Articles by John

The Big Peat Islay Malt

June 7, 2011

Tasting notes:  This is remarkably clear in the glass.  Like a blanco tequila poured into a Riedel stemware and swirled under a photo tent.  But it soon becomes clear that [...]

The Angel’s Envy Bourbon

May 30, 2011

Tasting notes:  This is one dark and ruby red whiskey!  And the legs grip the walls of the glass like Karo corn syrup poured all over the shelves of a walk-in refrigerator [...]

The Kilchoman Spring 2010 Release

December 10, 2010

Tasting notes I suppose every child remembers one of Aesop’s fables.  This Kilchoman expression calls to mind the fable of the crow and the pitcher.  No, it’s not [...]

The Wemyss Spice King 8

October 6, 2010

Tasting notes:  In the glass a wonderful copper color, like your uncle’s collection of Indian head pennies rapidly transforming from the highly collectable grade of AU 58 [...]

The Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey

September 6, 2010

Tasting notes:  It is nighttime.  The camera pans over several hungry cowboys tucking in to their dinner.  (It’s burrito night.)  The rattle of spoon inside an empty [...]

The Balvenie DoubleWood 12

May 3, 2010

Tasting notes: Our story begins when a plucky but otherwise indistinguishable Highland Scot is sent off to school in Kentucky.  After almost twelve years–growing as [...]

The Highland Park 30

December 9, 2009

Tasting notes:  When he was 24 years-old, René Descartes recounts in his now-lost Olympica that he had a series of dreams, including one about a dictionary that he would [...]
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