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Whiskey Reviews

Reviews of a few brands of whisky (whiskey)including some favorites and some of the newer brands available on the market. After reading my reviews and finding a brand of interest, search for a whiskey cocktail and give it a taste for yourself.

Share Your Favorite Bourbon Whiskey
There are some wonderful bourbons available on the market today. Each has its own characteristics and many devoted followers. In this article, read which brands bourbon drinkers prefer and why.

Share Your Favorite Whiskey for a Classic Manhattan
Every Manhattan connoisseur has their favorite whiskey for this classic cocktail. Share your recommendation and any other Manhattan cocktail preferences.

5 Great American Whiskies for under $20
Luxury does not have to cost a lot. American whiskies are one segment of the whiskey market that offers great bargains. While there are plenty of great quality American whiskies at $20+, weve uncovered some hidden gems that are both affordable and high quality whiskies.

5 Great Canadian Whiskies
Canadian whiskies dont always get the respect they deserve. In certain circles, Canadian whiskies have achieved a reputation as a light, fruity and one dimensional spirit. In spite of that view, there are some very high quality Canadian whiskies on the market. Here are the top five available now.

A Guide to Popular Whisky Brands
There are too many whiskies on the market today to count and it can be difficult to navigate the selection available. This list provides a general guide to different whiskey brands in each style with examples of the price ranges you can expect.

Late Summer Whiskey Liquor Recommendations
As the dog days of summer begin to soften, there is perhaps nothing better than spending a warm summer night sipping whiskey (or a whiskey based cocktail) under the stars. While just about any whiskey will do, here are five favorites for celebrating the end of summer.

The Classic Malts 2010 Releases
Diageo, the largest liquor company in the world, has just announced the release of the 2010 edition of their lineup of Classic Malts. While Talisker 30 year old makes yet another appearance on this release list, there are also some new and exciting offerings never seen before. Keep an eye out for these as they should be in liquor stores now.

Holiday Whiskey Gift Guide for Tennesee Whiskey
Tennessee whiskies are some of the most popular whiskies in the world. While many people confuse Tennessee whiskies with bourbon, Tennessee whiskies go through an additional step known as the Lincoln County process in which the new make whiskey (also known as white dog) is slowly dripped through charcoal to ensure maximum smoothness. Here are...

Whiskies of the Year, Rest of the World
Naming the best whiskies in any category is subjective at best, and every year it becomes harder to choose as overall quality improves in the whiskey industry. These are all fantastic whiskies and any of these whiskies would make a great gift for the whiskey enthusiast in your life.

American Whiskey Legends
One of the most memorable seminars for me at the 2009 Tales of the Cocktail was the one titled “American Whiskey Legends.” The line up included four of the who’s who in the modern whiskey industry (all bourbon) and it was quite the entertaining and informative discussion despite the fact that I have heard a few of the stories in previous interviews.

(ri)1 Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
(ri)1 (pronounced rye one) is a Kentucky straight rye whiskey produced by Beam Global Spirits. This rye whiskey is a quite a bit different from the traditional rye in that it is lighter and sweeter but retains that spicy snap.

Angel's Envy Bourbon Whiskey
Louisville Distilling Company's new bourbon, Angel's Envy is one of the most exciting and delicious bourbons to come on the market in years. Angel's Envy uses the unique process of finishing their bourbon in port wine barrels. Designed by Lincoln Henderson, the former Brown Forman master distiller and creator of Woodford Reserve, Angel's Envy is the culmination of over 40 years experience in the distilling industry.

Basil Hayden's Bourbon Whiskey
Fans of smooth, sippable and eminently mixable premium bourbon whiskies will enjoy Basil Hayden's Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Aged 8 years, this golden amber colored bourbon has a nice balance between spice and citrus notes.

Black Bull 30 Year Old Blended Scotch
Black Bull is recent addition to the spirits world here in the United States, but their 30 year offering is easily one of the preeminent blended Scotch whiskies in the market. Rich, full bodied and masculine, a bottle of Black Bull 30 is the perfect choice to give someone special to commemorate an important occasion.

Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky
Black Grouse is the sibling to the well known and loved Famous Grouse blended Scotch whisky. It is a perfect introduction into more smoky blended Scotch, and with a suggested retail price of $28.99 it offers great value at a pretty affordable price. While there is definitely peat and smoke element to this whisky, it is offset by warm cocoa tones...

