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New Bourbon Rumor: Larceny Barrel Proof

by Andrew Owenon April 13, 2018
Wheater fans, start rejoicing!  A label for Larceny Barrel Proof just passed through the TTB today (see the picture above, taken directly from the TTB’s website) making a release sometime in 2018 seem likely.  Keep in mind that just because a distiller submits a label for TTB approval, there is no guarantee that the whiskey […]
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Kilchoman Machir Bay Review

by Andrew Owenon April 12, 2018
Kilchoman (pronounced kill-ho-man) is one of the newest distilleries in Scotland, and the newest distillery on the island of Islay (until Ardnahoe opens its doors this May).  Founded in 2005 by former-independent bottler Anthony Wills, Kilchoman is a true “farm distillery”.  Situated on Islay’s Rockside Farm, Kilchoman has a couple thousand acres of farmland leased […]

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Four Roses Single Barrel Review

by Andrew Owenon April 10, 2018
Along with its bottom shelf “Yellow Label” and mid-shelf Small Batch bourbons, Four Roses also releases a more premium level single barrel bourbon year-round.  Note that this is different from their barrel proof single barrel bottles. As you may recall from the small batch review (linked above) or from any previous knowledge of Four Roses […]
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Aberlour 16 Year Double Cask

by Andrew Owenon March 30, 2018
Like Aberlour’s 12 year old single malt, this southern Speyside distillery also releases a 16 year old using the same “double cask matured” technique.  Rather than starting all of its whisky in ex-bourbon casks and then “finishing” the malt by transferring it to ex-sherry casks (like Balvenie does with their 12 Year Doublewood) Aberlour marries […]

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Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

by Andrew Owenon March 20, 2018
Nestled against the coast of Loch Indaal on the west side of Islay sits the Bruichladdich (pronounced bruchh-lad-ee) Distillery.  As far as mainstream popularity goes, Bruichladdich often sits in the shadow of the three southern Islay powerhouses of Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin, but this Islay distillery is not to be underestimated. Bruichladdich was built in […]
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Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel

by Andrew Owenon March 10, 2018
Full disclosure:  I am a fan boy Knob Creek Rye small batch.  Readily available at $25-30 and carrying a hefty 100 proof, it has served faithfully as my “House Rye” and primary cocktail whiskey for some time now.  So when I heard late last year that Beam-Suntory was going to release a 115 proof single […]

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Oban Distiller’s Edition

by Andrew Owenon March 7, 2018
What you essentially have with Oban Distiller’s Edition (as well as the DE’s from Lagavulin, Talisker, Dalwhinnie, and Cragganmore) is the standard age stated malt finished in sherry casks for a short second maturation prior to bottling.  In Oban’s case, after aging 14 years in ex-bourbon casks, the whisky is transferred into Spanish Oak Montilla […]
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Oban 14 Year

by Andrew Owenon March 6, 2018
Oban Distillery, founded in the late 18th century, is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland.  Situated right in the middle of the small coastal town of Oban, the distillery is also one of the few urban distilleries in Scotland.  Due to its unique location, Oban has had very little space to expand over the years, which […]

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Col. EH Taylor Straight Rye

by Andrew Owenon February 26, 2018
Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye was introduced as a new annual release by Buffalo Trace in 2012.  Intentionally placed in the product line honoring the great 19th century Kentuckian Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr, Buffalo Trace crafted this rye to be more reminiscent of a late-19th century rye whiskey.  Like every whiskey carrying Col. Taylor’s name […]
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There’s Still Great Value In American Whiskey

by Andrew Owenon February 16, 2018
  There’s Still Great Value In American Whiskey By Andrew Owen If you’ve been an American whiskey consumer (particularly a bourbon consumer) over the past couple of years or more, you have witnessed firsthand the rapid rise in bourbon’s popularity, and along with it, a rise in prices, several losses of age statements, new allocation […]