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All MGP Ryes Taste the Same! No They Don’t! Yes They Do…

by TW Wrighton March 18, 2018
There are a lot of people out there that will assert that all Midwest Grain Products of Indiana, (MGP) based rye whiskies on the market taste the same. And there are just as many folks that will defend the Non-Distilling Producers that sell these MGP whiskeys stating that they all taste differently. They’re both wrong! […]

Oban

by WBSEon 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 […]

What is Maryland Rye?

by TW Wrighton February 25, 2018
What is Maryland Rye? By TW Wright Since the beginning of the Colonial days in America, Marylanders were trailblazing what would become the state’s signature style of rye whiskey.  In the decades leading up to Prohibition, Maryland along with Pennsylvania and Kentucky, were leading the nation in the production of distilled spirits, and the Maryland […]

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 […]

Rye Twins

by TW Wrighton February 6, 2018
Rye Twins By TW Wright Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection, Rare Rye Selection – 2011 With a break in all the Christmas celebrating and entertaining, I finally found the opportunity to open the seal on the two bottles of Woodford Reserve Rye that I received for Christmas a year ago.  It’s snowing outside this afternoon and […]

Styles of Rock & Styles of Rye

by TW Wrighton February 6, 2018
Styles of Rock & Styles of Rye By TW Wright Some friends from work and I were heading out to lunch when one volunteered to drive so he could show off his new custom car stereo.  As we were climbing in he asked me, “What kind of music do you like?” “Rock,” was my one-word […]

Comparing Glassware: Standard Glencairn vs. Canadian Glencairn

by WBSEon January 6, 2018
Glassware Comparison: Standard Glencairn vs. Canadian Glencairn I’ve been a long time believer in the Glencairn glass. For me, there’s a distinct difference in the experience when using one versus a standard rocks glass or (God forbid) a shot glass.  So I’ve been intrigued by the Canadian Glencairn glass that seems to be picking up […]

Whiskey Awards 2017

by WBSEon December 27, 2017
The end of the year is upon us, which means for us whiskey enthusiasts, it’s a great time to reflect on the past 12 months of our whiskey endeavors.  We pour a nice hefty dram on these cold winter days, sit down by the fireplace, and allow our minds to drift into nostalgic flashbacks of […]

Highland Park

by WBSEon December 5, 2017
Onto the distillery now, which inhabits the Orkney Isle like a small city of stone, complete with 26 (!!!) onsite aging warehouses, most of which are traditional single story dunnage style buildings.  Highland Park also does a portion of its own floor maltings on site, which is increasingly rare in the modern scotch industry.  Highland […]
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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 […]