Ardmore Traditional Cask Scotch Whisky
Ardmore Traditional Cask Scotch is the recent release of the Ardmore distillery of Aberdeenshire, Scotland and is a great Highland single malt Scotch whisky.

Bushmills Irish Whiskey
With over 400 years of distilling tradition behind it, Bushmills Irish Whiskey is one of the best known and oldest names in distilled spirits. The portfolio is comprised of six Irish whiskies.

Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Like a perfect evening, Bushmills 10 single malt finishes too quickly. Its brief finish leaves one wanting more, and notes of fresh poundcake and vanilla wafers put an almost dessert-like end to this whiskey. All in all, Bushmills 10 year old single malt is an elegant stunner, more aperitif than digestif, I think you[!*!AP!*!]ll be surprised how good this whiskey truly can be.

Canadian Club 30 Year Old Reserve Whisky
To celebrate 150 years of producing Canadian Club Blended whisky, the distillery has released a limited edition bottling. This Canadian whisky was blended before spending 30 years in the barrel to age and is a delightfully smooth whisky and one to try before it's gone.

Canadian Mist Whiskey
Distilled in Collingwood, Ontario, Canadian Mist is the second largest producer of Canadian whisky. This photo gallery includes images of a recent trip to the distillery, a cocktail mixing session with the whiskey and a review of the spirit and drinks that work with it and those that don't.

Canadian Mist Black Diamond Whisky
As it is, Canadian Mist Black Diamond is a strong addition to the world of Canadian whiskies. Those that appreciate a bolder, richer flavor profile in their Canadian whiskies can get great value with Black Diamond and those looking to add a versatile and flavorful Canadian whisky to their liquor cabinet at an affordable price point will definitely find their money well spent. Black Diamond is a diamond in the rough, be sure to try some soon.

Canadian Mist Black Diamond to debut at the end of August
Canadian Mist whisky is debuting a new extension of their whisky line, Canadian Mist Black Diamond at the end of August. Featuring a richer, fuller bodied taste and slightly higher alcohol content (43% abv) than the standard Canadian Mist marque, Black Diamond is poised to make a strong showing in the six markets it will initially enter. Black Diamond is scheduled to be released nationally sometime in early 2011.

Charbay R5 Whiskey: Clear and Aged
Charbay's release of R5 Clear and Aged Whiskies show off the innovation of the distillery. It is distilled from a bottle-ready American IPA and carries forward the malt flavors of that beer.

Chivas Regal Gold Signature Blended Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal Gold Signature would be a great choice for a Scotch enthusiast who enjoys blended Scotch whisky or an nice gift for someone who regularly drinks Chivas Regal 12 year. Dollar for dollar, this is one of the better values in luxury blended Scotch whiskies and a whisky that I personally always keep in stock. Overall, Chivas Regal Gold...

Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon Whiskey
Despite the fact that many people believe bourbon can only be made in Kentucky, there are some micro distilleries throughout the US that produce very fine bourbons. Cedar Ridge in Swisher, Iowa is one of them and their new Iowa bourbon can stand up to anything made in Kentucky.

Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky
Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Blended Scotch is a reasonably priced premium whisky that is a delightful sipper and in this review I have compared it to Johnnie Walker Blue Label, which sells for three times the price.

Chivas Regal 25 Year Old Scotch Whisky
Review of Chivas Regal 25 YO Scotch Released in October of 2007, Chivas Regal 25 YO Scotch is a tribute to the original and to the entire Chivas line of fine Scotch.

Collingwood Select Canadian Whisky
Collingwood is an exciting new maple wood mellowed Canadian whisky that is triple distilled for maximum smoothness. Fans of exceptionally smooth premium Canadian whiskies will find Collingwood Select to be an essential addition to their liquor cabinet and cocktail enthusiasts will enjoy mixing Collingwood in their favorite whisky cocktails.

Compass Box Scotch Whisky
The Compass Box Whisky Company is new in the old-world of Scotch but they are certainly making an impact in boutique whisky. While the standard bottlings of Compass Box are all impressive but it is the reserves that push the limits of Scotch as you may know it, sadly many of these are very limited releases.

Compass Box Orangerie, The Scotch Whisky Infusion
Compass Box Scotch Whisky is known for creating unique and extreme bottles of Scotch and one of the seasonal favorites from the blender is Orangerie. As of 2009 this orange, cassia bark and clove infused blended Scotch is available year round and has the potential for some fascinating cocktails.

