Whiskey Lore Journal

Kaiyo Mizunara Oak Japanese Whisky

Review: Kaiyo Whisky - Japanese Mizunara Oak

Think you know Japanese whisky? Think again.

Pendleton 1910 Canadian Rye 12 Years Old

Review: Pendleton 1910 Canadian Rye 12 Years Old

A well-aged 100% Canadian Rye bottled in Oregon.

Auchentoshan American Oak Lowland Scotch

Review: Auchentoshan American Oak Lowland Scotch

A great starter scotch for bourbon drinkers.

Johnny Drum Private Stock Kentucky Bourbon

Review: Johnny Drum Private Stock Kentucky Bourbon

Just the replacement for your hazelnut coffee creamer.

Planting my flag as a Friend of Laphroaig

A List of Distillery Loyalty Clubs For Discounts and Perks

One of our members in the Whiskey Lore Whisky Community (Facebook Group) posted a link to a distillery's membership club. This sparked an idea. How about a list of all of the best distillery loyalty clubs and ambassador programs.

Whisky Comparison: The Balvenie 12 Doublewood v Aberlour 12 Double Cask

Whisky Comparison: The Balvenie 12 Doublewood v Aberlour 12 Double Cask

Two distilleries located in the Speyside region of Scotland, but not claiming it for some reason. Both feature nice fruit, but in different ways.

Macallan Bottle

What Makes a Whisky Cost $50,000 or More?

Recently a Macallan whisky was announced to hold a $58,000 per bottle price tag.

There are a lot of reasons a 67 year old whisky will cost an incredible amount.

The first is the rarity of it. It is actually very difficult to have a whisky live for 67 years in a cask. In Scotland, 1 to 2 percent of the whisky in a barrel evaporates per year. A ten year old cask will likely yield around 200 bottles of whisky. By the time a cask gets over 50 years, you’ve basically got maybe 10–15% of the barrel with liquid still in it. By 67 years, you’re likely getting just a few bottles of whisky out of a barrel. So, part of the cost is to make up for all of the loss through evaporation.

Whisk(e)y Comparison: Glen Scotia 15 v Teeling Single Grain

Whisk(e)y Comparison: Glen Scotia 15 v Teeling Single Grain

This is an interesting match up between a Campbeltown single malt whiskey aged 15 years and a corn whiskey from Ireland Teeling Single Grain.

Whiskey Comparison: High Proof Bourbon including Elijah Craig B520 and C290

Whiskey Comparison: High Proof Bourbon including Elijah Craig B520 and C290

Time to do some high proof tasting. Thanks to my Instagram buddy Todd Ritter (a great fan of the show) I had the opportunity to blind taste 5 different bourbons. All were great, one blew me away.

Texas Whisk(e)y Comparison: Ironroot Harbinger 115 vs Balcones Blue Corn

Texas Whisk(e)y Comparison: Ironroot Harbinger 115 vs Balcones Blue Corn

The tale of two Texas whiskey's. No, these aren't a perfect match - Balcones is 46% ABV and Ironroot Harbinger 115 is 57.5% ABV but both are corn forward whiskeys created in pot stills (one a Kentucky pot still, the other from Speyside Scotland). But my main objective was to give you an idea of the diversity of spirits coming out of the Lone Star State.

Whisk(e)y Comparison: Dalmore 12 v Beam Suntory Legent

Whisk(e)y Comparison: Dalmore 12 v Beam Suntory Legent

For having said I wanted to avoid putting a bourbon vs a scotch, it seems that Beam Suntory teased me into trying it out - since they were so willing to collaborate between Japan and Kentucky. And Dalmore 12 seemed like an interesting scotch to pair it up with.

Blind Tasting Comparison: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel v Sinatra v Master Distiller Series

Blind Tasting Comparison: Jack Daniel's Single Barrel v Sinatra v Master Distiller Series

Okay, trying something that I said I am not a big fan of - blind tastings, because I think branding is part of the overall enjoyment of a whiskey experience.