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Togouchi Blended Japanese Whisky

Togouchi Blended Japanese Whisky

Not only does this stuff flat-out suck, it absolutely strains the limits of credulity to call itself Japanese whisky for reasons I can’t wait to let you in on.

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Jameson Black Barrel

Jameson Black Barrel

A little pricier than it once was, but it’s still one of the best options a person can consider when it comes to an unquestionably “good” Irish whiskey.

Overall Rating: ★★☆

Bushmills Red Bush

Bushmills Red Bush

Ugh. Sometimes you think you have enough information to figure a product out, and then the rug gets pulled out from under you.
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Collingwood Canadian Whisky

Collingwood Canadian Whisky

Collingwood isn't the worst Canadian whisky I've tried, but it's a good enough primer on why people shit on the category.
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Tullamore DEW

Tullamore DEW

An underachieving whiskey for sure. If you're wondering if the alternative to Bushmills and Jameson is any good, it really isn't.
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Suntory Toki Whisky

Suntory Toki Whisky

Don't let the (low) price scare you off. This isn't discount-grade Japanese whisky, but a graceful and well-crafted product. Not just for highballs! 
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey

They could have called it anything else, literally anything, and been better for it. The whiskey itself is surprisingly not bad, and a huge step up from Bushmills' white label. 
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Paul John Brilliance

Paul John Brilliance

There's a lot that's very strange about this one from start to finish, although sometimes a little strangeness is just what the doctor ordered. Here the doctor is Indian and the strangeness is peanut.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Mars Iwai Japanese Whisky

Mars Iwai Japanese Whisky

As everyone goes gonzo for Japanese whisky, the market adjusts to provide supply to match demand. Yes: this is Japanese, and it is whisky, but it might not be what you expect.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Jameson Gold Reserve

Jameson Gold Reserve

Sometimes it's important not to let a distillery's mass-market offering color your opinion of their entire range. I really don't like the standard Jameson much, but I quite enjoyed this.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Lot 40 Canadian Rye

Lot 40 Canadian Rye

Laughed at Canadian whisky, did you? Thought the category could aspire to no better than Black Velvet? Well, buy this, and drink this. Never has it been so wonderful to be so utterly wrong.
Overall Rating: ★★★

Wild Geese Rare Irish Whiskey

Wild Geese Rare Irish Whiskey

I hope I'm not going to bore you with a history lesson, but I think it makes for a good story. Or at least a better story than the one Cooley's trying to sell you with this bottle. Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve

Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve

Sweet needn't be a bad thing, but you've really got to buckle in for a shockwave of maple if you want to get your tentacles around this one.  Overall Rating: ★★☆

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

Nobody really expects anything from this spartan-looking bottle. Until they take a sip and have to hunt around on the floor to see where their jaw went. A favorite of mine and a future favorite of yours.  Overall Rating: ★★★

Pendleton Canadian Whisky

Pendleton Canadian Whisky

Unless something worse comes along, this is the biggest stinker of maybe 300-some odd whiskies I've tried. Let me lead you by the hand into an explanation of why Pendleton is simultaneously terrible and ponderously dumb. 
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Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

It's always surprising to me that Japanese whisky has such a huge following when the name of the game is subtlety.  Overall Rating: ★☆☆