We’re just a day away from the last day of 2017 and I thought that it was a good time to provide reader with a double header of reviews for this weekend! This would be the first review, with the other following tomorrow afternoon as we prepare to bid farewell to 2017 and usher in […]Read more "Whisky Review #120: SMWS 3.299 “Sweet Smoke On The Water” (Feis Ile 2017 Bottling)"
Merry Christmas and surprise, bloody surprise! Another review the day after the last one?! I believe that this is fairly unusual behaviour on my part. But when there are things to be reviewed and the backlog is starting to cause a fair bit of concern, I guess it is best to move things along in […]Read more "Whisky Review #119: SMWS 44.79 “Pandora’s Box”"
Alas, the promised two reviews a week until the end of the year didn’t exactly pan out the way we both wanted, aye? Life does tend to get in the way sometimes and it brings with it a certain inertia that can be rather difficult to overcome at times. But rather than set lofty targets, […]Read more "Whisky Review #118: SMWS 46.52 “A Storm In A Barrel”"
After an extended hiatus, I’m finally back! November was a rather busy month due to several new developments and events, which hampered my ability to provide any reviews. There was also a fair bit of inertia in play, but that’s to be expected. As such, I endeavour to provide at least two reviews per week […]Read more "Whisky Review #117: SMWS 30.97 “Dancing On A Volcano”"
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)"
Strathisla is a distillery which has inched its way into the collective consciousness of most whisky drinkers over the last decade due to its easy-drinking and relatively sweet nature. It is also seen as the spiritual home of Chivas Regal due to its importance as a signature whisky within the various blends under the Chivas […]Read more "Whisky Review #113: Strathisla-Glenlivet 1967 40 Years Old (Cask #6112)"
Laphroaig has always been one of my favourite distilleries and while the core range has been relatively solid, the travel retail exclusives have been somewhat lacklustre (apart from the stellar PX Cask, of course) in recent years. As such, I have been sourcing for independent expressions of Laphroaig (among other Islay distilleries) and have come […]Read more "Whisky Review #112: Laphroaig 2006 11 Years Old (Loch Fyne Whiskies Feis Ile 2017 Release)"
Hazelgrove is a name that not many would have heard of, but rest assured that its origins are far more well known than the name lets on. As is the common practice in the whisky industry, casks get sold on to independent bottlers and sometimes the cask comes from a relatively famous distillery. While most […]Read more "Whisky Review #111: Hazelgrove 1998 14 Years Old"
How can you not love Springbank? Not only are they a family owned and operated distillery, but they produce three distinct styles of whisky ranging from unpeated (Hazelburn), peated (Springbank) to heavily peated (Longrow). They’re also one of the only distilleries which malts their entire barley requirements on site and the Wright family which owns […]Read more "Whisky Review #110: Springbank 2000 15 Years Old Single Cask (Premium Scotch Importers 10th Anniversary Edition)"