About Us

 

Who are we?

A group of friends united by a love of all things whiskey.  We love to drink, share, talk about, think about, and just enjoy whiskey.  We enjoy discussing and sharing opinions about all things whiskey. We hope that you find enjoyment and learn or help someone else learn and explore the pours we enjoy.

Our purpose

To share our enthusiasm with anyone else who has an interest in whiskey!  We are not “professionals” or instructors, but enthusiasts just like you who want to share our whiskey adventures with you in fun, friendly, informative, and helpful ways.

Meet the Crew!

Chad Cadden
Founder

All Time Favorite Whiskey:  Col. EH Taylor
Seasoned Wood Daily Drinker:  Old Weller Antique

Chad, the co-founder of WBSE, has had a love for whiskey dating back as early as 1993.  He enjoys the vast history of American whiskey.  Chad recalls one night out at dinner with some friends, when he was given a pour of William Larue Weller that really intrigued him and in turn started his long journey down the whiskey road. Chad is a devoted family man with a long career on the railroad as a locomotive engineer, an occupation that he has followed his family’s footsteps in. Chad enjoys all the social aspects of sharing a great bourbon with friends and family, sitting around the fire pit behind his home, telling stories, and sharing jokes.  He is often heard saying, “great memories are usually accompanied by great pours with great friends.”

Bill Varnell
Founder

All time favorite whiskey:  William Larue Weller
Daily Drinker:  Wild Turkey Rare Breed

Bill, the co-founder of WBSE, met Chad in 2014 through a local Pennsylvania beer group, where the two learned that they both also shared a larger passion for whiskey. Chad casually posed the question to Bill, “What if we started a local whiskey group?” So the Whiskey Bourbon Scotch Enthusiast group was born on Facebook as a small local group, and has grown up into a multi-national collection of enthusiasts from all over the world sharing their whiskey adventures together. Bill has several degrees, and worked in broadcast managing for 15 years before becoming a cardiac nurse for 30 years until he finally retired in 2015. Bill was initially a scotch drinker, but has really become a bourbon aficionado as of late. Bill still enjoys working in a cardiac stress testing lab, and can also be commonly found roaming Kentucky selecting bourbon barrels for private WBSE bottlings, or relaxing with a nice glass and cigar on his back porch.

Andrew Owen
Publisher, Content Manager

All Time Favorite Whisky:  Balblair 1990 2nd Edition
Daily Drinkers:  Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel, Springbank 10 Year

A former craft beer enthusiast, Andrew fell in love with whiskey after tasting a pour of Laphroaig 10 year and being amazed that such a flavor could exist within a liquid.  With a college background in biochemistry and a passion for history, Andrew quickly grew to love the science of whiskey making, the history of different distilleries, and the exploration of flavors within a dram.  To Andrew, whiskey is more than just a drink; it is a fascinating mix of art and science – an intricate beauty to be pondered and appreciated.  Besides this, Andrew has found that a nice bottle of whiskey has an amazing ability to bring people together and unite people from all different backgrounds together has friends. While Andrew can be found drinking any style of whiskey from any region around the world, he has a particular affinity for spice-laden bourbons and coastal scotches.  Besides drinking whiskey, Andrew also enjoys weight lifting, road biking, and cooking.

Brett Mullins
Scotch & World Whisky Specialist, YouTube Channel Manager

All Time Favorite Whisky:  Talisker 18 year
Daily Drinkers:  Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Old Forester 1920

Brett is a musician and singer with a passion for whisky that began in 2010. He began his journey with scotch and it remains his first love. His first experiences with scotch, Glenlivit 12 year and Johnny Walker Swing, only fed a desire to try more. Brett also drinks rye, bourbon, blended whiskey, cognac, and occasionally, rum. Although he enjoys them all, none ignite him like scotch. Brett follows a philosophy of experiencing whisky in as many different expressions as possible and sees every taste of whiskey as worthwhile, regardless of his ultimate opinion of it. As a lifelong history buff, the historical aspects of whiskey, both in Europe and America, are fascinating to Brett and only add to this fulfilling hobby.  Brett resides near the center of the U.S., where bourbon is more common than scotch. None the less, he seeks out new and different scotch whisky daily, in order to expand his knowledge and to find those most interesting drams worthy of sharing with other enthusiasts around the world.

