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Jameson Black Barrel Review

Jameson Black Barrel Review

I like Jameson. I buy it, I drink it, I mix with it, I share it with friends, but I can’t say that I’ve actually LOVED a bottle of Jameson… till now. The Jameson Black Barrel is fantastic stuff. It’s not quite as monumental as the Barry Crockett Legacy, but it’s working it’s way up…

Trader Joe’s Blended Scotch Review

Trader Joe’s Blended Scotch Review

Just like there is no Trader Joe’s distillery in Kentucky there is no Trader Joe’s distillery or blending facility in Scotland. They are a NDP and they source this blend from another blender / bottler in Scotland and then put their own label on the bottle and sell it as theirs. Which I have nothing…

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Review

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Review

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy is a single pot still whiskey (malted and unmated barley) that is triple distilled in the traditional Irish fashion and then “exclusively matured in American bourbon barrels”. It is a NAS whiskey and while they don’t disclose what the youngest whiskies in here are, the oldest in this bottle is 25…

Bank Note 5 Year Blended Scotch Review

Bank Note 5 Year Blended Scotch Review

The Bank Note Blended Scotch is in that cadre of blended scotches that carry an age statement. In this case it’s 5 years, which means that every whisky (including the grain whisky) in this blend has been aged for a minimum of 5 years. Another key feature is the 40% malt and 60% grain whisky…

Tin Cup American Whiskey Review

Tin Cup American Whiskey Review

Tin Cup American Whisky is MGP bourbon that is bottled in Colorado and put out by a man named Jess Graber. If Graber’s name sounds familiar that’s because he was instrumental in creating Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. After being sent this bottle for review I did some research which opened up a lot of questions like…

Sonoma Cask Strength Rye Whiskey Review

Sonoma Cask Strength Rye Whiskey Review

This is simply Sonoma Distilling’s Sonoma Rye Whiskey released at full cask strength. Though really, it’s anything but simple. While a mere 6.5% / 13 proof might not seem like much of a difference it really is. This is a bolder, oilier and somehow smoother version of it’s 90 proof brother. This and the cask…

Isle of Skye 12 year Review

Isle of Skye 12 year Review

The Isle of Skye 12, like it’s younger brother the Isle of Skye 8 year, is a blended whisky where all of the component parts, malt and grain whisky alike, have been aged for at least 12 years before being blended together. After blending, the entire concoction is then put back into casks to rest…

Sonoma Rye Whiskey Review

Sonoma Rye Whiskey Review

If you know me you know I love rye and so when this, the Sonoma Rye Whiskey, arrived in the mail it made my day. I had initially tried it at Whisky Live and immediately took a liking to it and if you like rye spice you might too because it’s got it in droves….

Isle of Skye 8 Review

Isle of Skye 8 Review

A tasty little concoction, the Isle of Skye 8 is a blend of Talisker, which is the only distillery on the island of Skye, some Speyside malts, some “Island” malts (Islay or Orkney) and of course some grain whisky. After blending the whole mix rests in ex-bourbon barrels for a while to help everything marry…

2nd Chance Wheat Whiskey Review

2nd Chance Wheat Whiskey Review

The Sonoma 2nd Chance Wheat Whiskey is distilled from a mash of unmalted wheat and malted rye. Unusual you say? Very. Now let’s add in the fact that it’s aged in used bourbon barrels and you have yourself a recipe for some interesting and tasty whiskey. It is a little young and a little light…

Ezra’s Craft Spirit Marketplace

Ezra’s Craft Spirit Marketplace

The craft beer movement has exploded. So much so that last year the craft movement overtook the beer giant Budweiser (http://www.oregonlive.com/dining/index.ssf/2014/11/budweiser_abdicates_the_throne.html) who , just 10 years ago, was selling over 30 million barrels while craft, as a whole, was coming in at about 5 million. Since then Budweiser has been on a steep decline and…

GlenDronach 12 year Review

GlenDronach 12 year Review

The GlenDronach 12 is aged in Oloroso casks and then finished in PX casks to impart a heavenly bit of sweetness to it… at least that’s what the marketing wants us to believe. So what about the truth? What does this 188 year old distillery (owned by BenRiach) have to offer us besides a 12…

The Macallan Fine Oak 10 year Review

The Macallan Fine Oak 10 year Review

The Macallan 10 year Fine Oak is aged in both ex-sherry and ex-bourbon casks and delivers a nice punch of flavor for relatively little cost. I’ve read in several places that Macallan is planning to discontinue age statements all together. Then I read that they are not planning on it and all of the age…

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Review

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Review

The tale of Stanahan’s Colorado Whiskey goes something like this. George Stranahan (who also owns Flying Dog brewery) had a barn that caught on fire. Jess Graber was a volunteer firefighter who responded to the fire. They decided to let it burn itself out and so while watching the fire they got to talking and…

Samaroli Glen Garioch 1990 Review

Samaroli Glen Garioch 1990 Review

Glen Garioch you tasty little devil, you’ve gone and picked yourself up a Samaroli badge and with that has come some flavor and aroma increases over the Exclusive Casks bottling I tried earlier this year. Which is quite the feat because the Exclusive Casks Glen Garioch 23 was my second favorite of the Total Wine…