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Vinn Rice Whiskey Review

Vinn Rice Whiskey Review

This batch of Vinn Rice Whiskey is the 2017 release and it’s been aged a bit longer than the previous batch of Vinn I reviewed. It’s still the same 100% Rice mash, it still started as a Baijiu and it was still aged in an Alligator char level barrel. In Vinn’s Words: Vinn Rice Whiskey “Vinn… Continue!

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1996 Review

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1996 Review

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1996 is another edition of the often celebrated Lagavulin DE line. This one was distilled in 1996 and bottled in 2012 and like the rest of the Lagavulin DE line it was finished in PX barrels to give the bold peat of Lagavulin a wall of sweetness to balance against. In Lagavulin’s… Continue!

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1994 Review

Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1994 Review

Bottled in 2010, the Lagavulin Distillers Edition 1994 was finished in PX (Pedro Ximenez) sherry casks which is the most densely sweet of the sherries and are used to temper the brutal smoke and wild brine of the standard Lagavulin 16. This combination results in a densely sweet delivery of smoke and sugar that’s unique to… Continue!

Tomatin Decades Review

Tomatin Decades Review

A limited edition released in 2011 the Tomatin Decades was created by Douglas Campbell to celebrate his 50th year at the distillery and contains casks from each of the decades he worked at the distillery: 1967 – Refill Sherry Hogshead, 1976 – Oloroso Sherry Butts, 1984 – Refill Sherry Hogsheads, 1990 – First Fill Bourbon… Continue!

Ohishi Kaito’s Cask Review

Ohishi Kaito’s Cask Review

Ohishi Kaito’s Cask is another sherried whisky from the Ohishi distillery and comes from a single sherry cask hand selected by Chris Udhe of GRC to celebrate the birth of his son Kaito Uhde. And Chris definitely knows how to pick ‘em so when I heard about it coming out I had to get my hands on a… Continue!

Fukano Sherry Cask Review

Fukano Sherry Cask Review

Fukano Sherry Cask is a game changer for me when it comes to the Fukano lineup. GRC brings in two different brands of Japanese Rice Whiskey – Ohishi and Fukano; of the the two I almost always prefer Ohishi’s elegant complexity to Fukano’s more rice driven delivery… until this came along. A combination of 3… Continue!

Ohishi Islay Cask Finish Review

Ohishi Islay Cask Finish Review

Ohishi Islay Cask Finish started out life as two ex-Brandy casks which were fully matured over several years before being transferred to a cask that previously held an Islay whisky. By which they mean it previously held a heavily peated whisky, the exact distillery the cask came from was never released, but that’s not overly… Continue!

Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Review

Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt Review

This bottle comes from the second release of the Hopscotch Vermont Single Malt which is a continually changing project from Mad River Distillers. This means there’s no real consistency between batches, but when you’re goal is to make something interesting and different each year that’s not exactly a concern. In Mad River Distillers’ Words: Hopscotch Vermont… Continue!

Trail’s End Bourbon Review

Trail’s End Bourbon Review

Trail’s End Bourbon is a sourced bourbon that’s finished in Oregon Oak and cut with “glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood”. The sourcing is fully disclosed, so no issues there, but as always the question is who did they source it from? The two biggest distilleries to source from in KY are Heaven Hill and… Continue!

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