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Redbreast Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Redbreast Lustau

by Brett Mullinson August 7, 2018
Redbreast Lustau is a relatively new release by Ireland’s massive Midleton Distillery, and it appears to have become a mainstay in the Redbreast portfolio for the foreseeable future.  To create Lustau, Midleton takes single pot still whiskey aging in sherry and bourbon casks, marries the casks together, then finishes the whiskey for one additional year […]

Aberlour 16 Year Double Cask

by Brett Mullinson 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 […]

Why Above-Retail Whiskey Pricing Is Not So Bad

by Brett Mullinson March 23, 2018
Anyone who has been a whiskey drinker for very long has likely come across bottles of whiskey on a shelf at prices higher than retail – often much higher.  The first reaction is often outrage.  How dare they try to rip us off?  But, as so often is the case with complicated issues, the fair […]

Highland Park 15 Year

by Brett Mullinson December 7, 2017
Highland Park’s 15 year whisky is the next step up from the 12 year in its age stated range.  You can see the full review of the 12 year, as well as more in-depth distillery information here.  Highland Park uses its geographic location on the Isle of Orkney to the north of the Scottish mainland […]

The Importance of the Cask

by Brett Mullinson December 4, 2017
Inside of one of Springbank’s aging warehouses.  Notice the variety of cask sizes. The Importance of the Cask As whiskey enthusiasts, we not only enjoy the flavor of whiskey, but spend many hours pondering what makes each whiskey different.  What are governing factors that create the diversity and individual complexities of each whiskey?  We want […]

The Price Trap: Venturing into Scotch on a Budget

by Brett Mullinson November 21, 2017
The Price Trap:  Venturing into Scotch on a Budget Every whisky drinker had a first dram, a first bottle, a first bottle over $100, and so on.  We all started somewhere, and it is unfortunate when someone gets turned away from scotch because of one negative experience.  Also, as we progress in our whisky journey, […]


Auchentoshan 3 Wood

by Brett Mullinson 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 […]
Alberta Rye Dark Batch

Alberta Rye Dark Batch

by Brett Mullinson November 18, 2017
Alberta Rye Dark Batch is an enigma in the global whisky scene, even within the enigmatic Canadian whisky industry, whose rules and regulations would probably give the United State’s TTB or the UK’s Scotch Whisky Association an aneurysm.  Suffice it to say for this review, Canadian whisky laws are lax.  As long as 90.91% of […]

Angel's Envy Rye

Angel’s Envy Rye

by Brett Mullinson November 17, 2017
For the last several years, Angel’s Envy has been carving out its own niche in the crowded American whiskey boom with fairly limited yearly releases of specialty cask finished bourbons and ryes.  Each year, they release a fairly common bourbon finished in port casks, an uber-limited (and uber-expensive) cask strength bourbon finished in port, and […]

Tasting Notes: What are they? Are they real? Should I care?

by Brett Mullinson November 17, 2017
Tasting Notes: What are they?  Are they real?  Why do I care? One of the more controversial aspects of whisky drinking is tasting notes.  Some choose their whisky purchases exclusively upon published tasting notes.  Others insist that tasting notes don’t actually exist and are complete nonsense invented by whisky snobs to make others feel inferior.  […]