About last night (again)... Not included in the pic is a fresh @bruichladdich Port Charlotte 8 that was cracked open and a few other bottles that we took for a ride in preparation for the New Year celebration shortly after at @jackroseindc. More whisk(e)y was consumed and good times with great friends and fam were had! Here’s to a great 2017 and a tremendous 2018! #whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotchporn #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #dram #bourbon #rye #whiskeyporn @willettdistillery #stitzelweller #vanwinklefamilyreserverye #blackmaplehill #tastesbetterwithrocks #octomore #blackart #oba #portcharlotte #drinkyourwhiskey #drinkyourdamnwhisky #imbibe #imbibewithfriends #imbibewithfamily #happynewyear
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About last night... Nothing but good times with friends doing blind tastings and side-by-side comparisons. It’s been a great 2017 holiday season for drinking strong water. #whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #bourbonporn #whiskeyporn #dram @eaglerarelife @buffalotrace @buffalotracedistillery #williamlarueweller #weller #iwharper #oldoldgranddad #georgetstagg
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Celebrating this year’s holidays with pseudo-Grandpa. Woof.. a 13-expression @benriach_us #ben#benriach vertical. Favorites start in the middle and move outwards in terms of scoring. The Society bottles are basically unicorns. Unbelievably tasty and they only get better with 30ish minutes of breathing time. The bottle in the middle is a 12 year Peated Oloroso. #whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotchporn #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #dram #nomnomnom #benriach #peated #unpeated #oloroso #chateaudyquem #claret #pedroximenez #port #woodfinish @thesmws #signatory
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Not whisk(e)y but happy I could complete the collection for the 2017 @gooseisland BCBS collection that was available to the greater US. #whiskylust #whiskeylust #beerlust #beergram #pursuitofqualitydrams #pursuitofqualitybeers #pursuitofqualitybrews #gooseisland #bourboncountystout #coffee #northwoods
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A recent arrival here.. the Dramfool 9th release! This is a single cask @bruichladdich matured for 10 years in an ex-Bourbon barrel at 62.2% ABV. Truth be told, Bruichladdich’s unpeated expression has really grown on me over the years and I look forward to trying different expressions offered. Very excited to have this available to compare with other expressions from the family! #whi#whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotch #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #bourbon #dram #bruichladdich #unpeated #wellmaybeweehintsofpeat #privatecask #dramfool #vanilla #exbourbon #instadram #booze #whisky #whiskylife #drinkyourwhisky #drinkyourdamnwhisky #shareitwithfriends
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Drams on a fantastic day with #pseudograndpa! Some Cadenhead bottles, two Rattray bottlings, a SMWS handfill, Octomore 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3, SMWS 127.44 Feis Ile Port Charlotte (!!!), and two incredible Balvenies distilled in 82!!! And, #pseduograndpa double fisting some cask strength! #whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotch #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #bourbon #dram #cadenhead #glenord #miltonduff #knockdu @bruichladdich #octomore #portcharlotte #cantinamexicana @smws_america @thesmws #dailuaine #livecask #handfill @adrattray #fettercairn #macduff @balvenieus @thebalvenie #15year #distilled82
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Nothing like an incredible dinner involving whisky pairings from your better half! Started with a delectable Scallop appetizer over a mint-pea blended gazpacho, paired with @bruichladdich Black Art 4. That was followed by an incredible slow cooked lamb entree with baba ganoush and home made pita, paired with @lagavulinwhisky 16 🤤🤤. We finished up with a chilled blood orange and dark chocolate soup for dessert, paired with a @talisker IB from Old Malt Cask. An incredible meal cooked up with immense love from my most loved! #whi#whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotch #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #bruichladdich #blackart #lagavulin #lagavulin16 #talisker #instadram #booze #whisky #whiskylife #drinkyourwhisky #drinkyourdamnwhisky #shareitwithfriends
