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About Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas turned his Kentucky upbringing and eight years as a European expat into cheese, whiskey and wine writing. Booze-wise, he owns and edits The Whiskey Reviewer and writes freelance, including authoring the book Port: Beginners Guide To Wine and contributing to Big Whiskey. When he isn’t scribbling in a bar, he is hauling a ruck in Red River Gorge.
Latest Posts | By Richard Thomas
Single Pot Still Whiskey
2 days ago

Single Pot Still Whiskey

Beyond being made in Hibernia, Irish whiskey has a handful distinguishing characteristics, things that make it distinctive from the Scotch whisky made just across the Irish Sea.

The signature style, …
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Top 5 Barrel-Aged Gins And Genevers
1 month ago

Top 5 Barrel-Aged Gins And Genevers

Try these barrel-aged gins instead of whiskey as the base spirit in a Sazerac, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and other classic cocktails…
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4 Ways Today’s Craft Distilleries Forgo Whiskey-Aging Time
1 month ago

4 Ways Today’s Craft Distilleries Forgo Whiskey-Aging Time

Today’s craft distilleries use innovative techniques to forgo extended whiskey-aging time. Check out these crafty methods…
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Easy Whiskey and Food Pairings for Your Holiday Dinner
2 months ago

Easy Whiskey and Food Pairings for Your Holiday Dinner

Pairing food with whiskey is as much of a thing as pairing food with wine. Chilled makes pairing food and whiskey easy…
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Five Best Barrel Proof Bourbons to Warm Your Bones This Winter
2 months ago

Five Best Barrel Proof Bourbons to Warm Your Bones This Winter

Bourbon drinkers reach for the warming, full-bodied experience offered by cask strength bourbon. Here are five to choose from…
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The Two Chicago Distilleries That Put Craft Distilling on the Map
3 months ago

The Two Chicago Distilleries That Put Craft Distilling on the Map

Chicago didn’t need Prohibition to earn its reputation as a boozy town, but it certainly helped.

Nonetheless, one thing Prohibition—America’s greatest failed experiment in social engineering—accomplished was shuttering the distilling …
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3 Newish Irish Whiskies You Need to Try
8 months ago

3 Newish Irish Whiskies You Need to Try

If you’re an Irish whiskey fan, then you need to try these three new expressions that were released within the last year…
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5 Refreshing Bourbon Cocktails to Enjoy This Summer
9 months ago

5 Refreshing Bourbon Cocktails to Enjoy This Summer

If you can’t get enough of whiskey, even in the heat, these summer bourbon cocktails are both delicious and refreshing…
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The Rise of Craft Whiskey in the 21st Century
1 year ago

The Rise of Craft Whiskey in the 21st Century

The early 21st century saw a rise in craft spirits, particularly whiskey. Here are the distilleries that made a difference…
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The Recent Revival of Bourbon and Rye
1 year ago

The Recent Revival of Bourbon and Rye

Bourbon and rye made a comeback after the 1970s saw a crash for the whiskey business. Here is the timeline of its revival…
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What Kind of Bourbon Suits the Manhattan Best?
1 year ago

What Kind of Bourbon Suits the Manhattan Best?

Like many pre-Prohibition cocktails, the Manhattan is supposed to be made with rye whiskey. Thanks to modern interest in “them old-timey ways,” it often is nowadays. Often, but not always…
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Must Try Pennsylvania Rye
1 year ago

Must Try Pennsylvania Rye

If you’ve ever had a pour of rye whiskey, chances are it came from Kentucky (making it a sweet, not-so-spicy, close cousin of bourbon) or Canada, or it’s one…
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