• A Beautiful Infographic Showing Where All Your Favorite Whiskeys Come From

    For the casual whiskey or bourbon drinker you might not care about where your brown stuff comes from, but as your palette advances you’d be surprised how flavors correspond with distillery locations. To keep profits high and distilleries running, most brands diversify, but things have gotten a little out of hand as of late. Only four major parent companies produce the majority of the whiskey and bourbon you drink, Brown-Forman, DIAGEO, Pernod and Suntory have a complete stronghold on the game. Take a look at this wonderful infographic and next time someone tells you they taste a distinct distilled difference between Knob Creek and Makers call them on BS.  

  • The Many Varieties Of Whiskey [Infographic]

    If you’re new to the brown stuff or even a seasoned veteran, trying to figure out what you’re looking at when you’re browsing the liquor stuff can be a daunting task. Gone are the days when you were limited to two or three Irish whiskeys, scotches, bourbons, and ryes. Don’t get us wrong, the immense variety is a great thing, but finding something to new to try can be a daunting task. Thankfully, this infographic from Pop Chart Lab makes the process much easier. Enjoy it below, learn a little something, and pick up a print for $29 from Pop Chart Lab.

  • Magnified Scotch Reveals Alien Worlds [20 Photos]

    Photographer Ernie Button was washing dishes when he noticed a film at the bottom of a scotch glass. Through experimentation, he realized that different patters were created when just a little bit of scotch sat at the bottom of the glass and the alcohol was left to dry. Ernie then used different colored lights to illuminate the patterns and when photographed close up, alien worlds were revealed. The photos became a series entitled “Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch.” You can see some of our favorites in the gallery, but you can check out the rest along with plenty of other great work at Ernie Button.

  • The World’s Best Whisky Is From Japan?

    Since 2003, English writer and journalist Jim Murray has shared his take on the world’s greatest whisky in his annual book on the subject Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. And each year whisky aficionados could count on a Scottish distillery to at least appear in the top five, if not in the number one slot. But this year, for the first time ever, there is no Scotch whisky in the top five. In fact, the number one spot didn’t go to an Irish or American whiskey, either. After sampling 4,700 whiskies, Murray gave top honors to Japan’s Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013. The Yamazaki received a 97.5 out of 100 for its “nose of exquisite boldness”—a sharp contrast to the boring Scottish whiskies which Murray feels have grown complacent and offer very little innovation. If you’re looking for a bottle of the Yamazaki, good luck. Only 18,000 were produced and it will cost you around $200. Or you can check out Murray’s other recommendations when the Whisky Bible 2015 comes out November 11. Pre-order your copy today from Amazon. I don’t know about you, but I think Old Crow has a real good chance this year…

  • The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail

    No better feeling then walking up to a crowded bar, lifting your hand, finger pointed to the sky grabbing the attention of the bartender, ordering an old fashioned, then getting the look of approval from everyone in the bar before they lift you up on to their shoulders in celebration for ordering the perfect drink. Oh that doesn’t happen at your local watering hole? The old fashioned is one if not the most iconic drink of the past century. It looks good, taste good and just sounds good saying it. “The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail” is a catalogue highlighting the beloved cocktail with a rich history briefing and over 50 classic and contemporary variations of it. It is a necessary addition to any true whiskey- or cocktail-lover’s bookshelf, and destined to become a classic on par with its namesake beverage. The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail $12

  • The Many Varieties of Whiskey (Infographic)

    Pop Chart Labs, the creators of some of our favorite visual data charts have FINALLY created a visualization of whiskey. The chart features different variations of grandpas ol’ cough syrup ranging from Kentucky Bourbon to Irish Single pot, the chart breaks down different distilleries and brands as well. “A spirited taxonomy of the ultimate amber elixir, this chart categorizes and distills all the major varieties of whiskey–from scotch to bourbon to single malt to moonshine.” The Many Varieties of Whiskey $29  

  • Whiskey Barrel-Aged Sriracha

    Anything aged in whiskey barrels is better. Fact. Anything with Sriracha added to it is better. Fact. So when Lisa Murphy founded Sosu Sauces, Kickstarter went crazy. Earning $20,000 in less than two days. Over $70,000 to date. Sosu takes their combined philosophy of using fresh, locally sourced ingredients with the age-old craft of fermentation. Aged with a secret pepper mash in whiskey barrels for between 1-3 months. The sriracha takes on complex flavors from the oak barrels and the natural fermentation process. Each bottle is handcrafted and made in small batches to ensure the most intense flavors. Sosu Barrel Aged Sriracha

  • Sir Jack’s Stag Horn Whiskey Flight Set

    Sir Jack, whoever you are, you’ve completely outdone yourself. This stag antler whiskey flight is genuine stag horn, handcrafted in scotland and includes 4 whiskey tapered tasting glasses. The ultimate gift for anyone with a man cave, or house or apartment or room or shelf or bottle of whiskey. It’s the perfect gift. SIR JACK’S Stag Horn Whiskey Flight $495

  • 5 Bourbon/Whiskeys To Pass Around on the 4th of July

    It’s tradition. Right? Every 4th of July everyone passes around a bottle of fine bourbon whiskey and trade stories of what they think it means to be American. Right? No? Well you very well should. We’ll help you along the way, pick up one (or five) of these bottles this Thursday and you won’t be disappointed. Each bottle has it’s own distinct nose and flavor for every type of drinker. We just ask that you do it responsibly, legally and away from  fireworks. 

