Author Archives: Editor

Q&A With Rachel Barrie, BenRiach Group Master Blender

By Richard Thomas BenRiach has become one of the great success stories of modern Scotch whisky. Built in the late 1890s, BenRiach has a history like that of many distilleries in Scotland, having changed hands multiple times and consequently serving the interests of many masters, ultimately leading to obscurity. By the beginning of the 21st Century, BenRiach was barely operating ...

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Distilling Returns to Lexington’s James E. Pepper Distillery

James E. Pepper Barrel Stencil

By Richard Thomas Lexington’s old Pepper Distillery is a fixture of some of my earliest childhood memories. When I was in kindergarten, the family farm was just down the road from this historic, long forgotten bourbon factory that was shuttered in 1958. My Dad would frequently drive up Old Frankfort Pike and onto Manchester Street, going past the big, abandoned ...

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Compass Box Phenomenology Scotch Review

Compass Box Phenomenology

By Emma Briones Rating: A Phenomenology is a school of thought that studies the perception of objects by the observer or, as others may say, the subjective experience. Fittingly, it is also the name of the latest expression from Compass Box. Compass Box Phenomenology is a blend of 5 whiskies. According to Compass Box, to produce Phenomenology they tried mix ...

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