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Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

Having recently sampled seven rums, the Diplomatico Single Vintage 2000 really does stand out by a long shot but I do also like the Matusalem 15 Year Solera Gran Reserva. As much as I like my single malts, I sense that rum is going to be my primary winter tipple which, by the way, goes especially well with…

Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit

WAYNE CURTIS in the WSJ. (An aside: In a recent home blind taste test the cheapest tied for first place. Here are the results: 1. Bulleit ($34.95)/Colonel E. H. Taylor Single Barrel ($67.99) 2. Rock Hill Farms ($52.99) 3. Angel’s Envy Barrel Selection ($46.99) 4. Parker’s Heritage Collection ($109.99)). ================= Bourbon whiskey has long been linked to a don’t-tread-on-me, do-it-yourself lifestyle. “Give…

The New Science of Old Whiskey

It seems that these days Wayne Curtis is the only worthwhile and consistently good contributor to The Atlantic. What are the perfect conditions for storing the barrels in which bourbon ages? It’s a question that no one had really asked before, despite the oft-noticed phenomenon that barrels situated near the windows in warehouses have a…