Bulleit Hits the Mark with New Rye

Bulleit has shot straight from the barrel and into the hearts of rye lovers with their new release, Bulleit 95. The “95” stands for the percentage of rye in the spirit, which is extraordinarily high, and leads to a stunning…Continue Reading ›

Bold Balvenie Finds Independent Spirits

Balvenie has always been one of my favorites. In fact, I feel somewhat responsible for the price of Balvenie 21-year-old port wood pushing the $200 mark. Several years ago, I actively promoted it as one of my “best buys” when…Continue Reading ›

Crow Quells Whiskey Thirst

“Old Crow” is the name emblazoned on the oldest whiskey bottle I own. The name was stamped there more than 100 years ago by a Chicago wholesale liquor dealer. Sadly, it is a 100-year-old whiskey bottle I own, not a…Continue Reading ›

California Dreamin’

When I worked at a distillery in Scotland, I was fully aware of, and completely embraced, the role I was playing in creating this thing called, “The Water of Life.” I knew that people around the world would one day…Continue Reading ›

The Manhattan Project

Somewhere in the remote recesses of the American West, a team of highly specialized alchemists went to work on a secret project that would forever change the course of history: I will call it the Manhattan Project. No, not THAT…Continue Reading ›

Grapes and Grottos

I’ve been answering a lot of questions about whisky lately, from friends who want recommendations to bartenders that want to know better ways to promote their whisky selection. I’m going to take a break from whisky for a bit to…Continue Reading ›

Alcohol Around the World

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say. Well, I’ve been absent so long you may think my heart has stopped working. Fortunately, it’s still beating strong and has propelled me across Europe in the month-plus since my last post.…Continue Reading ›

Poking Around the Peat

Peat is an important component of Scotch whisky, giving distinct levels of smokiness to barley as it dries the grain.  Considering the vegetation that comprises peat died thousands of years ago, it’s perhaps the original recycled product.  Peat harvesting has…Continue Reading ›

Highland Park’s Tradition of Excellence

At some point, within the first five minutes of finding out I write about whisky, people inevitably ask me what my favorite whisky is.  As I’ve stated here many times before, I can honestly say the best whisky is the…Continue Reading ›

Caol Ila Is Islay’s Big Little Secret

Let me get this out of the way: Caol Ila has the best location for a distillery I’ve ever seen.  Are there others I’ve yet to see that could be better? Perhaps.  If something can top Caol Ila, I look…Continue Reading ›