Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey – Review

**Sincere thanks to MGP Ingredients and Gregory + Vine PR for the sample. The rather unusual name of Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon apparently comes from an old railroading phrase. The "eight" part refers to the highest setting or notch on the throttle, and the "sand" part refers to the sand that would get spread … Continue reading Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey – Review

Penderyn Celt Single Malt Welsh Whisky – Review

*Thanks to Sam Filmus and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. The Brecon Beacons, or as they say in Welsh, Bannau Brycheiniog, are a range of mountains in South Wales. These mountains are made up of Old Red Sandstone which, despite its alarmingly dull name, is a type of rock strata that dates … Continue reading Penderyn Celt Single Malt Welsh Whisky – Review

Penderyn Myth Single Malt Welsh Whisky – Review

*Thanks to Sam Filmus and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. The English scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867) is renowned worldwide for his discoveries, advancements, and achievements in areas of chemistry and electromagnetism. Reading about his accomplishments makes it very clear to me that there is little chance that I'll ever reach a … Continue reading Penderyn Myth Single Malt Welsh Whisky – Review

Penderyn Madeira Single Malt Welsh Whisky – Review

*Thanks to Sam Filmus and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. The history of distilling in Wales is not nearly as long and well-documented as are the histories of distilling in Scotland and Ireland. There have been a few poor attempts to tie early whisky-making and Wales together more impressively, but for … Continue reading Penderyn Madeira Single Malt Welsh Whisky – Review

Penderyn Sherrywood Single Malt Welsh Whisky – Review

*Thanks to Sam Filmus and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Penderyn's origin story, according to Penderyn, begins sometime in the mid-'90s, in a Welsh pub with a group of friends, possibly slightly overserved, getting rather excited about creating a Welsh whisky. These were apparently men of action, not just men of … Continue reading Penderyn Sherrywood Single Malt Welsh Whisky – 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

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

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Small Batch Rye – Review

*Sincere thanks to Kilbeggan and Savona Communications for the sample. While the idea of "Irish rye" may sound like the Irish whiskey industry scrambling to cash in on not just its own rising popularity, but that of American rye whiskey as well, it's actually something of a return to tradition, to a style of Irish … Continue reading Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Small Batch Rye – Review