Bastille French Whisky Review
Keith Kerkhoff’s Message To Customers – A Customer’s Response
High West Double Rye Review
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…

Dickel No. 1 White Corn Whiskey Review

Dickel No. 1 White Corn Whiskey Review

Another white whiskey ‘eh? Well at least they keep with tradition and give the Dickel 1 a good ole fashioned chill and charcoal filtering. Which, if you compare that to some of the other white whiskey out there, does seem to help quite a bit with the harsh unfinished texture that often comes with them….

George Dickel 12 Review

George Dickel 12 Review

George Dickel 12 is one of the most surprising whiskeys I’ve had lately. Might sound a bit weird to say because it’s not a special edition or anything, but sometimes I’ll put off picking up a whisky to review because I’ve had it at the bar or a friend’s house a couple of times and…

George Dickel 8 Review

George Dickel 8 Review

Ooooh George Dickel 8. You’re not 8 years old (more like 4-6), but you are the classic. The standby that has always been there and been ready and willing to supply that high corn Tennessee whiskey fix (except for a brief shortage in mid 2007 – early 2008 due to a shut down from 99-03). I’ve enjoyed…

George Dickel Rye Review

George Dickel Rye Review

George Dickel Rye is distilled by Midwest Grain Products (MGP) formerly known as Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana (LDI). These fine folks also create the rye whiskey for other NDPs like Bulleit and Templeton Rye and as I’ve said before, there is nothing wrong with that. However, unlike Bulleit and the schmucks at Templeton Dickle actually is…

Templeton Rye Review

Templeton Rye Review

Normally this is where I would give a little back story on the brand and talk about any unique aspects or little nuggets of trivia about the brand, but since we now know that the story Templeton Rye has been trying to sell us is complete bullshit there’s really no point. Instead, as the above…

Pro$hibition Macvin Single Cask Review

Pro$hibition Macvin Single Cask Review

The Macvin Single Cask is my favorite of the Pro$hibition Single Malt whiskies. It’s warm, rich, spicy, sweet, earthy, elegant and a whole other bag of adjectives that I could use to describe it. Like the other two it’s a great example of French whisky done right and just like the Vin de Paille and…

Pro$hibition Vin Jaune Single Cask Review

Pro$hibition Vin Jaune Single Cask Review

Another French whisky? Yup and this one is even better than the last. The Pro$hibition Vin Jaune is, in my humble opinion, a step up from the already stellar Pro$hibition Vin de Paille and that’s no easy feat. The Vin Jaune is called such because it’s aged in ex-Vin Jaune barrels which hail from the…