Book Review: The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming A Whiskey Know-It-All

By Richard Thomas In the vein of how childhood favorites like comic books have become adult mainstream, scratch and sniff has made a comeback and embraced booze. This explains how a book about hard liquor, like Richard Betts’s The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming A Whiskey Know-It-All, can have the sort of illustrated, children’s book style that would make ...

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Home Aging With Whiskey Sticks

Beyond Barrels Aging Mast in bourbon

By Richard Thomas Growing within the larger whiskey boom are many trends relating to aging in wood. Barrel-aged cocktails are catching on in mixology, while at home a growing number of enthusiasts have taken to experimenting with further aging off-the-shelf whiskey using small barrels and so-called “whiskey sticks.” The basic principle behind the whiskey sticks isn’t a new one, and ...

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Book Review: “Branding: Distilled”

By Richard Thomas Just as the whiskey boom has become so large as to support plenty of new books about bourbon and moonshine, the micro-distilling movement has become such a tidal wave as to prompt its own crop of books. The difference is that whereas whiskey boom books fall into the category of popular non-fiction, micro-distilling books are technical and ...

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Pairing Whiskeys With A Fine Cigar

Knob Creek Single Barrel and a cigar

Whiskeys To Enjoy With A Perdomo Grand Cru By Kurt Maitland As many fans of whiskey love to partake in the occasionally cigar as well, matching a fine cigar to a good whiskey is a popular topic for conversation, seminars and workshops. My own game plan for creating these pairings is to take one cigar and try several options, including ...

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