Blood Oath Pact No. 5 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Common Ground PR and Luxco for the sample. Look, I'll be honest, as compelling a topic as blood oaths might be, there's just not a whole lot out there on the subject. At least not a lot for someone doing some rather cavalier googling. Speaking of lazy, it also seems kind of … Continue reading Blood Oath Pact No. 5 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Amaro Lucano – Review

Basilicata is a region in Southern Italy which makes up the arch or the in-step of that county's boot-like outline. The name Basilicata likely has roots in the Greek word basilikos which might refer to a type of Byzantine ruler, or possibly to the Basilica of Acerenza, an important seat of Roman Catholic power back in … Continue reading Amaro Lucano – Review

Gouden Carolus Belgian Single Malt Whisky – Review

*Thanks to Sam Filmus and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. **Correction! Thanks to Ruben Luyten of WhiskyNotes and Lew Bryson, it was pointed out that the first Gouden Carolus whiskey came out in 2007, not 2009. According to Ruben, these first experiments, made in another distillery's column stills, were not good, … Continue reading Gouden Carolus Belgian Single Malt Whisky – Review

Old Forester Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

There will be a time and a place for delving deeper into the long history of the Old Forester brand, but this post is neither the time nor the place. Well, maybe this post is a little bit of the time and the place. Old Forester's historical claim to fame is that it was the … Continue reading Old Forester Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

Highland Park 12 Year Old Viking Honour – Review

 Slàinte mhath, Dad! In honor of this upcoming Father's Day in general and my father in particular, here's a review of perhaps his favorite whisky. I don't remember exactly when my dad started to drink Highland Park, but it was a while ago. I think the bottles and labels have gone through at least four … Continue reading Highland Park 12 Year Old Viking Honour – Review

Hendrick’s Gin – Review

If one were looking to write a list of influential gins, (and why wouldn't one look to write a list of influential gins?) I think few people would quibble about Bombay Sapphire being given the top spot. The general consensus is that it truly helped revive the failing category of gin, and played a part … Continue reading Hendrick’s Gin – Review

Yellowstone 2018 Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Review

*Sincere thanks to Limestone Branch Distillery and Common Ground PR for the sample. Luxco and Limestone Branch Distillery’s revitalization of the Yellowstone brand has created not just a great story, but some great bourbon as well. If you’d like, you can catch up here on all the juicy details with my write-up of the 2016 limited edition Yellowstone. … Continue reading Yellowstone 2018 Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon – Review