Close-Up on the Crown Royal Controversy: Should Crown Royal Northern Harvest Really be ‘Whisky of the Year’?
Dec23

Close-Up on the Crown Royal Controversy: Should Crown Royal Northern Harvest Really be ‘Whisky of the Year’?

The whiskey world erupted earlier this year when Jim Murray named Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye his 2016 World Whisky of the Year. The resulting uproar created waves of controversy as people reacted to the news, reacted to the reactions, and continued on from there. So what’s the real story here, and should Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye actually be the Whisky of the Year? Two important points should be made right away...

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Talking Port-au-Prince’s Rhum Barbancourt, Water Sources for Spirits, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Sauces & Ultra-Premium Booze
Dec22

Talking Port-au-Prince’s Rhum Barbancourt, Water Sources for Spirits, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Sauces & Ultra-Premium Booze

Recently I showcased a Cognac trifecta, three stories deep-diving into all things Cognac. Elsewhere, there’s been plenty of other things to talk about. Here’s a round-up of some of my other recent musings in the wide world of good drinks. The Rebuilding & Importance of Haiti’s Rhum Barbancourt Closing in on six years since Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake, this story takes a look at...

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Exploring the State of Private Barrel Programs in the U.S.
Mar30

Exploring the State of Private Barrel Programs in the U.S.

In the most recent issue of Whisky Advocate, I penned a piece in their Distillations section, “State of Private Barrel Programs in the U.S.” The story looks at the perspective of some of the largest distillers in the country, as well as smaller, on-the-rise craft producers, and even bar owners, to see what’s happening with private barrels and bottlings right now. What is a private barrel? Many distillers offer barrel...

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A Washington, D.C. Whiskey Whirlwind Tour: 48 Hours in D.C.
Nov21

A Washington, D.C. Whiskey Whirlwind Tour: 48 Hours in D.C.

Ready for a whirlwind, whiskey-fueled tour of Washington, D.C.? Then you’ll have to check out 48 Hours in Washington, D.C. in the latest issue of Whisky Advocate. The 48 Hours series is a regular feature in their Distillations section, and the guide is designed for an out of towner coming to the area, specifically with whiskey on his or her mind. Where must you go, what must you drink? What are the best whiskey bars in D.C.?...

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