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Brenne – French Single Malt Whisky Review

Brenne – French Single Malt Whisky Review

Brenne is a cognac finished single malt from France that bills itself as “a new taste profile to the Single Malt category”. On their website the creators go on talk about how Brenne “embodies the terroir and style of the region in which it is produced: Cognac, France” and how they’re “not trying to be…

A True Guide to Scotch – Brought to you by Dewar’s Scotch Whisky

A True Guide to Scotch – Brought to you by Dewar’s Scotch Whisky

Partner Post* Gabriel Cardarella has the coolest job as a Dewar’s ambassador: traveling the world tasting, learning and teaching others about whisky. Now, Gabriel wants to teach you about how to enjoy whisky to the fullest, and what better land to begin this 11-part series from Dewar’s than in Scotland. Check out “A True Guide to Scotch”…

Laphroaig 2014 Cairdeas Review – Amontillado Cask

Laphroaig 2014 Cairdeas Review – Amontillado Cask

The 2013 Cairdeas was / is among my favorite whiskies. It’s so obscenely good I had a bit of separation anxiety when I finished off my first bottle and the only thing that could console me was knowing that I had 3 more bottles sitting in reserve so I opened one to set the world…

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Review

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Review

It’s rather poetic that the release of Maker’s Mark Cask Strength has coincided with the induction of Margie Samuels into the Bourbon Hall Of Fame. Getting to taste the whiskey in it’s full powered un-cut version, like Margie and Bill would have when tasting it right out of the barrel is pretty awesome. The only…

The Legend of Jimmy Russell

The Legend of Jimmy Russell

Jimmy Russell, the master distiller, has worked at Wild Turkey for 60 years. Let me say that again… 60 YEARS! That’s as long as my parents have been alive and almost 2x the amount of time I’ve been on this planet. For me to start somewhere I was going to stay for the next 60 years I would…

FEW Single Malt Whisky Review

FEW Single Malt Whisky Review

The FEW Single Malt Whisky is a seasonal release from those crafty lads in Illinois and is the third member of their whiskey trio. The occasional sibling of the FEW Bourbon and FEW Rye it doesn’t get nearly the attention that the others get not because it isn’t good, but because it’s not as widely…

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…