Top Whisky-type Stuff (or not) List for 2015

As much as I love year-end lists, I'm beginning to realize that I like reading them far more than I like putting them together. I would happily skip writing such a list if it weren't for my unfortunate love of trite traditions. Alack, here we are again, stumbling blindly and listing a bit to the left, … Continue reading Top Whisky-type Stuff (or not) List for 2015


Whisky-Related Stocking Stuffers for 2015

Hang those stockings with care, people! Adorn that tannenbaum! Fire up that minora! Light those kinaras! Unsheath that Festivus Pole! Break out the lutefisk, the tangyuan, the latkes, the roast beast, the bûche de Noël, the vánoční rybí polévka, the Dundee cake, and the pasteles de hojas. Pour the gløgg, the cola de mono, the jiuniang, the ponche, and the whisk(e)y! … Continue reading Whisky-Related Stocking Stuffers for 2015

Top Whisky-type Stuff (or not) List for 2014

Looking back over the previous year-end lists I've put up, there's a distinct trend to them all. Each year I sound surprised and disappointed that I didn't explore the world of whisky as much as I wanted...and by the time the next year's list rolls around, I've explored it all even less. Such is life, … Continue reading Top Whisky-type Stuff (or not) List for 2014

Bourbon, Straight – Book Review

With bourbon's popularity soaring, it was inevitable that more and more books on the subject start popping up on shelves. Ahead of a couple new releases due this Fall, I thought I'd take a quick look at one of my favorite bourbon-based books, Bourbon, Straight, by Charles (Chuck) K. Cowdery. Cowdery has long been one of … Continue reading Bourbon, Straight – Book Review

Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scottish Whisky – Book Review

I just occurred to me that this is the third book by Charles MacLean that I've written about...and I've only written about five books total. In my defense, let me just say that the talented Mr. MacLean is somewhat prolific, and that the other two books are basically, sneakily, disappointingly, the same thing. Also, let … Continue reading Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scottish Whisky – Book Review

World Whisky – Book Review

You know that feeling you get when you buy something only to later realize that you had already bought basically the same thing previously and a lack of research on your part is now responsible for making you feel a bit like a jackass? You know how no matter how good that thing is, there's … Continue reading World Whisky – Book Review

Whiskey (Eyewitness Companions Guide) – Book Review

I've had a couple of these Eyewitness Companions books with me on trips before and have always found them to be pretty useful.  They're not a Frommer's, Paris-on-$3.58-a-day type book, nor are they very detailed literary accounts on select places/things.  They offer short, descriptive entries on a wide variety of topics, giving an excellent overview … Continue reading Whiskey (Eyewitness Companions Guide) – Book Review