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Glen Moray 12 Review

Glen Moray 12 Review

What do Aberlour, Glenmorangie and Whisky Label 5 all have in common? Their owners have all owned the Glen Moray distillery at some point in time since it’s conversion from a brewery to a distillery in 1897. This scrappy little distillery has been caught on fire, allowed to run down, closed for over a decade…

Lagavulin 2013 Distiller’s Edition Review

Lagavulin 2013 Distiller’s Edition Review

The Lagavulin 2013 Distiller’s Edition is billed as being “Double Matured” and before you run off to the store thinking you’re getting a 32 year single malt for $110 let me explain. The double maturation it’s referring to the just the barrel process they put the whiskey through. First it gets matured in ex-bourbon barrels…

Whisky Live Los Angeles 2014

Whisky Live Los Angeles 2014

  The 2014 Los Angeles Whisky Live was a lot of fun. It was filled with fun booths, great people, water a plenty, but unless you were both quick and lucky the food was a little on the light side. However, I’m not a food blogger and this is not a food blog. No this…

The Macallan Director’s Edition Review

The Macallan Director’s Edition Review

The Macallan Director’s Edition was aged in ex-sherry casks and is one of two special editions that were released in late 2011. It’s counterpart, the Master’s Edition, was aged in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Both of these whiskies were NAS which, if you’re a cynic, basically means they contain whisky that was so young…

Finlaggan Old Reserve Review

Finlaggan Old Reserve Review

Available only at Trader Joe’s (as far as I know anyways), the Finlaggan Old Reserve is a 3rd party bottling of an Islay single malt and is no joke despite it’s sub $20 price tag. In addition to taking Gold at the international wine and spirits competition it’s received accolades and praise on just about…

Old Forester Bottled In Bond (1957) Review

Old Forester Bottled In Bond (1957) Review

This particular Old Forester Bottle In Bond was distilled in 1952 and bottled in 1957 making it between 4-5 years in age depending on exactly when it was distilled and when it was dumped into its famous Sputnik rocket ship bottle (photo below). Seeing as how my parents were all of 2 or 3 years…

Old Forester Signature Review (100 Proof)

Old Forester Signature Review (100 Proof)

The Old Forester Signature is the grand son of the once beloved Old Forester Bottled in Bond; the Signature’s 100 proof bottling being a nod to that once classic dram. As a brand Old Forester has been around for over 140 years. They were one of the few brands that managed to grab a license…

George Dickel Single Barrel Review

George Dickel Single Barrel Review

At this point I’ve covered just about every current George Dickel offering with the exception of the 9 year single barrel and the 14 year single barrel and today we’re knocking the George Dickel 9 year Single Barrel off the list. I know I say this every time I do a single barrel review, but…

Heather Greene book signing at 7 Grand in LA on Wed Nov 12th @ 7 pm

Heather Greene book signing at 7 Grand in LA on Wed Nov 12th @ 7 pm

Here are the down and dirty details you need to know about this event. 1. Heather Greene (Spirit Sommelier at NYC’s venerable Flatiron Room) wrote a book about whiskey called Whiskey Distilled A Populist Guide to the Water of Life. 2. She is doing a book signing here in Los Angeles on Wed Nov 12th…

Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2014 Review

Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2014 Review

To create the 2014 Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Jim Rutledge (Four Roses Master Distiller) combined a 13 year OBSV, 12 year OESV, 11 year OBSF and a 9 year OBSK and then bottled it at glorious barrel strength. Which in this case is a solid 111.8 proof. Every year the Four Roses Limited…

Very Olde St. Nick – 24 yr Ancient Rare Whiskey Review

Very Olde St. Nick – 24 yr Ancient Rare Whiskey Review

The Very Olde St. Nick 24 year Ancient Rare Whiskey was the last one we tried in the VOSN series. It was a decent ending to both events because it beautifully demonstrated that age truly isn’t everything. Just because this was the oldest of the whiskeys doesn’t mean it was the best (that award goes…

Very Olde St. Nick – 23 yr Ancient Rare Whiskey Review

Very Olde St. Nick – 23 yr Ancient Rare Whiskey Review

Trying bourbon like this that is just one year apart in age is really an interesting learning experience for your senses. Where the 22 had a mild showing the Very Olde St. Nick: 23 year Ancient Rare Whiskey brought us back up a few notches in terms of overall quality, composition and complexity… and then…

Very Olde St. Nick – 22 yr Ancient Rare Whiskey Review

Very Olde St. Nick – 22 yr Ancient Rare Whiskey Review

The first two were rather “meh”, the 19 year Rare Bourbon blew us all away and then the Very Olde St. Nick 22 year Ancient Rare Whiskey brought us back down to a nice even plane. From the lowlands to lofty heights to mid-land plains to the mountain slope and then back down again is…

Very Olde St. Nick – 19 yr Rare Bourbon Whiskey Review

Very Olde St. Nick – 19 yr Rare Bourbon Whiskey Review

The jump from the Lot 15 to this, the Very Olde St. Nick 19 year Rare Bourbon Whiskey, was incredible. After this one was poured a silence fell over the room and I knew everyone else was having the same “holy shit this is good” moment I was having. I’m going to spoil the rest…

Very Olde St. Nick: Ancient Cask Bourbon – Lot 15 Review

Very Olde St. Nick: Ancient Cask Bourbon – Lot 15 Review

The Very Olde St. Nick Lot 15 Ancient Cask Bourbon was a bit of an odd duck and when you read the tasting notes you’ll see why I say that and why it was my least favorite of the night. In addition to the… “interesting” flavors and aromas found in the Lot 15 it was…