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Tico
06-19-2012, 18:54
Here are the ones that I check in on daily. Any other good blogs that I am missing?

In no particular order.....


Bourbon Dork
The Casks
Scotch & Ice Cream
Whiskey Advocate
Sku's Recent Eats
Sour Mash Manifesto
The Chuck Cowdery Blog
K&L Spirits Journal

cowdery
06-19-2012, 19:01
Pretty close to my list.

MyOldKyDram
06-19-2012, 19:01
Same with the addition of The Bourbon Intelligencer.

Max Power
06-19-2012, 19:53
Only one really mediocre one... :skep:

White Dog
06-19-2012, 21:01
I'm a Sipology guy, myself. :toast:

LostBottle
06-19-2012, 21:26
I enjoy reading WhiskeyWonka. AaronWF has a good palate and is well written; I also think his rating system is the best out there.

darylld911
06-22-2012, 10:34
Whiskey Apostle is another that I follow (although you've got several I need to check into!) Thanks for starting this thread - I think I'm only following a few that you mentioned!

darylld911
06-22-2012, 10:35
And my wife didn't know what I would do with all of my spare time now that I'm done with school :lol:

T Comp
06-22-2012, 21:36
I can't say I follow it as I just discovered it but "drinksanddrinking.com" http://drinksanddrinking.com/about/ by a San Diego based writer and bartender, Jason O'Bryan, is quite impressive in his accurate recounting of details and photography of his visits to 6 bourbon distilleries (BT, WR, WT, TM and MM written about so far). His Fortaleza tequila distillery trip is quite an interesting read too. In addition to Chuck and John Hansell I follow the known SBers who blog too. I ignore anyone who doesn't tell me a little about who they are and some others who do :grin:.

Lazer
06-24-2012, 08:40
I read the usual suspects, but you forgot the elephant in the room, ralfy.com Ralfy is the king. Yes, he mostly talks about scotch but he does everything else including a very good series on bourbon and rye. He's very educational and entertaining even if you hate scotch like me. He also has a very independent voice which is much appreciated.

sutton
06-24-2012, 09:09
I read the usual suspects, but you forgot the elephant in the room, ralfy.com Ralfy is the king. Yes, he mostly talks about scotch but he does everything else including a very good series on bourbon and rye. He's very educational and entertaining even if you hate scotch like me. He also has a very independent voice which is much appreciated.

I do like Ralfy ... very educational and fun - he's a natural. I was a very occasional scotch drinker, but he got me trying them again and I'm glad I did. Doesn't have the tannic punch of bourbon, which can be a nice change up now and then.

compliance
06-24-2012, 09:35
If Whisky drinkers were children Ralphy would be Mr. Rogers. I could curl up and listen to him talk for hours, he has that vibe about him. If he started his videos by changing his sweater and added a puppet show he could get his own program on PBS.

unclebunk
06-24-2012, 10:29
I can't say I follow it as I just discovered it but "drinksanddrinking.com" http://drinksanddrinking.com/about/ by a San Diego based writer and bartender, Jason O'Bryan, is quite impressive in his accurate recounting of details and photography of his visits to 6 bourbon distilleries (BT, WR, WT, TM and MM written about so far). His Fortaleza tequila distillery trip is quite an interesting read too. In addition to Chuck and John Hansell I follow the known SBers who blog too. I ignore anyone who doesn't tell me a little about who they are and some others who do :grin:.

Thanks for the link to drinksanddrinking.com. I really enjoyed the article on Fortaleza too, as it's one of my favorite recent discoveries thanks to Kevin (Max Power).

Flyfish
06-24-2012, 11:16
Ralfy may very well be the king of scotch tasting but when it comes to bourbon, I would rather trust any member of Straightbourbon chosen at random. His scorecard gives KC an 82--which might just please the Beamophobes among us--while he rates McAfees Benchmark an 87. I'm a big fan of BT bourbons but I think it is a huge stretch to place Benchmark not only above but way above the KC.
Count me among those who will turn to Sipology and SourMashManifesto. Once in a while, I am curious about what John knows.

BigRich
06-24-2012, 14:32
Chuck's, John's, and WhiskyIntelligence are the ones I read daily. There are a number that I check out periodically.

JPBoston
06-24-2012, 22:06
Ralfy may very well be the king of scotch tasting but when it comes to bourbon, I would rather trust any member of Straightbourbon chosen at random. His scorecard gives KC an 82--which might just please the Beamophobes among us--while he rates McAfees Benchmark an 87. I'm a big fan of BT bourbons but I think it is a huge stretch to place Benchmark not only above but way above the KC.
Count me among those who will turn to Sipology and SourMashManifesto. Once in a while, I am curious about what John knows.

Haha --- I noticed that as well when I was going through his bourbon reviews a month or two ago. While Benchmark is interesting and decent given its price, rating it higher then KC is insanity!!

cowdery
06-25-2012, 00:01
Ralfy is great, but Ralfy is a scotch guy. That's his lens, his frame of reference.

BourbonJoe
06-25-2012, 05:20
Chuck's and John's are the only two I read. Mostly Chuck's.
Joe

Josh
06-25-2012, 05:34
I'm a Sipology guy, myself. :toast:



Count me among those who will turn to Sipology and SourMashManifesto. Once in a while, I am curious about what John knows.

So you're the ones!


I enjoy reading WhiskeyWonka. AaronWF has a good palate and is well written; I also think his rating system is the best out there.

I agree with that. Aaron's is very good. I also read Chuck's blog, What Does John Know?, Sku, The Coopered Tot, Scotch & Ice Cream, & Booze Dancing. I'm sure I missed a couple.

And of course, Ralfy is great.

darylld911
06-25-2012, 06:01
Ralfy is great, but Ralfy is a scotch guy. That's his lens, his frame of reference.

Great point, Chuck. I've learned from attending some of the Metro Atlanta Scotch Club's events that many Scotch enthusiasts are looking for something fairly different in their whisky. Where I find the description of "smooth" to be often a disappointment (not always, but often seems to translate for me as "light on character, flavor"), many of them would prefer this over a more robust flavor. Ultimately it all comes down to preferences, and IMHO understanding as you put it - the "frame of reference" of the author.

SDpappy
06-25-2012, 20:21
In addition to all of these, I also read the bourbon thread on wine berserkers :)

StraightNoChaser
06-26-2012, 07:29
I tend not to read whiskey blogs. Most everything they talk about I already know or have already tried.

sku's blog is good though. He reviews stuff I have never even heard of before.

Lazer
06-27-2012, 20:37
Ralfy is great, but Ralfy is a scotch guy. That's his lens, his frame of reference.

that's what I was going to say. He's a scotch guy and I'm not so I'm not going to agree with his taste, but he's still the king. I find I don't agree with sku's taste either, but he still has good things to say.

ratcheer
06-28-2012, 06:52
I just follow Chuck Cowdery's Blog.

Tim

p_elliott
06-28-2012, 23:28
I follow Chuck's, Greg's and Ralfy's I don't drink much scotch but Ralfy makes me want to. He doesn't have a good bourbon focus palate but like Chuck said that's to be expected. I guess it's not what Chuck said but it's what he meant.

Special Reserve
06-29-2012, 05:28
I follow Chuck's and I find Ralfy to be entertaining.

Rutter
06-29-2012, 07:36
I occasionally read http://dramperday.com/ its mostly scotch based but has some interesting info, the guys collection is amazing.

Bourbon Boiler
06-29-2012, 15:40
I read Chuck's at least weekly, and have recently started looking at WhiskeyWonka more for reference than anything else.