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Sticky Notes

Molasses and rum They go together like peanut butter & jelly. No, more like peanuts and peanut oil. Actually, they’re like cows and methane. (I’m going to stop now…you get the idea). One produces the other. And both are made from sugarcane juice, which is itself a byproduct from refining sugar. Molasses comes from repeated… [ Read More ]

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(Mostly) Single

I was lucky enough to attend a tasting event right before Memorial Day sponsored by the North Shore Whisky Club, and hosted by Joshua Hatton of Single Cask Nation and ImpEx Beverage (and general whisky guru). I spoke of Joshua before in relation to his One Nation Under Whisky podcast in my Expectations Upended post. Anyway,… [ Read More ]

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Fancy Finishes and a Chance to Pair

The art of finishing whisky The wonderful thing about whisk(e)y in general, and scotch in particular, is the great variety that can be achieved by in what (and how long) the distillate is aged. I’ve already written about how the scotch industry reuses casks (See What’s old is new again for that riveting discussion). Indeed, much of… [ Read More ]

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Hurry up & wait

Age is Just a Number Walking around Boston between September and June you’d think the city is overrun by 18-22 year olds, and you’d be right…there are about 65 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area and those students are everywhere. The funny thing is that when I’m out walking around and see all… [ Read More ]

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Can I buy a vowel?

Whisky or Whiskey? What’s in a name…an ‘e’, yes or no? When my girls were little and we would be waiting for something/someone (think doctor’s office, mechanics, restaurant table, etc.), I would play a little spelling game with them based on their favorite show at the time, “Wheel of Fortune” (in my house aka “the… [ Read More ]

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What’s old is new again

I’ll admit it…I’m a tree hugger Well, not literally. Trees are scratchy and can have ants and bugs on them (ewww!), or worse, spiders (shudder). No, I’m in favor of trees in a natural setting…forests, woods, glens, glades…you get the idea. I love being in a natural woodland setting, preferably with the sound of running… [ Read More ]

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Playing the Field

The importance of scotch whisky terroir Okay, hands up…who knows what “terroir” means? I know all you wine aficionados do…put your hands down, smarty-pants. In wine making, terroir refers to the character imparted to the wine based on the environment in which the grapes are grown (like the type of soil in the vineyard, the… [ Read More ]

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Why do this?

New to whisky I am a new scotch whisky drinker, and I’m still learning about scotch. Having developed a taste (and apparently a tolerance) for alcohol at a relatively late age (early 40s), I went from the sweet to dry white and red wines, then sweet to straight gin and vodka drinks, including perhaps a… [ Read More ]