Sazerac 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, 2011 Buffalo trace Antique Collection – Review

*Thank you very much to AP and Buffalo Trace for the samples! Since I started with the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection's Thomas Handy release (ol' Tom being the founder of Buffalo Trace's parent company Sazerac), it seems only fitting (if not a little confusing) to end with the Sazerac 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye … Continue reading Sazerac 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, 2011 Buffalo trace Antique Collection – Review

William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 2011 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

The name Weller is as intertwined and as important a name as you will find in the history of American whiskey. Daniel Weller was operating a still near Bardstown, KY as early as 1800. His son Samuel followed in his father's footsteps, and his son, William LaRue Weller started making and selling whiskey in 1849. … Continue reading William Larue Weller Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 2011 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – 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

Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon, 2011 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

*Thank you very much to AP and Buffalo Trace for the samples! The Eagle Rare brand was originally owned by Seagram's and made its first appearance in 1975. It was created by Charles L. Beam and was sold as a 10 year old, 101 proof  straight bourbon. Sazerac bought the brand in 1989 and in … Continue reading Eagle Rare 17 Year Old Bourbon, 2011 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection – Review

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey, Buffalo Trace 2011 Antique Collection – Review

 *Thank you very much to AP and Buffalo Trace for the samples! As Buffalo Trace is owned by Sazerac, and Sazerac was founded by Thomas H. Handy, it seems only fitting to begin a look at Buffalo Trace's 2011 Antique Collection with the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye. The story begins (more or less) at … Continue reading Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey, Buffalo Trace 2011 Antique Collection – Review

Whiskies of the World Expo 2012 – Recap

Thank you very much to Whiskies of the World for the opportunity to attend the 2012 Expo as press. I think I said it in last year's re-cap of this event, but it bears repeating; having a large-scale whisky event on an elegant, docked riverboat is a much nicer setting than a sterile hotel conference … Continue reading Whiskies of the World Expo 2012 – Recap

Hart Brothers 1990 Laphroaig 18 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Founded in 1964 by, you guessed it...a couple of brothers named Hart, Iain & Donald, Glasgow-based Hart Brothers began life as booze wholesalers and whisky blenders. A third Hart brother, Alistair, joined the company in 1975 as the master blender and the master selector of … Continue reading Hart Brothers 1990 Laphroaig 18 Year Old – Review

Whisky Roundtable #22

The somewhat dashing assortment of characters that make up the Whisky Roundtable have reconvened for another month. This time around our host is Gal from Whisky Israel and the subject is multiple aging locations - do they benefit a whisky or is pretty much a PR stunt? Here's his question to us all: "Lately we’ve … Continue reading Whisky Roundtable #22

Blackadder Raw Cask 1998 Laphroaig 12 Year Old – Review

*Thanks to the good folks at Impex Beverages for the sample. Unless you find yourself in a dark, fragrant whisky warehouse fairly often, standing in front of a barrel with a pipette in one hand and a nosing glass in the other, there are just a few bottled opportunities to taste whisky (or whiskey, for … Continue reading Blackadder Raw Cask 1998 Laphroaig 12 Year Old – Review

Sneak Peak! New San Francisco Whisky Bar

Come Summer, San Franciscans, especially those in the Dogpatch neighborhood, will have a new high concept whisky bar to call their own. Housed in an old brick building that in past incarnations has been a Pony Express stable, a brothel, a customs house, a brothel, and most recently, an old brick building in need of … Continue reading Sneak Peak! New San Francisco Whisky Bar