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Moving Beyond the Standards

Moving Beyond the Standards

Ever been at a point where the more you try, the less you seem to know? If you’re bored with what you’re drinking, I might have some insight. (Bourbon drinkers, click here.)

The Problem with Standards

The Problem with Standards

Standardization often results in beloved products no stranger to the shelf. That said, it’s not all sunshine and roses.

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! 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spirit Pricing and My Expectations

Spirit Pricing and My Expectations

It is true that a good bottle of anything doesn't necessarily go hand-in-hand with the amount you spend. However, there are a few things I come to expect as I begin to spend progressively more money on any individual product.

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.  

Getting Away from the Word "Smooth"

Getting Away from the Word "Smooth"

Most of us know what you mean when you say "smooth." However, you won't find it as a serious descriptive term here and anywhere beyond ad copy. Let's dig into why that is.

Nosing Tips

Nosing Tips

Sometimes it's hard to actually smell spirits the way you're "supposed to," and you end up with a straight blast of ethanol to the nostrils for all your good intentions. If that sounds like you, help is on the way. 

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.

Ways to Try a Lot of Stuff

Ways to Try a Lot of Stuff

People ask all the time how to venture down the rabbit hole of spirits with a minimum of time and energy. While it will take money and time to discover what you like, there are a few hacks to the process.