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Glen Garioch 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon October 29, 2018
When I started my whisky exploration journey, I took a common path that will sound familiar to many of you:  trying as many offerings as I could from well-known distilleries that could be found on the shelf at any store with a spirits section.  For single malt scotch, this meant gobbling up all of the […]

Great Whiskey, Better Moments: WBSE Kentucky Round Up 2018

by Andrew Owenon October 15, 2018
This past weekend, over 100 people from across the nation converged upon Louisville, Kentucky for the first annual WBSE Kentucky Round Up.  As whiskey lovers poured into the city via land and sky throughout the day on Thursday, the unsuspecting riverside city had no idea that it was about to play host to one of […]

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Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond

by Andrew Owenon October 8, 2018
While less than a century old, Willett Distillery has a bit of a convoluted history for me to briefly summarize.  The original Willett Distilling Company was founded in 1936 by the eponymous family that had a long history of distilling prior to building its own distillery on a farm on the south side of Bardstown, […]
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Benromach 10 Year

by Andrew Owenon October 1, 2018
About 12 miles from Elgin near the north shore of Speyside sits the Benromach Distillery.  Originally built in 1898, the distillery changed ownership a number of times before it was mothballed in 1983 and listed for sale by the corporation known today as Diageo.  In 1993, the distillery complex was purchased by famous independent bottler […]

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Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino Cask (2018 Release)

by Andrew Owenon September 25, 2018
The Cairdeas series (Cairdeas is a Gaelic word meaning “friendship”) is an annual limited release by Laphroaig that acts kind of like an experimental maturation series.  Typically featuring some unique cask finish and always bottled at cask strength and without chill filtration, the annual Cairdeas release gives fans of Laphroaig a chance to experience the […]
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Wild Turkey Longbranch

by Andrew Owenon September 24, 2018
Wild Turkey’s newest year-round bourbon release, titled “Longbranch”, is a result of collaboration between Master Distiller Eddie Russell and famed actor (and bourbon drinker) Matthew McConaughey.  The marketing for this release is heavy handed, but artfully done and not ridiculously over the top.  Whether McConaughey is little more than a new celebrity endorser, or was […]

Filling Out Your Whiskey Shelf

by Andrew Owenon September 18, 2018
Filling Out Your Whiskey Shelf One of the most common questions I encounter is from people who are just getting into whiskey, or have decided to expand their horizons after drinking only the same couple whiskeys.  The question is often phrased, “What are some good whiskeys for a beginner?” “I’m new to whiskey.  What should […]
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Russell’s Reserve Rye 6 Year

by Andrew Owenon September 17, 2018
Anyone who has spent much time in my home or conversed with me in the WBSE Facebook group has learned pretty quickly that I am a huge fan of Jimmy and Eddie Russell and the bourbons that they make at Wild Turkey.  Outside of water, the Russell’s Reserve bourbons – both the small batch 10 year […]

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Old Granddad 114

by Andrew Owenon September 11, 2018
On the heels of last week’s review of the bottom-ish shelf Old Granddad Bottled in Bond, it seems fitting to follow up with its “big brother”, which clocks in at a hefty 114 proof and does not have an age statement, and typically only costs $3-5 more than the bonded version. For a bit more […]
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Old Granddad Bonded

by Andrew Owenon September 4, 2018
Old Granddad is an historic bourbon brand that has been around since the mid-1800s.  Originally created by distiller Raymond Hayden to commemorate his grandfather Basil Hayden, the Old Granddad label changed ownership a couple times in the 19th century before landing in the capable hands of the National Distillers Products (NDP) group, who owned and […]