts Review

Aberfeldy 12 – Last Great Malts Review

This Aberfeldy 12 is part of the Last Great Malt series being put out by John Dewar & Sons who built the distillery back in 1896. Aberfeldy is one of the main single malts used in making the Dewar’s line of blended scotch whisky and is often called the golden dram. This is because it’s…

An interview with Blaine Vess, the man who bought the $64K shot

An interview with Blaine Vess, the man who bought the $64K shot

A couple weeks ago I saw the video embedded below about a guy who buys a shot (50 ml) of Macallan 64 for $64,000… and then doesn’t drink it. I know what you’re thinking and I had the same thought. Is this guy crazy, or does he just not like whisky? If he doesn’t like…

Keith Kerkhoff’s Message To Customers – A Customer’s Response

Keith Kerkhoff’s Message To Customers – A Customer’s Response

Last week Keith Kerkhoff, the co-founder of Templeton Rye, put out a video where he was supposedly going to set the record straight… and then failed miserably. While watching the video I couldn’t help but feel even more pissed off that he would go through this level of effort just to continue obfuscating the issues…

Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Review

Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Review

The Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jimmy Russell(doc link). Jimmy started working at Wild Turkey in 1954 and has probably held every job at the distillery during that time while learning from bourbon luminaries like Bill Hughes and Ernest W. Ripy. To create the Diamond Anniversary Jimmy’s son…