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Just as we were going to press with the December 2018 issue we decided, with reluctance, that we must pause the quarterly publication of F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal after the December issue. We realized that in order to have the necessary time to complete the tasting for, and writing of, our sixth book, KINDRED SPIRITS 3, we needed to carve out extra time from our schedule. KINDRED SPIRITS 3 is a huge undertaking and like its predecessors, KINDRED SPIRITS (1997) and KINDRED SPIRITS 2 (2008), KS3 will be a comprehensive compilation of reviews from the past few years of the Spirit Journal. Additionally, it will include more new and updated reviews, which we will be writing in the first six months of 2019. We hope you will find it helpful, as we will, to have the 2,400+ reviews conveniently gathered and organized by category under the one roof of KS3.

KS3 will be significantly different to KS1 and KS2 as a result of the craft distiller explosion wherein thousands of small, independent distillers burst onto the scene from 2000 to 2018. This monumental occurrence will be thoroughly documented through hundreds of craft spirit reviews in KS3. There will likewise be hundreds of mainstream spirits reviewed from large multinational and mid-size producers who have introduced new spirits to counter the craft revolution or have altered long-established brands to make them more contemporary.

Rest assured that Paul’s steely, unemotional critic’s eye which you have come to rely upon since 1991 will remain true to the Spirit Journal guiding principles of honesty, no advertising allowed, occasional wisecracks, and unbiased opinions in KINDRED SPIRITS 3.

We will keep all Spirit Journal subscribers fully apprised as to the KS3 publication schedule as that date — either in late 2019 or early 2020 — approaches. Last, we thank you for your understanding and longstanding support. And, of course, please continue to check in periodically here at spiritjournal.com for updates on progress as well as new reviews.