Bowmore Darkest

Bowmore Brings Me Back

  My annual holiday trip home to the wintry wonderland of Wisconsin was a bit of another journey this year. No snow, constant gray skies and regular rain. It reminded me much more of my time in Scotland than my…Continue Reading ›

Auchentoshan American Oak is the new entry level whisky from Auchentoshan Distillery.

Auchentoshan American Oak

Auchentoshan Distillery sits just outside of Glasgow. One passes by it as they exit the city and to head west and off for the islands of Scotland. It is not an easy distillery to miss, but its location does not…Continue Reading ›

Bull Run Distillery offers an excellent spirit selection as they patiently wait for their Oregon-made whiskey to mature.

Taking a Different Path to Bull Run

I’ve never been one to go the direct route. I’m an explorer at heart. A curiosity seeker. Even as a kid, swinging on a swingset – a fairly safe and controlled motion – I always tried my best to swing…Continue Reading ›

Rob’s Whisky Review Rules

A whisky review is not something I do very often, simply because there are 150,000 other whisky reviews you can find at any given time on the vast expanse of binary code we call the Internet. Take them all together…Continue Reading ›


Plot Twists in Whisky and Writing. And Life.

Stories have a way of changing. I write that sentence within eyesight of the world famous Hollywood sign, and there are hundreds of patently uncreative movie studio executives who would vehemently deny that perspective. They would say stories are predictable…Continue Reading ›

National Whisky Day

National Whisky Guy Rob Day

Happy National Whisky Guy Rob Day! Why not? Yesterday was Father’s Day, which was a made-up holiday that, while started by a well-intentioned Washington woman in the early 1900s, was something that was truly championed by tie designers and pipe…Continue Reading ›


Whisky Live from the Other Side

I once had a girlfriend who always snapped at me, tossed things at me or punched me whenever she saw me looking in a mirror. Or a window. Or a silver metal object. Apparently, at that point in my life…Continue Reading ›

Timing Is Everything in Whisky and Life

I just opened a bottle of 28 year old Scotch distilled at Glenglassaugh Distillery. A bottle I’ve held on to since I bought it in September of 2005 in a London whisky shop. It was distilled just before Christmas, 1976.…Continue Reading ›

Distilling Rob

Making Time for Whisky and Writing

The malleability of time. That’s the title of a chapter in my new book, Distilling Rob: Manly Lies and Whisky Truths. The chapter deals with the passage of time and the perception of time, which are two significantly different ways…Continue Reading ›