Whiskey is a spirit produced from the distillation of grain. Debate still rages about whether the Irish Celts or Scots were the first to produce the “water of life,” but the first written recording of whiskey’s creation dates to 15th century Scotland. Origin isn’t the only debate concerning whiskey. Spelling is contentious, too. When distilled in Scotland, Canada, and Japan, it is spelled whisky without the e, while whiskey distilled in Ireland and the United States is most often, but not always, spelled with the e. Technically, whiskey is a distilled spirit produced from a fermented grain mash, distilled to no more than 190 proof, and bottled at no less than 80 proof. All whiskey, with the exception of corn whiskey and “white” whiskey, must be aged for some period of time in oak containers. Whiskey is classified by country of origin (i.e. Canadian whisky) and may be further defined by the type of grain used (i.e. rye whiskey) or the way it is produced (i.e. single malt).

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Review: Milam & Greene Unabridged Volume 1

By Christopher Null | October 4, 2022 |

Blanco, Texas-based Milam & Greene Whiskey has launched a whole new series of whiskeys called Unabridged, another blended bourbon that has been designed not just by CEO Heather Greene but also by Noah Rothbaum and David Wondrich, well-known whiskey nerds and writers. Per the company, “The three tasted numerous whiskey samples and ultimately created a…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch C922 (September 2022)

By Christopher Null | October 1, 2022 |

Ready for the third Larceny Barrel Proof for 2022? C922 has arrived, and we’re ready to dive in. The wheated bourbon’s nose is agreeable but initially indistinct, as if it’s being experienced through a coffee filter. A splash of water really helps bring it to life, where notes of peanut brittle, some coffee bean, and…

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Review: The Gospel Straight Rye Whiskey

By Christopher Null | September 30, 2022 |

Here’s a fun fact: The Gospel Straight Rye Whiskey is the first Australian whiskey that is legally labelled as “straight,” following the strict distillation and maturation rules required of American whiskeys. The whiskey is made form 100% unmalted rye grown on a single farm in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia, said to be…

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Review: Whiskies of Bimber Distillery, 2022 Releases

By Drew Beard | September 27, 2022 |

Bimber is an ambitious craft distillery that’s fairly new to the UK whisky scene. Their founder, Dariusz Plazewski, established the distillery in an industrial corner of West London in 2015 and named it for the Polish word for moonshine. Bimber’s single malts are true grain-to-glass offerings, relying on traditional floor-malted, hand-mashed barley sourced from a…

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Review: Benriach Single Cask 2022 Releases – 12, 23, and 24 Years Old

By Christopher Null | September 26, 2022 |

Big news from Benriach, which has just dropped its first single cask, single malt Scotch whisky bottlings ever available in the U.S. Three expressions are arriving, all extremely limited (only a few hundred cask strength bottles each) and ranging in ages from 12 to 24 years old, with each drawn from a different type of cask…

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Review: Remus Repeal Reserve VI

By Drew Beard | September 24, 2022 |

The fall bourbon releases are upon us. Where did 2022 go!? As usual, the Remus Repeal Reserve is one of the earliest out of the gate. This limited edition bourbon is brought to us by Ross & Squibb Distillery, formerly MGP (although it’s probably still OK to call them MGP). Remus Repeal Reserve VI marks…

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Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2022 Edition

By Christopher Null | September 23, 2022 |

The 22nd edition of Old Forester’s classic Birthday Bourbon is upon us. This year marked a shift in the way Birthday Bourbon is sold. Rather than being sold at the distillery, it was offered via a lottery that was held during the last week of August. I also had to hunt high and low to…

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Review: Jacob’s Pardon American Whiskey #2 8 Years Old

By Robert Lublin | September 21, 2022 |

We recounted the story behind Jacob’s Pardon in our review of their two 15-year-old whiskeys and 8-year-old Small Batch American Whiskey Recipe #1. Today we are trying the second release of the younger offering. For Recipe #2, Master Blender (and well-known spirits writer) Paul Pacult took a very different approach. The earlier release included MGP…

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Review: Flying Ace Straight Bourbon Whiskey

By Drew Beard | September 20, 2022 |

Here’s a more budget-friendly whiskey offering from the folks behind Michigan’s Fox & Oden. At a stated minimum of just three years old, this is a considerably younger bourbon than that brand, but it relies on the same high rye, MGP-distilled mashbills. The name is said to be inspired by “generations of American aviators” while…

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Review: Craigellachie 13 Years Old Bas-Armagnac Finish

By Christopher Null | September 19, 2022 |

This new release from Craigellachie — the inaugural release in its new Cask Collection series — finishes a 13 year old whisky in brandy barrels, but eschews Cognac for its neighbor — Armagnac. It’s rare to see Armagnac-finished spirits of any type, so it’s fun to tuck into this new release, which is initially aged…

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