Bourbon and House

Welcome to Bourbon and House.

Founded in 2013, Bourbon and House started out as a few YouTube video reviews that eventually manifested into a blog where myself and a few friends can share our passion, love and thoughts on the world of Bourbon, Rye, Single Malt and other whiskeys from the view point of the Bay Area.  I also look forward to sharing with you many of the great establishments in the Bay Area where you can find a great glass, cocktail or bottle of the ‘Water of Life.’

Most importantly, I want everyone who visits this blog to know that Bourbon and House is a place where I’m simply sharing my thoughts and opinions.  That’s it.  I don’t think my views are better than anyone else’s, I don’t consider myself an expert or a professional.  I don’t posses the depth of  knowledge or have the experience of the likes of Chuck Cowdery or Jim Murray.  I don’t accept money or perks as compensation for altered reviews.  I’m just a guy with the sole intention of sharing my passion and love for bourbon, rye, single malt, and whiskey in general, with all of you.  If you disagree with me, please share – whiskey is 100% subjective so i’d love any and all feedback, thoughts and opinions.  After all, that’s the beauty of whiskey –  their is no right or wrong.  I am a firm believer in that and try to not let the views, opinions, hype and general snobbish douchebaggery that sometimes penetrates the rapidly expanding whiskey world, effect me or my thoughts.

I truly hope you enjoy this journey with me, and look forward to sharing a glass with you all.


Tristan Blair


Bourbon and House Rating System

97 – 100      Tears of the Angels.  Some of the best juice I’ve ever tasted.

93 – 96        Excellent. Fantastic bottle with few flaws.

88 – 92        Very good, great quality stuff.

80 – 87        Solid.  Good every day pour.

70 – 79         OK. No regrets, but I probably wouldn’t buy a 2nd bottle.

60 – 69         Will it kill you? No, but maybe use the rest to disinfect a laceration.

0  <  59      –   I wouldn’t offer this to a homeless person.

Above is the rating system I created to rate the whiskeys I review and it should feel familiar to most.  As opposed to the 1 – 5 or 1 – 10 rating scale often seen, I feel that 1 – 100 gives proper flexibility, room for more analysis and a proper point of reference, while helping differentiate one whiskey from another in a classic structure.

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