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Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon Review (2015)

Garrison Brothers 2nd Cowboy Bourbon

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- The Hye, Texas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery has certainly earned its place at the forefront of the American craft whiskey movement. Part of that stature is its status as one of the oldest small whiskey distilleries in America and the oldest in the Lone Star State, predating even the more ballyhooed Balcones. The other part is ...

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Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Review (2015)

Angel's Envy Cask Strength

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ One of the annual bourbon releases I look forward to each year is the Angel’s Envy Cask Strength, and I do so for three reasons. For starters, I have a soft spot for Angel’s Envy. As I once told Kevin Curtis, their distillery manager, a Port-finished bourbon was making the Kentucky-Portugal connection, my life story ...

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Sneak Peek: This Is Not A Luxury Whisky Scotch Review

This Is Not A Luxury Whisky

By Richard Thomas Rating: B Billed as inspired by René Magritte’s 1929 surrealist painting “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” this latest release from Compass Box comes across to me as something out Fashion TV. I can easily see it looking at the bottle: a black and white TV spot with models breezing into a glamorous party, pouring drinks from a ...

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Laphroaig 21 Year Old (200th Anniversary) Scotch Review

Laphroaig 21 Year Old

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- This isn’t the first 21 year old release from the esteemed Islay distillery of Laphroaig, and the occasion this time is the distillery’s 200th Anniversary. Founded in 1815 by two scions of Clan Donald, Alexander and Donald Johnston, the distillery stayed in the family until the line died out in 1954. From there it was ...

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Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Irish Whiskey Review

Midleton Barry Crockett

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- When Irish Distillers attach the name of their distillery, “Midleton,” to a whiskey, you know they mean business. Midleton Very Rare, for example, is almost the byword in super premium Irish whiskeys, while Midleton Dair Ghaelich is the showcase for the revival of maturation in new Irish oak. It therefore shouldn’t be surprising that when ...

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