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Talisker Storm

by Blake Cortrighton December 19, 2018
As worldwide demand for whisky increases, distilleries (and the companies which own them) have had to adapt their releases to handle the increased demand. Any time demand outweighs supply, whisky producers have a tough decision to make:  Do you raise prices?Allocate?  Just allow your product to disappear from shelves?  Or do you start dropping the […]
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Johnnie Walker – White Walker GOT Edition

by Blake Cortrighton November 19, 2018
Despite being a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings (both the books and the films), I’ve never read or seen any Game of Thrones, so this whisky holds no inherent nostalgia for me beyond the gimmick of a cool looking bottle containing a Scotch whisky that’s supposed to be served chilled (always a […]

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Whistlepig 10 Year Rye

by Blake Cortrighton October 22, 2018
Whistlepig is an interesting company to talk about in whiskey circles. On the one hand, their 10 year old rye whiskey is one of the most awarded ryes in the world. On the other hand, many of their bottles are sourced rye whiskies primarily from Canada and some from Indiana. With their new Farmstock line […]
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Johnnie Walker Black “Director’s Cut” Blade Runner Edition

by Blake Cortrighton September 12, 2018
I should preface this review by mentioning that in addition to being a whisky enthusiast, I’m a filmmaker with a love for great movies. Blade Runner 2049 was one of my favorite films of 2017, and regardless of the whisky itself (which I think is pretty good!), there’s some fun to sipping the same whisky […]
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Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year

by Blake Cortrighton August 29, 2018
Johnnie Walker Green Label is the middle child of the Johnnie Walker line up.  It’s the truest introduction to the “premium” side of the range, and sits in that premium-yet-still-affordable $50 price category.  Left behind are the 40% ABV’s and screw top caps of Red and Black, in favor of a bulked up 43% ABV, […]

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Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Year

by Blake Cortrighton August 15, 2018
While Johnnie Walker Red Label may sell more by volume, the Black Label may be the most recognizable scotch whisky in the world.  The poster child of Diageo’s Johnnie Walker range, the Black Label is marketed as a more premium step up from the non-age stated Red Label, and can be found in almost any […]
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Evan Williams Single Barrel 2009 Vintage

by Blake Cortrighton August 2, 2018
Evan Williams is a well-known, mass-marketed bourbon brand owned and operated by Heaven Hill – the largest family owned distilling company in Kentucky.  Heaven Hill produces many popular bourbon and rye whiskey brands, including Elijah Craig, Henry McKenna, Old Fitzgerald, Larceny, Rittenhouse, and Pikesville.  The Evan Williams portfolio is an entire family of brands in […]
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Stagg Jr. Batch 9

by Blake Cortrighton July 18, 2018
Perhaps only surpassed by Pappy Van Winkle in modern day hype and rarity are the whiskeys of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection.  This mystic family of whiskeys, all produced by the Buffalo Trace Distillery, includes William Larue Weller wheated bourbon, George T Stagg bourbon, Sazerac 18 year old rye, Thomas H Handy rye, and Eagle […]

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Evan Williams Black Label Review

by Blake Cortrighton April 24, 2018
Evan Williams bourbon is produced by Heaven Hill at their Bernheim distillery in Louisville, KY, and is by volume sales Heaven Hill’s most popular bourbon brand.  In fact, according to Spirits Business, Evan Williams was the 7th highest selling whiskey in the world in 2017, and 2nd highest selling bourbon brand (behind Jim Beam). The […]
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Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

by Blake Cortrighton March 28, 2018
Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is part of the Jim Beam “small batch” bourbon line, which also includes Knob Creek, Baker’s, and Booker’s.  The brand was launched by Beam in 1992 to commemorate Meredith Basil Hayden Sr, a historical figure whose family name is tied to the creation of the Old Granddad line of bourbons, as well […]