Learn What All Those Confusing Whiskey Label Terms Mean With This Guide

Ideally you want to get into a whiskey bottle, not spend all your time reading it like a cereal box. But to ensure you actually like what you buy, it’s probably a good idea to know how to decode a label. We won’t get into the nuance of all aspects here—whiskey subjects, if you’ve dabbled into them at all, tend to inspire some serious exegesis—but we can help guide you down the whiskey (whisky) aisle with a few key terms and basic definitions.

Source: How to Decode Any Whisk(e)y Label

Correction: Single Malt means that the whiskey came from a single batch of malt rather than from several that were blended. Think of a single origin coffee or single varietal wine versus a blend.

Blended whiskeys tend to be less expensive and more consistent on the flavor because the distillers can make up for weaknesses in one malt with strengths from another.

Single malt whiskeys tend to be more expensive, in part, due to the time and care it takes to get good results from just using one malt instead of blending. You’re also much more likely to get distinct flavors from a single malt (some are peaty, some are smokey, some are floral, some taste of vanilla).

Texas grandmother, 81, smashes beer mile, says she could have ‘run a lot faster’ drinking scotch

A Texas grandmother who became the oldest person to complete an annual beer mile contest says she would’ve run faster if she’d been drinking scotch.

Source: Texas grandmother, 81, smashes beer mile, says she could have ‘run a lot faster’ drinking scotch

She beat her daughter; her son-in-law didn’t finish!

In her age group, the [unverified] beer mile record is 7 minutes 9 seconds.  Props to her on her time of 20 minutes 24.62 seconds, but “smashes the beer mile” seems to be a bit of a stretch.  The world record for beer mile is 4 minutes, 47 seconds.

Alcohol’s Evaporating Health Benefits

If you’re sober and happy the morning after drinking; you drank in moderation.

Beneficial associations between low intensity alcohol consumption and all cause mortality may in part be attributable to inappropriate selection of a referent group and weak adjustment for confounders. Selection biases may also play a part.

Firstly, in health as elsewhere, if something looks too good to be true, it should be treated with great caution. Secondly, health professionals should discourage suggestions that even low level alcohol use protects against cardiovascular disease and brings mortality benefits. Thirdly, health advice should come from health authorities, not from the alcohol industry, and, finally, the alcohol industry and its organizations should remove misleading references to health benefits from their information materials.

Source: Alcohol’s evaporating health benefits

The real take home lesson for this is not to put much faith in any observational study. Such studies typically inflate the magnitude of the putative effect (both for ‘good’ and ‘bad’), typically use inappropriate statistical methodology and suffer from various well known sources of bias.  Unfortunately, it makes progress in the medical field very slow and inconsistent since good studies are difficult to impossible to do. Basically, you’re gonna die at some point. Within some broad levels of moderation, do what makes you happy. Imbibe what ever makes you feel good.

Don’t sweat the details. Even though we live in a world with horrible chemicals, air pollution, endocrine disrupters, radiation, GMOs and PETA most of the Western world is living longer and healthier than ever. Not that there aren’t problems with the world – presumably we can do better, but the constant drumbeat of falling skies can safely be ignored.