Whisky Reviews

It's exciting to try local products when you travel. It's one of life's joys! But I was a bit skeptical
Heaven Hill used to release a 6 year old Bottled in Bond bourbon only in Kentucky. In 2019 the company
I make little secret of my love for sherried whiskies. There are few things I appreciate more than a monster
The Nikka Coffey Malt comes from Suntory's Miyagikyo distillery outside Sendai Japan. Coffey Malt is one of the few 100%
We liked the Glengoyne 10 so much we grabbed a bottle of its older brother. The 21 is aged in
4/10. Nose: Smoke, banana bread, pink, short lived bubble gum that you get at a ballpark.  Palate: Honey, astringently oaky,
We've tried a few hundred single malts at this point, so we finally feel qualified to recommend whiskies. Before we
Today we're tasting the Kavalan Vinho Barique, The Manzanilla and Fino Sherry casks head to head. These are all high
I didn't find out until posting our review to Instagram that the Glen Scotia Campbeltown 2019 was very "sought after"
I have a fondness for Ledaig and Oban that mostly stemmed from first learning how to pronounce their names ("Lech-aig"

Scotch Whisky

Scotch whisky must be distilled in Scotland, aged for at least three years in oak, and subject to several other restrictions. The age on a label of scotch has to be the youngest year of whisky used in the final beverage. There are five main regions of Scotch production, Highland, Lowland, Islay, Campbeltown, and Speyside. Scotch whiskys run the gamut from sweeter, smoother varieties like Glenmorangie to heavy, peatier whiskys like Laphroaig and Lagavulin. Single Malt Scotch is Scotch is a further restriction, as it needs to be produced only from 100% malted barley, and it can only come from a single distillery.

Irish Whisky

Irish whiskeys have diversified in recent years. Traditional Irish whiskies have been from a mix of malted and unmalted barley, and are triple distilled in a pot still. Irish whiskeys tend to be smoother and sweeter than most of their Scottish and American counterparts, and are great for new whiskey drinkers.

Japanese Whisky

Though whiskys were first made in Japan in the 1870s, they weren’t commercially produced until Yamazaki opened its doors in 1924. Japanese whiskys tend to be based on single malt Scotches, and often have similar flavor profiles. Yamazaki, Hakushu, and Nikka are three of the most common Japanese whisky brands available around the world. In recent years Japanese whiskys have been attracting increasing attention, especially since Nikka and Suntory’s whiskys have started to beat some of the most highly regarded Scotches in head to head competitions.

Bourbon & Rye Whiskey

America’s gift to drinking culture, bourbon dates back to the mid 1800s. Technically a bourbon is any American whiskey that’s produced in the US from at least 51% grain, distilled to less than 80% ABV, barreled at no more than 125 proof, aged in new charred oak, and bottled at more than 80 proof. Most Bourbon is aged for at least 2 years, and made in Kentucky, but there are some interesting new bourbons cropping up at distilleries across the US in recent years.