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Out West with High West Rye whiskey

Ah, the romance of the American West… Scenic vistas with roaming bison, snow-capped peaks in the distance, rodeos with cowboys on horseback…that’s what I remember from a camping trip with my family in Yellowstone National Park some ** ahem ** years ago. It truly was beautiful, and still is (at least when the area isn’t… [ Read More ]

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Mashbill math, Four Roses Bourbon style

Combinations and Permutations I’m a math geek…longtime readers know that (how can we forget?). Starting with …and now to explain the “& scones”, I’ve mentioned ratios, calculated volume, and generally waxed poetic on the subject. (I come by it honestly…I started out life as an Aerospace Engineer after all). So when I was researching Four Roses bourbon… [ Read More ]

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It’s summertime…the sipping is easy

What does it mean when a whisky is termed approachable? I don’t know about you, but to me it means that dram is gentle, i.e. it doesn’t hit you over the head with a blast of strength, spiciness, or smoke. That expression might be the entry to a particular distillery’s range of offerings, or just… [ Read More ]

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Breaking down bottled in bond bourbon

I have always been fascinated by history…why things are the way they are now are largely affected by what happened in the past and how people reacted to those circumstances. Growing up in the (largely bland) suburbs of Los Angeles, the only recognizable historical buildings were the Spanish missions that run up the state. But… [ Read More ]

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A fortuitous find along the trail

Isn’t it wonderful when you find hidden gems along the road? I was recently in upstate New York in the Finger Lakes region with my family, heading home. We decided that we wanted to stop at one of the many wineries & distilleries that dot the area (the entire greater northeastern US is booming with… [ Read More ]

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Bourbon by any other name

Reviewing the contenders Last week I held the Great Bourbon Brownie Bake-off Battle, pitting Clyde May’s Alabama-Style whiskey against Berkshire Bourbon Smoke & Peat in celebration of the Kentucky Derby. In that post I mentioned that I had actually tasted both these whiskies back in July but had never published my review. Well, Dear Reader, it’s time… [ Read More ]

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It’s Moving Day!

Hi all! I’m excited to announce that I’m moving my blog to a new address…ScotchandScones.com! If you’re an email subscriber, no worries…you will automatically be sent to the new site. If you’re a WordPress.com follower, please head to my new URL and subscribe via emails (you’ll receive your laurel…and hearty handshake once done). Either way,… [ Read More ]

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The Great Bourbon Brownie Bake-Off Battle

It’s Kentucky Derby week! This week we think of fast horses, fancy hats, and cool Mint Juleps. Me, I think of food and drink (naturally) – fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, Derby Pie (or Pecan Bars)…and, of course, bourbon. It was fortuitous then that I acquired two bottles of whiskey from Ken Gordon of Gordons DTX…he… [ Read More ]

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Time well spent

It’s nice when generations can spend time together. Not just for the companionship, but for the passing of knowledge that only comes from experience. It seems to me that in the whisky and bourbon industries, you see a lot of kids following their parents into the distilling business, starting at the bottom rung of the… [ Read More ]

Using my “Nog”-gin

I’m not a recipe creator, I’m a recipe adaptor. That is to say, I take recipes that I find and tweak them so they satisfy my philosophy regarding ingredients and cooking techniques. My ingredient swaps tend to be based on my own palate preferences (or what I know my family will like/accept), dietary needs, ingredient… [ Read More ]