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I was recently summoned to Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco’s Tenderloin to celebrate the debut of a very special Scotch whisky, Highland Park 1968. This 40 year-old single malt is the first in their Orcadian Limited Edition Series. To be released over the next 5 years, each bottling will consist of just 8 casks each, hand selected by Max MacFarlane–that’s just 1550 bottles world-wide.
Retailing at $3,999, Highland Park 1968 comes nicely appointed in … Read more
This prohibition era cocktail was named after the 1922 film Blood and Sand, the story of a young boy who becomes a famous bull fighter staring Rudolph Valentino.
It seems like an odd mixture, but it works. What you get is a well balanced drink with a hint of fruitiness and some kick.
Top bartender Dale DeGroff tells the the story of how he thought it would be “godawful” until he tried it. So good, … Read more
New from the Glenlivet, comes a unique single malt created from a single-source grain Triumph Barley. Distilled non-chilled filtered and then aged 18 years in Speyside, this is the Glenlivet’s first ever single-varietal scotch.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Triumph 1991 single malt has a light golden hue. Its nose is extremely smooth with a slight fruitiness and tones of butterscotch.
Aged 18 years, the Glenlivet Nàdurra Triumph 1991 is like velvet on the tongue. It has … Read more
We were recently asked to taste two amazing whiskies head to head, Johnnie Walker Blue Label vs. Chivas Regal 18.
Chivas Regal 18
Chivas Regal 18 includes over 20 of Scotland’s rarest single malt whiskies
Quite strong on the nose with a slight oakyness.
The color is a rich dark amber.
On the tongue Chivas 18 is smooth, fruity and warm with caramel accents. Every sip is smooth, velvety and wonderful.… Read more
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Normally, when I pick a scotch, it’s single malt all the way. But Black Bull 12 year blended scotch was a Whiskyfest find that I wouldn’t mind finding wrapped up for me under the tree this year!
Bottled by Duncan Taylor, which has a great stable of whiskies, this scotch is very mellow. The light vanilla and sherry nose gives way to a slightly peaty honeyed scotch that goes down smooth.
So if you have … Read more
Looking for a Father’s Day gift that is both thoughtful and quick?
These picks are unique liquors that stand out among other spirits of the same type. What better way to show Dad that you think he’s one of a kind.
I’ve included multiple price ranges, but these were chosen for their taste and not their price tag.
Here are a few liquor picks for the discerning Dad on your gift-shopping list:… Read more