Category: Whiskey Trivia

My First Visit to a Distillery

A. Smith Bowman Copper Still

I didn’t really know what to expect driving into Fredericksburg, VA.  I guess I half-expected a backwoods, rural area with a general store and dirt roads.  Contrary to my ignorance, Fredericksburg is a very modern town, with just about any type of restaurant or store you could possibly want to visit. I walked into the …

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Scotch Lesson #1: History

The Macallan 10 Year Old Scotch Label

It’s always important to get your facts straight when discussing something that you are passionate about.  Unfortunately, whiskey seems to be one of those topics that most people think they know, but they are way off.  A few weeks back, I posted a little lesson about bourbon.  Like most things labeled “American”, its roots are …

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How I Review

Whiskey Snifter

Okay, so I’m a little OCD.  Okay, more than a little. I really cling on to habits, and I crave a sense of order in my life.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, this blog is no exception.  I post a review every Saturday and a bit of “Whiskey Trivia” on Wednesday.  My reviews …

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Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year Old Scotch – Review

Macallan 10 Year Old Scotch

The Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 80 Proof Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML Distiller: The Macallan Distillers Ltd.   Background Sometimes when choosing a whiskey to try, you just have to go with your gut instinct.  You won’t always know every whiskey in the store, but that …

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Whiskey Profiling

Fancy Ryan

Profiling is wrong.  Especially when it’s done by age. Admittedly, I understand that I am not the typical whiskey drinker.  I’m in my mid-twenties, and my typical street clothes involve some kind of Philadelphia Flyers apparel.  Surely I wouldn’t enjoy two fingers of Knob Creek, let alone know anything about the brand!  Yet, that’s the …

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Whiskey Fest 2011

Occupy Philly

What a memorable night.  Stolen bottles, a World Series MVP, and Occupy Philly.  And then there was Whiskey Fest! 2011 marked my first Whiskey Fest, and it certainly won’t be my last.  My whiskey mentor (AKA my dad) offered to bring me along a couple months back when a contact of his gave him a …

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What is Bourbon?

What is Bourbon

Ahh yes, the word that everybody loves to throw around; bourbon.  Whiskey drinkers around the world use this word, but often out of context.  Not all American whiskey is bourbon.  In fact, my next review will be Michter’s Unblended American, a small batch whiskey distilled in bourbon country, but does not qualify as a bourbon. …

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To Collect or to Drink

Glenfarclas 21 Year Old Scotch

It can be very depressing when you get to the last drop of one of your favorite whiskeys.  It can be even more detrimental if that whiskey happens to be rare and/or expensive.  This feeling of despair can turn whiskey drinkers into whiskey collectors. I’ve certainly fallen into that trap before.  To make things worse, …

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The Price of Satisfaction

Let’s be real here.  Whiskey is pretty darn expensive.  Take it out of context for just a moment.  When would you ever spend $10 for a bottle of liquid just bigger than a Gatorade bottle?  Now consider that this particular bottle is on the far low end.  In fact, it’s barely drinkable!  If you want something worth …

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Whiskey vs. Whisky

Old Forester Bourbon Label

There can be only one! Well, not really.  Depending on who you’re talking to, the most beloved drink in the world has two different spellings. Take a look at the bottles you have in your own collection, or at the bar you frequent.  Depending on the origin of those bottles, whiskey may be spelled with …

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