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Bunnahabhain 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 26, 2017
The Bunnahabhain distillery (pronounced Boon-uh-hah-ven) was built in the late 1800’s, and lies on the northeast shore of Islay near Port Askaig.  In defiance of mainstream Islay distilling, it mainly produces unpeated single malt whiskies. Due to its style and its somewhat remote location far away from the peated powerhouses on the south side of […]
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Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask

by Andrew Owenon November 25, 2017
The Aberlour distillery sits in between Tamdhu and Macallan right on the south shore of the River Spey (although it still classifies itself as a “speyside”, and we will classify it the same).  It was built in 1879, and is currently owned by spirits-megalodon Pernod-Ricard.  Aberlour is in the middling range for total output among […]

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The Balvenie 12 Year Doublewood

by Andrew Owenon November 25, 2017
The Balvenie Distillery is located in Dufftown within the Speyside region, and is known for creating single malt whiskies that are peculiarly simple.  When you start thinking about the *house characteristics* (the aromas and flavors inherent to a certain distillery’s base spirit) of different single malts, you think about Balvenie.  Balvenie’s malts are classically gentle and nuanced, […]
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Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2016-06 “Noe Hard Times”

by Andrew Owenon November 22, 2017
Created by the late great Master Distiller at Jim Beam, Booker Noe, Booker’s bourbon is a quarterly release small batch bourbon that is uncut and unfiltered.  In other words, besides vatting the barrels selected for the batch, nothing is done from barrel to bottle.  No filtration, no cutting the proof with water.  If you want […]

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Glendronach 12 Year “Original”

by Andrew Owenon November 22, 2017
The GlenDronach Distillery, aptly named after the Dronach Burn (In Scotland, freshwater streams are called “burns”), sits within the Speyside region and has become well known for its heavily sherry-influenced whiskies.  The distillery was founded in the early 19th century, and has changed ownership several times.  The distillery was also mothballed (meaning all production ceased) […]
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Jameson Irish Whiskey Cask Mates Stout

Jameson Caskmates: Stout Cask

by Andrew Owenon November 22, 2017
Finally forced to innovate and experiment a bit due to the whiskey resurgence that is ongoing in the Emerald Isle, Midleton has started releasing new variations of its most well known label, Jameson.  (For more information on Midleton, the Irish whiskey scene, and types of Irish whiskey, click here).  The concept behind Jameson Caskmates is […]

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Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or 12 Year

by Andrew Owenon November 21, 2017
The Glenmorangie distillery sits on the east coast of the Scottish highlands north of the north shore of Speyside.  Despite its proximity to the coast, Glenmorangie produces a gentle and unassuming malt with very little peat or maritime influence.  Glenmorangie malt’s signature mildness has much to do with the shape of the stills used, which […]
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Colonel EH Taylor

Col. EH Taylor Small Batch Bourbon

by Andrew Owenon November 21, 2017
Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. was one of the pioneers of the bourbon industry in the late 19th and 20th century.  In the 1870’s, Taylor purchased a distillery which he called Old Fire Copper (or O.F.C) in Frankfort, KY.  He was an innovator in the industry, and was also the driving force behind the Bottled-in-Bond […]

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Maker's Mark

Maker’s Mark

by Andrew Owenon November 21, 2017
As of 2016, Maker’s Mark bourbon was the highest selling bourbon in my state.  The label and signature red wax seal are well known throughout the world, and the marketing folks behind the brand have done a great job of positioning it as an entry bourbon to the “premium” range.  Most of you likely know […]
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Auchentoshan 3 Wood

by Andrew Owenon November 18, 2017
Auchentoshan, built in the 1800s and currently owned by Beam-Suntory, is located just west of Glasgow which makes it one of few single malt distilleries in the Scottish lowlands, the southern half of Scotland that is known for farming, rolling plains, and grain distilleries producing gentle column distilled grain whiskies used primarily for blending. While […]