Wine & Spirits

Whisky vs. Whiskey

We break down the different ways to make this liquid legend

The Contenders:


Laphroaig (La-froyg)
Isle of Islay, Scotland, est. 1815
18 year malt scotch whiskey,aged in oak barrels, released in limited quantities

Black Maple Hill Bourbon
Bardstown, Kentucky
21 year single barrel bourbon, aged in charred oak casks. Hand bottled and a true Kentucky straight.

The Descriptions:


Color: Bright gold.
Nose: Peanut brittle and curry spice, seaweed and campfire smoke, damp grass and wet sheepdog.
Body: Potent and heavyweight.
Taste: Smoky, boggy, peat moss concentrate balanced with tempering apricot, soft glen heather finishing with pashmina velvetiness.
Finish: It luxuriously lasts till closing time.

Color: Deep honey.
Nose: Early aromas of caramel, oak barrel char, and palm oil.
Body: Elegant and weighty viscosity.
Taste: My friends and I call it the one that smells like bananas, but there’s more to it than its tropical nose.
Finish: Sweet and intense.



The perfect antidote to a frigid Minnesota night. This scotch cloaks—an unapologetic siren song of a foggy Scottish bog.

Contrary to what many say, it’s distilled by Black Maple Hill, not Heaven Hill or Buffalo Trace. When I visit distilleries in Kentucky, it will be first on my list.

If It Where A Car:


Restored ’69 International Harvester Scout.

Mint-condition ’60s Lincoln Continental.

If It Had A Manifesto:


“For so long as one hundred men remain alive, we shall never under any conditions submit to the domination of the English. It is not for glory or riches or honours that we fight, but only for liberty, which no good man will consent to lose but with his life.” —The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” —Mark Twain