Eric Sanford

Welcome to my Newcomers Whisky Club website. This site serves a dual purpose as a personal whisky blog where I can document my exploration of whisky and whiskey (and sometimes other liquid refreshments) and also as a site for our local whisky club....named, not surprisingly, the Newcomers Whisky Club. With the help of my friend, Mike Dainauski, we established the Newcomers Whisky Club, Plano, TX in May 2012. We set up the club as an informal, social club comprised of whisky fans of all types, from the experienced single malt drinker, to blend drinkers seeking to try something new, to complete newbies who are excited to learn and appreciate whisky. We focus on the enjoyment and exploration of whiskies of all types in a casual and informal atmosphere. On the personal side, I've become a whisky fan....or nutcase, as my wife would say, over the last several years and, with the help of several like-minded friends, I've been able to undertake some serious exploration of some good, some great, and some exceptional whiskies (with the odd marginal or not-so good whisky, as well). Be forewarned that I am a complete webpage building neophyte so if something doesn't work as it should, add a comment or send me an email and I will do my best to fix it! As I go along, I hope to update the site with various whisky reviews and comments about my experiences, to document our club's activities, and occasionally share some general information pertaining to whisky in its various forms. Welcome, enjoy, and Slainte! On a personal note, I am a co-founder of NWC, an avowed whisky fan, and

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Whiskey Review: Nikka Taketsuru 12 yr Pure Malt Whiskey

Whiskey Review: The Nikka Taketsuru 12 yr  Pure Malt whiskey  The Taketsuru 12 is the (previous) entry-level whiskey in the range of whiskies produced by Nikka, but is now being replaced by a No Age Statement Taketsuru Pure Malt. The Taketsuru whiskies are named in honor of the man considered by most as the founder” …

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Whisky Review: Auchroisk 20 yr – Diageo Special Release 2010

Reviewing one of the 2010 Diageo Special Releases, the Auchroisk 20 year old  Limited Edition! Things are starting to get a little more hectic around here as we prepare for our move, so I’ve been slow to get the last few US-based reviews posted – but I have some really special whiskies coming up, Like this …

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Whisky review: Johnnie Walker Platinum Label blended Scotch whisky

Whisky review: Johnnie Walker Platinum Label  18-year old, Blended Scotch Whisky Next up in this series on the Johnnie Walker core range is the Platinum Label 18-year old blended Scotch whisky. The Platinum Label joined the lineup of Johnnie Walker whiskies in 2013, replacing the Gold Label Reserve as their 18-year old bottling. Presented in …

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, Blended Scotch Whisky

Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, Blended Scotch Whisky Onwards we go with the closet cleanout project! In the third in this brief series reviewing the core range of the Johnnie Walker whiskies, I’m taking a look at the Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve. Although, the Gold Label Reserve has been around for quite a …

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Black Label

Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Black Label, 12 year old, Blended Scotch Whisky Up next on this brief series, we have another of those ubiquitous Johnnie Walker whiskies found almost everywhere, the Johnnie Walker Black Label, a 12-year old blended scotch that, for many, represents an initial foray into the world of “peated” whiskies. Whereas the …

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