Four New Irish Whiskey Distilleries

Walsh Whiskey stills

A Spring 2016 Update On Ireland’s Distillery-Building Boom By Richard Thomas Irish whiskey is one of the fastest growing sectors of the world whiskey industry, a fact that has led to a strong revival of Ireland’s distilling scene. At one point the Emerald Isle had only two working whiskey distilleries (and one of these, Bushmills, was in Northern Ireland to ...

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Can’t Tell Bourbon From Rye? Baloney!

Denver and Liely Whisky Glass

Don’t Believe Everything You Read, Especially About Statistics By Richard Thomas Although the business press was abuzz last week about Brown-Forman’s surprise acquisition of BenRiach and bourbon forums boiled that former Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge might have been pushed out of his job, in the wider (and softer) mainstream media the major whiskey story was how people can’t ...

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Q&A With Matt Hofmann, Westland Distillery

Matt Hoffman

A Chat About Malt Whiskey In The Pacific Northwest By Richard Thomas Although the Pacific Northwest has become a buzzing hive of micro-distilling activity, most of that activity has been in Oregon. Insfoar as whiskey-making in Washington State went, much of the past attention went to Dry Fly Distilling. Growing up hand in hand with that scene, Seattle’s Westland Distillery ...

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The Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old Scotch Review

The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt

By Kurt Maitland Rating: A- William Grant & Sons, also makers of Glenfiddich and Monkey Shoulder, founded The Balvenie distillery in Scotland’s Speyside in 1892.  While The Glenfiddich might move more units for William Grant & Sons, the fact is their crown jewel is The Balvenie. Living legend Master Blender David Stewart continues to hang his hat there. This Balvenie ...

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