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A. Smith Bowman High Rye Bourbon Review

A. Smith Bowman High Rye Bourbon

Updated August 10, 2016 By Father John Rayls Average Rating: A- One of my all time favorite computer games was Dune. Of course, it was based on the Frank Herbert science fiction novel (and subsequent movie). It involved two primary enemy civilizations and a third less developed with their own interests. This RTS (one of the first) centered on harvesting ...

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Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton Irish Whiskey Review

Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- While helping me with European oak in Monday’s feature on types of whiskey wood, New Midleton’s Master of Maturation Kevin O’Gorman brought the latest Green Spot single pot still whiskey, this one using a Bordeaux wine cask finish, into the conversation. Midleton only recently embraced the idea of putting finishes (secondary maturation) onto their whiskeys, ...

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Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey Review

Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Rye

Updated February 11, 2016 By Kurt Maitland Average Rating: A- Released in May, Michter’s US*1 Barrel Strength Rye is only the second limited edition from the Louisville-based bottler and (now) distiller, following on their Toasted Barrel Bourbon. This is also the only Michter’s whiskey billed as a cask strength/barrel proof, although some of the older releases from Michter’s are in ...

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Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Scotch Review

Dalwhinnie 15YO

By Father John Rayls Rating: A- The Dalwhinnie Distillery has a long and eventful history. Started in 1897, but was in and out of insolvency the very next year, and the distillery saw several ownership changes after that. It eventually came under the Diageo umbrella, which is how it came to be included among “The Classic Malts of Scotland.” Included ...

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Gordon & MacPhail Glentauchers 16 Year Old Scotch Review

By Kurt Maitland Rating: A- The Glentauchers is a Speyside Scottish whisky distillery founded in 1897 by James Buchanan (the creator of the ‘Black & White’ and ‘Buchanan’ blends, not the 1850s U.S. President) and whisky trader W. P Lowrie of Glasgow. Lowrie didn’t last long in the mix but the distillery and its spirit continued, primarily for use in blends. It was ...

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