Whiskey Reviews

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: C+ Originally a pot still whiskey, Tullamore Dew traces its origins to 1829 and the namesake Irish Midlands town of Tullamore. It was only when Daniel E. Williams took over the business in the late 19th Century that the distillery took off, and “Dew” is drawn from Williams’ initials. Tullamore Dew suffered as whiskey-makers everywhere suffered ...

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Compass Box Oak Cross Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ The Whiskey Reviewer first explored Compass Box’s interest in high quality French oak when we reviewed their acclaimed scotch, The Spice Tree. The Oak Cross scotch is another expression of that French oak connection. One of the innovations at Compass Box was the notion that French oak had more applications than just aging French wine. ...

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Penderyn Sherrywood Single Malt Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ The Sherrywood Single Malt is the third expression of Penderyn’s regular line of Welsh whiskey. Like the distillery’s Madeira Finish whiskey and many Sherry-finished whiskeys, the Sherrywood uses a two-cask maturation method. In keeping with Penderyn’s practice, aging starts in used bourbon barrels, mostly coming from Buffalo Trace and Evan Williams. Then the whiskey goes ...

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Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Bourbon Review

Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Bourbon

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ For their latest and fourth addition to the Colonel E.H. Taylor collection of specialty bourbons, Buffalo Trace chose to focus on producing a cask strength bourbon. The idea of a cask strength or barrel proof whiskey invariably appeals to my love of the old fashioned. While cutting bourbon with water is a very old practice, ...

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