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Connemara peated single malt whiskey makes a strong case for more peated Irish whiskies. Connemara is a fantastic whiskey and deserves recognition as one of the great whiskies of the world

Connemara Turf Mor Irish Whiskey
Cooley, Ireland's only independent distillery, produces the Connemara peated Irish whiskey, a delicious, if slightly unusual Irish whiskey. More recently, Cooley has released Connemara Turf Mor, a much more heavily peated version. The results at best are mixed and most whiskey enthusiasts should give Turf Mor wide berth.

Crown Royal Canadian Whisky
Crown Royal is one of the best selling, and most beloved brands of whisky in the world. Crown Royal devotees are an extremely brand loyal group, and as such, make Crown an essential part of any complete bar, whether at home or in a restaurant or tavern. Once you taste Crown Royal, it becomes clear why this easy drinking and satisfying Canadian...

Dewars Blended Scotch Whisky
Dewars White Label blended Scotch whisky is one of the top selling blended whiskies in the world. Once you taste Dewars, it is easy to see why. Not only is Dewars mild, sweet and easy drinking, without a big smoke component that drives many drinkers away from Scotch whisky, but it also mixes exceptionally well. From a Scotch and soda to an elegant Blood and Sand Cocktail, Dewars is versatile, attractively priced and a great introduction into the world of blended Scotch whisky.

Dry Fly Bourbon Whiskey
Dry Fly Distilling, located in the scenic town of Spokane Washington, is nationally reknowned for their hand crafted spirits. Their newest addition to the lineup is the highly anticipated release of Washington state's first bourbon. Expected to hit the market in time for the Christmas shopping season, Dry Fly bourbon will be in short supply once enthusiasts get a chance to taste this whiskey.

Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey
Dry Fly whiskey is 100Washington wheat whiskey. Read more to see why this whiskey has achieved a highly recommended rating.

Dry Fly Distilling's Wheat Gin, Vodka, and Whiskey
Dry Fly Distilling produces a whiskey, vodka, and gin in Spokane, Washington. These craft-distilled spirits are each amazing, have a wheat base and are highly recommended.

Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey
Four Roses is one of the great unknowns among Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Their product line is vast and is derived from 10 mash recipes, from which different blends are offered including their most popular yellow label

Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey Review
Four Roses is one of the great names in American bourbon and their 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon may be their greatest effort yet. Master Distiller Jim Rutledge has artfully mixed four different bourbons, two 13 year old bourbons coded OBSK and OESQ along with a 12 year old coded OESV and an 11 year old coded OESK. The codes offer...

Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon
Four Roses is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, bourbon distillery in America. Their new 2011 release of their limited edition single barrel offering is a big, bold and utterly delicious whiskey. Fans of Wild Turkey will especially enjoy the cinnamon and spice notes evident in this bourbon, and this may be the best Four Roses...

Four Roses 2010 Limited Edition Single Barrel
Recently, the famous Four Roses (formerly Ancient Age) distillery in Kentucky released their 2010 Limited Edition Single Barrel bourbon. Aged 17 years in new American oak, this whiskey offers big spice notes on the nose and a flavor profile to compete with the best aged bourbons.

Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2010
Recently, the famous Four Roses (formerly Ancient Age) distillery in Kentucky released their 2010 Limited Edition Small Batch bourbon. Four Roses is the only distillery to combine five proprietary yeast strains with two separate and unique mashbills. This allows the distillery to make 10 distinct whiskies. This particular bourbon is three...

Glenlivet 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenlivet is one of the most famous Scotch whisky distillers in the world as well as being one of the largest. The offer a range of whiskies from their Speyside distillery to please all palates. Their 18 year offering comes highly recommended to enthusiasts and amateurs alike.

Glenlivet 1973 Cellar Collection Scotch Whisky
I'm a big fan of the Glenlivet's single malt whiskies, and their 1973 Cellar Collection is one of the finest whiskies the Glenlivet has ever produced.

Glendronach 1989 Single Malt Scotch Review
I recently had the great fortune to taste Park Avenue Liquor's single barrel offering of Glendronach 1989 single malt scotch. While this whisky isn't cheap at $135, this is a great whisky to choose for someone who enjoys unique, high quality single malt scotch

Glenfiddich 50 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich is the number 1 selling single malt Scotch whisky in the world (#2 in the United States), and their most luxurious marque is the extremely rare Glenlivet 50 year old. The last bottle sold at auction in the United States brought over $38,000, making it more costly than gold per ounce. With only 1 in every 100,000 casks at Glenfiddich making it to 50 years old due to the intricacies of aging, tasting such a rare treasure is both exciting and a true honor.

