Prizefight Irish Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Quaker City Mercantile for the sample. With the category of Irish whiskey booming, it's no surprise that people are trying to jump in at all levels. There are a lot of non-distilling producers out there at the moment, making up new brands or reviving old ones. The interesting thing is that, relatively … Continue reading Prizefight Irish Whiskey – Review

Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Kilbeggan and Savona Communications for the sample. So...Kilbeggan. Believe it or not, here we have another distillery with a long up and down history. Actually, Kilbeggan's long up and down history is one of the longest histories in all of whiskey distillery history-dom. Its history is also, as far as distillery histories … Continue reading Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey – Review

Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond Straight Corn Whiskey – Review

"If you can see Mellow Corn on the shelf and not be intrigued by the label and name, I’m not sure about your priorities," - Kat Kinsman Mellow Corn is one of the more wonderful oddballs in the U.S. whiskey world. How could it not be, with a name like that? When Heaven Hill debuted … Continue reading Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond Straight Corn Whiskey – Review

Drifting Away From Whisky?

Am I? Yeah. Me? Yeah, you. Away from whisky? Yes. Nooooo. Really? Never. Never. Not even just a little?   Well, yeah, okay, a little. Maybe a little more than a little. I don't think I've grown tired of whisky, or tired of drinking it, or learning about its past, or writing about it. I … Continue reading Drifting Away From Whisky?

Egan’s 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Review

Sincere thanks to SE and Nova Marketing for the sample. When one hears of an old brand being "revived," it's usually accompanied by a sharp wince and weary sigh of "haven't we heard enough of this kind of thing?" All too often, a brand's ancient history is inflated, conflated and romanticized, its current revivers claiming … Continue reading Egan’s 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Review

The Quiet Man Traditional Irish Whiskey – Review

*Sincere thanks to Common Ground PR and Luxco for the sample When I first heard the name of this relatively new Irish Whiskey, I immediately thought of the Graham Greene book, The Quiet Man. Then, not quite as immediately, I thought, that doesn't sound right. And indeed it is not. Turns out I was conflating Greene's … Continue reading The Quiet Man Traditional Irish Whiskey – Review

April Fool’s Day Resolutions

  I'm going to buy more bottles of $100+ whisky because they must all be worth it. I'm going to start smoking cigars, because all that smoke really enhances one's sense of taste and takes the edge off all those young $100+ whiskies. I'm going to use Twitter more because it's so productive, and because … Continue reading April Fool’s Day Resolutions

High West Whiskey – Son of Bourye -Review

http://youtu.be/C10bE4yGPMw The biggest problem I have with High West's Son of Bourye is that every time I see or hear the name I think of this classic bit from the Simpsons. Actually, now that I think of it, that's not really a problem. The name also makes me think of the Vaselines' song "Son of a … Continue reading High West Whiskey – Son of Bourye -Review

American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye – Book Review

American whiskey, particularly bourbon, is experiencing an explosion in popularity not seen since...well, not ever seen, really. Our little brown spirit was practically left for dead in the 70's. In the late 80's/early 90's it started to claw its way back into favor, and today, it's selling like mad, and not just domestically. Unfortunately, it's … Continue reading American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye – Book Review

George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 2011 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

*Thank you very much to AP and Buffalo Trace for the samples! Let me just point out right away that, although it might be a good one, the name George T. Stagg is not that of porn star. No, George T. Stagg was successful whiskey salesman who, in 1870, helped E.H. Taylor purchase a distillery … Continue reading George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 2011 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review