Opinion

Elijah Craig Reportedly Going NAS

Elijah Craigh 12 YO

Updated January 23, 2016 By Richard Thomas The American whiskey blogosphere sparked ablaze late yesterday as word broke that Heaven Hill Distilleries would transition their popular Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon into a no age statement whiskey (NAS), with the new version entering the distribution pipeline as early as today. Reportedly, the stock used to make Elijah Craig will ...

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Why You Should Collect Whiskey Instead Of Wine

Pappy Van Winkles

By Richard Thomas When it comes to booze collecting, nothing really compares to the rituals and trappings of wine collecting. The careful selection of big reds suitable for bottle aging and from a fine vintage; the cosseting of these bottles for years in a properly arranged cellar; the acquisition of a rare, aged bottle and consequent risk that the contents ...

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Whiskey Shortage Report 2015

Empty liquor shelves

Putting Last Year’s Shortage Scare Stories Under The Microscope By Richard Thomas The previous year’s most consistent whiskey storyline was the “whiskey shortage,” spawning a plethora of articles in the whiskey press and the larger mainstream media, running right up to the last days of 2015. Tales of rapidly evaporating stocks of Scotch and bourbon have been a staple of ...

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Craft Distilling: Completing The Comeback From Prohibition

Wigle Still

By Richard Thomas Tomorrow is the 82nd Repeal Day, marking the end in the United States’ biggest and most misguided experiment in social engineering, Prohibition. What makes recent Repeal Days particularly momentous is that they take place in the midst of a burgeoning craft distilling movement, with hundreds of small distilleries in operation in nearly every one of the 50 ...

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Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 Shocks World. Again.

Whisky Bible 2016

How Murray’s Tome Became More About Courting Controversy Than Highlighting Worthy Whiskeys By Richard Thomas Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016 has been released, and the only thing more reliable for spawning strife in whiskey circles and splaying it onto mainstream headlines is the annual announcement from Buffalo Trace that they are short on stock and continuing to ration it. This ...

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