Glen Garioch 1991 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review
Glen Garioch single malt Scotch whisky is a distiller not known to the general public. Its whiskies tend to be highly regarded among single malt scotch enthusiasts, but the average whisky drinker may have never heard of this distillery. That should change soon with the release of their 1991 vintage single malt scotch.

Glen Thunder Corn Whiskey Review
Glen Thunder, the new corn whiskey from Finger Lakes Distilling in upstate New York is a great addition to any whiskey enthusiasts liquor cabinet

Greenore 18 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Greenore is a single grain Irish whiskey from the only independent distillery in Ireland, Cooley. While Greenore offers a 15 year old expression as well, the 18 year is a new offering and the oldest single grain Irish whiskey available in the United States.

Greenore Single Grain Irish 8 Year Whiskey
Greenore single grain Irish whiskey is an interesting expression of whiskey made by Ireland's only independent distillery, Cooley.

Green Spot Irish Whiskey
Green Spot Irish Whiskey is one of the rarest and finest whiskies in the world today. Produced by the Midleton (Jameson) distillery for the famed Dublin wine merchants, Mitchell & Son.. A blend of seven and eight year old pure pot still whiskies (essentially, whiskies made from both malted and unmalted barley, distilled in a pot still and not...

Hibiki 12 year old Japanese Whisky
Fans of Bill Murray's performance in the movie Lost in Translation will remember Hibiki as the whiskey Murray's character records a television ad for, but now Hibiki has reached American shores in a 12 year old offering. Extremely smooth and sippable, Hibiki features a nice blend of spice notes and fruitiness that will be a revelation to those...

Highland Park Scotch Whisky
Highland Park has a fine sampling of Scotch whisky that spans in age from 12-40 years and all are an excellent experience for any whiskey lover. This review includes three of the expressions, including the mixable 12 year old, renowned 18 year old and the newest, yet oldest, 40 year old.

High West Double Rye Whiskey
Park City, Utah craft distiller High West Distillery & Saloon is known for crafting exceptional whiskies. With their Double Rye whiskey, High West has masterfully blended a youthful 2 year old whiskey with a high rye content with a 16 year old rye with a lower amount of rye in the mashbill. The result is a spicy, layered and complex whiskey that...

House Spirits Distillery releases three new whiskies
House Spirits Distillery, one of Oregon’s premier craft distilleries and makers of Aviation gin, Krogstad Aquavit, and Medoyeff vodka are releasing three whiskey expressions simultaneously at the distillery on December 12th, 2009.

Jack Daniels Black Label Whiskey
Jack Daniel's Black Label, also known as Old Number 7 or more commonly as JD is one of the best selling whiskies in the world. Made in the Tennessee Sour Mash style, it is very similar to bourbon with the additional step of dripping the fresh make spirit through a vat of sugar maple charcoal to "mellow" the whiskey before going into barrel. The result is a smooth, versatile whiskey that is true to its country roots.

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
I'll admit, I generally hate flavored whiskies. Most taste cloying and artificial, and I like my whiskies to taste like whiskey. Only once have I ever tasted a flavored whiskey and thought it was absolutely outstanding and that was Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey. Tennessee Honey is the perfect marriage of true honey flavor and the rich, authentic...

Jameson 12 Year Irish Whiskey
If you are a fan of Irish whiskies in general, or Jameson Irish whiskey in particular, Jameson 12 year old Irish whiskey provides and interesting perspective on aged blended whiskies that you'll enjoy tasting.

Jameson 18 Year Old Irish Whiskey
Jameson 18 year old Irish whiskey is a great representation of just how good a blended Irish whiskey can be with age. Within the Jameson range, the 18 sits only below Rarest Vintage Reserve and above Jameson, Gold Reserve and 12 year.

Jameson Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey
If you enjoy Jameson Irish whiskey, then Jameson Gold Reserve is definitely an Irish whiskey to taste. It bridges the gap between the lower end of the range and the higher end Jameson whiskies quite well, offering decent value for the price.

Jameson Irish Whiskey
There are a few Irish whiskies that almost immediately come to mind and Jameson Irish Whiskey is one of them. This is a brand that you can rely on, one that you know won't cost a fortune and one that tastes pretty good with its full flavor and smooth character.

Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve Irish Whiskey Review
Rarely do I taste whiskey as good as Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve. At $250, its not inexpensive, but then the very best things never are. Top Recommendation.

Jim Beam, Booker's and Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey
Producers of Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey, the Beam family has one of the longest bourbon producing legacies in Kentucky. Fred Noe, the 7th generation Beam distiller, speaks about the significance of National Bourbon Heritage Month, the family of bourbons he produces and growing up in one of the famous distilling families.

Jim Beam Bourbon Distillers Series Bourbon 2008
At the end of 2008 Jim Beam released a limited edition Distillers Series of their signature bourbon. This whiskey is aged for 7 years and only available for a couple months

Jim Beam Devil's Cut Bourbon Review
Devil's Cut, the newest bourbon from Jim Beam, offers a rich, full-flavored bourbon experience for those seeking a new way to enjoy bourbon. By using a proprietary process, Devil's Cut injects water in just emptied bourbon barrels, which extracts more of the bourbon and oak notes found in the barrel. This water is then used to cut the extra-aged...

Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky
In 2013, Johnnie Walker's portfolio of blended Scotch whisky received a makeover with new additions and a couple of labels discontinued. Read more about the color coded labels and what to expect from each of these fine whiskies.

Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch
Johnnie Walker is known for the premium line of blended Scotch whiskies the world over. The Black Label is a complexly flavored, reasonably priced benchmark that most will find a somewhat gentle introduction to Scotch.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker is one of the most famous brands in the world of blended Scotch whiskies. Each marque has its own color designation, from red, to black, to green and then gold. At the pinnacle of the Johnnie Walker line is the exceptionally well regarded Blue Label blended Scotch whisky.

Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker Double Black is a new, limited edition release blended Scotch whisky that delivers a complex, bold and classically Johnnie Walker flavor profile that is sure to please. Few whiskies are as exciting as Johnnie Walker Double Black and at an MSRP of $40, Johnnie Walker Double Black is one of the great values in the world of whisky....

Jura Prophecy Single Malt Whisky
The distillery on the Isle of Jura makes some of the most interesting single malt scotch whiskies in all of Scotland. If you enjoy big, rich, peated and complex single malt scotch whiskies, do not miss the opportunity to treat yourself to Jura Prophecy. Prophecy is the creation of Richard Paterson, the Master Blender for parent company White & Mackay, and it offers more peat than the typical Isle of Jura flavor profile.

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
Kilbeggan Irish whiskey is an easy drinking, everyday blended Irish whiskey that is a favorite among this style of whiskey and is available everywhere.

Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey
Few whiskies are as iconic as Knob Creek bourbon. Aged nine years in the rolling hills of Kentucky, Knob Creek takes advantage of extended maturation to offer a product that is both rich and full-bodied with an underlying sweetness that sets the bar for great bourbons.

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Knob Creek, the famous nine year old super-premium bourbon made by Jim Beam and revered by bourbon enthusiasts worldwide, is now joined by Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve on the market and bourbon aficionados should rejoice. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is one of the best bourbons in America.

Laphraoig 10 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review
Laphroaig single malt Scotch whisky is one of the most recognizable whiskies in the world. Those that love big, smoky and briny Islay whiskies will find themselves enamored of Laphroaig, and the 10 year old single malt is not only the flagship marque, but it is also the world's best selling Islay single malt whisky.

Laphroaig Cairdeas- Ileach Edition 2011 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review
Laphroaig is one of the most famous Scotch whisky distilleries in the world. This famous Islay single malt scotch comes in a variety of expressions, the newest of which is the no age statement Cairdeas marque. Fans of older expressions of Laphroaig may enjoy the youthful vigor of this whisky and can gain insight into the role maturation plays in...

The Macallan 12 YO Sherry Oak and 15 YO Fine Cash Scotch Whisky
The Macallan is known for producing fine single malt scotch. These are some of the best whiskies you will likely taste and there are many expressions to choose from within the brand. The Fine Oak and Sherry Oak bottlings are the flagships and are available in ranges that span from 10 to 30 years.

The Macallan 1824 Collection of Single Malt Scotch Whisky
In 2009 The Macallan released a special series of single malt Scotch whisky called the 1824 Collection and it includes some fascinating bottlings that have a range of characteristics and prices, though they are only available in global airports.

