Two distilleries located in the Speyside region of Scotland, but not claiming it for some reason. Both feature nice fruit, but in different ways.
This is an interesting match up between a Campbeltown single malt whiskey aged 15 years and a corn whiskey from Ireland Teeling Single Grain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's time to take a historic brand and put it up against what sounds like a historic brand. Two Tennessee Whiskeys with similar characteristics but much different flavor profiles.
In a bonus episode, I open my "Big In Japan" Flaviar tasting box. Japanese whisky is still a bit of a mystery to me and this box actually gave me a chance to double up on my palate experience. Tasting boxes provide a chance to dip your toe in the water and see which whiskies you might be interested in investing in.
Driving through the hills of East Tennessee, a variety of craft distilleries reveal themselves. What is surprising is how many of them are choosing bourbon over Tennessee whiskey. But maybe it's not so surprising.
The tale of two historic brands of whisk(e)y. Both have been languishing near or on the bottom shelf for quite some time, but are they bottom-shelf quality? And what are the stories behind these two bourbons? One made its mark in a moment of pop culture promotion and the other came from a Beam, went to Brown-Forman, and now has people a little nervous about its availability due to a move to Sazerac.
I am slowly learning more and more about Japanese whisky. In this episode I taste two big sellers. One is a blend and the other a corn whisky. And yes, I fought the urge to say "It's Suntory time!"
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