Jay West, better known as t8ke, started writing about spirits in 2015. Since then, he has tasted more than 3,000 expressions and written reviews for more than 1,700 different spirits. Jay is the founder of t8ke.review, acquired by Abrams Media in 2020.
When not writing about spirits, Jay remains embroiled in the spirits world. He’s a familiar face across Reddit’s many spirits subreddits – assisting in leading a large swath of them, such as r/bourbon.
In 2020, Gear Patrol magazine labeled Jay “the most prolific whiskey reviewer on the internet”. He and his work have been covered in various podcasts, such as Bourbon Pursuit and he’s been party to many new product releases, inside the whiskey world and beyond. His advice and teaching have enabled many to think more critically about whiskey and learn the complexities of analytical drinking. Events like Repeal Day Expo, Whiskey From Home and more have featured his contributions on panels, and he often serves as a professional taster for various industry happenings.
Jay is also the founder of Aficionados Group, where he and the Group’s four co-founders select micro runs and single barrels/casks of whiskey, rum, brandy, agave and more for the groups members and enthusiastic public at large.
Jay’s favorite whiskey of all time is a bottling from the Clynelish distillery in Scotland, bottled by the SMWS – 26.105 “Bumblebees by the Sea”. When he’s not drinking whiskey, he can be found crafting cocktails for his fiance or relaxing by the grill.