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Diageo: Scotch Whisky’s Colossus

Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Corrected February 20, 2018 By Richard Thomas If anyone outside of the booze trade has heard of Diageo, it is probably in regards to some move the drinks mega-corporation made that was so certain to irritate consumers that one wonders how it cleared their PR experts. A case in point is last month’s news that the company was floating ideas ...

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Battle Cry American Malt Whiskey Review

Sons of Liberty Battle Cry American Malt

By Richard Thomas Rating: B- Battle Cry is one of the beer-inspired American Malts coming from Rhode Island brewstillery Sons of Liberty. It’s billed as a single malt, but it’s a bit more interesting than that. Technically, a single malt is 100% malted barley and made at a single distillery. Battle Cry doesn’t quite qualify because it used a little ...

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Six Laws That Made American Whiskey

Prohibition barrels

By Richard Thomas Whiskey is a quintessentially American drink, a connection that becomes clear when one sees how interwoven it is with American history. The story of American Whiskey is the journey of a rough, unaged distilled spirit made by farmers because it was cheaper to move than grain or flour growing and maturing into today’s modern, multi-billion dollar industry ...

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New Wintertime Whiskeys To Look For

Jim Beam Distiller's Cut

By Richard Thomas Winter is usually a fairly sleepy time for new whisk(e)y releases. After all, it’s the autumn that is the time of year bursting at the seams with hot ticket items. Once Christmas rolls around, things quiet down. That may seem a bit counter-intuitive though, since winter weather is pretty much synonymous with winter-warmer, whiskey-drinking weather. Thankfully, “fairly ...

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