Authentic Auchentoshan Part III: 21 Year Bourbon Cask (Berry Bros & Rudd)

Today we wrap up our short, three-whisky exploration in search of Auchentoshan in it’s authentic form, a concept that I’ve laid out fairly extensively in Part I, which looked at a teenage Auchentoshan bottled by Cadenhead, and Part II, featuring a 21 year old Auchentoshan recently bottled by Signatory for The Whisky Barrel shop in …

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Authentic Auchentoshan Part II: 1997 Refill Sherry Cask (Signatory)

As a man on a mission to make memorable malty moments marauding through the malt whiskyverse, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the last several years is that there are so many whiskies out there, so never settle for less. Watered down. Chill filtered, artificially colored. Why bother with them any more? …

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Authentic Auchentoshan Part I: 15 Year Refill Bourbon (Cadenhead)

From my perspective, the single malt popularity boom of the last several years has been nothing short of a crusade of sorts, which still drags on today. Prior to the modern whisky boom coupled with the 21st century phenomena we call social media, there was no widespread nuisance known as the whisky enthusiast community. Distilleries …

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A Day In Paradise: Picking the Next IWC Exclusive Cask

Another chilly, overcast March day in central Iowa. Typically on Saturday morning, I’m at the gym by 9 AM with my wife and kids. We’re home by 11 for lunch and we then enjoy a restful extended day of each other’s company – a rarity over the course of the five preceding work days. Today …

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Single Malt Society: Surveying Sauternes Maturation

Later this month, 13 Iowans with a passion for whisky will converge upon Ames, Iowa for the inaugural Iowa Whiskey Chasers Single Malt Society event. This event will be centered upon exploring the effects of Sauternes cask maturation on single malt whiskies. We’ll first look into what Sauternes is, how and where it’s made, it’s …

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Score One for Progress

What is “Progress” in the whisky industry? Progress can look like many things depending on one’s perspectives, values, and goals. What does progress look like within the scotch whisky industry? From within the industry, as within any other, folks will likely tell you progress is measured by profits. For good reason – without profit, there …

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Henry McKenna 10 Year: World’s Best Whiskey?

Unless you stay completely out of the whiskey news loop, and if you’re reading this article, then that is very likely not you, then you very well know that Heaven Hill’s Henry McKenna 10 Year bourbon was crowned “World’s Best Whiskey” at the recent San Francisco Spirits Competition. Read that correctly: not “best bourbon”, not …

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Who are the Iowa Whiskey Chasers?

The Iowa Whiskey Chasers is a first-of-its-kind in the state of Iowa Facebook-based whiskey group co-founded in 2017 by Gene Arnold, Matt Fagerlind, Mark Fisher, Matt Fisher, Beth Middleton, and myself (Andrew Owen). The original intent was simply to provide a place specifically for Iowan whiskey enthusiasts to congregate apart from larger national or global …

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