Posted on Monday, Nov 3, 2014 at 08:32 PM
We're not sure. It's probably because they're a small chore to write up. Sure, it's not that hard to do, but it still takes some time and decent thought, and nowadays if we write anything down it tends to just be notes and ratings. Almost 9 years into this website, we're happy with where we've come with it so far. But thanks for giving a shit and reading this far. We're still up to our usual shenanigans, trying to outdo ourselves and find new levels of whiskey nirvana.
Feel free to drop in and say hello.
Cheers all. Drink whisky!
Posted on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 05:13 PM
What happens when you put what's arguably the most legendary single malt into an otherwise unassuming, unhyped blind tasting?
Pour yourself a glass of anything, and check out what happens when nobody knows they're tasting the famed Black Bowmore 1964 1st Edition.
Posted on Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Sometimes we spend time working up a decent article for the site. Other times, it's a pain in the butt. This time it's the latter. In our typical holiday tradition, we opened up some great sherried malts malts for Christmas.
Posted on Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Imagine walking into a whiskey museum, finding their Prohibition exhibit... then taking the bottles from it and drinking them! Check out the detailed report on our Medicinal Whiskey Pints meeting.
Posted on Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 09:45 PM
The Stitzel-Weller distillery and its association with the Van Winkle family is legendary. So much so that to discuss it here would be redundant for the experienced bourbon connoisseur, which of course you are, right? If not, now you know what you have to learn about!
The idea here was to taste the three different "eras" of Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yo. (1) Distilled and bottled entirely while Pappy Van Winkle was running the distillery, (2) distilled under Pappy's watch but bottled by his son Julian II, and (3) bottled in the mid-1980s with (theoretically) no Van Winkle involvement at all.
But of course, we couldn't stop there. We had to taste those in proper context! So we sandwiched that tasting inside a complete lineup of the Very Old Fitz brand.
Did these bourbons live up to the hype? Many did, and which ones were really the best depends on who you ask. What was incredibly clear was that bourbon is simply not made like this any more. At the end of the first run-through of the lineup, we attacked the LAWS bar to sample some of today's well-respected bourbons… and you know what? Most current(ish) bourbons that we otherwise loved were just plainer in comparison. Even watery. To the extent that we discussed how much, in the course of the tasting, we'd become acclimated to the more complex S-W profile. It's been said over and over again, and it's true: for whatever reason, they just don't make bourbon like they used to anymore. There definitely is just "something extra" in these premium Stitzel-Weller products.
What was especially obvious was the difference between production eras on the 12yo's. The 1980's-bottled one was universally considered the least delicious, and while it was still good bourbon, it just didn't come close to the magic in the VVOF's bottled in 1964 and 1968. The 1980's VVOF was lighter, with a nuttier character to it, and didn't taste particularly unusual compared to today's stuff.
Between the 1964 and 1968, it was a matter of preference -- but the majority voted the 1964 the favorite of the night, with some members saying it might be the best bourbon they've ever tasted. Yep.
We also sampled the rarely-seen 10yo, 15yo, and 18yo, but since few people read down this far on the page, I'll let you click through the tasting notes above to get your own impression. And be sure to check out Sku's writeup on his personal blog.