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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.

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.

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.

What I Know About Wood

What I Know About Wood

You can't age a spirit without putting it in a barrel made of wood. And yet, not all wood is created equally in the aging process! Grab a seat and I'll share a few odds and ends.

Collectible Whisky and the Perpetual Dilemma

Collectible Whisky and the Perpetual Dilemma

Investing in old and rare whisky is becoming more common. However, the difference between whisky and other investment instruments is that you're not likely to drink your T-bills, stocks, or collectible coins.  

The Gospel of Color, ABV, and Filtration

The Gospel of Color, ABV, and Filtration

As you continue to read about whiskey, you're bound to run across these three terms. Are they important? Yes. Are they what necessarily define a good product? Not necessarily, I argue. 

How to Drink Your Whiskey

How to Drink Your Whiskey

Truth be told, there's no single answer, and be wary of anyone who tells you otherwise. You can pour Talisker 25 into a big cup of Sunny Delight if that's how you enjoy it best. However, there are a few things I've learned.

Recommended Scotches for Beginners

Recommended Scotches for Beginners

Scotch is a pretty daunting product category. If you're wondering where to start and what to buy so you don't end up doing a spit take like a cartoon character when you take your first sip, I have you covered.