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Friday 31 March, 2017

An Under-The-Radar New York Whiskey–from the home of Woodstock




Review: Catskill Distillery Whiskies With the sale of Hudson Distillery to the William Grant company (a family business, but a huge one) it was only a matter of time before other craft spirits operations in New York State started emerging, using local grains to intriguing results. In fact there are more than 70 at present, […]





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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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Wednesday 11 May, 2016

What Spirits Will Ascend? Inside the 73rd WSWA 2016




It always takes a few days to digest everything that happens at WSWA—not to mention, sober up—hence why it’s taken me some time to post this wrap up on the convention of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America in Las Vegas  April 18-21st. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Distinct […]





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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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Friday 27 November, 2015

Five Bottles I’m Obsessed With! Unusual Gift Spirits




Need to find a gift bottle for that hard-to-impress cocktail fan? Your answer may be here. I’m lucky enough to get samples of a lot of different spirits, some of which are easier to categorize than others. That can be a detriment unfortunately, in that the more something is an outlier, the longer it may […]





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Monday 14 September, 2015

Bourbon Curious Reviewed: A Simple Guide for the Savvy Drinker




I’ve sung the praises of my fellow spirits writer and friend Fred Minnick before, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to too many that I’ve come to do that again. What did surprise even me is how much I enjoyed tearing through Bourbon Curious. Released just in time for National Bourbon Heritage Month—and at […]





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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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Thursday 02 October, 2014

Getting Spirited in the Tasting Panel




As Editor-At-Large for the Tasting Panel, I got to explore every corner of the varied world of spirits. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Click on each image below for the full stories as printed! ALSO SEE MY WINE STORIES FOR THE TASTING PANEL HERE OR GO HERE FOR MORE STORIES […]





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Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Cheers To 50 Years! Breaking Bread With The Balvenie




In a previous generation, it was almost a cliche to get a gold watch for 50 years of service to one company. But somehow it doesn’t seem grand enough for Malt Master David Stewart, who celebrated 50 years with William Grant and The Balvenie distillery this past September. Fifty years with one company is almost […]





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Sunday 15 April, 2012

Master of All He Purveys: Jack Daniel’s Jeff Norman




Jeff Norman is like a rock star in the liquor business. And not just because he is the Master Taster of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, one of the most popular brown liquors in the world, one of the best selling American liquors overall, and one of the best known American brands of any kind. No, […]