Maker's Mark Bourbon Whisky
To finish off the first National Bourbon Heritage Month (September 2007) I traveled to the Maker's Mark Bourbon Whisky distillery to meet the people and see the operation behind one of my favorite bourbons. This image gallery is filled with the picturesque scenes of the distillery along with all the details of creating such a distinguished...

Makers Mark 46 Bourbon Whiskey
Maker's Mark, long famous for their flagship marque, recently introduced Maker's Mark 46, the first new product in over 50 years from this distillery. Charred French oak staves are inserted inside the barrel and an additional 2 to 3 months of aging have created a bourbon that is both true to the classic Maker's Mark heritage and yet a...

Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskey Review
Maker's Mark Bourbon whiskey is one of America's most iconic brands. Famous for its red wax dipped bottles and sweet flavor profile, Maker's Mark for many years was also known for producing just one style of whiskey (it recently introduced a second extension to its line, the brilliant Makers Mark 46). Eschewing rye in the mashbill for wheat, the soft, rich sweetness of Maker's Mark has made it one of the most popular bourbons in the world

Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey
The Michael Collins blended whiskey is a mixture of grain whiskey and double distilled malt whiskies with an age range of from four to twelve years. The result is a light, fruity Irish whiskey that is perfect for cocktails and makes a great introduction into the world of Irish whiskey for the novice.

Michael Collins Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Michael Collins single malt Irish whisky is a 3rd party brand produced at the Cooley distillery in the Republic of Ireland. Like many of Cooley's whiskies, Michael Collins single malt is an outstanding example of a great Irish whiskey.

Old Forester Signature Bourbon Whiskey Review
Old Forester Signature is truly one of the finest bourbons on the market, and at its price point is one of the greatest values in the world of...

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2010
Recently, Old Forester's 8th edition of their famous Birthday Bourbon hit store shelves. At a suggested retail of $49.99, this bourbon is as good, if not better, than many bourbons with price points in the $100+ range. Old Forester Birthday Bourbon celebrates the birthday of Brown-Forman parent company founder George Garvin Brown, and while previous editions of Birthday Bourbon have been highly acclaimed, the latest release marks the peak of the distillers art.

Old Pulteney 17 Year Old Scotch Whisky
Old Pulteney 17 Year Old Scotch Whisky is a full-bodied Scotch released in 2007 and is priced under $100. It is a fine example of traditional Scotch whisky.

The Red Stag by Jim Beam
Reviewed by Lance Mayhew: Red Stag, the new black cherry flavored bourbon from Jim Beam, isn’t a product aimed at the experienced whiskey enthusiast.If you are a seasoned whiskey enthusiast, I cannot recommend Red Stag by Jim Beam. Jim Beam makes a number of excellent products, and this is a rare misfire from one of the great names in American bourbon.

The Red Stag by Jim Beam Bourbon
Reviewed by Colleen Graham: Red Stag by Jim Beam Bourbon is a black cherry infused whiskey that is unique and quite tasty for the right individual. It may not become a favorite sipper, but makes an excellent round of cocktails.

Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey
Rogue has opted for a product that is made cheaply, quickly, and with no eye towards quality control. To my palate, Rogue Dead Guy whiskey may simply be the worst whiskey ever made. It is an embarrassment to the craft distilling movement and to the world of whiskey in general.

Scapa 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
To replace the 14 year old expression of the Scapa distillery, an older 16 year old has been release and this elder Scotch whisky is better than its predecessor, even worthy of the few great Scotch cocktails.

Slieve Foy Irish Whiskey
I'm sitting looking at a small brown vial that contains a media sample of one of the finest Irish whiskies ever made. The label is simply marked, "Slieve Foy, 8YO Irish Whiskey, 46% abv". As it is, Preiss Imports is bringing it to U.S. shores and any Irish pub or collector of Irish whiskey simply must have a bottle of Slieve Foy on their shelves if they know good whiskey.

Speyburn 10 yr Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speyburn is one of the great values in single malt scotch whisky. At an MSRP of $19.99 per 750ml bottle, it won't break the bank and is an amazingly high quality spirit given its price point. Fans of Speyside whiskies will be particularly impressed with this elegant dram and if you've never tried single malt scotch whisky before, Speyburn is a...

Tullamore Dew Blended Irish Whiskey
As Irish whiskies go, Tullamore Dew is a fine example of a classic blend.Tullamore Dew blended whiskey is a good introduction to the world of Irish whiskey. A mixture of grain whiskey and Irish malt whiskey, Tullamore Dew offers perhaps just a hint of the Irish coastline in its blend, more so than other blended Irish whiskies which results in a slightly briny character to the nose.

Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
Tullamore Dew is a smooth and malty Irish whiskey that has been distilled in the small town of Tullamore in County Offaly since 1829. It is tagged as "The Legendary Irish Whiskey" and is a favorite for many whiskey drinkers for a good reason: it's a fine Irish whiskey.

Tullamore Dew 12 Year Special Reserve Irish Whiskey
It truly says something about a whiskey when it comes from a company (William Grant & Sons) that wins Whiskey Distiller of the Year at the Icons of Whiskey awards, as well as winning Best Irish Blended Whiskey. Tullamore Dew 12 year Special Reserve has done just that, and it richly deserves the accolades that it has received.

Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Tyrconnell single malt Irish whiskey is one of the best Irish whiskies in the world. Made by Cooley distillery, the only independent distillery in Ireland, Tyrconnell is a must try for any whiskey enthusiast.

WhistlePig 100-100 Straight Rye Whiskey
A product of Vermont, WhistlePig is made entirely of rye and is great in classic cocktails.

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Review
Few things in life are true luxuries. Luckily, American bourbon falls into this category and one of the finest bourbon's in the world is Woodford Reserve. Distilled using primarily pot stills versus the more commonly used column stills and aged in stone warehouses to better control the maturation process, Woodford Reserve is one of the greatest...

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Distilled in Woodford County, Kentucky, Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey is a fine, well-balanced bourbon with an ideal flavor profile for mixing into cocktails. On the occasion of the first National Bourbon Heritage Month in September, 2007, I had the opportunity to speak with Chris Morris, Master Distiller, about the bourbon he produces and...

Woodford Reserve Masters Collection Maple Wood Finish Bourbon Whiskey
this is simply one of the best whiskies to come on the market in 2010 and a serious contender for whiskey of the year. Chris Morris, Brown Forman and anyone else involved with producing Woodford Reserve Masters Collection Maple Wood Finish should be congratulated for a job well done.

Woodford Reserve MC 'Seasoned Oak Finish' Bourbon
In 2009 Woodford Reserve added to its Master's Collection of limited edition bourbon whiskies with the release of a unique bottling called Seasoned Oak Finish, which is a great sipping bourbon.

Woodinville Whiskey Co. Headlong White Dog Whiskey Review
White dog, or unaged whiskey, is becoming a popular category in the United States. One of the best is Woodinville Whiskey Company's Headlong White Dog whiskey. 100% organic, non-chill filtered and made from a classic bourbon mashbill of corn, wheat and malted barley, this is an impressive debut from one of the most exciting distillers in the...

The Yamazaki 18 Year Old Single Malt Japanese Whisky
People are searching for the best Japanese whiskies. Suntory's Yamazaki distillery has a reputation as one of the best distilleries in Japan. Yamazaki's 18 year old expression offers proof that Japanese whiskies can be just as rich and complex as the finest whiskies from any place else in the world. Simply put, Yamazaki 18 is one of the best single malt whiskies available from any producer, at any place and is a must have for enthusiasts of good whisky.

The Yamazaki 12 Year Single Malt Japanese Whisky
Japanese whisky is slowly starting to appear in better bars and restaurants throughout the United States. While still in its early stages of introduction to most American whisky drinkers, Japanese whisky is generally held in high regard by experienced whisky connossieurs.

Top Scotch Whisky Picks for 2013
From a Cutty Sark bottling celebrating a Robert Burns poem to a new barrel aged cocktail with a favorite Scotch, here are five great Scotch whiskies for the 2013 holiday season.

Five Best Whiskey Liquors for Labor Day Weekend
With Labor Day weekend approaching quickly, many people will spend the weekend outside with friends and family. Barbecues happen around the country and whiskey is a great match for your Labor Day weekend festivities. Here are five great whiskies to help make this Labor Day weekend as flavorful as possible. No matter which you pick, you'll be sure to have a whiskey experience that will end the weekend in a memorable way.

Best Bourbons Liquor Whiskies for Thanksgiving 2010
The distinct taste of bourbon makes it an excellent whiskey option to serve on Thanksgiving Day. Here are 5 recommended brands of bourbon that are ideal for the occasion.

