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Whiskey Around the World Rife With Contention Over Age

By Richard Thomas The end of the summer has seen whiskey’s two biggest communities bitterly divided over separate, but equally contentious issues. For bourbon, a simmering dispute broke out into the open when Buffalo Trace announced the results of its controversial small barrel aging experiment in late August. A couple of weeks after Buffalo Trace issued its findings, The Macallan ...

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Close-Up on Whiskey Barrel Chairs and Tables

Interview with Barry DeWald, Whiskey Barrel Furniture Maker By Richard Thomas My news feed for The Whiskey Reviewer’s Facebook sites is full of distilleries and whiskey brand pages, and if one image appears over and over again in this agglomeration of status statements, it is that of relaxing on the patio and enjoying the scenery with a whiskey in hand ...

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Small Barrel Aging 101

Whiskey barrels at the Jack Daniels distillery.

By Richard Thomas Renewed interest in small barrel aging has come up hand-in-hand with the micro-distilling boom, causing even big distilleries to get in on the act. Proponents of small barrel aging claim the use of smaller barrels allows them to create a superior product in a short space of time, an attractive proposition for a small start-up who would ...

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Bourbon, Jack, Rum and Coke

Bourbon and Coke

Which Liquor Mixes Best with Coke? By Richard Thomas The recipe is a classic—one part liquor, three parts Coca Cola—and requires nothing more than the two ingredients, ice, and a tall glass to mix them in. The complication comes in with what whiskey to put into that mix, with as many or more whiskey-based variations on the list of highballs ...

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