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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….

Glenlivet Nadurra Review

Glenlivet Nadurra Review

The first time I had Glenlivet Nadurra was at my farewell party when I left my job at a search agency and despite being one of many drinks that evening I could distinctly remember liking it. The second time I sipped on some Nadurra I was at a friends house and we drank it from…

Glenlivet 18 Review

Glenlivet 18 Review

My most memorable experience with Glenlivet 18 started with the image above. Some work friends and I secured the company’s beach house for a day and a half of remote working and relaxation. We arrived at about 3 p.m. on a Thursday and by 1 am that bottle was killed by the 3 whisky drinkers…

Glenlivet 12 Review

Glenlivet 12 Review

Established in 1824 the Glenlivet distillery has been a favorite single malt for many generations of drinkers around the world. Currently it’s the #1 selling single malt Scotch brand here in America and #2 in the world. It’s an unpeated malt whisky that’s light, accessible, tasty, easy to drink and a shade boring. A starting…

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Review

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Review

The Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit is single barrel Wild Turkey 101 that has a bit more age to it and, being a single barrel, it also means that unless you get something from the same barrel as me, you’re going to have a slightly different experience. It also means that while I rate this one…

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Review

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Review

This K&L exclusive barrel of Russell’s Reserve is everything I love about Wild Turkey turned up to the Nth degree. Back when I reviewed the Russell’s Reserve 10 yr. Small Batch I said that if someone asked me what does bourbon taste like that I would offer them a glass of that, and I still…

Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve Rye 6 yr. Review

Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve Rye 6 yr. Review

The Russell’s Reserve Rye is the same mashbill as the 81 proof version, but the 6 year is made from stock that is about 2 years older and is bottled at 9 proof higher… and what a difference 2 years and 9 proof makes. This isn’t a good rye, it’s a great rye. To be…

Wild Turkey Rye 81 Review

Wild Turkey Rye 81 Review

Wild Turkey 81 Proof Rye is great for mixing cocktails. That’s not a put down, it’s just the truth. For having such a high quantity of rye (65% vs the 51% of many ryes on the market now) the rye notes are strangely muted in the nose and not nearly as assertive on the palate…

Bushel & Barrel and Ginger Cocktail

Bushel & Barrel and Ginger Cocktail

If you like ginger this is the cocktail for you. If you don’t like ginger I’d recommend you try the Quick Pick Washington Apple instead. Now that all of the ginger haters are out of the room let’s get down to business and talk about a ginger cinnamon apple bourbon concoction that is going to…

High West Rocky Mountain Rye 21 yr. Review

High West Rocky Mountain Rye 21 yr. Review

Here we are at the mighty High West Rocky Mountain Rye 21. Unlike it’s 16 year old counter part, this particular whiskey can’t legally be labeled as a straight rye whiskey. It’s actual TTB designation is a “Whiskey Distilled from Rye Mash Stored 21 Years in Re-Used Cooperage”. Which is a fancy way to say…

High West Rocky Mountain Rye 16 yr. Review

High West Rocky Mountain Rye 16 yr. Review

Sold out at the distillery, but you can still find the High West Rocky Mountain Rye 16 yr every once in a while gathering dust on the top shelf of small liquor stores. In the last 2 years I’ve seen 2 bottles doing just that and to this day I still kick myself for not…

Quick Pick Washington Apple Cocktail

Quick Pick Washington Apple Cocktail

Back in March I featured the Red Clover and lePEARchaun cocktails here on TWJ. Both were pretty tasty cocktails and my end conclusion was that Berentzen makes some pretty tasty stuff. Their mixers weren’t overly cloying and seemed to be rather high in quality. Basically, what I’m saying is I found myself actually enjoying them…

High West Campfire Review

High West Campfire Review

With the release of Campfire the lads at High West prove that they’re not just a two trick bourbon and rye blending pony. No sir they have grabbed Scotland by it’s peat and added it to the mixing party. It’s fantastically delicious, but I really have to wonder how David Perkins came up with the…