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Another gloriously chilly and gloomy Sunday means a perfect day for drams. The tasting began with a Cadenhead 175th Blair Athol which has an immensely satisfying nose but the Diageo 2017 Special Release Blair Athol has a palate and finish that are spectacular. After that, we moved to the Cadenhead 175th @oldpulteneymalt, Balmenach, and Auchroisk. Winners for me overall were both Blair Athol expressions, the Pulteney, Auchroisk, and the Teaninich expressions (picture forthcoming). We also had @westlandwhiskey handfill with one of their peated single malt expressions. It’s light and gentle but very respectable with an astounding nose! #whi#whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotchporn #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #bourbon #dram #pseudograndpa #cadenhead #blairathol #teaninich #oldpulteney #balmenach #westland #seattle #auchroisk #instadram #booze #whisky #whiskylife #drinkyourwhisky #drinkyourdamnwhisky #shareitwithfriends
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The comparison continues. Now that my @bruichladdich Octomore 8.3 has had a few weeks to open up, I think we can start having a more discerning comparative tasting. The 6.3 has been open for months now so it certainly has a leg up on breathing. C’est la vie, I guess. #whi#whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotch #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #bourbon #dram #bruichladdich #octomore #peat #peatsmoke #instadram #booze #whisky #whiskylife #drinkyourwhisky #drinkyourdamnwhisky #shareitwithfriends
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DC’s @thewhiskyextravaganza was a hit this year (no question, of course) and luck bestowed me the opportunity to help pour drams from @thesmws @smws_america November out turn to attendees. Amongst the great whiskies lined up for next month, this @royalbrackla just won my heart. I repeatedly told folks who came to the table that despite my affinity towards the briny and layered peated drams from the various Scottish coastlines, this particular expression offered a rich, dark, and fruity palate with a long lingering finish. After thinking about it some more the past two mornings, the only word I could come up with is: luscious. This dram is simply luscious. Several folks at the Extravaganza picked up bottles of this expression amongst others. Grab yourself a bottle when it hits the SMWSA site in about a week! #whi#whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotchporn #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #dram #singlecask #instadram #booze #whisky #whiskylife #drinkyourwhisky #drinkyourdamnwhisky #shareitwithfriends
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Y’all, when Harvey says the tasting was a 97, you savor that score. A hodgepodge of whiskies: the @abbeywhisky 24 year @glendronach distilled in 1993, the @bruichladdich #mp7 bottling, along with #octomore 6.1 and 8.1 for comparison, as well as Octomore 6.3 and 8.3. What a great day of tasting. Just out of this world. #whi#whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotch #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #bourbon #dram #instadram #booze #whisky #whiskylife #drinkyourwhisky #drinkyourdamnwhisky #shareitwithfriends #pseudograndpa
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@brianamorgancarlson bringing some heat with a “Diamondback” using @whistlepigwhiskey 10 year and some other goodies shown in the picture. Always a great time at @jackroseindc with interesting cocktails utilizing great whiskey! #whi#whisky #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotchporn #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #bourbon #dram #instadram #booze #whisky #whiskylife #drinkyourwhisky #drinkyourdamnwhisky #shareitwithfriends
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As we start our descent into the weekend, let’s review some goodies tasted during the week. 🥃 Johnny Drum: Despite any disagreements that come from reading this, I think Johnny Drum represents everything good about affordable Bourbon. Good nose, good mouthfeel, respectable palate, passable finish. It won’t be the best Bourbon but can anyone objectively define “best”? It is amazing that Johnny Drum is the price it is generally sold at. Just good, dependable whiskey. 🥃 Benriach Solstice 17 year Port Finish: My opinion is Benriach produces good, dependable whisky. I think they release the occasional great expression, but my suspicion is they enjoy producing consistently dependable whisky that’s good on the nose, good on the palate, and decent on the finish. Maybe I’m wrong—I don’t know but Benriach is a staple whisky for me. One of those distilleries that produce a whisky for comforting and unwinding after a day. No need to pontificate the layers of complexity in the whisky but rather recount the highs of the day and think about how you’re going to kick the rest of the week in the teeth with awesomeness. 