Whiskey/Bourbon/Cask Spirits Category

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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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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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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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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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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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Wednesday 25 November, 2015

Spirit of America: Bourbon With Benefits Reviewed




  Connection to a charity can cloud a fair assessment of anything, so let’s get this out of the way first: Spirit of America, it’s name a somewhat plain-faced tribute to Bourbon’s identity as the uniquely American spirit, gives $1 from each bottle purchase to its own charity called Hope for the Warriors, “a national […]





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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 […]