I admit it: I'm a total geek. I love electronics, programming, 3D art, vintage Apple hardware, and whisky. I'm always juggling half a dozen projects. I also enjoy documenting it all: my successes, my failures, my experiences... and everything geeky along the way.


 
 
 
 
 

Archives for 2014 | Kevin Rye.net - Whisky

Kevin Rye

Geek Extraordinaire. Yeh, I said it.

Johnnie Walker Blue

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Oh. My. Goodness!

Can you believe it? A full bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue! Ever since my wife picked me up the 4-bottle sampler back in June, I have longed to once more savor the perfection of Johnnie Walker Blue. With a lot of things, people say, "Don't believe the hype." But with Johnnie Walker Blue, it really is THAT GOOD! Read More...

The Glenlivet Tasting Kit

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I mentioned in my last post that my wife surprised me with a few bottles of whisky this Christmas. She was pretty sure that I had never tried The Glenlivet before. Not being sure if I'd prefer the 12 year or the 15 year, she erred on the side of caution and picked me up the 3-bottle sampler than includes a 200ml bottle of the 12 year, 15 year, and 18 year! Read More...

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays everyone! What an amazing year it's been! What better way to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of a new than with bottles and bottles of Scotland's finest! Read More...

Old Pulteney 12-Year

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I swung by the liquor store to pick up two bottles of wine for the weekend. My wife put in the request. I asked her, “Well, what am I drinking?” She said, “Pick yourself up something too, but don’t go nuts.” I figured I’d cap myself at $40 bucks. A single malt for under $40 bucks? I give you Old Pulteney 12 year: $39.99. Read More...

Glenfiddich 15-Year

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I loved the 12-year Glenfiddich so much that I was dying to get my hands on a 15-year. My wife got home from work today and handed me a bag. How awesome is that? A $70 dollar bottle of whisky for no particular reason. Read More...

Highland Park - Dark Origins

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I was so pleased with my last whisky purchase, that when the time came, I picked up another bottle of Highland Park 12-year. My wife took a liking to it too, so the 2nd bottle didn’t last very long. When I hit up the liquor store for another whisky purchase, a bottle of Highland Park seemed like a no-brainer. However, I had my eye out for the 15-year. They didn’t have it, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they did have the new Dark Origins. I was hesitant at first in dropping $90 bucks on a single bottle, but hey, you only live once! Read More...

Highland Park 12-Year

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At this point, it’s become a house rule that there can never be an empty bottle of Johnnie Walker in the house. With that said, I took a ride to the liquor store to grab a bottle. With a few extra bucks in my pocket, I perused the whisky aisle for something of interest. I spotted this 12-year Highland Park. I love the look of the packaging, and remembered that it got good reviews online. In the basket it went. Read More...

The Glencairn Glass

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I finally picked up a Glencairn glass. I’ve been on the lookout for one over the past few weeks, but haven’t seen any single glasses sold locally. A few of the liquor stores by me sell glass wear, (the ones that I remember to look at) but they are expensive. That, and I don’t really need a 6-pack. Half the time I get home and think, “Rats! I forgot to look again!” Read More...

Glenmorangie - The Original 10-Year

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I had the Glenmorangie Lasanta 12-Year and it was really good. A little strong, but good. I figured The Original, being 10 years old, would be a little softer and less adventurous. Since it’s the best selling single malt in Scotland, I’ll try it. Read More...

Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve Limited Edition

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I’ve had my eye on this Limited Edition bottle of Johnny Walker Gold Reserve for quite some time. By “quite some time”, I mean 4 months. That’s around the time I settled on Johnnie Walker Black as my everyday goto whisky. I’ve seen that gleaming gold bottle on a few liquor store shelves in the past, but felt that $70 was just a bit out of my reach. Read More...

Springbank 10-Year Single Malt

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Man, I had such high hopes for this Springbank 10 year. It came so highly recommended. I mean, Ralfy’s always going on about Springbank! Unfortunately, it’s bottled at 46% and I think it’s just a wee bit too strong for my liking. Read More...

Haig - The Dimple Pinch

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The Dimple Pinch makes for a great everyday whisky. It's easy to drink, and you wouldn't feel bad about mixing it with some ginger ale. The uniqueness of the bottle as well as the attractive box make for a great presentation. The Dimple Pinch would make for a great gift; for any holiday or occasion. It's as if this whisky was made to be given away!
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Glenmorangie Lasanta 12-Year Single Malt

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I’ve seen Glenmorangie Lasanta online for $70 bucks. I was happy to get it for $43.99 at my local liquor store. Overall, pretty good stuff. Not your everyday whisky, but pretty good.
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Speyburn 10-Year Single Malt

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For $30 bucks, I expected this single malt to taste like something someone made in their basement, but it is rather pleasant and easy to drink. Read More...

The Macallan 12-Year Single Malt

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Another day, another bottle of Scotland’s finest. This time around, I went with a bottle of The Macallan 12 year.
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Johnnie Walker Swing

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I can’t believe it was only 3 days ago that I said that Johnnie Walker Swing was the only Johnnie Walker I hadn’t tried, and there it was! Sitting pretty at $57.99 a bottle. I just had to try it. Read More...

Glenfiddich 12-Year Single Malt

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I just got back from a week in Florida where I spent a lot of time hanging out with family. My aunt and uncle from Scotland were also with us. One night after the kids had all gone to bed, and the chips, dip, and alcohol came out, we got to talking about how I’ve started drinking whisky. My aunt works for DIAGEO, so she had more than a few pointers for me, as well as list of whiskies to seek out. Everyone says that single malts are better than the blends, so I really wanted to start trying them. I’m not disappointed. Read More...

Happy Father's Day!

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My wife asked me what I wanted for Father’s day. I told her she could just buy me booze. Not only did she pick me up a bottle of Black, but she picked me up a huge 1.75 liter bottle!
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4-Bottle Johnnie Walker Whisky Sampler

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My wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday. Half joking, I asked her for a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue. A 750ml bottle in these parts costs a good $180 bucks. Not only did my wife give me a bottle of Blue, but she gave me a bottle of Black, Gold, and Platinum!

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Johnnie Walker Double Black

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After drinking a bottle of Black, going back to a bottle of Red really showed me the difference. After killing another bottle of Red, I figured I'd treat myself to a bottle of Double Black. Read More...

Johnnie Walker Black

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I killed that last bottle of Johnnie Walker Red and was itching to try a full bottle of Black. I had two 200ml bottles between two Reds, but honesty, I hadn’t had enough Red in order to appreciate such a small taste of Black. Read More...

Drinkin' the Whisky


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Being born in Scotland, there’s just something that tells me that I should be drinking whisky. Isn’t this stuff supposed to run in or veins? Someone from Scotland who doesn’t drink whisky is like someone from Scotland who doesn’t own a kilt. (And yes, I own a kilt.) I decided it was time to acquire a taste for it. Read More...