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The English Whisky Revival

Cotswolds Distillery

By Richard Thomas When Penderyn opened in 2000, returning whisky distilling to Wales for this first time since 1894, most observers I know of reckoned it was an appropriate development. The Welsh, after all, were just as Celtic as the Irish and the Scots. But England getting into the whisky-making game was an odder development, provoking slight bewilderment. The English, ...

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Colonel E.H. Taylor Four Grain Bourbon Review

Colonel E.H. Taylor Four Grain Bourbon

By Richard Thomas Rating: B Since 2011, Colonel E.H. Taylor whiskeys have become fan favorites among enthusiasts not just because of their quality, or even their place at the forefront of Bottled in Bond whiskeys, but also because the line yields limited editions that most actually have a decent shot at buying. So it is that I am quite certain ...

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Can’t Get A Rare Whiskey? Maybe A Lottery Can Help

Pappy Van Winkles

By Richard Thomas The most frequent and common complaint found in American whiskey circles today is how certain brands have become almost impossible to obtain. Although these “chimeras” often retain approachable official pricing, they are said to be unavailable at those official two and three digit price points. According to such conventional complaints, the only way to acquire an Elijah ...

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Choice Irish Whiskeys For St. Patrick’s Day

Barr an Uisce 10 Year Old

By Father John Rayls “Slainte” is a traditional (and sometimes mispronounced) Celtic toast when drinking Irish whiskey. It means “health,” and is often combined with other Celtic words to make the toast more personal. In the American culture, a more appropriate meaning should be “slow your roll.” Of course, it doesn’t really mean that, but a slower more deliberate approach ...

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Tullamore 18 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review

Tullamore Dew 18YO

By Richard Thomas Rating: A In a move that truly bucked prevailing trends and certain pessimistic, cynical bloggers, when Tullamore Dew began winding down their much admired 10 Year Old “Four Wood” Single Malt it was not to replace it with one or more No Age Statement (NAS) whiskeys. Instead, they de facto replaced it with two older age statement ...

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