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Tuesday 07 March, 2017

Discover a New Irish Whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day: West Cork reviewed




Ah yes, St. Patrick’s Day: the one day of the year when everyone eats Kosher-style corned beef (telling each other it’s Irish) and drinks the one Irish whiskey they’ve heard of: Jameson’s. Not that there’s anything wrong with Jamie (I’ve sung it’s praises before), but the Irish Whiskey industry has been exploding in the last […]





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Wednesday 02 November, 2016

Review: Nomad Outland Whiskey




These are interesting times for Scotch drinkers, to say the least. Wonsaponatime (as John Lennon would say), the choice was fairly straightforward between the five regions/styles, or different blends produced roughly the same way. Now, there are so many variations not so much in distillation but in aging and finishing that one could lose count […]





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Tuesday 09 August, 2016

Finding the Perfect Rum? Diplomatico vs. Santiago De Cuba




It wasn’t that long ago that rum was a relatively downmarket spirit. Despite rum (or ron or rhum in its original languages) being the most popular alcohol worldwide, as recently as 15 years ago it was considered almost exclusively a mixing spirit—even in the smoother version that Bacardi originated in the late 1800s, supplanting most […]





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Monday 04 April, 2016

The Future Belongs To Blended Scotch Whisky. There I said it.




For the past 50 years or so since William Grant introduced Glenfiddich, the first marketed single malt Scotch whisky, “single malts” have dominated the dialogue about serious whisky appreciation worldwide, not-so-subtly pushing blended whiskies to a second-class category that has not always been warranted. But, owing probably to the popularity and thus growing scarcity of […]





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Monday 30 November, 2015

Why You Need To Know Sherry Better




Sherry is a wine category that is largely under-regarded in the drinking world at large and even in the fine wine world, partially because it has still not recovered from a period of mediocre quality in the late 20th century, and partially because it is so easily misunderstood. But the winemaking of Jerez is equally […]





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Monday 17 August, 2015

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel – Barrel Proof Reviewed




I almost thought it was a prank when I first heard the news: Jack Daniel’s was releasing a barrel proof version of it’s famous Tennessee Whiskey. For fans of JD, this was exciting news in more ways than one. With the company riding the revenue streams of more crowd-pleasing concoctions like Tennessee Honey and Tennessee […]





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Tuesday 31 March, 2015

10 Ways Casa Noble Tequila Is Different




I have to be honest: I wasn’t necessarily expecting to be impressed by Casa Noble tequila. Sure, I was happy to be invited to the distillery on the outskirts of the city of Tequila, Mexico (yes, It’s actually a place), but every distillery or winery visit doesn’t necessarily make a huge impression. Also, not to […]