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Michael Kravitz
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Willett Week One: 11 year old bourbon, barrel 268
And here's the last of the three Willett Family Estate Single Barrel bourbons that we tried last weekend. The first bourbon ( a 7yo for TPS ) was fine, short on character but otherwise decent. The second ( an 11yo for Wine & Cheese Place ) was almost great....

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Willett Week One: 11 year old bourbon, barrel 2364 for Wine and Cheese Place
Since I spent two paragraphs musing on the secondary market prices of the Willett Family Estate single barrel bourbons on Monday , I shan't waste any words on it today. Instead, here are my notes on the second of the three WFE bourbons that my wife and I sa...

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Willett Week One: 7 year old bourbon, barrel 255 for The Party Source
There comes a time when we heed a certain call, When the blogger must review Two weeks worth of Willetts. This week, I'll report on three Family Estate Single Barrel bourbons. Next week, it'll be the ryes. Though I may not like secondary market prices on bo...

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Royal Brackla 14 year old 1998 Gordon & MacPhail for Binny's
Two years ago, Bacardi released three age-stated (12, 16 and 21yo) official Royal Bracklas, which is good. They bottled them all at the legal minimum 40%abv, which is bad. Seriously, why would they do that, when they released the age-stated Aultmore series ...

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Strathmill 23 year old 1989 Blackadder Raw Cask
Where my Strathmill fans at?! I've tried a grand total of two Strathmills, both of which were part of Signatory's budget "Vintage" range, but neither of which were any good. Yet, this site has a complete absence of Strathmill. So here's a review of the firs...

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Cocktail Recipe: Ginza in June
I've never liked whisky cocktails. No cocktail improved the drinking experience that the whisky itself offered. Sweet vermouth was one of the main culprits. Just two drops of sweet vermouth in a cocktail ruined everything. Its cloying nauseating flavor spre...

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Killing Whisky History, Episode 7 - Bell's Extra Special and Bell's Extra Special
Considering how emphatically my iPhone, iCloud and iMovie all shit the bed this week, I am surprised to have a Killing Whisky History episode up today. But here it is, a less-than-seven minute (woohoo!) chapter on a pair of Bell'ses: one bottled between 198...

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Japanese Whisky? Nikka Whisky from the Barrel
As a father of a new baby, I have two choices for doing multiple reviews each week. Either I do a number of tastings in one sitting. Or I forfeit sleep at night. Regarding the former, to quote one of Mathilda's favorite expressions, "That's a bad idea." So ...

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Japanese Whisky? Nikka Pure Malt White
On Monday I pondered the definition of Japanese whisky. On Tuesday, I reviewed a whisky blended in Japan, by a Japanese producer, which may have had Scottish-distilled malt in it. The whisky was Nikka Pure Malt Black , and nowhere on its labels was the phra...

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Japanese Whisky? Nikka Pure Malt Black
On Monday I wrote about the knotty state of Japanese whisky. Today I'm reviewing the first of three Nikka whiskies which may or may not contribute to that industry's mishmash. That Nikka uses Ben Nevis's malt whisky in their Japanese-produced whiskies is no...
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