Why You Can’t Trust Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible

Why You Can’t Trust Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible

Every year Jim Murray puts out a new edition of his “Whisky Bible”, and every year I end up having to explain to someone why Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible can’t be trusted.

Jim Murray is famous for two things: drinking whiskey, and writing about drinking whiskey. Every year he puts out a book talking about what whiskey he drank, and how he liked all of it. The first thing I need to state, and I want to be very clear, is that Murray is an expert on whiskey. He knows what he is talking about, and he certainly knows more about whiskey than I, or any of my readers do. So should you buy his book? Probably. Should you trust his list of the best whiskeys? Probably not. Continue reading “Why You Can’t Trust Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible” »

Everything You Need to Know about Moonshine

Everything You Need to Know about Moonshine

What is moonshine? I get asked this at just about every party I go to these days, because it’s what I have been putting in my flask.

So the good news is, if you don’t really know what moonshine is all about, you’re not alone, and for a good reason. Real moonshine ranges from the tolerable, to the terrible. When I say real moonshine, it’s because not all moonshine you will see for sale these days, would I consider worthy of being called ‘shine. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know about Moonshine” »

WhistlePig’s Boss Hog: The Greatest Rye Ever Made

WhistlePig’s Boss Hog: The Greatest Rye Ever Made

I was recently lucky enough to have been sent a bottle of Boss Hog from WhistlePig, and could not have better things to say about this Rye.

As I have written before, WhistlePig is a newer distillery based out of Vermont. Their current products include the WhistlePig 100/100 Rye (100% rye, 100 proof), and the Boss Hog. The Boss Hog is available in limited batches, is hand numbered with cask number and ABV. Continue reading “WhistlePig’s Boss Hog: The Greatest Rye Ever Made” »

The Deanston Virgin Oak Scotch Whisky

The Deanston Virgin Oak Scotch Whisky

This is one of the most interesting bottles of whiskey I have reviewed, for a number of reasons.

As an owner of a whisky blog, I sometimes get sent bottles from the marketing legs of a distillery. I was sent this bottle along with a beautiful hand-written card, and as a result I was inspired to try it immediately (twist my arm!) and write up my review. Only it didn’t exactly work out that way. I had my first dram, but after I had no idea what I wanted to say about it. I decided to give it a couple of days, and a couple more glasses to decide how I really felt about it, but then the holidays happened. Continue reading “The Deanston Virgin Oak Scotch Whisky” »

The Basics of Mixing a Classic Cocktail

The Basics of Mixing a Classic Cocktail

If you want to do a task well you need to understand what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how to accomplish your intended result.

While a world-class bartender/mixologist will spend years refining their craft, the basic theory for mixing cocktails is simple. Follow the rules until you understand their purpose and learn how to make all drinks to the classic recipe. Once you can do that you can begin to improvise and experiment. But when someone orders an Old Fashioned you should make them a classic Old Fashioned, not your personal version. Continue reading “The Basics of Mixing a Classic Cocktail” »