Statement regarding the use of images on this blog.

I have recently had a “come to Jesus” moment regarding the use of images on this blog. As you may have noticed, I have recently been using images I took myself for reviews. I will be doing this going forward. When I don’t have an actual bottle available to photograph, I will attempt to have a friend provide me with a photo or get one from the manufacturer or PR firm representing the brand.

As for images I have used in the past, I will be leaving them in place. I have reviewed well over 300 products and it would be largely pointless drudgery to go through and try to figure out where each one came from. The vast majority were from brand websites and I have never had a single complaint about my use of an image. Links to many reviews with such images have been retweeted by brand twitter accounts without complaint.

All that said, I will take down the last two images I used without express permission (the bottle shots of Wild Turkey Forgiven and Crown Royal) pending my own photos, a friend’s or something from Campari or Diageo or their PR people. I will also remove any photos I run across that are clearly not bottle shots intended for general media use. If you, dear reader, notice an image that you own that you wish to be removed, please let me know and it will be removed as soon as possible.

Thank you for reading and happy holidays!


Notes on the Vlog entry

1) Close the shades on the damn window.  Also try to move the camera so the light is coming from behind.

2) It’s pronounced REE-duhl

3) Old Forester Glass?  Seriously?

Part of the light problem is that almost all of the best places to sit in this house have their backs to a window.  There’s one place that might work, though.  The garage might also work, but it’s mighty cold in there this time of year.

At any rate, I hope to do one of those once every 1-2 weeks. from now on.  Glad you all enjoyed it!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…


I’m back!

I took a needed week off last week but I have a lot of fun reviews and other stuff on deck for this week.  3 whiskey head-to-heads, a new feature called “my two ounces” and maybe some wine reviews.  Pax.

Baby Bourbon?

As some of you know, my recent hiatus is due to the birth of my daughter Virginia on August 10.  We’re starting to get into something of a rhythm, and I have a few reviews in the pipe, so I hope to be able to start posting again soon.  So look for some more shortly!

Welcome to Sipology

Welcome to Sipology, my new drinks blog.  Here I’ll be posting my musings on alcoholic beverages and associated topics.  I have fairly broad tastes, whiskey, tequila, rum, cocktails, beer, wine, mead and cider all regularly find their way down my throat.

As for the photo, that’s me with my game face on at last year’s Blind Tasting Contest at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival.  I didn’t come in last.