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Barrell Whiskey Batch 002 Review

Barrell Whiskey Batch 002

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ Barrell Bourbon has become a hit among enthusiasts, and through the eight batches they have released so far, Joe Beatrice’s brand has established itself as a bottler that can be counted on to deliver solid, cask strength bourbon. Barrell Whiskey, on the other hand, is not so well-established a quality. The latest release on that ...

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Best Irish Whiskeys For Under $60

Redbreast 12YO

The Top 5 In Ireland’s Premium, But Affordable Whiskeys By Richard Thomas One of the minor paradoxes of whiskey is how a given sector might have dozens, perhaps hundreds of premium expressions on the market, but the overwhelming bulk of what gets made and sold is concentrated in a small handful of names on the mass market end of the ...

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When Trump Attacked Glenfiddich

Screenshot from You've Been Trumped

By Richard Thomas Perhaps the defining characteristic of the U.S. 2016 Presidential Election has been Republican candidate Donald Trump’s immaturity and petulance. He lashes out at anyone who crosses him, whether it be Khizr Khan or Alicia Machado, no matter how ill-advised that eruption proves to be. If things aren’t going his way, Trump whines that the system is rigged ...

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Michter’s 20 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon Review (2015)

Michter's 20 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon 2015

By Richard Thomas Rating: A For whisk(e)y enthusiasts who aren’t collectors-for-profit, acquiring a pricey and rare bottle usually produces one of two reactions: crack it open at the earliest opportunity, like a kid with his prized Christmas gift; or put it away to save for a special occasion. When I got my hands on a bottle of 2015’s Michter’s 20 ...

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Seven Sherry Bomb Scotch Whiskies

Aberlour A'Bunadh

By Richard Thomas Although the overwhelming bulk of Scotch whisky is aged in used American Standard Barrels (ASBs), the most prized cask for maturing whisky is the Sherry butt. Whiskies aged in first-fill Sherry butts are especially so, and those drawn entirely from such sherried stock are invariably known as “sherry bombs” for the potent flavors the malt whisky has ...

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