Spokane Whiskey Club

Recommended Resources

Davin de Kergommeaux’s Canadian Whisky Reviews

A leading authority on Canadian whisky and its distilling history. In fact, no other author, commentator or blogger I know of comes close. Canadian Whisky’s arrow is pointing up, and in our humble yet deadly accurate opinion, there is a lot to learn from this site in regards to this lovely and misunderstood style. Great write ups and equally useful reviews.

Mark Gillespie’s WhiskyCast

Mark produces the top whisky podcast in the world and has been doing it for a longtime. A great source for news and views on the entire whisky industry plus whisky reviews, interviews and a growing community of resources to peruse for the whisky geek in you.

My Annoying Opinions

You may not have heard of this guy, but there is a good chance you will eventually. MAO, as he is known, is one of the most skilled writers on the amateur blogging scene and possesses an impressive work ethic with nearly daily postings. He is also a bit of a sharped edged man humor/wit wise, as it seems to me, and when paired with scribbling skill, he is at his best when chewing someone/thing/trend out. Good reviews and a lot of them. Some useful opinion, too.

Ralfy’s Whisky Reviews

The original. Lot’s of copy cats, but no one gets close to this guy. Ralfy pioneered video whisky reviews on YouTube and continues to regularly produce to this day. He is a reliable, fiercely independent commentator and valuable source of information that has yet to be replicated elsewhere by anyone. He’s unorthodox, and therefore not boring as living hell like most other video reviewers.

Sour Mash Manifesto

Run by Jason Pyle in the rolling hills of Tennessee. Over the years he seems to have built a reputation of being a bit of an authority on American whiskey, and that’s because he is. One of the few “amateur” experts (he is a regular working guy, not in the industry) in the blogging world that doesn’t make you want to roll your eyes and vomit profusely. Very helpful reviews and some nice video reviews as well.

The Chuck Cowdery Blog

One of the best commentators on American whiskey and pretty much whiskey in general. He has published the best books on Bourbon currently available and remains not just an authority, but a frequent dispenser of that authority on numerous publications. His best writing appears on his blog, which also happens to display the three required points of emphasis if you want to be a respected whisky writer: he writes better than you, he knows exactly what he is taking about, and most importantly, doesn’t give a gold plated shit what you think

Whisky Advocate Blog

I am a rabid reader of whisky reviews. You should be too if you want to learn more about this money sucking hobby of yours. Whisky Advocate is a fine magazine, of which I am a subscriber, but perhaps their best feature is their online index of reviews. The reviews are concise, but I think they get to the heart of the matter quite well, and I prefer it that way. It’s either that or you can go back to the 9 page reviews of pure ego driven drivel some have the nerve to publish. Wow.

Whisky Fun by Serge

One of the original online whisky reviewers that still consistently produces. Pretty much any time someone references an authoritative opinion on a Scottish whisky, Serge’s name frequently emerges out of the deepening pit of available online opinion. Very helpful resource here.

Whisky Magazine Reviews

Same story as above, Whisky Mag has an online collection of all their reviews which also get to the blessed point. Good reviews are a good thing, and having a helpful index of a lot of them is a great way to start weeding your way through what a whisky can offer. A lot of big names review for Whisky Mag, if that means anything to you at all. If not, then fine.

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