Whiskies of the World Expo – San Jose – 2014 Wrap-up

A wrap-up of my experiences at Whiskies of the World Expo – San Jose – 2014

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Pricing Me Out Of the Market

…He also notes “I’d rather pay a little more for better quality, wouldn’t you?” which ordinarily I’d agree with. A large percentage of the opinions I post here on this blog are related to the value of whisky – finding better quality for a reasonable price. I’d far rather pay $45 for…

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Great King Street: Experimental Batches

Compass Box is doing something very cool. After the incredible success (due in no small part to its very high quality) of Great King Street: Artist’s Blend, the company is expanding its blended scotch selection under the Great King Street label.

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The Consistency Illusion

Is consistency just another whisky marketing ploy that turns out to be so much hogwash in the face of profits? Is the disappearance of available stock due to demand surge causing this severe a quality downslope, despite corresponding price increases? Is the quality degradation intentional, and being managed slowly over time in an attempt to keep consumers from noticing the “watering down” of their “consistent” products?

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Top 10 Whisky Gifts for 2013

Whisky enthusiasts are easy to buy for. Most of us are happy to try a new and unfamiliar scotch, and will be enthused to drain the bottle even if it doesn’t become a new favorite. Here are my top 10 suggestions for giving whisky gifts in 2013.

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Reader Questions

This unscheduled post is a response to reader Eric’s comments and questions on this week’s post, Older is Not Always Better.

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Older is Not Always Better

I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that the statement “Older is not always better” has proven true in my own experience. Sorry. The good news is that you can take it with a grain of salt

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Don’t Go Too Far

Thoughts on whisky fanaticism and what “too far” looks like, and how to find your way back.

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Guest Post: Say Goodbye to Impulse Buys

A guest post from Evan Shea at FindTheBest.com. FindTheBest is the data-driven comparison platform that simplifies the complex decision process for scotch lovers and noobs alike. The scotch comparison tool easily and effectively enables you to find and compare 134 different scotches to find the top few that fit your individual likes and preferences.

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Distillery Visit: Lost Spirits

My visit to Lost Spirits distillery in Salinas, CA, and my first taste of their unusual peated American single malt whiskey.

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