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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 Dew 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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Touring Maker’s Mark

Maker's Mark Distillery

By Richard Thomas When Maker’s Mark says they love having visitors stop by the distillery, that isn’t a modern thing. My first visit was in 1992, when even Jim Beam’s Small Batch Collection was new. At that time, it was the only distillery in the state that could be called a proper tourist destination, that due in large part to ...

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