🥃 Port Charlotte Private Cask — Eskilstuna Whiskykultur: This beautiful PC was distilled in 2011 with local Islay barley and bottles earlier this year. Young, brash, and hot headed with something to prove. I love PCs and I am struggling to think of a PC I have encountered that I didn’t like. I especially love these younger PCs—a little rougher around the edges, so to speak, with heat from the distillate, intense sweetness from cask influence, and a lot of character that makes me focus on disassembling the whisky to try to figure out why the cask owners deemed it ready. I think deciding when a whisk(e)y is deemed ready for bottling is largely a personal preference and subjective to some degree, so I can only suspect that the folks who picked this cask share similar preferences that I have. A lovely dram that takes to breathing. A lovely dram that I’m eager to continue exploring. A lovely dram that jazzes me up for this weekend. 🥃 #whiskylust #whiskeylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #sco#scotch #whiskyporn #scotch #singlemalt #bourbon #dram #drinkyourwhisky
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Indeed, this is a private cask selection of @bruichladdich Lochindaal. What is Lochindaal, you might ask. Well, with only info I could go off some friends who are avid fans of the distillery and my own @google-fu, the Lochindaal expression was first distilled in 2007 with the peated level to be at 50+ppm. This puts the peated level of the distillate higher than Port Charlotte but certainly not as high as the Octomore range. The expression is named after of one of Islay’s lost distilleries that operated further south in Port Charlotte. According to the blog post I found, the first 100 casks of this distillate from 2007 was offered for sale to the public at £1850/cask... an absolute steal if you think about today’s prices. Perhaps what helped get the word on this distillate out in the whisky community was the 2015 Feis Ile release of Lochindaal, with a yield of 500 bottles and clocking in at 59.5% ABV. 🥃 So, how does this particular expression hold up? Well, it’s very good but it’s a stout whisky and needs time to breathe. I’ve let it sit for nearly 30 minutes and it has calmed down a bit. A big nose with bright, briny, and liberally notes. Lots of peat. The palate on this expression is actually really soft and you need to let it sit in your mouth to really enjoy it. Soft, vanilla notes with some peppery heat. The finish is not long, nor is it complex, but it is straightforward and satisfying. Overall? At 62.1%, and the highs and lows of the sweet, brine, and smoky peat characteristics commingling makes this a satisfying dram. If I could go back in time and purchase this spirit to put into a quality fortified wine cask, I think I’d be set. Sláinte! #whi#whiskylust #whiskeygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #scotchporn #whiskyporn #bruichladdich #lochindaal #peat #peatsmoke #vanilla #exbourbon #instadram #booze #whisky #whiskylife #drinkyourwhisky #drinkyourdamnwhisky #shareitwithfriends
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Tobermory, formerly known as Ledaig and still producing peated whisky under the Ledaig moniker, is one of those distilleries that I honestly don't gravitate towards. That said, given the opportunity to always expand my palate, I purchased a couple bottles of this private pick to check out and I'm not disappointed one bit in doing so. Very easy drinking, if a little incomplete in its palate. Nice nose, and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, though lacking in well roundedness in the middle of the tongue. Moderately short finish. At the end of the day, diversity in whisk(e)y is what makes this vice so unbelievably enjoyable. Cheers to the upcoming weekend! #whiskylust #dramfool #bruceyouareawesome #scotchporn #whiskygeek #instadram #instawhisky #whiskygram #pursuitofqualitydrams #drinkyourwhisky #booze #mull #tobermory #ledaig
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A brilliant 5 year old Bourbon from @willettdistillery is currently being enjoyed as the unwinding begins for the evening. Wholly produced at the distillery, this whisky has a big nose, loads of caramel sweetness, and a bit of tang to carry the hot and spicy finish. This bottle is about halfway through and I think it's gotten better since opening it back in May. I continue to be amazed by the juice Drew Kulsveen and his crew continue to put out. Lovely, lovely stuff! #whiskylust #pursuitofqualitydrams #whiskeygram #instawhiskey #willett #bourbon #whiskeyporn #bourbontrail #bardstown #nomnom
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A recent @kilchoman05 acquisition that is making its way back home with me. Really looking forward to cracking this open with good friends! Tasting notes coming soon! #instadram #whiskygram #whiskyporn #pursuitofqualitydrams #kilchoman #bordeauxfulltermcask #nomnomnom😋
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