Health Benefits of Drinking Whiskey

  Whiskey is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world, thanks to its distinct flavors and the fact that it’s the least likely to give you a hangover. Add to that the fact that whiskey also holds several medicinal properties, and you’ve got yourself an obvious success story. Please remember that whiskey is alcoholic, so drink it responsibly and as always – in moderation.   A Brief History The first confirmed accounts of whisky distillation are from the early 15th century, when the Irish and Scottish distilled it, calling it “Aqua…

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Syndicate 58/6 Scotch Whisky – Exclusivity Reserved for the Most Discerning Palate

On a cold evening in November as the gray of winter was setting over New Jersey, I decided to venture out to my man cave and nuzzle next to the fireplace with a premium cigar and high-quality Scotch whisky. Today’s choice was a Daniel Marshall Red Label cigar and the exclusive Syndicate 58/6 Scotch whisky, typically reserved for the upper crust. Syndicate 58/6 Premium Scotch Whisky was founded in 1966 by William Muir (Bond 9) Limited (Founded in Leith, Scotland in 1823) and the original blend was distilled in 1954 by…

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Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon (100 Proof)

Four Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon is one of the most sought-after unique bourbons on the market today. Its consistency and surreal flavor profile has earned it Whisky Magazine’s 2008 ‘Best Bourbon Whiskey No Age’ award, as well as, other noteworthy accolades from around the globe. According to the company’s website: Four Roses Single Barrel is, “A premium Single Barrel Bourbon with a taste that begs to be savored again and again. Its taste is complex, full bodied and surprisingly smooth with a delicate long finish that is unbelievably mellow.…

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Woodford Reserve-Ideal Pairing for Relaxing Evening by the Fire

Woodford Reserve is a small batch bourbon produced in a distillery originally built by Elijah Pepper in Versailles, Kentucky in 1812, and it is one of the oldest of nine distilleries currently operating in Kentucky. In 1878 the distillery was purchased by Leopold Labrot and James Graham who, except during prohibition, operated it until 1941. Because of strict war-time restrictions, Labrot and Graham went bankrupt and the distillery was sold to the Brown-Forman Company of Louisville, KY, the owners of Jack Daniels and Old Forester brands. Woodford Reserve bourbon is…

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Which Whiskey Pairs Best with a Cigar?

Most cigar smokers enjoy a libation to accompany their cigar. Whether it be spending quality time alone reflecting on life or socializing among friends during a backyard herf, we all appreciate an enjoyable experience. However, every drink doesn’t pair well with every cigar and choosing the wrong pairing will leave a negative impression in your mind and on your palate. The individual palate is an interesting decipher when choosing the correct pairing. Below is a list of the five most popular cigar pairing whiskies enjoyed by cigar enthusiasts.    …

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Top 10 single-malt scotch whiskies

 Fox News Reported: Scotch drinkers like to keep things simple. Sure, you can make a fantastic Scotch cocktail, but most Scotch drinkers want to enjoy the smoky flavor unadorned except perhaps for ice, water or a splash of soda. Instead of trying to find the best mixers, Scotch drinkers are trying to find the top distilleries in Scottish towns from the Highlands to the Lowlands that produce the best Single Malt Scotch. Whether we call it Top 10 Scotch or Top 10 Scotches or Top 10 Scotch Whiskeys or Top…

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Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select

One would never believe that he/she was drinking Jack Daniels if it wasn’t etched on the bottle. This American whiskey is right up there with some of the best stuff that I have drunk. Jack Daniels has one of the most distinctive flavor profiles in whiskey and this Single Barrel Select easily emerges as the company’s flagship bourbon. Bottled from a single barrel from the Jack Daniel distillery, each barrel is selected by the Master Distiller by its suitability as a stand- alone product before being bottled. I was given…

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Scotch vs. Whiskey – What’s the difference

              I have been asked this same question a million times in my life, “What is the difference between Scotch and Whiskey?” The answer is often over analyzed and made extremely complicated for no apparent reason. Here is the simple run down on an age-old question. Whiskey, also spelled Whisky, is a broad category that houses such spirits as Scotch, bourbon, Irish Whiskey, Tennessee Whiskey, Rye, etc. Scotch is simply a type of Whisky as is bourbon, Irish Whiskey, Jack Daniels and on and on we can go. Therefore, all…

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Macallan 18 Year Old Sherry Oak Scotch

This is my favorite scotch by far. And, it is well received and often celebrated by connoisseurs, anoraks, and scotch geeks alike. I was first introduced to this ultra smooth, ultra flavorful scotch a few years ago at my the Grand Opening party of my sister’s newest hair/beauty salon called Northern Lights Salon. A good friend of hers bought her a bottle for the special occasion. She wouldn’t touch a glass of scotch if her life depended on it, so she allowed me and a couple of my buddies in…

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Macallan 15 Year Old Fine Oak

The Macallan is a single-malt scotch first produced in Moray in 1824. Since then they have gone on to produce nothing but the best of the Scotch whiskies The Fine Oak Series, produced by The Macallan Distillery at Craigellachie in the Speyside region of Scotland is aged in American oak sherry and bourbon casks, as well as sherry casks from Spain. This is a bit different from the traditional Macallan bottling, which is exclusively aged in sherry casks from Spain so you are getting some different notes here. I personally…

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Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Oak

The more I drink Macallan scotch, the more I want to explore their entire portfolio so here is the second of my reviews with more to come.  This is the sherry wood matured 12 year old, a perfectly balanced affair that is arguably the best of its age group. Absolutely delicious and pairs well with almost any medium – full bodied cigar. I have yet to be disappointed by any of Macallan’s bottling.  I always find the aging processes of individual spirits interesting and it reveals a lot about the…

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Macallan Scotch Whisky – 10-year-old Fine Oak Aged

Macallan is known for producing fine single malt scotch and a bottle or three regularly stands at attention alongside my humidor. My personal preference is the 18-year-old but it carries a hefty price tag anywhere from $120-$160 a bottle, so I often go with the less expensive 12-year-old or 10-year-old. There is a clear distinction in taste and status but one can never go wrong with any of the Macallan scotch whiskies because the company produces some of the best single malts in the world. Today I am going to…

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