Get to Know Glengoyne

Get to Know Glengoyne

A lesser-known scotch distillery that's got a bona-fide "thing." Let's learn what makes it more interesting than most! 

Category Overview: Rum

Category Overview: Rum

An unfairly maligned category, and a good rum can be every bit the equal of a scotch or bourbon as far as dark spirits go. Learn how to pick a good ‘un.

The Allure of Bourbon

The Allure of Bourbon

Bourbon seems like something we should all like. I spent some time thinking about the particulars of that statement.

What To Do With Crappy Whiskey

What To Do With Crappy Whiskey

Not every bottle is a winner. But, there are better options than dumping crap-grade whiskey down the sink. Let's explore our options!

Champagne Cocktails

Champagne Cocktails

Do you love champagne? Hey, me neither. Let's make some cocktails with it.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

A small holiday update for Spirit Animal's well-wishers (and/or usual motley crew of ne'er-do-wells).

Vermouth Truth

Vermouth Truth

Strangely misunderstood for such a bar staple. Most people think they don't like vermouth. But hey, good thing you're not most people! 

Bourbon Fight: Cheap Versus Fancy!

Bourbon Fight: Cheap Versus Fancy!

Sometimes the best way to really determine what you think about things is to put your suspicions in the ring and let them go a few rounds against each other. Results were ...surprising.

Elements of Scotch: Peat

Elements of Scotch: Peat

A kickoff of a larger series designed to talk about the elements in your spirits that make them taste the way we do. Today, we start with peat, which to many is synonymous with scotch itself.

In Praise of the Highball

In Praise of the Highball

Just as it took me some time to appreciate tasting spirits in general, it took me a similar amount of time to be able to appreciate the simplicity and vibrancy of the highball. Now, I make this two-ingredient cocktail often.

Why I Won't Review Independent Bottlings

Why I Won't Review Independent Bottlings

So after part 1 and 2, let me say again that Independent Bottlings of spirits like Scotch, Rum, and Bourbon can be great. That said, I have some pretty strong feelings about why I'm not going to cover them.

Category Overview: Rye Whiskey

Category Overview: Rye Whiskey

When we talk about "Rye Whiskey," you might initially think that the category were as simple as including all whiskeys made from Rye. Ha! If only life were that simple.

Are We Running Out of Whiskey?

Are We Running Out of Whiskey?

To spoil the ending: no. However, a specific whiskey you enjoy today may not be around tomorrow, or at least around at the same price. I wouldn't lose sleep over it.

Category Overview: Mezcal

Category Overview: Mezcal

Mezcal has been too-long considered a smokey, second-rate tequila. Thankfully, the spirit category is (deservedly) finding a place in the sun. And worry not: it's a rarity to find a worm at the bottom of a good bottle. 

Shelf Creep

Shelf Creep

Collecting and trying new things is fun. However, you may find that you buy more bottles then you actually drink, and then WHAM: home bar. And there's a psychological reason for it, y'know.

In Praise of Miniatures

In Praise of Miniatures

Constantly underappreciated, liquor miniatures actually have quite a lot going for them beyond novelty. I'll do my best to explain why a few of these often sneak their way home from the local bottle shop.  

Independent Bottlings: What Are They?

Independent Bottlings: What Are They?

The first of a planned three-parter. You might not have ever heard of an Independent Bottling, or might have seen one out of the corner of your eye, unsure of what it was. Let's crack into the "what" for today before we talk about the "why" later.