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George T. Stagg Bourbon Wins Top World Spirit For Second Consecutive Year

(Buffalo Trace Press Release) For the second year in a row, George T. Stagg, the iconic uncut, unfiltered bourbon released annually from Buffalo Trace Distillery, has been named the number one spirit in the world by noted spirits reviewer F. Paul Pacult. The list, compiled annually by Pacult, will be released in his June 2012 issue of The Spirit Journal. ...

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Compass Box Great King Street Scotch Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ The artisanal micro-distillery Compass Box set out to make its Great King Street scotch, named for the company’s Edinburgh address, with a simple mission in mind. In Compass Box’s opinion, blended scotch gets a bad rap because the market is flooded with cheap, poorly made blends. At The Whiskey Reviewer, we partially agree with that sentiment. ...

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Knob Creek Rye Whiskey Review

By S.D. Peters Rating: A Rye whiskey drinkers must be enjoying the 21st Century.  After decades of dependence on Old Overholt and Jim Beam Straight Rye, this piquant American whiskey has returned in superior form.  Champions of the “Rye Revival” may be mostly boutique, and inspired by a resurgent cocktail culture, but no serious Rye drinker will scoff a trend ...

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Penderyn Peated Single Malt Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- The Welsh distillery Penderyn is one of the most interesting whiskey-makers I have come across in recent years, and not solely because they are Welsh. Penderyn is the only distillery in the business of making Welsh whiskey, freeing them from certain trade laws and industrial groups, such as the Scotch Whisky Association. It gives them ...

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The Best Blended Scotch

“Blended scotch” means a blend of one or more malt whiskeys with one or more grain whiskeys, and it is scotch of this type that dominates on the shelves of bars and liquor stores everywhere. Even some of the entries on the top shelf are blended scotch, rather than vatted malt or single malt, and this type of whiskey constitutes ...

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