Advent: Day 17 - Nikka From The Barrel

Advent: Day 17 – Nikka From The Barrel

Continuing the international theme, today’s whisky comes from Japan – a country that knows a thing or two about whisky, with Suntory’s Yamazaki Single Malt Shery Cask 2013 grabbing the World’s Best Whisky crown. Nikka From The Barrel is from the other big distiller in Japan, Nikka. The name suggests that it’s a straight cask [read more]

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Advent: Day 16 - Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve

Advent: Day 16 – Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve

It’s a source of constant irritation that so many alcohol-oriented websites insist on a (often annoying user-unfriendly) age verification check before allowing to read about their products. There’s no legal requirement for this that I can see, and of course there is nothing to stop you lying. I would love to get into their data [read more]

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Coffee: Revolver World Ethiopia

Coffee: Revolver World Ethiopia

A little late this week, and back to Africa for some Yirgacheffe from a coffee co-operative called Revolver World. At this stage, I’d like to talk a little more about the co-operative but at the time of writing, their website has been down for some weeks so I don’t have much more information than their [read more]

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Advent: Day 15 - Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey

Advent: Day 15 – Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey

For some reason, I’ve always had it in mind that bourbon had to be made in Kentucky to be called bourbon rather than whiskey but it turns out that’s nonsense. As long as it fits the technical definition – made from at least 51% corn, aged in new barrels and bottled at no less than [read more]

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Advent: Day 14 - Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill

Advent: Day 14 – Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill

Scotch whisky is, generally, aged in used bourbon casks. There are several reasons for this, but the biggest one is that bourbon is only bourbon if matured in fresh, unused barrels and this (obviously) generates a huge quantity of used wood in need of a good home. Barrels can be used over and over, and [read more]

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Advent: Day 13 - Paul John Edited

Advent: Day 13 – Paul John Edited

India has a long history of loving whisky, but it’s only in the last decade or so that they’ve started producing single malts of their own. Until now, I’ve never had the chance to try an Indian whisky, which makes today’s advent dram all the more exciting. Paul John Edited is a 46% ABV whisky [read more]

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