Bobby Long
Bourbon Specialist

All Time Favorite Whiskey:  Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel 9 Year
Daily Drinkers:  Booker’s Bourbon, Old Ezra 7 Year

Bobby is a self-proclaimed high proof enthusiast.  Bobby has always been drawn to high proofs; in college, it was a fairly common sight to see him drinking Everclear straight from the bottle on Saturday evenings at Theta Chi’s Zeta Lambda chapter. Bobby naturally transitioned to drinking more whiskey, and started seeking out more complex whiskeys in his mid 20’s.  His whiskey obsession really picked up after he tasted Booker’s and Jefferson’s Reserve. Bobby is a huge fan of bourbon and more recently rye whiskeys, with much to learn yet about scotch. The sweet heat of bourbon and rye is Bobby’s biggest draw.  With a bachelors degree from Westminster College in political science and minor in history, he has worked with spectrum disorder kids and adults for 10 years.  When not working with kids or having a glass with friends Bobby is probably fishing, playing video games, shooting targets, playing basketball or spending time with his fiancé. Bobby is easily identified as the short, opinionated guy that is on a mission to find the richest most complex whiskeys the world has to offer.

Greg Kevorkian
Feature Writer, Non-traditional reviewer

All Time Favorite Whisky:  Clan Lonach Bunnahabhain 40 Year
Daily Drinkers:  Four Roses Single Barrel, Ardbeg 10 Year

Greg has a fascination with the science and history of both distilling and brewing that dates back to his college years. What once was a simple curiosity of “how is this made?” transformed into a hands on course of learning though experimental home-brewing with his friends. The transition from brewing to studying whiskey distillation was a natural progression for him as the science behind fermentation and handling different yeast strains continued to interest him. As bourbon barrel aging became more and more prominent in the craft beer world, his interest in those specific flavor profiles grew and he incorporated more and more bourbon into what used to be solely his Islay Scotch liquor cabinet. Now with years of study and the occasional brew-day with his friends, Greg has also combined his love for cooking and flavor combinations with his whisky fascination. He can often be found spending his free time blending and finishing different whiskeys based on complementary or opposing mash bills as well as flavor profiles he believes will enhance one another. The finished products are passed on as samples or enjoyed in the company of friends. After all, even if they’re not all life-changing, they’re still worth sharing. At its core, isn’t that what whiskey is about? The friendships, the experience, and most importantly, creating something that not only can be shared but enjoyed.

TW Wright
Rye Whiskey & American History Specialist

All Time Favorite Whisky:  Glenfiddich 40 Year
Daily Drinkers: Dad’s Hat Rye, Roundstone Rye, Free State Rye

TW Wright has been writing about his whiskey experiences and hosting whiskey tastings and events for over a decade. Enamored first by the single malts of Scotland, TW soon developed a love for, what was at the time, a rarely found old-style of American whiskey known as rye. Over time, he learned about the American rye whiskey story and began holding rye whiskey tastings. While visiting distilleries throughout the country and experiencing this recent rebirth of the American rye whiskey heritage first-hand, TW has deepened his love for rye and has developed many friendships with the people who make it. Where most tend to separate all distractions from the whiskey in their glass and attempt to isolate the flavors and smells of a libation, TW takes a different approach. Bringing together the whiskey and the environment, TW focuses on the details of the scene, explodes them out, and brings us into the total experience. As a Marylander, his love for rye whiskey is natural and contagious. He has a passion for this fine whiskey and a passion for sharing it.

Blake Cortright
Written Review Specialist

All Time Favorite Whisky:  Talisker 18 Year
Daily Drinkers:  Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel, Talisker Storm

Blake is a filmmaker and storyteller whose appreciation for whiskey began on his 21st birthday when his friends introduced him to the Old Fashioned cocktail. Shortly after this, Blake began experimenting to create his own version of the classic drink, and purchased a small bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon. Over the last few years, Blake’s whiskey collection has expanded along with his knowledge and enjoyment of whiskies. Originally a bourbon guy, Blake got into rye whiskey through Whistlepig 10 year, and later got into single malt scotch via Lagavulin 16 year and Talisker 10 year. With interests in theology, philosophy, history, and many sciences, Blake thoroughly enjoys learning the history and process behind whiskey, and continues to insist that while sipping whiskey, one is sipping history, culture, geography, chemistry, and a host of other disciplines. Blake is also an avid hiker, alpine skier, kayaker, and cyclist; he also enjoys sailing on occasion.

Genevieve Keller 
Web Designer / Developer

All Time Favorite Whisky:  Lagavulin 16
Daily Drinkers: Pikesville Rye, Four Roses Single Barrel

Genevieve is a web designer and developer with over 20 years of experience, but she’s relatively new to the world of whiskey! Being interested in wines for years, and in tasting and learning about them, she branched out to start learning about and trying Scotch and other whiskeys. She’s been focused on trying new and higher proof bottles, in order to stretch the boundaries of her knowledge and palate. While she’s sipping a dram, you might also find her cooking, she’s an amateur gourmet chef, or smoking meats and veg out back. An avid creator, she’s constantly busy with art, either painting, sculpting, 3D printing, and most recently, laser cutting various projects.