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Jimmy’s Texas Bourbon Review

Jimmy’s Texas Bourbon Review

Jimmy’s Texas Bourbon is a four grain bourbon (corn, barley, rye and wheat) that starts out life in traditional new charred oak barrels where it mellows for about a month before being moved over to first fill Kiepersol Port barrels where it spends the next 11-13 months. Not only does the port wood temper the youthful…

What is a whiskey NDP?

What is a whiskey NDP?

  NDP stands for Non-Distiller Producer which is any company that gets it’s whiskey from another distillery and then bottles, and markets, it as their own. As a practice I have nothing against it, I don’t even have anything against them not disclosing where their whiskey comes from. What I have a problem with are…

Trader Joe’s 23 yr Speyside Single Malt Review

Trader Joe’s 23 yr Speyside Single Malt Review

A 23 yr Speyside for only $40? Sign me up! When I saw this sitting on the shelf at Trader Joe’s I couldn’t believe my eyes and thought it was a pricing error. These days where anything aged over 20 years is going for $300-$800 this was quite the steal and the second after I…

Trader Joe’s 10 yr Highland Single Malt Review

Trader Joe’s 10 yr Highland Single Malt Review

Trader Joe’s does not have a distillery in Scotland to make their 10 yr Highland Single Malt. Nor does Alexander Murray & Co. who sourced the casks that ended up in the bottles. Alexander Murray, and by extension Trader Joe’s is a NDP. A Non-Distiller Producer. Which just means that they make a deal with…

Pow-wow Botanical Rye Review

Pow-wow Botanical Rye Review

There is flavored whiskey… and then there is this. The Pow-Wow Botanical Rye is a very unique beast put out by the Georgetown Trading Co. who claim to draw inspiration from the Pow-wow’s of old to create this whiskey. Supposedly back in ye olden settler times it was customary to combine rye whiskey with herbs…

Glenfiddich Malt Masters Sherry Cask Review

Glenfiddich Malt Masters Sherry Cask Review

To create the Sherry Cask Malt Master’s Edition the boys at Glenfiddich first distilled up some of their traditional new-make and then dumped it into some ex-bourbon barrels, like they do everyday, and then let them age for 6-8 years. They then dumped the whisky into some ex-sherry casks and let it continue to mellow…

Muirhead’s Silver Seal 16 Review

Muirhead’s Silver Seal 16 Review

The Silver Seal 8 was a colossal disappointment in my opinion, so how does it fare when it’s been aged twice as long? Better, I’d even say it’s good, but it’s still not great. I guess that’s why it’s a 16 year that is only $45. All of the big names that have whisky around…

Muirhead’s Silver Seal 8 Review

Muirhead’s Silver Seal 8 Review

The Silver Seal 8 is such a light whisky it’s almost obscene. It’s actually hitting a point of lightness that’s distracting because I find myself hunting and searching for more flavor and more depth and it just refuses to come through. It feels like the whisky is purposely messing with me. Which, if you can’t…

Laphroaig Select Review

Laphroaig Select Review

Recently the lads at Laphroaig got the idea to take some traditional Laphroaig juice, which is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and give it an additional or “final” maturation in brand new American Oak barrels. During this maturation the barrels spent at least 6 months in the warmest parts of the Laphroaig warehouse (ie highest) during…

Laphroaig Triple Wood Review

Laphroaig Triple Wood Review

The Laphroaig Triple Wood is basically the Laphroaig Quarter Cask that’s been finished in Oloroso sherry butts. Which means they take their traditional Laphroaig juice and then first age it in ex-bourbon barrels (wood 1), then they take some of that bourbon barrel juice and put it into their specially made quarter casks to age…

FEW Rye Whiskey Review

FEW Rye Whiskey Review

  I can’t say I always agree with Whisky Advocate, the World Whisky Awards or the Beverage Tasting Institute, but FEW Rye being an amazing whiskey is something I agree with them on 1,000%. I had this rye for the first time a few months ago at the Sassafras Saloon here in Los Angeles and…

FEW Bourbon Whiskey Review

FEW Bourbon Whiskey Review

Awarded a gold medal by the Beverage Tasting Institute in 2014, the FEW Bourbon is a high-rye bourbon from Illinois that uses a “special peppery yeast” to give it a little something extra to bring up the spice level and add a new dimension to the whiskey. It’s also aged in, relatively, young Minnesota oak barrels…

Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength Review

Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength Review

The no-water-added cask strength brother of the mighty Laphroaig 10. Clocking in at a whopping 114.4 proof this bruiser of whisky is as close as you can get to tasting it straight from the barrel in the comfort of your own home. However this is not a single barrel. They still take a bunch of…

Laphroaig 10 Review

Laphroaig 10 Review

  When the flagship product tastes this good, you know you’re dealing with a quality brand. The distillery got it’s start in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston and was run by the family till 1954 (139 years) when the last member of the family died without an heir. This lead to it brand changing…

Glenlivet Archive 21 Review

Glenlivet Archive 21 Review

Brass tacks, The Glenlivet Archive 21 is among my favorite, readily accessible, single malt scotches and everything about it makes me feel giddy inside. There is a subtle poetry to this whisky. The balance, the taste, the smell, the feel. Everything about it makes me happy I have taste buds and a working olfactory system….