Back in November of 2014, Jim Murray "stunned" the whisky world by naming the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013 the "best whisky in the world". Oh, the humanity! Suddenly the best whisky in the world was no longer from Scotland and Scotch was roundly chastised for having let high quality slip through its peaty little … Continue reading Once Again, Yet Another World’s Best Whisky…Again.
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
For good or for ill, I started writing this blog five years ago this month. Five years...that seems like a long time to keep a blog going. I've certainly learned more about whisky than I ever imagined I'd learn about whisky, and learning about whisky was the primary motivation for starting all this in the … Continue reading Fifth Anniversary Internet Scavenger Hunt of Needlessly Esoteric Whisky-Related Trivia
*Thanks to SF and the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Tamdhu, like so many of the distilleries founded in the late 1800's, has a rather up and down history. Founded in 1896 by a group of no less than 15 blenders and merchants led by William Grant, Tamdhu was designed by the … Continue reading Tamdhu 10 Year Old – Review
Arouse, my boys! exert your mettle, To get auld Scotland back her kettle; Or faith! I'll wad my new pleugh-pettle, Ye'll see 't or lang, She'll teach you, wi' a reekin whittle, Anither sang. This while she's been in crankous mood, Her lost Militia fir'd her bluid; (Deil na they never mair do guid, Play'd … Continue reading Robbie Burns Night…
Ah, so it appears I haven't disappeared after all. Sorry for the hiatus. Once again, real life reared its beautiful head and offered up some far more important things to do than write about whisky. This time around, the important thing just happened to be a small, old building that my wife and I purchased … Continue reading The Casks v.2.0
Despite knowing that a number of humorless curmudgeons find this kind of thing annoying, I've always enjoyed concocting some cockamamie story about some preposterous whisky-related something or other for April Fool's Day. I've enjoyed it despite occasionally not going far enough, or perhaps more accurately, underestimating how ridiculously far the whisky/booze/bar industry goes and ending … Continue reading Obligatory April Fool’s Day Whisky Blog Post.
True to form, I missed the window on this by a day or so, but that's never stopped me before so what the hell. Last week, the news slowly seeped out that the wine world's high priest, Robert Parker had posted a bunch of bourbon reviews on his paid-members-only website. Earlier this week, the ruggedly … Continue reading Robert Parker enters the Whisky World…
*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Benrinnes, from the Scots Gaelic, Beinnroinn, means "promontory hill". A rather uninspired name if you ask me, but maybe on the day it was named it was bitterly cold, wet, and windy and the group of guys out naming stuff had had enough and … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1984 Benrinnes 26 Year Old – Review
*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Perhaps let's start with a very brief, hopefully briefly accurate history of rum. Like whisky, hell, like all spirits, rum got its start when some genius, no doubt tired of drinking too many filling yet low-alcohol fermented beverages, decided to distill said same fermented … Continue reading Chieftain’s 1997 Caol Ila 14 Year Old Jamican Rum Cask Finish – Reveiw