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Tasting Tales: Corsair Triple Smoke

Tasting Tales: Corsair Triple Smoke

For this installment of Tasting Tales, we bring to you Corsair Distillery’s Triple Smoke. This expression is a great way to get into smoked whiskeys, especially if you’re scared of those peaty scotches out...

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Collector Conversations: David Spaid

Collector Conversations: David Spaid

For this installment of Collector Conversations I bring you my dear old Dad! He has been collecting for 64 years and has the collection to prove it. Find out the story behind the Old Rip Van Winkle 15yo miniatures that are not supposed to...

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Tasting Tales: Corsair Dark Rye

Tasting Tales: Corsair Dark Rye

For our first installment of Tasting Tales, we bring to you Corsair Distillery’s Dark Rye. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill whiskey. Sophisticated? Different? Yes and...

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Collector Conversations: Rotem Ben Shitrit

Collector Conversations: Rotem Ben Shitrit

Be sure to watch this edition of Collector Conversations featuring Rotem Ben Shitrit. Rotem’s collection is nearing 10,000 miniature whiskey bottles and he admits he might be just a wee obsessed. Learn about Rotem and his collection, his favorite bottles, and the craziest acquisition he has ever been involved in. Follow Rotem on Instagram and his website to check out his...

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Distiller Discussions: Ryan Schemmel of Corsair Distillery

Distiller Discussions: Ryan Schemmel of Corsair Distillery

For this edition of Distiller Discussions, I welcome distiller Ryan Schemmel, Chief Business Development Officer of Corsair Distillery. Corsair Distillery produces two amazing and unique American whiskeys: Triple Smoke and Dark Rye. In addition, Corsair produces two mighty fine Gins: Barrelled Gin and American Gin. Ryan tells us about his role at Corsair, how Corsair started, what they are working on now, and what’s coming up in the...

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Distiller Discussions: Mark Sorrells of GIA Distillery

Distiller Discussions: Mark Sorrells of GIA Distillery

For my first ever Distiller Discussion, I welcome distiller Mark Sorrells of GIA Distillery. GIA (pronounced Gee-ah) Distillery produces a delicious one-year-old whiskey named FJW that is distilled using the solera method. In addition, Mark’s distillery produces Francesca Grappa. To learn more, watch the YouTube video or read the transcript below. Scott Spaid:       Hey everybody out there in Internet Land, this is Scott Spaid of Whiskey...

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Bouvier Buchu Gin

Bouvier Buchu Gin

Bouvier Buchu Gin I spend so much time on whiskey that sometimes it is good to get out of my lane for a bit. For this installment of Something Different, I bring you Bourvier Buchu Gin. from the Bouvier Specialty Co., Louisville, Kentucky. This bottle is obviously pre-prohibition era and is somewhat ornate with the brand name embossed on the sides. A great label, for sure. This bottle isn’t particularly rare but it is very cool indeed!...

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Chicken Cock Whiskey – An unforgettable brand

Chicken Cock Whiskey – An unforgettable brand

Meet The Chicken Cocks I’ve been meaning to post this article for quite some time so today I bring you my Chicken Cock Whiskey collection. There are several interesting things going on here besides the greatest name ever bestowed upon a whiskey. Let’s take a look. We have 5 bottles spanning the prohibition era to the modern era (if you want to see a pre-pro example, check out Chicken Cock’s Instagram)One of the bottles is a...

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Four Roses Pint 1917/1934 in a tamper-proof box

Four Roses Pint 1917/1934 in a tamper-proof box

Interesting note: the whiskey in this bottle spans the entirety of prohibition! Bottle Information Brand:Four RosesSize:PintBarrelled:1917Bottled:1934Distiller:H.S. Barton, Owensboro, KentuckyDistillery No.:24District:2nd Dist. KYBottler:Frankfort Distilleries, IncorporatedWarehouse No.:4District:Dist of Mo. Condition Fill Level:Poor – 33%Label:MintTax Stamp:Very GoodGlass:Floral...

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Old Whiskey Bottle Sizes in Review

Old Whiskey Bottle Sizes in Review

Over the years I have been chasing a complete run of the same brand of prohibition whiskey bottle sizes: quart, pint, 1/2 pint, 1/4 pint, and 1/10 pint. As it turns out, my quest is impossible to complete, which I will detail here in a minute. Because of this, I have done the next best thing by including two post-prohibition bottles and one brand that doesn’t match but fills in the 1/4 pint slot. Whiskey Bottle Sizes: Quart My original...

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