• Your Holiday Spirits Guide Part Three: Whiskey

      Parts One (vodka, gin, tequila and mezcal) and Two (Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados and rum) can be seen here and here. If I had to gamble, I’d bet on there being more whiskey changing hands this year than any other spirit, perhaps all other spirits combined. It is a vast, evolving, and occasionally overwhelming category that offers a seemingly endless sea of gifting potential.

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    • Your Holiday Spirits Guide Part 4: the Land of Misfit Toys

      Click here for part one (vodka, gin, tequila and mezcal) Click here for part two (Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados and rum) Click here for part three – whisk(e)y Part of the fun of giving booze as a gift is surprising even the experienced drinker, hitting them with something new, something that surprises them but doesn’t disappoint. So consider mixing it up a bit.

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  • Vintage Ad Archive: Whiskey For Christmas!

    … The holiday season is well underway, and by this point, we here at Alcohol Professor HQ are fully immersed in the celebratory spirit: there’s a wreath on our door, colored lights are twinkling in every direction, a giant evergreen looms ominously in the corner, and our Hi-Fi is loaded with countless hours of Christmas tunage. And, of course, our…

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  • Review: Syndicate 58/6 Blended Scotch Whisky

    … and rich. I’d peg it as a single malt over a blend — you just don’t see this much complexity and punch in a typical blend. Here you get roasted grains, cinnamon oatmeal, orange peel, and light smokiness — just enough intrigue to lead you into the spirit proper. The body is instantly engaging. Just the right combination of malty cereal, apple pie…

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  • Review: Hudson Baby Bourbon and Four Grain Bourbon

    … (375ml) Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey – Made from a mash of corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley, double distilled and aged under four years. This is a gentler whiskey than the Baby Bourbon — as it should be, due to the addition of those other grains beyond straight corn. The nose is lightly minty, and adds notes of chocolate to a slightly…

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  • Review: Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused Bourbon

    … Ginger and bourbon go together so well that bourbon and ginger ale is a classic, standard, two-ingredient cocktail. Why not put them together in one bottle, then? Named after a supposed bootlegger from South Carolina, where this spirit also hails form, Virgil Kaine is made from a (sourced) “young” bourbon composed from a mash of 60% corn, 36…

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  • Review: Glenfiddich “The Original” Single Malt Whisky

    … In 1963 Glenfiddich launched a single malt whisky and sold it outside of Scotland, a highly unusual move considering that the whisky world at the time really only knew of blended Scotch, not single malts. While many may very well debate the claim (considering single malt whisky dates back to at least the 1400s), the distillery has put a stake…

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  • Gabe’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    … If you’re not sure what to get someone as a gift this year, consider a good bottle of wine or spirits —‚ always in season. Anyone who drinks alcohol will certainly appreciate a well-chosen bottle to enjoy, be it alone or with friends (my hope is that it’s with you). Throughout the year, I’ve tasted a number of the best bottles in both the wine…

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  • 2014: Favorite Spirits & Drink-Related Items

    …, toffee, and plenty of spicy notes, There seemed to be be mere wisps of clove and cinnamon, mostly noticeable on the lengthy finish. This was a well balanced Bourbon, impressive in its complexity and quality. Favorite Rye Whiskey: I received a bottle of Colonel E.H.Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye from my good friend, Fred Minnick, a well-known whiskey writer…

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  • Update: Clyde May’s Whiskey Makes Some Changes

    … hasn’t changed — the company new notes that it is a blend of 5 and 6 year old bourbon mash finished in the Alabama Style, which is the natural infusion of apple and spice such as cinnamon (which is why it isn’t called a “Bourbon”) — and a side by side tasting of old and new bottles confirms that nothing is different. Lots of apples and butterscotch, with toasted coconut on the finish — but a much cleaner look. Still 85 proof. B+ / $30 / clydemays.com [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS] …

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  • Review: Bowmore Small Batch Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    … peat on the nose, plus a sweeter-than-usual edge that takes it to the realm of barbecued meats. That sweetness carries over to the body, where a sugary rush of vanilla pudding hits the palate first. I get touches of sweetened coconut and some orange juice as the finish builds, at which point a quite modest smoky peat character starts to take hold…

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  • Review: McMenamins Billy Whiskey and Aval Pota Apple Whiskey

    … Distillery Aval Pota – Made in a column still, this is apple flavored whiskey inspired by Irish poitin. Made from malted barley then infused with fresh apples and a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon, it is bottled with no aging information. The nose is very heavy on the apples, though its closer to applesauce than apple pie. Appealing, it invites…

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  • Review: Aultmore 12 Years Old, 21 Years Old, and 25 Years Old

    … Aultmore, a Speyside distillery, has changed hands many times, but again became part of the Dewar’s portfolio in 1998. Normally used in the company’s blends — including Dewar’s — only now is Dewar’s releasing these three expressions of Aultmore as a single malt — known locally as “a nip of the Buckie Road.” Since the bulk of Aultmore ends up…

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