Articles by John

The Compass Box Phenomenology

June 19, 2018

Tasting notes: The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only at dusk, a wise philosopher has said.  But the deeper question is: what does the owl pour into the glass on his end [...]

The Highland Park Full Volume

June 7, 2018

Tasting notes: “A skinned peach dotted with heather flower petals.”  That description is meant to capture how very light and how very delicate the nose is.  This [...]

The Glenmorangie Spios

May 8, 2018

Tasting notes: The nose on this curiously colored dram is floral and fruity.  I get blackberry tart baked by crows.  On the side is crème Anglaise made in Deutschland.  [...]

The Nikka Pure Malt Red

March 15, 2018

Tasting notes: The nose on this is a study in suggestibility.  I say this because it smells red.  Before Bill can elbow me, I explain that this has a real 99 Luftballons [...]
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