Blended Scotch Whisky Liquor Gift Guide 2010
Blended Scotch whiskies are a study in contrasts. The lower, entry level blends can oftentimes be slightly sweet, innocuous whiskies while the mid to top tier blends display the best qualities of all of the malts blended inherent the art. The best blends offer just as much complexity and intrigue as single malts, and they can be enjoyed year round by both novice whisky drinkers as well as seasoned enthusiasts. Here are the best blended Scotch whiskies for giving this holiday season.

Irish whiskey liquor gift guide 2010
Irish whiskey has a long history in America. Prior to Prohibition, Irish whiskey was the best selling style of whiskey in the country. After Prohibition, Irish whiskey was almost dead until the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco introduced the Irish coffee, which singlehandedly resurrected the Irish whiskey market in the United States. Irish whiskies are generally triple distilled and can be generally characterized as smooth, sweet and satisfying. Here are the top picks for this holiday season.

Whiskey of the Year 2010- Jameson Irish Whiskey
Sometimes, a great whiskey gets overlooked. It may be because it is already a household name, or it comes from a larger distiller, or it may simply be the case that the whiskey gets more recognition for other things it does for the whiskey industry than for the whiskey itself. Jameson Irish whiskey falls in the latter category, but don't think...

5 Best Irish Whiskies for St. Patrick's Day
Whether you are Irish or you just like to consider yourself an honorary Irishperson on St. Patrick's Day, nothing pairs as well with green beer, corned beef and cabbage and parades as the smooth, sweet taste of Irish whiskies. Here are five of the best to celebrate the holiday with this year.

The Best Superbowl Whiskies for Pittsburgh Steelers Fans
With Superbowl XLV looking to be the greatest Superbowl ever played and featuring two of the National Football League's most iconic teams in the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, whiskey fans will have a lot to cheer about on February 6th. As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, it will be exciting to watch Ben Roethlisberger step up onto the field for his third Superbowl.

Bourbon of the Year- Old Forester Signature
What do you get when you offer one of the finest bourbons in the world at one of the most affordable price points? You get Old Forester Signature bourbon, our pick as Bourbon of the Year.

Best Bourbons for the 2011 Kentucky Derby
The 2011 Kentucky Derby is almost upon us, bring mint juleps, My Old Kentucky Home, world class horse racing, hot brown sandwiches, hats and, of course, bourbon to peoples minds. Here are the top bourbons to celebrate Derby Day with this year.

4 Best Whiskies for Mother's Day
If your mother enjoys the finer things in life, why not treat her to a nice dram of whiskey this Mother's Day? Here are four unique, elegant and utterly delicious ways to say thanks to your Mother with whiskey this year. They hail from different parts of the globe, but each provides a delicious and interesting way to celebrate.

Best Single Malt Whisky for Fathers Day 2011
Single malt whisky is something that Dad either loves or hates. There aren't too many people who feel ambivalent about it, they either love it or hate it. If Dad falls into the single malt scotch enthusiast category, here are some great picks this year.

Best Craft Whiskies Fathers Day 2011
Small American craft whiskies are a category on the rise. Recent offerings from producers like Dry Fly, High West, Woodinville Whiskey Co., Big Bottom and Breckenridge are all outstanding examples of small producers offering high quality whiskies. If Dad likes artisan whiskies, why not surprise him with a new whiskey that he may not have tried...

Fathers Day 2011 Blended Scotch Whiskey Picks
With Father's Day almost upon us, it isn't too late to get Dad either his favorite blended Scotch whisky or introduce him to a new, high quality whisky. While there are a lot of options in blended whiskies, these are the best of the best and sure to please Dad this Fathers Day.

Best American Whiskey for Fathers Day 2011
With Father's Day almost upon us, it isn't too late to get Dad either his favorite American whiskey or introduce him to a new, high quality whiskey. While there are a lot of options in American whiskey, the two best styles, bourbon and Tennessee whiskey, both have some solid standouts. Here are the top picks for this year.

Playboy Club London's American Vintage Whiskies
The newly opened Playboy Club in London has an exclusive cocktail bar, Salvatore's at Playboy, run by world renowned cocktail maestro Salvatore Calabrese. Featuring exquisite cocktails and vintage spirits, the American Vintage Whiskey list at the club is small, but extremely rare.

Best Colorado Whiskies 2011
Colorado is an excting state for whiskey enthusiasts. Pioneering the surge in whiskey production in Colorado is the iconic Stranahan's Colorado whiskey along with the venerable Leopold Brothers. Relative newcomers like Colorado Gold, Peach Street Distillers and Breckenridge Distillery have cemented Colorado's reputation as one of the most up and...

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