Ardbeg Day

This Saturday, 5th June 2021 is Ardbeg Day. There is still time to join The Committee and take part in this annual celebration. For those who don’t know, Ardbeg Day is the last Saturday of Fèis Ìle – The Islay Festival of Malt and Music – and celebrates all things Ardbeg. While this year willContinue reading “Ardbeg Day”

Nicole Austin

Known as a groundbreaker and badass Master Distiller, Nicole Austin has co-founded two craft distilling trade organizations and is making strides by helping put Tennessee whiskey back on the bourbon map.  Having gained her degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College in 2006, her initial goal was to become the next Erin Brockovich – savingContinue reading “Nicole Austin”

Schioppettino

Schioppettino is a red grape varietal native to Italy. Not only is it fun to say, it’s fun to drink!! I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to this fantastic grape, and the wine it created reminded me of a cross between Pinot Noir and Syrah. It has the light and playful fruitiness ofContinue reading “Schioppettino”

Glenmorangie X

Glenmorangie has just released a new single malt specially crafted to be used for mixing! This newest whisky is a combination of malts aged in ex-bourbon and newly charred oak casks, which highlight the signature sweet and fruit forward style of the brand. Why make a single malt specifically for mixing? Dr. Bill Lumsden saidContinue reading “Glenmorangie X”

Cinsault

Cinsault is a red grape varietal noted for its heat tolerance and drought resistance. Originating somewhere in the Mediterranean region, it is grown in many countries, and while it can be used on its own, Cinsault is primarily used for blending and making large volumes of wine, due to its early ripening and high yields.Continue reading “Cinsault”

Julieann Fernandez – From Criminal Science to Whisky Blender

At just 29 years old, Julieann Fernandez is the Master Blender for the Distell Group, which includes Bunnahabhain, Deanston, and Tobermory distilleries. Always interested in science, she went to university with an eye towards becoming a forensic scientist, but when doing her placement between her 3rd and 4th year, she was drawn to a labContinue reading “Julieann Fernandez – From Criminal Science to Whisky Blender”

Central Otago, New Zealand

On par with Burgundy in terms of quality Pinot Noir production, Central Otago is a gem of a wine producing region, located at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island. Vineyards are nestled in a number of different valleys situated on the foothills of the Southern NZ Alps and are divided into 6 sub-regions: CromwellContinue reading “Central Otago, New Zealand”

US Suspends Scotch Whisky Tariffs

You’ve probably heard that the US has suspended tariffs on UK goods, including those imposed on Single Malt Whisky. In a tariff battle that has raged for years, and was sparked by the aviation industry, consumers were particularly dismayed when our beloved whisky was one of the categories caught up in the fracas. Not onlyContinue reading “US Suspends Scotch Whisky Tariffs”

5 Irish Whiskeys for St. Paddy’s Day

With Saint Patrick’s Day fast approaching, you may be on the hunt for some excellent Irish whiskeys to appropriately celebrate the day! Look no further! I’ve compiled a list of 5 delicious Irish Whiskeys ranging all price points and styles. Try one or try them all – you’ll be glad you did! Slane  A blendedContinue reading “5 Irish Whiskeys for St. Paddy’s Day”

Maggie Kimberl – President of Bourbon Women

Bourbon Women is celebrating their 10 year anniversary and just named a new President, Maggie Kimberl. Founded by Peggie Noe Stevens, the association was created to support and empower women in the whiskey industry and female whiskey consumers.  Kimberl founded bourbonveach.com, a whiskey history and news site, and has also been a contributor and/or editorContinue reading “Maggie Kimberl – President of Bourbon Women”