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Tasting Notes: Four Roses Bourbon

Whiskey (or whisky) drinkers tend to fall into one of two camps – single malt Scotch fans and those who favor Bourbon. Devotees of each tend to be fiercely loyal and passionate about their distilled grains. But there’s no reason why any man should limit his imbibing to the Old World or the New. After…

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Turning Tradition on its Nose

Compass Box Orangerie Scotch Whisky Infusion

Scotch drinkers are a finicky bunch. We know this because Gear Patrol has its share of whisky aficionados on its staff. Drinking Scotch is an activity not to be taken lightly, and is done with a great deal of reverence. So, it’s no small feat to win over the die-hard Scotch crowd with an infused…

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As good as Scotch? Blasphemy!

The Yamazaki 12-Year Old Single Malt Whisky

The Japanese have a knack for taking things made famous by other countries and duplicating them perfectly, often improving them. Think of the sports sedan, outdoor gear, tea, and the diver’s watch. But when I received a bottle of The Yamazaki 12-year old single malt as a birthday gift from some Japanese friends, I was…

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Jack Daniel’s Single Whiskey Barrel

240 Bottles of J.D. – Almost Enough To Get You Through The Holidays You probably don’t know this, but there’s a pretty popular drink called Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. It’s a semi-famous drink distilled in Lynchburg, Tennessee (population: 361) and it’s been around since 1866. You probably don’t know that it might be one of America’s…

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(rī)1 Whiskey

It’s Pronounced “Rye One” Well, this is surprising. Normally we expect our brown distilled bevs in a more traditional package, but the makers of Jim Beam have made a whiskey for the urbanites and sophisticates without disenfranchising the traditionalists. (rÄ«)1 is a modern take on rye whiskey. The 92 proof spirit provides a slightly spicy…

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Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch Whisky

There are three main ingredients that make Laphroaig 10 year: barley, water and yeast. As Islay, a remote island in the Western Isles of Scotland (how’s that for a story) Laphroaig makes scotch and they make good scotch. With a 200 year history the community that produces this spirit knows their product and it shows…

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Small Batch Bourbon

If you’re a man and enjoy a good drink then relegating yourself to beers and vodka alone is truly sad. Take your personal consumption and home bar up a notch with a small batch bourbon. It’s a drink truly made for the connoisseur. Every sip of a small batch bourbon is made to be enjoyed….