Other Whiskeys

Ballotin Bourbon Ball Chocolate Whiskey

Ballotin Bourbon Ball Whiskey

By Debbie Shocair Rating: B+ For those of you who think I should be eschewing anything resembling a flavored whiskey, I have two answers: First, if it’s tasty, why not? Second, I have always viewed the flavored whiskies (the good ones, anyway) as “gateway whiskeys,” luring the unsuspecting and under-acquainted palate into the realm of traditional whiskey. Once that first ...

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Firestone & Roberston TX Blended Whiskey Review

TX Blended Whiskey

By Richard Thomas Rating: B In the United States, the words “blended whiskey” are usually associated with cheap rotgut. To cite just one particularly infamous example, Four Roses went from a popular Bourbon to an unpopular American blend before being revived into what is now a popular Bourbon again. Many Canadian whiskies have a dubious reputation for precisely this reason, ...

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Noted Whisky Consultant Dr. Jim Swan Dies, Age 75

By Richard Thomas Dr. Jim Swan, the noted whisky expert who was best known for his handiwork in advising several new whisky distilleries around the glove, passed away suddenly yesterday in his home in Edinburgh. He was 75. Swan, who held a PhD in Chemistry and Biological Studies from Heriot-Watt University, began his career with a ten year stint as chief ...

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Around The Globe With Five Malt Whiskeys

Puni Alba Whisky

By Richard Thomas Bourbon is undoubtedly booming, but it’s malted barley that stands as the dominant basis for world whisk(e)y. Leaving aside all those pricey Scottish single malts that inspire such devotion from global whisky fans, two other major whisky countries—Ireland and Japan—are also surging and just as barley-based. Malts are now widely touted as the “next big thing” in ...

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