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Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie

by Andrew Owenon January 3, 2019
As I mentioned last week in my review of independent bottler Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster, I’m going to be spending some time over the next few weeks reviewing blended scotch whiskies made with a craft-oriented approach.  I laid out what I mean by this in the Rock Oyster review.  Two producers who I think do […]
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Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye

by Andrew Owenon January 2, 2019
In my personal opinion, I’m not sure any American whiskey brand was more successful in 2018 (by my own definition of success) than Knob Creek Rye.  While prior to 2018, Knob Creek Rye only existed as a 100 proof, non-age stated mid-shelf offering, in the last 365 days we have seen the creation of a […]

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Douglas Liang’s Rock Oyster

by Andrew Owenon December 26, 2018
Over my next few reviews, I’m going to explore an often overlooked but nonetheless exciting area of whisky that I call “craft blended scotch”.  The way that my binary brain sees it, there are essentially two forms of blended scotch (and this really applies to whisky as a whole):  those created as cheaply as possible […]
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Glengoyne 21 Year – Andrew’s Christmas Whisky!

by Andrew Owenon December 20, 2018
With the year-end holidays fast approaching, I figure now is a fine time to talk about my favorite Christmas whisky.  It is my favorite whisky both to drink around the holiday and to recommend as a gift to the scotch enthusiast in your life.  The vast majority of scotch drinkers are not regularly purchasing or […]
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Cedar Ridge Silver Label “P/C Hogshead”

by Andrew Owenon December 3, 2018
Nestled within the rolling hills of farmland just west of the large urban city of Cedar Rapids sits the Cedar Ridge Distillery – a quaint and picturesque estate of two buildings, a couple small grain bins, several barrel warehouses, and rows of grape vines.  Secluded from the bustling city a few miles away and tucked […]

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Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8 Proof

by Andrew Owenon November 27, 2018
Following Robert’s review of the newest value-oriented barrel proof bourbon on the market, Old Ezra 7 Year Barrel Strength, I figured it was fitting today to review another barrel proof bourbon that is both readily available and less than $50.  In a world where Bookers has increased in price by 25% in the last 18 […]
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Ledaig 10 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 21, 2018
Ledaig (the “d” makes the “ch” sound) is heavily peated single malt whisky made by the isolated Tobermory distillery – the lone distillery on the island of Mull off of the southwest coast of the Scottish mainland.  Tobermory also produces a much more mildly peated single malt under the distillery name.  Tobermory is a very […]
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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, […]