Welcome to Tater-Talk

This is my blog to discuss all kinds of whiskey tater behavior.  I’m a long-time whiskey geek, certified specialist of spirits, whiskey consumer advocate and even sometimes a tater.  I have been a seminar speaker at Tales of the Cocktail with Fred Minnick as well as lead a vintage whiskey tasting event at the annual Houston Whiskey Social. At least one company with improperly labeled whiskey proclaimed me public enemy #1 and banned me from their facility.  I have been on forefront of a grassroots effort to educate all on the US federal labeling laws regarding spirits.

This blog will cover topics ranging from: blind tasting reviews, spirit experiments/projects, spirit labeling issues, cigars, food/cooking or just about anything else I feel like discussing.  It will avoid all politics and religions.

If I post any type of spirit review, it will be from a product bought in normal retail channel.  I will not review any samples provided for free from the producers or the media companies.  I will not be riding the free sample whiskey blogger circuit. Therefore, I will be free to give independent reviews without worrying reviewing a honey sample or being cut off for negative reviews.

What exactly is a whiskey tater? Generally it’s an uneducated spirits drinker but also it’s a term to describe some of the funny and weird things folks do when they become spirit collectors.  The term’s origins have been lost but rumor is a secret Facebook whiskey group was involved.  The list has evolved over time with much input from the whiskey community.  And it’s a long list which will be discussed in future posts.  Update – some whose opinions I don’t entirely distrust pointed out that the original person that coined the term Potato, later shortened to tater, was Patrick Luebbers.

I’m terrible at grammar and spelling.  Expect errors and if noticed and politely pointed out will be much appreciated.

If you want to spend 15 minutes watching me speak at Tales, the presentation was videoed and available here; I start at about the 17 minute mark – Tales – The Audacity of Sourced Whiskey

If you stumbled upon this site looking for some awesome potato recipes, here you go:  Best Roasted Taters Recipe

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10 thoughts on “Welcome to Tater-Talk

  1. The only thing I can compare my excitement and anticipation to for this is when Diageo miraculously discovered barrels long forgotten but soon to be available in a series’s of limited releases!
    Jokes aside, this is setting the standard high for what 2018 has to offer. Looking forward this is an understatement!

  2. You get offered 1 million dollars to say “Whistlepig Black Prince is the best rye ever made”. What would your response be? Will you publicly shame all those who attempt to bribe you?

    1. It is not the best so I could not make that statement it is really good but I would three or four others that are better.

  3. If you are ever in upper PA, contact me. We have a couple of well stocked whiskey lovers up here and we would love to host you for a tasting.

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