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IRON DRAMS

January 10th, 2014

“I can’t stand the stuff” my cab driver said as we hung a left a little fast, pressing me tight into the door. “It’s so strong.” It’s a frequently heard refrain when a whisky drinker gets talking about libations with a stranger. So it got me thinking as I rattled around the backseat. You can […]

Some new whiskies I like, and some I don’t (part 2)

August 15th, 2013

Earlier this week I offered my thoughts on some new bourbon and Tennessee whiskeys. In this post, I address some new scotch whiskies, Indian whiskies, as well as some more bourbons that I’ve recently tasted. Scotch If you’ve been drinking whisky as long as I have, you remember those great Springbank whiskies distilled in the […]

Thoughts on some new whiskies

June 4th, 2013

The stream of new whiskies keep coming. Here are my thoughts on some that I’ve tried over the past month or so. Starting with scotch, I’m enjoying the new Ardbeg “Ardbog.” I must be. I’m halfway through my bottle. (Okay, so I had some help.) It’s contains some Ardbeg matured in Manzanilla sherry casks. I think […]

Top 10 Whiskies Reviewed in Whisky Advocate’s Summer Issue

May 13th, 2013

Here is your sneak preview of the top 10 whiskies from Whisky Advocate’s summer issue Buying Guide. The list begins with #10 and ends with the #1 whisky. #10: Glen Garioch Cask #992 14 year old 1998, 54.6%, $100 Quite fragrant, with a thick, oily texture. Sweet notes (vanilla, sticky toffee), ripe barley, earthy peat, licorice root, and a […]

Whisky Advocate Award: New World Whisky of the Year

February 6th, 2012

Amrut Two Continents (2nd Edition), 50%, $100 It’s been a great year for whiskies from less traditional whisky territories, both in terms of new distilleries coming on line, and for distilleries bottling quality spirit for the first time. Choosing one winner has been a challenge, and honorable mentions should go to Glann ar Mor in […]

Review: Amrut Portonova

September 16th, 2011

Amrut Portonova, 61.2%, $125 This release is a port version of Amrut’s Intermediate Sherry — a sort of port pipe sandwich. The spirit is matured in both unused casks and bourbon casks, then spends a few months in port pipes, and then returns to bourbon casks. The result is a Pink Floyd show of a […]

Malt Advocate Whisky Awards “World Whisky of the Year”: Amrut Fusion

February 23rd, 2011

This is a new award category for us. It includes all of the whisky distilling nations outside the major ones (United States, Canada, Scotland, and Ireland). We created this category to recognize that there are some wonderful whiskies being produced in countries like Japan, India, Sweden, England, and many more, but there aren’t enough whiskies […]

And you wonder why whisky companies don’t import their whisky to the U.S.?

December 3rd, 2010

It’s not always because they don’t want to. Sometimes our government’s bureaucracy makes it nearly impossible for them to do so. Yes, we addressed this issue before here with Amrut from India. Well, here’s another example of your U.S. tax dollars at work. It’s true that “straight” whiskeys here in the U.S., like straight bourbon and […]

Some new whiskies headed to the U.S.

October 14th, 2010

This is from a U.S. perspective. (Yes, we know that you guys across the pond are spoiled and get most of this stuff before we do.) This is the time of the year when we hear about new whiskies being introduced for the upcoming holiday season. Here’s a list of new whiskies that I’ve heard […]

Notable whiskies at WhiskyFest San Francisco

October 13th, 2010

WhiskyFest was this past Friday. With more than 250 whiskies to choose from, I narrowed my tasting to a small handful of whiskies that I (for the most part) hadn’t tasted before. I think the one that I liked the most wasn’t even on the pour list. It was a sample of The Glenrothes John […]

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