Tag Archives: Opinion

How Did Scotch Get To Be So Snooty?

By Richard Thomas One of the few opinions I find are commonly held in world whiskeydom—common among industry types and enthusiasts, bar people and journalists—is how Scotch Whisky produces the biggest bunch of snobs around. Even the snobs themselves sometimes agree with that assertion, taking a perverse pride in what most would think of as a flaw. How is it ...

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Whisky By The Bag Comes To The UK

Whisky-Me

By Richard Thomas A novel item to appear in the whisky news is Whisky-Me, a British subscription service that delivers a different sample in the mail every month. For roughly $10 a month, you get a shot’s worth (roughly 1.5 oz) of a middling single malt delivered to your door. Plenty of services exist in the UK and the US ...

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Is Tennessee Whiskey Bourbon?

Jack Daniel's charcoal

By Richard Thomas Go into a bar—not a whiskey bar, but any bar—and you may hear a friendly argument as to is whether or not Tennessee Whiskey is Bourbon. It’s a decades-old classic, and it used to be on one side were those who were dismissive of Jack Daniel’s, by far the biggest name in Tennessee Whiskey (indeed, American Whiskey ...

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Worried About Big Liquor Company Buy Outs? Don’t Be

Today’s Giants Are Small Fry Compared To Those Of The Past By Richard Thomas Whiskey enthusiasts sometimes strike me as a wary and suspicious lot, especially when news breaks of a company getting bought up. Leaving out the ugly racial tinge that attended the response to Suntory buying Beam Global, each instance in the wave of big liquor companies buying ...

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Think A Euro Tax On Bourbon Would Be A Good Thing? Guess Again.

By Richard Thomas Response to the news that the European Union might retaliate against Donald Trump’s populist proposal to impose protectionist tariffs on steel imports with duties on American bourbon has come in two flavors: critics of Trump singing a chorus of “there he goes again;” and those who somehow think higher prices in Europe would be a good thing ...

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