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Balblair 2005 Scotch Review

Balblair 2005 Vintage

By Richard Thomas Rating: B In the northern Highlands town of Edderton lies Balblair, one of the oldest of Scotland’s distilleries. Founded in 1790, it was a family-owned distillery until 1894. Since then, the distillery has seen many of the ups and downs of the industry. It was closed from 1911 to 1948, and has changed ownership a couple of ...

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Iowa Whiskey: Making Bourbon In Corn Country

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There Is Much More To Whiskey-Making In Iowa Than Just Rye By Richard Thomas One of the peculiar features of the craft whiskey picture in the Hawkeye State is just how big a presence rye has in it. This is because of Templeton Rye, the notorious bottler that preceded the emergence of Iowa’s first micro-distilleries by several years. Templeton sourced ...

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Strolling Down Noe’s Way

Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY

By Debbie Shocair I’ve been writing about whiskey for approximately a bazillion years. Sometimes I enjoy thinking of myself as, in the way I put it, “sort of a big deal” in whiskey circles. That’s what I like to think. And then I knew better. I met a real “big deal.” Fred Noe, seventh-generation master distiller at Jim Beam and ...

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Cedar Ridge Malted Rye Whiskey Review

Cedar Ridge Malted Rye

Updated August 7, 2017 By Richard Thomas Rating: B- Whiskey enthusiasts should count themselves fortunate that the Rye Craze started at the same time that the micro-distillery movement took off. That left plenty of room for small distillers looking to make a name for themselves to move into as the rye whiskey scene initially suffered a severe shortage and then ...

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