Whisky (hwis-kee) Noun: A liquor distilled from a fermented mash of grain (barley, rye, or corn) containing at least 40% ethyl alcohol. Also: Whiskey, Rye, Scotch, Bourbon. From: Uisge Beatha, Aqua Vitae, Eau de Vie.
Last May, it was Chardonnay! Wait... what?
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Balvenie 12yo Doublewood Single Malt Scotch
Each of the above colors will take you to a different set of reviews. One (Balvenie) takes you to all the Balvenies (including the 12yo) The second second link takes you directly to the 12yo review. The type of whisky, Single Malt, will take you to a list of Single's and Scotland will take you to every whisky from that country.
There are dozens of excellent web sites out there that extol the virtues of fantastic whisky. Fantastic in taste, fantastic in character and sadly, often fantastic in price. I have no lack of respect for the whisky aficionados who can dedicate the time, energy and money to tasting all the whiskies that I can't afford, and I salute them with glass held high. That salute will just have to employ a dram of practical whisky.
Practical Whisky, this site, contains my reviews of whiskies that I've sampled, from Scotches , Irishes and Canadians to Single Malts, Bourbons and Blends and how “practical” I think they are. I make recommendations like those found in the Random Dram widget to the left, check the lower review for whiskies that score well in both the taste and cost departments. There will also be news and updates on the goings on in the practical whisky market as I become aware of them. Look for new whiskies every Monday plus whatever else I can squeeze in on Fridays. Be sure and come back and see what's new.
I hope the site is entertaining and useful, or at least one of the two.
-- Brian --
|» American Small Batch-Off! #1: Koval 4GSB||30-MAR-2015|
|In my search for new samplers I've encountered two triplets of lovely small batch joy. The first, Koval... er KOVAL, is a Chicagoan, craft distilled rarity. All small batch. All single barrel. This is the type of joy that will show the world that fine American whiskey is more than just bourbons.|
|» Friday Liqueur 3. YAFFKO||27-MAR-2015|
|YAFFKO! Yet another FU#%$NG Fireball knock off. Oh Jim, not you too. Let Jack and his crap fireball knockoff to crowd the shelf with the hundred other piles of whisky crap mixed with artificial cinnamon flavor. Remember who you are and have some damn class.|
|» Presenting my first French Whisky||23-MAR-2015|
|Brenne joins a growing cast of small batch whisky companies challenging the established big boys, both in terms of location and style. My only knowledge of French Whisky in the past has been a general critical yawn or scoff, but given the opportunity to add a flag to my review list while maybe adding to the movement is not to be missed.|
|» Friday Liqueur 2. Ug.||18-MAR-2015|
|Crown Royal has no draw for me. Apple liqueur has no draw for me. This is a pile of no-thanks... and yet here it sits.|
|» Darling Nikka||16-MAR-2015|
|The titular coffey is a coffey style still, as opposed to a column or pot still. And the grain is a single grain. So now all on board with the name, lets dive in.|
|» Its the return of the Friday Liqueur! Woo.||13-MAR-2015|
|It has been 5 solid years since I reviewed a Baileys product, and I don't know that it has been long enough. FYI: they have since ditched the ”hint of” in the naming.|
|» Is two enough gingers?||09-MAR-2015|
|What do I know of dos pelirrojos? Nada. Its Irish and actually made in the midwest somewhere. The rest smacks a bit of gimmicky salesmanship, but I remain optimistic.|
|» Cairdeas 2, Electric Port Wood||02-MAR-2015|
|Actually, according to the back this is double finished in bourbon and port. Its still lacking an age statement or a release year, but its a Laph, so I have both high hopes and expectations. No idea what order these came out in.|
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Member of the Ardbeg Committee
One of the finest Islays, and the 10YO is legendary.
Ambassador of Maker's Mark
Don't be put off by the hype as I was. MM is a fine bourbon and a perfectly Practical Whisky.
Companion of Aberlour
Speysiders that will warm your heart without draining your wallet.
Balvenie Club Member
One of my first, and I've yet to find a Balvenie I haven't liked.
Compass Box Hedonists Society
Master mixers and Lords of variety. Expand your horizons here.
Striding Man Society
If all you know is the Red Label, you don't know Johnnie.
Glenmorangie Kindred Spirits
They once made the perfect 10YO, I still love them despite changing her.
Member of the Springbank Society
My first true Scotch and the bar by which all others have been measured.
Jim Beam Brotherhood of Bourbon
Beam Black is nearly the definition of Practical Whisky in Bourbon.
Glenfarclas Friend of the Family
Glenfarclas is a wonder and impossible to find locally outside the 10 and 12. Luckily a buddy loves the 21 and so I get a taste reminder once in a while.
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- Isn't this text TINY! Man, you could get a migrane reading this.