Category Archive: Reviews

Mar 05

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Bourbon – Review

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky 113.3 Proof Price Point: $30 – $40 for 375 ML Distiller: Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc.   Background Ever walk into a liquor store, not knowing what you are going to buy.  And before you can even glimpse at the shelf, you see something exciting, sitting on the end cap, almost …

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Feb 20

Bomberger’s Whiskey – Review

Bomberger's Whiskey

Bomberger’s Distillery American Straight Whiskey 86 Proof Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML Distiller: Bomberger’s Distillery   Background The story of Bomberger’s is an interesting one.  I first heard of this whiskey on Twitter, and realized it was being bottled (not distilled) at Thistle Finch Distillery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania – not far from where I live. …

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Feb 06

Don Julio Tequila Añejo – Review

Tequila Reserva de Don Julio Añejo 80 Proof Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML Distiller: Tequila Don Julio Background I have reviewed two rums on this blog (Brugal 1888 and Ron Zacapa).  As I reviewed these “premium” rums, it sparked an interest in learning about spirits other than whiskey.  I’m not particularly interested in …

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Jan 23

Glenmorangie Tùsail Scotch – Review

Glenmorangie Tusail Scotch

Glenmorangie Tùsail Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 92 Proof Price Point: $95 – $105 for 750 ML Distiller: The Glenmorangie Distillery Background Glenmorangie is an interesting distillery.  Lasanta and Quinta Ruban are two of my favorites, but their 10 Year Old is, well, pretty dull.  I was recently gifted Tùsail, their no-age-statement release from their Private Edition selection. …

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Jan 10

Port Charlotte Islay Barley Scotch – Review

Don Julio Tequila Añejo Detail

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Islay Barley Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 100 Proof Price Point: $60 – $70 for 750 ML Distiller: Bruichladdich Distillery Background I’m a big fan of the Bruichladdich Distillery.  I have reviewed a couple of their whiskies, and have found myself impressed.  However, to this point I have not had an opportunity …

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Dec 26

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky – Review

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 86 Proof Price Point: $55 – $65 for 750 ML Distiller: The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd., Japan   Background I really enjoy trying whiskeys from around the world.  I find it fascinating how other cultures interpret the category, and how they put their own spin (and terroir) on what they …

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Dec 12

Aberlour A’bunadh Scotch – Review

Aberlour A'bunadh Scotch

Aberlour A’bunadh Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 121.4 Proof Price Point: $70 – $80 for 750 ML Distiller: Aberlour Distillery Company Ltd.   Background Back in July, I reviewed Aberlour 12 Year Old, the smaller (not necessarily younger) brother of today’s review, Aberlour A’bunadh.  I’ve been excited to try this one for some time now, as …

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Nov 28

Willett Small Batch Rye Whiskey – Review

Willett Small Batch Straight Rye Whiskey 111.8 Proof Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML Distiller: The Willett Distillery   Background I published a review of a Willett whiskey back in August 2013.  It was their Bourbon, which was very unique and intriguing.  It seems that the Willett portfolio has become coveted among the whiskey industry, almost …

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Nov 14

Hyde 10 Year Old Irish Whiskey – Review

Hyde 10 Year Old Irish Whiskey

Hyde 10 Year Old No. 1 Presidents Cask Single Malt Irish Whiskey 92 Proof Price Point: $75 – $85 for 750 ML Distiller: Hibernia Distillers Background I have noticed a trend in whiskey.  Not unlike the craft brewing craze, distillers of whiskey have begun trying things that probably would have been frowned upon a few short years …

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Oct 31

WhistlePig 12 Year Old Madeira Cask Rye – Review

WhistlePig Old World 12 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey 86 Proof Price Point: $125 – $135 for 750 ML Distiller: WhistlePig Farm Background WhistlePig has taken some heat over the years.  I won’t get into the details here, as a simple Google search should satisfy your curiosity.  That being said, there’s no doubt that their whiskey is still good …

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