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Gordon & MacPhail Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 Scotch Review

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant Rare Vintage 1954

By Richard Thomas Rating: A Aged Scotch whisky has an expensive reputation, and very aged even more so. Ultra aged? Fughetaboutit! But even so, it is possible to find an expression that defies your expectations, one way or another. Five decades old Macallans, for example, retain their ability to shock by costing as much as a high end luxury car. ...

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Kavalan Amontillado Cask Taiwanese Whisky Review

Kavalan Amontillado Sherry Cask

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- When it comes to Sherry casks and whisky, the overwhelming favorite choice is Oloroso, followed at some distance by PX. The use of Amontillado casks is much rarer, although this probably has more to do with Amontillado itself being a small part of overall Sherry production. Without writing a whole Sherry 101 essay, Amontillado lies ...

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Kavalan PX Sherry Cask Strength Taiwanese Whisky Review

Kavalan PX Single Cask, Cask Strength

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- Anyone familiar with my body of work knows that I am a booster of the spread of whisky-making around the world, and in tandem I have developed a strong interest in the issue of non-traditional climate and maturation. When Sweden and Australia get laurels, I’m thrilled. When lesser known places in Argentina and Israel get ...

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Michter’s 20 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon Review (2015)

Michter's 20 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon 2015

By Richard Thomas Rating: A For whisk(e)y enthusiasts who aren’t collectors-for-profit, acquiring a pricey and rare bottle usually produces one of two reactions: crack it open at the earliest opportunity, like a kid with his prized Christmas gift; or put it away to save for a special occasion. When I got my hands on a bottle of 2015’s Michter’s 20 ...

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Exciting Bourbon Releases For Fall 2015

Elijah Craig 23 Year Old

Five Big, Upcoming Bourbons Out This Autumn By Richard Thomas For American whiskey enthusiasts autumn is the most anticipated time of year, the season when all the expressions that elicit the most excitement come out. ‘Tis the season of Pappy Fever, when the elusive and neigh-unattainable (unless you are willing to pay four-figure prices) Pappy Van Winkle bourbons are released. ...

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