I find RSS is the best way for me to keep up with all of the whiskey blogs and resources on the internet. Google reader is my tool of choice for doing that. And while I recommend all of the sites I link to (otherwise I wouldn’t do it!), I want to take a moment and call out a few specific sites that I’ve really grown to love and enjoy. Each of these sites is unique and filled with outstanding insight on the world of whiskey.
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Ralfy’s Video Reviews (WhiskyReview.com): If there is anyone that is inimitable in the video review space, Ralfy Mitchell is that person. Ralfy is relaxed, personable, extremely well versed and intelligent when it comes to whiskey from around the globe. He also calls it like he sees it, and understands that value is important. Ralfy is truly an ambassador to the world of whiskey and I’m glad I discovered him over 18 months ago. His style is totally unique, you will learn a lot, and most probably will be hooked like I am. He posts frequently so there is always some great content coming from his site. The highest compliment I can pay him is he’s one of the guys that spurned my idea, “I should do video reviews on American Whiskey.” Highly recommended.
KL Wines Spirit Journal: This may very well be my favorite whiskey site on the internet right now. Ran by David Driscoll and David Girard, these guys make almost every other wine and spirits merchant look downright slack as hell. The two Davids are key buyers for KL Wines 3 stores in the San Francisco Bay Area of CA and Los Angeles. They post frequently about the industry, give fresh forward thinking opinions, keep you up to date on the latest and greatest products, and education. More merchants should be investing in the later. What better way to keep informed customers coming to your shop that want to learn and experience more whiskey. And just to be clear, they promote their shop, but the primary function of the blog from my viewpoint is thought leadership and just great content about the world of whiskey. Highly recommended.
American Craft Spirits: Matt Colglazier leads the way in information on the “little guy”, the upstart, and the boutique distilleries across the US. Matt’s passionate about promoting these small distilleries and provides a window into that world unlike anyone else. Few, if any, are doing what Matt does, and to the level he’s doing it. He covers a ton of ground including everything from Vodka to Gin to Rum, but he doesn’t neglect whiskey, giving it equal stage. Matt’s distillery profiles and interviews are informative and his written reviews are well done.
Dramming: Oliver Klimek’s site, Dramming.com, is a great resource for whiskey lovers. Pure, clean and straightforward information and reviews. Reviews come up probably 4-5 times per week and in some cases more. He covers mostly Single Malt Scotch but dips into whiskey around the world also. I admire his simple approach to reviews and look forward to what he posts each and every week.
CanadianWhisky.org (Davin’s Site): Davin de Kergommeaux started this site a year or so ago I believe. Recently he just put out his first annual awards for Canadian Whisky across a number of categories. It was excellent stuff and reminded me that I need to be thinking of the same thing as well. Suffice it to say our brothers to the north make some great whiskey. Davin’s site is committed to promoting the great “brown stuff” that Canada has to offer. I’ve learned a great deal reading Davin’s site. His reviews are super thorough and I like his simple star rating system.
Well, there are many more that I love and I will get around to showcasing them soon. But I wanted to take a moment and call out a few great ones that I enjoy weekly and even daily. One big common denominator (that I have seen) about folks within or writing/talking/blogging about the world of whiskey – most are great people. Check ’em out when you have some time!
Drink your Bourbon!