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Category Archives: Whisky

Review: Dry Fly Washington Wheat Whiskey


Wheat whiskey is becoming quite the rage. Spokane’s Dry Fly Distilling does an excellent job of fueling the fire with their newly-released, excellent and very-hard-to-find “Washington Wheat Whiskey.” Going back a few years, in late 2005 big Kentucky distiller Heaven Hill released Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey, which they (now incorrectly) call “The Only American Wheat […]

Review: Death’s Door White Whiskey


The newly-released White Whiskey from Wisconsin’s Death’s Door Spirits is a great way to taste “white dog” (spirit fresh off the still, before it goes into barrel). It’s interesting and it’s very good, but it’s certainly not “whiskey” in the conventional sense. And it’s probably not worth $40 a bottle. I first heard about this […]

My favorite glass for Scotch: The Riedel “O” Chardonnay Tumbler


I’ve tasted Scotch whisky from many types of glasses, including several designed specifically for Scotch. But my favorite is a casual wine glass from Riedel’s “O” series of stemless tumblers. The model I like is intended for Chardonnay. Scotch whisky – when served neat, with water, or on the rocks – often comes in a […]

Review: Hakushu 12 Year Old Single Malt Japanese Whisky


The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky was the greatest discovery of my trip to Japan in 2007: an absolutely brilliant whisky, fully on par with its elite American and Scotch peers. Hakushu is produced by Suntory, the same conglomerate responsible for the better-known (and wonderful-in-its-own-right) Yamazaki single malt whisky brand. As of this writing, Yamazaki is […]

My Favorite Budget Bourbons (and Ryes)


Bourbon is hands down the best value to be found in whisk(e)y in the US today. Quality is high – very little of your grandfather’s rotgut can be found on contemporary shelves. And the prices, while rising far faster than inflation, can’t be beat – especially when compared to Scotch whiskies of similar quality. Following […]

Review: Very Old Barton “Bottled in Bond” Bourbon Whiskey


Very Old Barton “Bottled in Bond” is one of the great values in bourbon. Heck, at well under $15 for a bottle, it’s one of the greatest values in whiskey worldwide. Early last year I was inspired by a post on Chuck Cowdery’s blog to revisit this limited-distribution budget-priced bourbon. I had purchased a bottle […]