  • Every Man Should Know The Wonderful World of Whiskey

    It’s been brought to my attention that a lot of guys out there aren’t aware of what whiskey (or as I like to call it, “writer’s blood”) actually is. This entry will serve to educate those men out there who, for some reason, just can’t put down that warm can of Coors Light. It’s time to man up and class up.

  • Jack Daniel’s Whiskey On Water Glass

    This glass proves that whiskey does stand on water! First, fill the bottom bowl to the neck with water. Then, fill as much whiskey as you prefer in the top bowl. The two liquids do not mix until the glass is tilted far enough to allow the water to flow from the bottom bowl to the top! This whiskey on water glass is the perfect single glass for serving a shot with chaser all in one. The bottom compartment holds 2 ounces of water while the top holds 1 ounce of whiskey. Buy it now: $12.90

  • Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary Whiskey

    Japanese alcohol manufacturer, Suntory Group, has released a special whiskey to celebrate Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary. Containing a blend of six different whiskeys, the bottle’s contents contains malts from major years in The Stones’ history.  A 1962 Yamazaki, a 1971 Yamazaki, a 1972 Yamazaki malt. Other whiskeys to be included in the blend are the Hakushu malt and Chita grain ones from 1990, when the Stones made their first trip to Japan. Only 150 bottles each containing 700 milliliters will be offered. $6,300

  • Whiskey Advent Calendar

    Drinking and Christmas go back about 2012 years. Nothing like coming home from work, for the first 24 days of December to a delicious surprise of Scotch Whiskey. Each bottle is a different type of whiskey including a 50-year old single malt (that’s going to be a good night). Is it wrong if I get one for the morning and one for the evening? Gotta love the holiday season.

  • The Powerful Paradox of Peat

    Last night, I had the enjoyment of tasting a flight of Ardbeg single malt scotch whiskeys. It was the full range of whiskeys that are available to the public in the United States right now. This great tasting experience got me thinking about the consumer and their understanding of peat. Many of us at one time or another have tried a Scotch that was very smokey. This smokey effect is the cause of dried and compacted vegetation known as peat. Peat is the precursor to coal; due to very hard limestone bedrock in Ireland and Scotland compacted vegetation is unable to make its transformation into coal. From its earliest beginnings peat was cut from bogs and the logs were dried and used in homes as a fire source instead of coal. As a heating source peat has the wonderful effect of burning for a long time with only the residual effect of a pungent aromatic smoke that clings on to everything in its immediate vicinity. This method of heating was commonplace until the expansion of gas and coal in the main land of Scotland and urban areas in Ireland. For islands like Islay (pronounced eye-la) peat was the only heating source available. more »

  • Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer

    A chorus of cheers rings out the minute you pull up. Tailgating will never be the same now that your Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer is on the scene. Designed by interior designer Brad Ford, it’s impressive on the outside, but what’s on the inside truly astounds: sleek leather furnishings and details from Moore & Giles, rich wood finishings (handcrafted from reclaimed Bulleit Bourbon casks), elegant glassware, and a top-notch entertainment system, including a flat-screen TV, Blu-ray Disc™ player, and a state-of-the-art sound system, plus a one-year supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye. You park, open the hatch, and slide out the bar—cocktails anyone?

  • Rye 2.0 with High West Whiskey’s Campfire

    Rye is an incredibly interesting product. For a very long time, Rye was associated more with America than Bourbon. It’s easier to grow than corn, which meant that most of the first distilleries in the United States made Rye Whiskey. Around the 1960s, industrial Bourbon manufacturers and corn growers conspired to overthrow Rye’s legacy and supremacy by making Bourbon America’s spirit by law. The act of making Bourbon an American native spirit increased economic growth for both the Bourbon distillers and corn growers, cutting out Rye and Rye Whiskey distilleries.

  • Steel Ice Cubes

    Perfect for the scotch drinker who likes his drink straight up, but chilled. These cubes keep the drink full bodied without the ice cubes diluting the beverage with water. Only certain scotch is made to be chilled, so this is an ideal solution for the gentlemans drink. The 1-inch cubes are filled with a non-toxic gel that freezes and keeps your beverages chilled much like a regular ice cube. Comes in pack of 4.  John Conner beware, it could be a trap. $24.95 Steel Ice cubes


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