Whiskey Reviews

FEW Spirits Rye Whiskey Review

By S.D. Peters Rating: B- The failure of the only attempt to regulate social values with the United States Constitution proved that document is no place for such misguided experimentation.  The 18th Amendment, and the subsequent Volstead Act, are the legacy of what James Madison once called “the tyranny of the minority.” An apt metaphor of Prohibition’s failure may be ...

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Jack Daniels Single Barrel Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: C+ Thanks in large part to it’s use of the maple charcoal-filtering Lincoln County Process, Tennessee whiskey enjoys a flavor profile all its own. This extra step is all that separates Tennessee whiskey from Kentucky bourbon (well, all excepting a little Volunteer State pride over their homebrew), but it’s a big step. The single barrel idea, ...

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McKenzie Rye Whiskey Review

By S.D. Peters Rating: B Referring to the small, independent distilleries cropping up in the wake of the high-end cocktail boom as “micro-distilleries” downplays the larger importance of these small distillers in the American Whiskey industry.  Worse, however, is calling them “boutique distilleries”.  True, the dedication of these distilleries to the art of distillation is highly specialized, and the rewards ...

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DYC Pure Malt Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: C+ The green label of Spain’s DYC Pure Malt represents the distillery’s only in-production single malt whiskey. Any malt whiskey coming out of DYC these days would be a single malt, because while the company owns two different plants in Segovia, the Valverde del Majano facility produces only grain whiskey. Remember that the definition of “single ...

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