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Thoughts on Whisky, its history, its drinkers, its ephemera, its books, and its events...and some other stuff.
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    For those that have heard horrible things about perpetually rainy San Francisco Winters, don’t believe any of it.  Yes, it rains, and on one or two occasions it rains hard.  And, yes, it’s cold, a deep bone-chilling cold special to San Francisco because we’re too stupid to insulate our buildings, knowing full well temperatures hover […]

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    *Thank you to the good folks at Gemini Spirits & Wine for the sample! Tyrconnell, or Tír Chonaill if you’d like, was one of the last sovereign Gaelic States in Ireland, existing from mid 400 AD to 1607 and covering what is now County Donegal and parts of Sligo, Leitrim, Tyrone, Fermanagh, and Derry. The Last […]

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    *Thank you to the good folks at Gemini Spirits & Wine for the sample! I can’t hear “Connemara” and not think back 11 years ago to a family trip through Ireland and a fateful, death-defying horse-drawn trip through the Gap of Dunloe. Ok, fateful and death-defying might be pitching it a bit strong, maybe cramped and […]

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    From the few pictures I’ve seen, Suntory’s Hakushu distillery lies in a particularly beautiful setting. Seen from afar, its twin pagoda roofs, connected near the top by a covered walkway, nestled in a deep forest surrounded by mountains…it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic, if not idealized, setting for Japanese whisky making. It came as […]

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    *Many thanks to the Baddish Group for the sample. As one lands on St. Patrick’s day and nears the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, one relishes the chance to guzzle sip some Irish whiskey and delve into a little more Irish history. As St. Patrick’s Day has become something of a bloated, grotesque, commercialized … Continue reading Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Review

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    *A sincere thanks to JH, JJY, and SK at Single Cask Nation for the sample. Today, April 24th, marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland. Up to that point, the Rising was the largest act of rebellion against British rule in over 100 years, and is typically viewed as the event that … Continue reading Single Cask Nation 2002 Cooley Single Malt 13 Year Old – Review

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    *Sincere thanks to Common Ground PR and Luxco for the sample According to the Irish food and drinks organization, Bord Bia, Irish Whiskey exports increased by 8% in 2016. Exports are projected to double by 2020, which, seeing as 2020 will be another presidential election year here in the embarrassing old U.S. of A., and we’ll … Continue reading The Quiet Man 8 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Review

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    Sincere thanks to SE and Nova Marketing for the sample. When one hears of an old brand being “revived,” it’s usually accompanied by a sharp wince and weary sigh of “haven’t we heard enough of this kind of thing?” All too often, a brand’s ancient history is inflated, conflated and romanticized, its current revivers claiming … Continue reading Egan’s 10 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey – Review

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    *Sincere thanks to Tyrconnell and Savona Communications for the sample. Along with being a well-known resort, a popular stop for transatlantic cruise ships, and the birthplace of the inimitable Ana da Silva of the Raincoats among other things, the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is the only place that can legally (according to the EU) produce Madeira, it's namesake … Continue reading Tyrconnell 15 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Irish Single Malt Whiskey – Review

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