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Knob Creek Rye Whiskey Review

By S.D. Peters Rating: A Rye whiskey drinkers must be enjoying the 21st Century.  After decades of dependence on Old Overholt and Jim Beam Straight Rye, this piquant American whiskey has returned in superior form.  Champions of the “Rye Revival” may be mostly boutique, and inspired by a resurgent cocktail culture, but no serious Rye drinker will scoff a trend ...

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Penderyn Peated Single Malt Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- The Welsh distillery Penderyn is one of the most interesting whiskey-makers I have come across in recent years, and not solely because they are Welsh. Penderyn is the only distillery in the business of making Welsh whiskey, freeing them from certain trade laws and industrial groups, such as the Scotch Whisky Association. It gives them ...

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Compass Box The Spice Tree Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- In some circles, it is whispered that The Spice Tree is the whisk(e)y is the scotch the larger scotch industry doesn’t want you to have. Micro-distillery Compass Box first launched The Spice Tree in 2005, but were forced to discontinue production by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) under threat of legal action. The SWA objected ...

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Masterson’s 10 Year Old Rye Whiskey Review

By S.D. Peters Rating: A+ A lifelong East Coaster in the U.S., I’m not well-versed in the history of America’s “Wild West”… unless we’re talking about the pot stilling wilderness of, say, Western Pennsylvania and the Kentucky Territory in the late 17oo’s… or Sergio Leone’s cinematic deconstructions of the 1960s, which rather stripped the heroic veneer from the traditional Western ...

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