Monday, August 4, 2014
Blog of the Month: The Whiskey Reviewer
This month's Blog of the Month (well, technically blog of last month...I'm running a bit late) is The Whiskey Reviewer. This is a group blog, but it's mostly the project of Richard Thomas, a Kentuckian who lives in Europe and writes Civil War fiction in his spare time. The blog, which has been around for a few years now, is sleek looking with tons of well written content. Having a team of writers means there are new posts almost every weekday.
The site runs the gamut from general news to commentary to reviews. The reviews are fair and even handed without much in the way of grade inflation (though purists might cringe at the flavored whiskeys and other novelties that they sometimes enjoy).
Thomas has a particular affinity for Irish Whiskey, and does a nice job of covering an area that doesn't always get the publicity it deserves. Check out this well done wrap up of new Irish distilleries.
On issues of American whiskey, the blog does tend to be a bit too pro-industry for my tastes, especially on questions of sourcing. That being said, they are running a new series on deceptive practices in American whiskey which began with a very fair evaluation of Templeton Rye and its critics. I'll look forward to more from that series, even though I'm sure there will be some I'll disagree with.
Check it out!