Tag: whiskey

The Best Scotch Whiskies Under $100 For Thanksgiving, Ranked

It’s time to call out some great Scotch whisky for Thanksgiving sipping. Scotch whisky is a wide-ranging category that covers everything from single malt whiskies to blended malts, blended whisky (a mix of grain and malt whiskies), peated malts and blends, unpeated malts and blends, and single grain whiskies. It’s a lot of variation, which […]

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Blind Bourbon Bottle Battle: Great-But-Affordable Expressions Vs. The Unicorns

It’s blind bourbon battle time! Today, I’m going deep and pitting five unicorn, beloved, and very expensive bottles of bourbon against five easy-to-find, lauded, and more affordable bourbons against each other. The goal? To see if a cheap but very good bourbon can trick the senses and beat out super elite — or “unicorn” — […]

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New, Beloved, And Very Flavorful American Whiskeys, Blind Tasted And Ranked

American whiskey is a catch-all category. It’s for all of those expressions that don’t quite fall into the bourbon, rye, or American single malt categories but are often some combination of all the above. When talking about “American whiskey” as a category, we’re talking about mostly blended whiskeys (mixes of ryes and bourbon with maybe […]

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We Blind Tasted Flavored Whiskeys To Find One That Isn’t Trash

Flavored whiskeys are very hit-and-miss. As someone who tastes, judges, and writes about whiskey for a living, I can tell you it usually goes one of three ways in flavored whiskey. Either you’re going to get a super sweet sugar bomb that maybe has a hint of what’s promised on the label flavorwise; or it’ll […]

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A New Single Barrel Bourbon From Ex-NFL Star Joey Harrington Might Also Be Your Ticket To A Bottle Of Pappy Van Winkle

These days you pretty much need a golden ticket — like a bourbon-loving Charlie Bucket — to get your hands on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. In fact, lotteries, raffles, and auctions offer some of the most direct ways that you can get a bottle of this famous bourbon in 2022. And if that’s […]

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It’s A Great Weekend For A Bourbon Old Fashioned — Here’s Our Recipe

There’s nothing better than a classic bourbon old fashioned this time of year. There’s something about the simplicity of the mix of sugar, bourbon, and bitters than just works with its subtle spiciness, soft sweetness, and rich whiskey vibes. That’s why it’s time to make one at home. For this recipe, I’m keeping things very […]

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The Absolute Must-Have Whiskeys Of November (AKA The Best Month Of The Year For Whiskey)

November is the best month for new whiskeys releases of the entire year. There’s a glut that touches on all styles and regions. It’s also the month when the super rare bottles become available, adding to the sparkle of it all. That means it’s time to call out our 25 favorite bottles of whisk(e)y that […]

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British Soul Artist And ‘Elvis’ Actress Yola Talks About Connecting With Tennessee Whiskey

Memphis’ Beale Street, Tennessee whiskey, and Bristol, England, aren’t often discussed in the same breath. But that’s what happened when I sat down with British Soul artist Yola to sip on a Tennessee whiskey sour and talk about the blues, Elvis, and women blazing their own paths in whiskey and music. When I got the […]

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All The Whiskeys From The 2022 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Tasted And Ranked

There are few whiskey releases every year more anticipated than the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection — or “BTAC” if you’re all cool about it. Last year’s collection stirred some serious controversy and about a million hours of material for whiskey podcasts, thanks to the lack of one of the greats being absent, George T. Stagg […]

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Special Barrel-Finished Whiskeys For Fall, Blind Tasted And Ranked

Special barrel finishes on whiskey are nothing new. The number of them you can find is pretty new, however, with new expressions popping up all the time. The barrel finish on a whiskey spans every single style of the brown juice these days, from bourbon to Irish whiskey to American whiskey and beyond. That means […]

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How To Really, Actually Build A Whiskey Palate Like A Pro, Once And For All

Building a palate for tasting whiskey — or anything for that matter — takes time. There’s simply no getting around that. There are no shortcuts. There are no insider “tricks.” You have to put in the work, period. Because a well-developed palate is where technique meets training meets time. So let’s talk about actually building […]

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Awesome Small Batch Bourbons, Blind Tasted And Ranked

Small batch bourbon tends to be most people’s “next step” into bourbon after they get the bourbon bug. The juice in a “small batch” bottle tends to be more exclusive and, theoretically, “better” than your average bottle. While that’s not always true (more on that in a moment), small batch offerings do tend to lean […]

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The Best New(ish) Single Malt Whiskies From Around The World, Blind Tasted And Ranked

Single malt whisk(e)y can be made anywhere. So can rye whiskey for that matter. But let’s stay on track with single malt. All that you really need is some barley, a process to malt it (or not), some mashing tanks, fermenters, stills, and space to stack up some barrels. There’s a lot more to it […]

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We Blind Tasted American Whiskeys To Find The Best Bottle For Fall

The term “American whiskey” might sound generic but that’s definitely not the case. The category is full of all those whiskeys made in the U.S. that don’t fall into the guidelines set for American single malt, bourbon, or rye whiskeys. That means the whiskeys in this category are far-reaching and can include blended whiskeys, corn […]

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The Single Best Bottle Of Whiskey From Each Of The 50 States

Whiskey’s massive growth seems to be continuing unabated. American single malt is finally an official category, new bourbon and rye whiskeys are hitting shelves at breakneck speeds, and small-time/crafty distilleries are popping up in every corner of the country. That means it’s high time to call out our absolute favorite whiskeys from each of the […]

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Our Newest Blind Taste Test Reveals The Best Value In All Of Bourbon

Costco’s whiskey selection is riveting. Their Scotch, Tennessee whiskey, Irish whiskey, and bourbon are beloved and pretty goddamn cheap. On a recent Costco run, I poked my head into the liquor store (in Kentucky, all booze is sold in its own section of the store with its own entrance and exit) and found about three […]

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We’re Blind Tasting The Best Bourbon Whiskeys Made Outside Of Kentucky

As Bourbon Heritage Month marches on, our celebration of all things bourbon continues to march on too. While we’ve been pretty focused on Kentucky this month, it’s time to widen that net and talk about some great bourbon whiskey from outside the Bluegrass State. Yep, it’s time for a non-Kentucky bourbon whiskey blind taste test! […]

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