Why Society

Here at The Charred Barrel Society, we take pride in providing real reviews for real people. We do not put our sole focus on the expensive bottles, regardless of how much we may enjoy them. We review the everyday charred barrel beverages that you will see at your local gathering place or store. Our reviews are based on a sliding scale that is determined by price and blind taste. Read More

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    February 19, 2016
    10:38 am
    Written By Kevin DeShields

    Every so often a new whisky will come around generating a lot of buzz.  As much as I enjoy trying new bourbons and scotch, I tend to stick with a select handful to keep on my shelf.  However,  after several recommendations from store owners and managers to give Monkey Shoulder a try, I decided it would make for a great blind tasting night with the Society. The Nose: Monkey Shoulder has a very gentle nose.  Notes of malt chocolate and vanilla presented themselves.  Though not incredibly complex, it was certainly inviting. The Pallet: Vanilla was greatly reinforced.  It is also

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    December 17, 2015
    11:59 am
    Written By Paul Stanfield

    Without question, the whiskey industry is experiencing a similar boom to that of craft beer, and is growing at a record pace.  Within the last decade, masses of beer lovers finally realized, and/or admitted, that Miller Lite simply does not taste anywhere close to as good as local, fresh craft beer.  And many of those same people have also realized that whiskey has fantastic complexities to offer their taste buds on relaxing evenings. Bourbon particularly has become a choice whiskey of both young and old.  Deep bourbon lists are as commonplace at restaurants as the thick draft lists that rotate

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    December 3, 2015
    10:24 am
    Written By Kevin DeShields

    Glenmorangie was the very first distillery I ever toured.  My wife and I were living in Scotland at the time and I had only recently been introduced to Scotch.  It was incredible getting to meet some of “the sixteen men of Tain” and behold the tallest stills in Scotland.   Since then, Glenmorangie 10 Year Original has been a staple single malt in our house.  So how did it fare at a Society blind tasting? The Nose: Nearly everyone at the tasting agreed that Glenmorangie has a very “clean” nose.  Notes of citrus, lemon, and sweet pear came through initially.  After

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One of the best ways to taste is out of a Glencairn glass.  Their unique shape help funnel the right nose and pallet so you get the highest tasting experience.