Review : Akashi Red Blended Whisky

As much of the world remains under lock down with COVID19 looming both across and within borders, an unsaid fear surrounds us from the enigma the virus breeds. While social distancing and the ban on non-essential travel and social gatherings are the new norm, I thought it would be best we continue keeping ourselves engaged…

Review : Aberlour Abunadh

Carefully crafted and limited to a handful of batches a year, the Abunadh (pronounced, A-boone-ah) pays homage to James Fleming, founder of the distillery and is a tribute to yesteryear, when age old practices were purely traditional and simple. Explains why the distillery pinned this specific expression with the Gaelic term “Abunadh“, meaning “of the…

Review : Bowmore 15 YO Travel Exclusive

After a five year hiatus, in 2017 the folks at Bowmore re-introduced their aged statements within travel retail stores with the release of their 10, 15 and 18 YO Travel Exclusive Range. NAS whiskies in general have been on the receiving end from the very start, frowned upon at the get go; many times the…

Review : Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Single Malt Whisky

A shortage of aged stock and the need to have existing reserves aged and matured to sustain for older expressions, the Glenlivet distillery had decided to replace its 12 YO expression with the 2014 “Founder’s Reserve” in selective markets around the world. The expression with its Georgian blue labeling, doesn’t have an age statement attached…

Review : Cam X Peated Malt Project

Every once in a while, you stumble across a unique style of whisky that completely blows you away, licking every last drop dripping down the tumbler. The surprise here is that this expression doesn’t come from a distillery but from the comforts of a purchased still, handmade and concocted under the watchful eyes of an…

Review: Jura 10 Origin

This post Christmas season, I chose to take a trip to visit the folks; a few thousand kilometers and a continent away – to Kerala, the southern state of India with a close proximity to the equator. If you would think a visit to the northern hemisphere would usher the cool winter breeze or the…

Review : Bushmills 10 YO Single Malt Irish Whiskey

A distillery with a heritage that dates back over 400 years; situated besides the river Bush and Ireland’s oldest working distillery is the Old Bushmills Distillery, The 10 YO is their malt only expression, matured for the majority in ex-bourbon casks with a lesser period in sherry oak barrels. Introduced in the late 80’s, this…

Review : Glenfiddich 21 YO Reserva Rum Cask

The Christmas season ushers with it warmth, happiness and joy; giving reasons a plenty to try a little something something. That led me to the Glenfiddich 21, which laid there in a corner of my cabinet for a while now. I had opened it a few weeks back and thought it would be a great…

Review : Laphroaig Four Oak

There is nothing more surreal than the sight of whisky twirling in the tumbler and the waft of smoke and brine tingling the nose, tempting the salivary gland as it goes into overdrive. As you press the glass onto your lips and tilt it towards you, every sip of whisky that gushes onto the palate…

Review : The Glendronach Forgue 10 Year Old

I was pleasantly surprised on my way back from Singapore when I found this sherry affinite whisky standing in the midst of other highlanders – the expression is currently available at travel retail stores. I’ll be honest, the Glendronach paints itself a very large picture, and I’ve never been fortunate to give this a try,…

Review: Bowmore No. 1

Islay whiskies hold almost God like status in the scotch world owing to its unique maritime and rich peaty-fire ember like character. It’s very likely that every whisky forum has at least once had its share of Laphy / Ardie cults religiously backing their die hard views. So when you are presented with an Islay,…

Review : Ailsa Bay 1.2 Sweet Smoke

A smoky lowland whisky is almost unheard of if you were to go by the traditional sense, but ever since its first single malt release back in 2016, the Ailsa Bay distillery has continued to deviate from this norm. Though single malts aren’t really their forte, the distillery introduced their second release – The ‘Ailsa…

Review : Jim Beam Bonded Whiskey

The ‘Old Tub’ distillery might not be one to ring a bell, nor would the “Old Jake Beam” whiskey – unless of course you know your bourbons well! Post prohibition however, the ‘Old Tub’ evolved into the more familiar and well known Jim Beam distillery, the family name which to this day runs the bulk…

Review : Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Years

Perth is nearly closing its doors on winter, but nature isn’t letting go bringing with it clouds, showers and cold winds. The nights are giving up, with the sun inching slowly, gaining more ground be it during sunrise or sunset. Now, I love the cold- it serves as a catalyst enabling me to fall into…

Review : Glenfiddich 15 YO Distillery Edition

If there was ever a single malt that had to be plucked out of memory, chances are Speyside’s most renowned scotch, The Glenfiddich would brace our ears. Famous for their 12 YO expression, well known for their innovative solera vat maturation and loved for their extended post blending marrying techniques, the distillery is no stranger…

Review : Nikka whisky from the barrel

Sweeping away from the norm and moving into unorthodox territory (non-Suntory) is my take of another bohemath from the east – The Nikka; and the spirit of choice, ‘Nikka Whisky from the barrel.’ The whisky is a blend of grain and malts from the Miyagikyo and Yoichi distilleries, that have previously been matured in sherried,…

Review : Allt-á-Bhainne Scotch Whisky

A little known distillery, nested comfortably in the Speysides is the Allt-á-Bhainne, an almost unheard off whisky within the single malt realms. The blame, Chivas Regal who’ve pretty much ‘used and abused’ much of its produce as the Speyside component for its blends. Now, having said that the distillery has had a few releases now…

Review : Ballantine’s 17 YO Scotch Whisky

This 17 Year Old whisky is no stranger to gold, back in 2010, 2011 and yet again in 2019, this expression has been bestowed several awards, testament to its consistency and unfailing quality. The brand as was with several others during the time was born out of a grocery store, this one at George Ballantine’s,…

Review : Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish

Johnnie Walker’s foray into varied maturation took life with the Blender’s Batch release, beginning with the Red Rye finish, Bourbon Cask & Rye and the Triple Grain American Oak finish. Diageo’s experimentation paid dividends and testament was the long line of releases within this particular array of expressions, the eighth (EXP #8) being the Rum…

Review : Suntory Whisky Toki

The Toki is an unorthodox take from the regular Japanese expressions, where the key constituents are usually summoned from the Yamazaki distillery. This grain-malt mix however is a fusion from all the three Suntory greats – Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita, in varying forms and proportions. The whisky’s grain constituents make their way from the Chita…