Dec. 6, 2020

Only one brand of whiskey for the rest of your life. Which would you …

If you could only drink one brand of whiskey for the rest of your life, which one would you choose? You still have to pay for it and you're still subject to marketing conditions such as pricing and availability so …

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Nov. 21, 2020

Does the color of a whiskey tell us anything useful about that whiske…

What, if anything, can be learned simply from the color of whiskey? We all talk about the color when we find new whiskey and color is evaluated along with the nose and taste but what should whiskey shoppers know about …

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Nov. 17, 2020

A $1,000 whiskey budget for an entire year? I learned a lot.

For years, I didn't pay much attention to how much money I spent on whiskey. 2019 was just a mess where I bought whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it and it was just too much. So, for 2020, I …

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Nov. 2, 2020

What should you do with that last little bit of whiskey in the bottle?

I don't know why but I often end up with quite a few bottles with just a little bit of whiskey left in them. For some reason, I'll just let them sit that way for too long. Usually, the last …

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Oct. 24, 2020

Where did all the Scotch whisky go?

One day, we looked at our whiskey shelves and noticed there were no open bottles of Scotch. What happened? Why did we suddenly stop buying and opening bottles of single malt Scotch whisky? And, when we finally did open up …

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Oct. 12, 2020

What is sourced whiskey and why should we care?

If you've been into whiskey for even a little while, you've likely learned that some brands don't distill their own whiskey and instead buy the liquid in their bottles from other brands and companies that do own distilleries....

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Sept. 30, 2020

Older whiskey is best, right? Then why are some of our favorites not …

We got to wondering if older whiskey is always better, why are some of our favorite bottles not very old? We love Booker's and it's only 6 to 7 years old. What about Pikesville Rye at 6 years, Wild Turkey …

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Sept. 22, 2020

Surprisingly good whiskey over this year so far

Surprisingly good whiskey over this year so far by The Practical Still Podcast episodes, videos, and livesteams are available at thepracticalstill.com . Join us for Friday Sips Live , Fridays at 2:30pm MT All the socials @The...

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Sept. 2, 2020

Does packaging in whiskey matter?

Dan and Mark discuss packaging in the retail whiskey industry. Specifically, does it even matter to the experience and enjoyment of sipping on bourbon, rye, and single malt whiskeys? Cardboard and wooden boxes, tubes, stopper...

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Aug. 27, 2020

Can we build a $100 whiskey bar that's good?

Dan and Mark work through the whiskey styles and supporting components to put together a $100 whiskey bar to hopefully satisfy bourbon drinkers, rye drinkers, scotch drinkers, and cocktail consumers. Is that even possible? Gi...

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Aug. 9, 2020

Blind tasting a bunch of whiskey

Dan and Mark did an informal blind tasting a few weeks back. Episode 6 sees them back at Dan's house, recording together for the first time in months, and reviewing those blindly tasted whiskeys after some time to think about...

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June 24, 2020

What's better, single barrel or small batch?

Whiskey bottles bandy a lot of terms about, and small batch and single barrel appear pretty often. What do these terms mean? Which one is better? Mark and Dan talk about what makes a single barrel pick and a small …

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May 26, 2020

Back To The Bottle: Woodford Reserve and a bonus

Mark had a couple of bottles open, and as it turned out, both of them were a bit disappointing. Here's what he thought of the Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Chocolate Malted Rye, and Breakers wheated bourbon.If you have...

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May 26, 2020

Back To The Bottle: Old Ezra 7

Mark has had a bottle of Old Ezra 7 open for a bit, so it's time to revisit to find out if it holds up after several drams.If you haven't already seen the Open the Bottle video, take a look. …

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May 26, 2020

Do Age Statements Matter?

On this episode of The Practical Still podcast, Mark and Dan get to the root of age statements: do they matter? Does a 10 year old whiskey age statement necessarily mean it's better than a 7 year old whiskey? And …

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May 4, 2020

Why is it sometimes difficult to tell the difference between rye and …

Mark and Dan get down to the nitty gritty: what's the difference between bourbon and rye, and why do some of the latter taste like the former? It turns out, there's a lot of subtle differences that make a huge …

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April 23, 2020

Does Glassware Matter?

In this week's episode of The Practical Still Podcast, Mark and Dan discuss the different types of glassware for enjoying your whiskey — and whether the type of glass you're drinking from even matters. Podcast episodes, video...

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April 13, 2020

Back To The Bottle: Old Forester 1920

Mark and Dan do a quick recap of Old Forester 1920, several days after popping the bottle open. Do the flavors hold up? Is it worth the price? Listen to find out.If you haven't already seen the Open the Bottle …

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March 29, 2020

I have $25. Can I buy a good bottle of bourbon?

Episode 1 of the Practical Still podcast gives listeners a sense of what to look for when you're on the hunt for an excellent bottle of bourbon that won't cost you top-shelf prices.Mark and Dan discuss the terms you need …

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