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: Union Trail Bourbon 5 Years Old

By Monica Uhm | January 24, 2022 |

Union Trail Bourbon is a new sourced blended bourbon release exclusive to Mash&Grape, the online spirits purveyor produced in collaboration with The Bourbon Enthusiast, a bourbon community founded by James Ashcraft that offers reviews and private barrel programs to its subscribers. The only information available on the bourbon so far is per the Mash&Grape website,…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Five-Malt Stouted Mash

By Christopher Null | January 23, 2022 |

Woodford Reserve’s 2021 Master’s Collection release has finally shown up: Woodford Reserve Five-Malt Stouted Mash, a single malt release that is designed to be “a whiskey that exhibits the flavors of a classic beer.” It’s not made from beer but rather, as the name suggests, five malts mixed up, fermented, and distilled — though I’m…

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Review: Crown Royal Noble Collection Winter Wheat

By Drew Beard | January 21, 2022 |

Crown Royal managed to squeeze in yet another addition to its limited release Noble Collection before the end of 2021. For this, the sixth release in the series, Crown went a bit off script, bottling a wheat whiskey of unspecified age made with 51% winter wheat, 39% corn, and 10% malted barley — instead of…

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Review: Uncle Nearest Master Blend Edition No. 5

By Monica Uhm | January 20, 2022 |

For those new to the lore, Nearest Green is credited about 160 years ago for helping to perfect the Lincoln County process that revolves around the hallmark charcoal-filtration method required in Tennessee whiskey production — as well as having mentored the Jack Daniel. We lightly touched upon some of the backstory in our reviews of…

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Review: Blade & Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon 22 Years Old (2021)

By Drew Beard | January 18, 2022 |

We reviewed Blade & Bow 22 Years Old when it first arrived in 2015. Since then, there have been additional, if exceptionally limited, releases, one of which was this fall in celebration of the Stitzel-Weller Distillery’s 86th anniversary. The distillery’s posh new cocktail lounge, The Garden & Gun Club, even features a “tasting experience” centered…

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Review: Eastside Distilling Burnside Buckman Rsv Bourbon 10 Years Old

By Monica Uhm | January 17, 2022 |

Based in Portland, Oregon, Eastside Distilling produces and bottles Burnside Bourbon, which includes a number of sourced bourbons finished in casks made of quercus garryana (Oregon white oak). They’ve had some solid releases with their Double Barrel Bourbon, 4 year old Bourbon and Marionberry Whiskey in the past. They recently released a 10 year old…

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Review: Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey and Rose Gin

By Robert Lublin | January 16, 2022 |

Glendalough is a fascinating Irish distillery that offers a range of products developed with creativity and artistic abandon. Some are fantastic and some miss the mark, but we are always eager to see what they produce next. Today we are trying a new whiskey and gin from the distillery. Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey –…

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Review: Hunt & Gather Lot #2 Canadian Whisky 15 Years Old

By Christopher Null | January 14, 2022 |

During our inaugural coverage of Hunt & Gather I had been unaware that the “lot #1” indication on the label was more than just fanciful marketing. Hunt & Gather is indeed part of a series — and if lot #2 is any guide, they’re going to vary quite a bit, driven entirely by sourcing unique barrels.…

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Review: Wheel Horse Rye Batch 3

By Christopher Null | January 13, 2022 |

In the past we’ve covered the first edition of bourbon and rye from Wheel Horse — sourced from O.Z. Tyler in Owensboro, Kentucky and bottled in Rhode Island. Now the brand is continuing apace with further batches, though there don’t appear to be any changes in the production process. Today we look at Wheel House…

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Review: Savage and Cooke Digits Bourbon 5 Years Old

By Christopher Null | January 11, 2022 |

California’s Savage and Cooke continues to crank out odd but engaging whiskeys, its latest being a collaboration between winemaker-cum-whiskey blender Dave Phinney and famed basketball star Scottie Pippen. Curious, eh? Digits is a 5 year old Tennessee bourbon, but beyond that details are elusive. There’s also a photo of a hand on the label. With…

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