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Whisky Review: Balvenie 15 Year Old, Single Barrel

Whisky Review: Balvenie 15 Year Old, Single Barrel

Wow! What a great whisky! Balvenie produces a limited run of single barrel bottlings each year and I am impressed. I found this to be a subtle whisky that starts slow, and just as you start to think you’ve missed something it sneaks up and explodes with rich, well developed, complexities. Every sip brings something new! This whisky was just a wonderful experience.

Best Tucson Whiskey Stores

Best Tucson Whiskey Stores

A large part of enjoying whiskey is actually finding it. Now I love a good whiskey hunt as much as the next guy, but some of you actually have to work for a living and can’t spend time running all over town looking for the perfect dram. So I thought I’d share the best establishments I’ve found for buying whiskey in Tucson. If all you are looking for is a Glenlivet or Johnny Walker, then any supermarket or corner beverage store will fill the bill, but if you’re looking for something new then check out these stores.

St George's English Whisky

St George’s English Whisky

The rising popularity of malted whiskies, especially single malt barley spirits, is evidenced in the growing number of distilleries and labels that have been cropping up over the past few years.  Several mothballed distilleries in Scotland have reopened for a total of five new distilleries since 2005, with as many as another half a dozen […]

Macallan 12 Year Old Revisited

Macallan 12 Year Old Revisited

Been a bit under the weather the past week, so I’ve fallen a bit behind on my posts, but I thought you might enjoy this. This is a repost of my famous Captain Crunch whisky review of a Macallan 12 year old single malt.  As you’ll see, everything is better with a little Crunch.

Podcast: Interview Stranahan's Master Distiller, Jake Norris (12/2/09)

Podcast: Interview Stranahan’s Master Distiller, Jake Norris (12/2/09)

I thought I’d do something new for Whisky Wednesday this week.  I enjoyed my tasting of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey (CLICK HERE) so much last week that I wanted to know more about the people behind this unique American single malt whiskey.  So I contacted the folks at Stranahan’s and asked if they would grant me […]

Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

Going Whisky Hunting; Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Review; Whisky Word of the Day For the Podcast of my interview with Jake Norris, Stranahan’s head distiller, CLICK HERE. Stranahan’s Colorado Whisky Surprisingly good for a two year old.  Very complex and spicy with a cinnamon and herbal influence.  Not Scotch and not Bourbon, just a good solid […]

Tucson 2nd Annual Whisky Weekend

Tucson 2nd Annual Whisky Weekend

Hey all you Tucson Whisky Maniacs, the 2nd Annual Whisky Weekend is being held at the Hotel Congress on December 17-19th.  Click Here for Info. No I’m not sponsoring it and I’m not making any money off of it.  I’m just excited.  If you’re going leave a comment and I’ll look for you.  Maybe set […]

Whisky Review:  Macallan 12 Year Old Single Malt

Whisky Review: Macallan 12 Year Old Single Malt

Macallan 12 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky A good whisky but nothing to write home about. Fruity character with an underlying saltiness that reminds me of the ocean. A little too light and a bit forgettable. Overall Score: 14/25 Nose: 3/5 Palate: 3/5 Finish: 3/5 Experience: 5/10

Store Review: Total Wine & More, Tucson, AZ

Store Review: Total Wine & More, Tucson, AZ

A little slice of whisky heaven! I am a happy, happy man!  The liquor stores I have been frequenting in Tucson have a limited whisky selection and what they have is a bit overpriced.  The Beverage House on Broadway has maybe 25 Scotch single malt expressions and just a handful of Irish whiskies–just the common […]

Whisky Dreams: Highland Park's Vintage Selection

Whisky Dreams: Highland Park’s Vintage Selection

You probably won’t find this in the local grocery. Here is something for all of you exotic malt hunters to dream about.  Highland Park is releasing two vintage single malts, a 45 year old and a cask strength 40 year old.  They are expected to fetch 3,750 GBP and 2,250 GBP (sorry no special character […]

Whisky Review:  Glenmorangie 10 Year Single Malt

Whisky Review: Glenmorangie 10 Year Single Malt

Glenmorangie 10 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky One of my favorites. A great moderately priced Highland single malt whisky. Light fruity character with enough depth and complexity for just about anyone. Overall Score: 18/25 Nose: 4/5 Palate: 4/5 Finish: 3/5 Experience: 7/10

A Word About Scoring Whisky

A Word About Scoring Whisky

I spent considerable time on the question of how I should score whisky for my reviews.  Distillery blenders may spend as much as ten years learning the nuances of a whisky’s nose and palate before they are entrusted to work alone, so it is hardly reasonable to expect an amateur, however passionate, to describe and […]