• Balvenie 17 Year Doublewood
    June 13, 2018

    Review: The Balvenie Doublewood 17 Year

    Balvenie Doublewood was my gateway whisky. It was the bottle that made me realize how good a single malt could be even with a beginner’s palate....
  • Van Winkle Family Rye
    May 15, 2018

    Review: Van Winkle Reserve Family Rye 20...

    When you hear the name Van Winkle, you probably think of two words first: Pappy and bourbon. However, the Van Winkle family also puts out a rye fairly...
  • George T. Stagg and glass
    April 11, 2018

    Review: George T. Stagg 2017

    What more is there to say about George T. Stagg? This Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1 powerhouse is always big, bold, and unapologetic. And I love it for th...
  • Macallan Ruby
    April 4, 2018

    Review: Macallan Ruby

    Today’s review is of a whisky I wasn’t super interested in trying from a range I thought was a waste of time. If that doesn’t set my...
  • March 20, 2018

    Review: The Balvenie 15 Year Single Barr...

    2014 was a rough year for my relationship with The Balvenie. The discontinuation of my two favorite bottlings (Single Refill Bourbon Barrel 15 Year an...
Balvenie 17 Year Doublewood

Review: The Balvenie Doublewood 17 Year

Balvenie Doublewood was my gateway whisky. It was the bottle that made me realize how good a single malt could be even with a beginner’s palate. Aside from its place…

Van Winkle Family Rye

Review: Van Winkle Reserve Family Rye 2016

When you hear the name Van Winkle, you probably think of two words first: Pappy and bourbon. However, the Van Winkle family also puts out a rye fairly regularly called…

George T. Stagg and glass

Review: George T. Stagg 2017

What more is there to say about George T. Stagg? This Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1 powerhouse is always big, bold, and unapologetic. And I love it for that. Uncut and…

Macallan Ruby

Review: Macallan Ruby

Today’s review is of a whisky I wasn’t super interested in trying from a range I thought was a waste of time. If that doesn’t set my expectations here, nothing…

Review: The Balvenie 15 Year Single Barrel (Sherry Cask)

2014 was a rough year for my relationship with The Balvenie. The discontinuation of my two favorite bottlings (Single Refill Bourbon Barrel 15 Year and Tun 1401) had me questioning…

Review: anCnoc 1975 39 Year

Here’s a quick review I did a few years ago during a blind tasting of some very heavy hitting malts. At the time, I had no idea what I was…

Review: Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix

Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix: the perfect storm of happenstance, marketing, packaging, and an amazing story. In a sense, it was a literal perfect storm. If you don’t know the story, a…

Old Rip Van Winkle 10, Lot B, and Weller Antique

Experiment: Weller and Van Winkle Blind Tasting

I’ve said this before and I will say it over and over and over again: If you want the truth about a whiskey, you must drink it blind. Our minds…

Review: Bunnahabhain 25 Year

Islay whiskies and I don’t spend too much time together with two notable “B” distillery exceptions: Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain. Today, I’ll be looking at Bunnahabhain 25 year, a well-aged malt…

Review: E.H. Taylor Four Grain

Happy new year, readers! Let’s kick off 2018 with my annual exploration of Jim Murray’s latest Whisky of the Year. For me, E.H. Taylor Four Grain was a surprising choice…