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Review: The Balvenie Tun 1509, Batch 4

By Christopher Null | November 7, 2017 |

The Balvenie is back with another of its highly-desired Tun series, with the fourth expression of Tun 1509 now in the market. We previously reviewed Batch 1 and Batch 2, but Batch 3 somehow slipped by us. As with prior batches, Batch 4 is a vatting of 23 casks, including bourbon and sherry casks that…

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Understanding Whiskey Marketing Terms

By David Cover | November 1, 2017 |

The other day I was asked what a ‘Double Malt’ was, and how it differed from a single malt. The problem was, I couldn’t answer the question because ‘Double Malt’ isn’t a legally defined term. It’s what I would call a marketing term. It suggests everything yet means nothing. These terms can range from confusing…

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Review: The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey 16 Years Old

By Christopher Null | October 28, 2017 |

Looking for an Irish whiskey that tastes like it could be from Scotland? Tyrconnell’s 16 year old single malt is just the thing to do the trick. It helps of course that it’s a double-distilled, single malt whiskey with ample age on it — all from bourbon barrels — and that it’s bottled with a bit more…

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A Visit to Jack Daniel’s Distillery

By Christopher Null | March 13, 2017 |

With sales of nearly 12 million cases per year, Jack Daniel’s is far and away the biggest whiskey brand in the world. No one else even comes remotely close. And if you spend any amount of time at the home of Old No. 7 in Lynchburg, Tennessee, you’ll be told in no uncertain terms who…

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Has This Man Discovered the Secret to “Healthy” Alcohol?

By Christopher Null | December 16, 2016 |

Harsha Chigurupati, a gregarious man and a self-described “technological evolutionist,” may not be a scientist, but he does know a little something about the liver. His family runs a company called Granules India, which Chigurupati calls the world’s second-largest manufacturer of acetaminophen (a widely used but notorious liver-damaging drug), and during his tenure there the…

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Touring Scotch Whisky Distilleries in Speyside, Scotland

By Christopher Null | July 16, 2015 |

The trouble with drinking whisky in Scotland is the regret you experience the moment you get home. No matter how long you spend there and how much you purchase, by the time you get back to the States you wish you’d tasted and brought home more than you did. The vastness of malt whisky options available to…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2013, 2nd Edition)

By Christopher Null | October 12, 2013 |

Early this year, cult favorite whiskey Angel’s Envy was released in a super-rare cask strength edition. The catch: a whopping 600 bottles were made and released only in Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee. Now the company is back with another cask strength released, and this time it won’t be quite so scarce, with about 4,000 bottles…

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Review: Wild Turkey Forgiven

By Christopher Null | October 9, 2013 |

Is it possible that a distillery like Wild Turkey made a new whiskey by mistake… and that it turned out so well they decided to commercialize it? Well, I don’t want to get in the way of a self-described “wild tale” or this new whiskey, the first-ever widely produced whiskey that’s a blend of bourbon…

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Interview: James Carville, New Spokesman for Maker’s Mark

By Christopher Null | August 22, 2012 |

James Carville isn’t just the kingmaker behind Bill Clinton and other Democratic leaders from the last several decades, he’s now the spokesman for Maker’s Mark. Along with wife Mary Matalin, Carville is stumping for the massive Bourbon brand with a cheeky political spin, promoting “The Cocktail Party,” a party that, at last, the famously opposite-minded…

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