• Rhetoric 24 Year Bourbon
    July 19, 2018

    Review: Rhetoric 24 Year (Orphan Barrel)...

    Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Series has been out for a few years now. Right off the bat, that should get you wondering how it’s even possible th...
  • Kentucky Owl Rye Batch 1
    June 25, 2018

    Review: Kentucky Owl Rye 11 Year (Batch ...

    The Kentucky Owl brand truly fascinates me. Like Whistle Pig, Kentucky Owl is quite the dark horse candidate to receive the universal high demand and ...
  • 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...
Rhetoric 24 Year Bourbon

Review: Rhetoric 24 Year (Orphan Barrel)

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Series has been out for a few years now. Right off the bat, that should get you wondering how it’s even possible that a limited release of…

Kentucky Owl Rye Batch 1

Review: Kentucky Owl Rye 11 Year (Batch 1)

The Kentucky Owl brand truly fascinates me. Like Whistle Pig, Kentucky Owl is quite the dark horse candidate to receive the universal high demand and praise that it does in…

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…