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Talisker 10 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 18, 2017
From an outside perspective (at least for this American), there’s something serene and poetic about the Talisker distillery.  A solitary fortress…er, distillery sitting atop sea-battered cliffs on the lonely isle of Skye.  Storms batter the little island while pot stills boil, steam rises from the smokestack into the damp sky, and thousands of casks of […]

Laphroaig 10 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 17, 2017
The Laphroaig Distillery, which is located on the southern coast of Islay, produces some of the most polarizing and unique whisky in the world.  Many love it and many hate it, but few remain neutral towards the whisky from this seaside distillery. Laphroaig was originally established in 1815 and changed ownership a number of times […]


Buffalo Trace

by Andrew Owenon November 17, 2017
Buffalo Trace bourbon, the flagship of arguably the most prolific distillery propelling the modern day bourbon boom, was introduced in 1999 right after the distillery’s owner, Sazerac, decided to change the name from the George T Stagg (sound familiar?) Distillery to Buffalo Trace.  The distillery, located in Frankfurt, is allegedly the oldest continuously operating distillery […]

Redbreast 12 Year Cask Strength

by Andrew Owenon November 17, 2017
I don’t consider myself a proof snob.  If asked what my preferred whiskey ABV is, I typically tell people around 50% for bourbon or 46% for scotch.  One of my favorite whiskies of all time – Highland Park 18 Year – is bottled at 43%.  That said, statistical analysis of my hundreds of whiskey rankings […]


Redbreast 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 17, 2017
Other than the ubiquitous Jameson, there may not be a more well-known Irish whiskey than Redbreast.  Once one graduates on from Jameson or Bushmills and starts exploring the “higher end” of the Irish whiskey aisle, Redbreast is always in the conversation.  Although the Redbreast label has been around since the 19th century, the whiskey has existed […]

Springbank 10 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 17, 2017
If I were forced to pick a favorite distillery, there is a very good chance that I would say Springbank.  From the independent ownership to the production philosophy, to the character of the whisky itself, I love everything about Springbank.  This centuries old distillery, which is one of three remaining distilleries still populating the once-whisky-producing-capital-of-the-world […]


Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

by Andrew Owenon November 17, 2017
Blanton’s may be the most distinguishable bourbon currently on the market.  From its squat, grenade-like bottle to the bronze horse and rider sitting atop the cork, this offering from Buffalo Trace immediately draws the eyes to it on the liquor shelf.  Alongside its unique aesthetics, Blanton’s also has quite the backstory, which you can read […]