Whiskey Links

This isn't intended to be an exhaustive list of whiskey links. Rather, these are the sites that I visit regularly and enjoy.

BLOGS/VLOGS/REVIEWS

Bourbon Dork. Greg the Bourbon Dork has an impressive knack for dusty hunting and keeps it real in his discussions about bourbon.

Canadianwhisky.org. Malt Maniac Davin de Kergommeaux's blog is the go-to site for Canadian Whisky news, information and reviews. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of his subject and shares it generously with his readers.

Chuck Cowdery Blog. There are few people walking the earth who know as much about American whiskey as Chuck Cowdery. The author of Bourbon, Straight, the best bourbon book around, Chuck talks equal parts history and current whiskey news, and he's not afraid to give his opinion, even when it may be unpopular with the industry.

Dramming. German Malt Maniac (it's amazing how many of the blogs I like are by Malt Maniacs) Oliver Klimek heads up this relatively recent addition to the whisky blogosphere which alternates between essays, reviews, interviews and polls. Oliver always has something interesting to say.

K&L Spirits Journal. David Driscoll and David Othenin-Girard run the spirits program at California retailer K&L and maintain a spirits blog that is more than just salesmanship. For retailers, the Davids speak surprisingly honestly about the industry and the whiskey they sell. They are truly a breath of fresh air, offering information, a podcast and letting us know about exciting new whiskeys coming into the shop.

Los Angeles Whisk(e)y Society. Probably the best designed whiskey review sites on line, the LAWS site includes ratings for over 1,000 whiskeys of all types. I'm a LAWS member and rate whiskey on the site.

Nonjatta. Chris Bunting's site is the authoritative English language resource on Japanese Whisky.

Ralfy Stuff. Ralfy is the premiere YouTube whiskey reviewer. Located in Scotland, he mostly sticks to Scotch but sometimes branches out and is always unorthodox and entertaining.

Scotch & Ice Cream. Despite its name, Tim Read's blog seems to spend more time on American whiskey than on Scotch or ice cream, though he clearly loves all three. Tim has a real gift for tasting notes and his are always both enlightening and fun to read.

Sour Mash Manifesto. Jason Pyle's vlog is the American whiskey version of Ralfy (sans beanie and with a mild Teneessee twang replacing the Scottish brogue). He has a smart palate and tastes a wide variety of American whiskey.

The Whisky Advocate Blog Whisky Advocate publisher John Hansell has one of the most vital whiskey blogs on the web. His blog is often the first place I hear about new releases or important whiskey news and he's not afraid to express opinions which might rile industry folks. The comment section often features lively debates in which bloggers, retailers and distillers weigh in. If you can only read one whiskey blog per day, read this one.

WhiskyCast. Mark Gillespie's weekly podcast, which goes on-line every Sunday, is a must for anyone who wants the latest in whiskey news. He recently added a YouTube channel with video reports.

The Whisky Exchange Blog. The Whisky Exchange is a UK based on-line retailer with a huge selection. It's great hearing their perspective and seeing their reviews.

WhiskyFun. French Malt Maniac Serge Valentin maintains one of the oldest and best regarded whiskey review sites on the web. Dedicated to reviews of fascinating and obscure single malts, Serge is always tasting something interesting, and even if you'll never taste 95% of the whiskey on his site, it's always a fun read.

WhiskeyMinute. My own YouTube channel is a brief primer on some basic whiskey facts intended for novices or folks just learning about the water of life.


FORUMS

StraightBourbon.com. A great forum with extremely knowledgeable participants as well as distillers and other industry folks. While the main subject is bourbon, the forum is a great place to discuss any American whiskey. Just don't ask how much that bottle is worth.

Whisky Magazine Forum. The Whisky Magazine forum is a good resource with international participation. It mostly centers on Scotch.

WhiskyWhiskyWhisky.com. You can always find some good discussions on Mark Connelly's forum, which is mostly focused on Scotch.


ON-LINE SHOPPING

Binny's. Chicago's retail giant has a great selection of all types of whiskey.

Cobhthaigh Celtique. Your source for affordable Glencairn glasses, etchings available.

Hi-Time Wine Cellars. This Costa Mesa shop has a great selection of whiskey and good on-line shopping.

K&L Wine Merchants. K&L has stores in Hollywood, Redwood City and San Francisco. With a great selection, rare bottles and on-line shopping (including free shipping from store to store), K&L is my first stop for whiskey.

The Party Source. When you want great bourbon, go to the source. This Kentucky shop does some amazing private bourbon and rye bottlings, but shipping is costly.

The Whisky Exchange. The Whisky Exchange is a UK based on-line retailer with a fantastic selection. Even if you can't get the bottles in US, it's great window shopping.