Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye

Thanks to my buddy Rob who poured this (and the original Basil Hayden) as part of a recent whisky tasting we had (we all socially distanced and stayed outside and were all fully vaccinated). Experimentation is a good thing. I can frankly say that as someone who lives in Canada, where you can experiment and […]

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Johnnie Walker 18

Thanks to my buddy for pouring this as part of a Johnnie Walker vertical at a recent whisky tasting (we all socially distanced and stayed outside and were all fully vaccinated). Average person asks you about whisky. In their head they barely know that Irish Whiskey and Bourbon and Canadian Whisky and Rye (both of […]

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Three Dusty Scotch Blends

Thanks to scotchguy_TO  and dramfine  for these samples. Those closest to me will tell you I’m constantly annoyed by nostalgia. Viewing the past with rose coloured glasses has hurt countless generations. It leads people to love the past without noting the injustices done and the inequalities there. I never would want to go back to any of it. Enter […]

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Dewar’s 32

Thanks to /u/devoz for sharing this with me. Forbes magazine likes to pump out a whisky article at least once a year that makes me question the entire state of journalism. Yes, there are journalists covering more important aspects and doing it correctly (and sometimes doing it very poorly) that should evoke more reaction but I’m some […]

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Johnnie Walker 10 Triple Grain American Oak / Johnnie Walker 10 Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish

Thanks to twiddleDD for these samples. I don’t avoid blends, I merely weep for their current state. I’ve said it before that grain whisky takes a long time to be flavourful. So when you then take said grain whisky and then mix it with a blend that has an age statement denoting that the required amount of […]

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Orphan Barrel Entrapment

Thanks to /u/EvilAFI for the sample. The Orphan Barrel series is an interesting idea: Simply put there’s older casks of whisk(e)y that are released. And the vast majority have been bourbons. Older than normal. Not too expensive, but kinda expensive. Barterhouse was the first one, and between the cool fox on the bottle and the actual tasting […]

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