Teaninich is somewhat contradictory in the grand scheme of things for one particular reason: It is the 7th largest distillery in Scotland in terms of production capacity (10.2m litres of spirit produced annually), and yet is also one of the most obscure names in Scotch whisky due to the fact that 99% of its production […]Read more "Whisky Review #140: Teaninich 1999 19 Years Old (Claxton’s)"
On the evening of the 22nd of October, I was invited by Mr Matthew Fergusson-Stewart, the Chief Marketing Officer of The Whisky Store, to a dinner which also showcased four exciting expressions from within the Cadenhead range. Most of us would be aware that Cadenhead is the oldest independent bottler in the world, having been […]Read more "Whisky Review #137: Cadenhead Whisky Tasting"
I love Lochside. It is a distillery which has spawned many stories during the short time that it produced whisky and the distillery buildings themselves were as iconic as could be. The whisky produced at the distillery was destined for a number of blends, including Sandy McNab and DYC (who even bottled it as a […]Read more "Whisky Review #128: Lochside 1966 40 Years Old Single Grain (Bottled by Jack Wiebers)"
Clynelish is a distillery which has well and truly found its way into my list of favourites, primarily due to the wealth of exceptional expressions which are available from the various independent bottlers. Over the last 3 years, I have had the privilege of sampling a number of expressions from the well-regarded Highland distillery and […]Read more "Whisky Review #127: Clynelish 1997 18 Years Old (Kingsbury Celtic Bottling)"
I’ve actually been sitting on this review for a while now, primarily because I thought that it deserved a proper airing at an appropriate time. However, with Diageo stunning the whisky world with the announcement that both Brora and Port Ellen distilleries were to be reopened, that timetable got pushed up somewhat. While Diageo intends […]Read more "Whisky Review #115: Brora 1981 24 Years Old"
Ah Balblair. For all their releases, the distillery still remains somewhat underrated by the general community and somewhat overshadowed by Old Pulteney in the Inver House stable. But one thing is for sure: the distillery is capable of producing some truly exceptional whisky. I have also realised that the one thing my previous reviews of […]Read more "Whisky Review #114: Balblair 1973 32 Years Old (Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection)"
The third in a series of four reviews in the lead up to the milestone 100th review takes us back to a distillery which we’re quite familiar with: Clynelish! Those of us who have delved into the history of the distillery would be aware that it was established in 1819 by the Marquis of Stafford, […]Read more "Whisky Review #98: Clynelish 1972 37 Years Old (G&M “The Book Of Kells” range)"
This is the second in a series of four reviews and 97th review overall on this blog which will showcase some rather stellar drams which I have come across in recent times. These four reviews will lead up to the milestone which is the 100th review and that is scheduled for the first weekend of […]Read more "Whisky Review #97: Glendronach 18 Years Old “Allardice”"
Ah Clynelish, how we love thee. When you consider that this distillery has been around since 1819 (the history can get complicated due to the Clynelish/Brora associations, but please bear with me) and plays a huge role in several of the largest blends in the business, it is no surprise that its produce is not […]Read more "Whisky Review #94: Clynelish 1996 18 Years Old (Bottled by Signatory Vintage)"
Blair Athol is a distillery that is relatively unheralded, primarily due to its function as a cog in the impressive blended whisky machine of Diageo. The distillery is seen as the spiritual home of Bell’s blended whisky and forms the heart of the blend. But sometimes, it is worth having a look at the whisky […]Read more "Whisky Review #93: Blair Athol 2010 5 Years Old"