Review : Caol Ila 12 YO Single Malt

The Caol Ila is a Single malt that holds great relevance to the Johnnie Walker branding, being a major constituent to its malt component (another being Cardhu) while also lending it the traditional smoke and peaty nuances that makes the blend a standout. With over 90% of its produce being leveraged in making the blend,…

Review : Kilchoman Machir Bay

A family owned establishment, built in 2005, the Kilchoman is one of a few that nurtures its very own farm. And though the 250 acres surrounding the distillery might not satiate the distillery’s appetite for barley, it does cater to their “All-Islay” releases. The rough weather and the maritime environment provides less than ideal dynamics…

Review : Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2011

I find one of the most interesting bits about whisky is its similarity to both you and I; how it gets moulded and influenced due to the dynamics of what lay around it, defining flavour and character. Even the “odd bunch” expressions, that no matter how far they tend to stray away, are still unable…

Review : Auchentoshan Triple Wood

Situated on the outskirts of Glasgow and established in 1823, this lowland distillery had fallen prey to the atrocities of World War II, suffering damages to property, losing a warehouse as a result of one of many German bombing raids, forcing them to temporarily shut down production and re-open later. The distillery typically differs from…

Review : Glendronach 12 vs Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard

This month’s match up is another blind tasting, this one a sherry influenced face off – single vs vatted malt, champion vs underdog, aged vs NAS, the “tell some” vs the “tell all”. Yes, it’s the battle between the Sherry bombs – Glendronach’s 12 YO and Compass Box’s The Story of the Spaniard! In an…

Review : Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

When Aeneas Coffey invented the continuous column still, the scotch industry hadn’t taken to the contraption very well, it was in a sense an unorthodox and almost heretic change from the well settled and established pot still. Though the Irish and Americans gobbled the technology, little might have Aeneas ever imagined that his invention would…

Review : Talisker Skye

My experience with the Isle of Skye has been somewhat unamusing, the Dark Storm an average dram and the Talisker 10 though backed by popular demand and a robust fan following, fell just short of checking all the boxes, quite mundane. The Skye, an expression sharing similar ground as the other two comes in as…

Review : Cardhu 12 YO Single Malt Whisky

Dealings marred in illicit liqour with a name mildly deviant from todays, the Cardow was one of the oldest speyside distilleries that began its operations at a farm owned by John and Helen Cumming way back in 1811. Camouflaging and hiding from excisemen, the police and authorities, illicit liqour continued to flow through its gates…

Review : Balvenie 17 Doublewood

I had recently glared upon a post mentioning the Balvenie 17 was going to be hard to come by, discontinued possibly. Though there didn’t seem to be any word of any possible scarcity down under; fact or not, this was reason enough to persuade me to head towards my local Dan’s and get a bottle…

Review : Octomore 10.1

Shutdown due to a lack of stakeholder interest and ever changing dynamics within the whisky industry, the Bruichladdich distillery was home to cobwebs, empty stills, a hollow silence and possibly lost dreams. The beginning of 2001 however brought in the sound of uncared gates being flung open after around 7 years of neglect; when a…

Review : Wolfburn Aurora Single Malt Whisky

A distillery that shares its name with the local stream that sources their water; is also inspired from a mythical creature that is shrouded in ancient lores. A mystical sea wolf that lived on both sea and land, is considered to bring good fortune to those who could cast their eyes on it. The Wolfburn…

Review : Adam Distillery’s Port Cask Single Malt

This month gave me the opportunity to dive into a sample I had received a while ago, the contents of which come from the whisky Mecca of Australia, the shark tooth state of Tasmania! This specific expression is from the Adam’s Distillery, a rather young establishment that started their business in 2016, an interest that…

Review : Glenfiddich 18 vs Glen Grant 18

March continues the trend with yet another malty match mania, a head to head comparison between the Speysides! On one corner, we have four time ‘World Whisky of the Year’ winner, Glen Grant 18 , while on the other is the Glenfiddich 18, a contender no less with a host of awards under its belt…

Review : Glendronach 12 YO

There are the peat lovers and then the sherry affinite; this review takes a dive for the latter with the expression of choice a well known entry level Sherry bomb – the Glendronach 12 YO! This little bugger of a whisky is well known with sherry lovers, and takes similar rank as the Macallan’s with…

Review : The Koshi-no Shinobu Blended Whisky Mizunara Oak

A bit of a let down when you score something that brings a glisten to your eyes and a warmth that surrounds your heart, at least until you ‘google lens’ the contents of the box. The oriental scripts and the ultra cool Samurai labelling on the bottle – definite distractors!! The internet calls it fake…

Review : Old Pulteney 12 YO

Founded in 1826, the Pulteney distillery stands tall as one of the northern most distilleries on the Scottish mainland, situated in Pulteneytown, now a part of Wick. The distillery takes its name from the vicinity it was built on and the town in turn from Sir William Pulteney, who was responsible for building much of…

Review Amrut Portnova VS Aberlour A’bunadh

Another head to head comparison, this one a rather unorthodox one between a popular sherry bomb, the Aberlour A’bunadh pitted against a port affinite tropical thunder, the Amrut Portnova. And to be fair though this isn’t an apples to apples comparison, this could be gauged a bit differently- a red vs green variety perhaps?! As…

Review : Port Askaig 100 Proof

Situated on the North Eastern side of the island of Islay and home to one of the island’s ferry terminals is Port Askaig. And though not a Laphroaig, nor a Caol Ila or an Ardbeg in the sense that they don’t malt or distill their own spirits, this independent bottler takes advantage of their relationships…

Review : Tamdhu 12 YO

This month’s review continuous with an expression from the Tamdhu distillery, this one being the younger sibling of the 15 YO and a replacement of their core 10 YO. As is the case with all expressions from the distillery, this being no different, is aged exclusively in sherry oak casks, giving it full potential to…

Review : Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve

It’s that time of the year… Japanese January! And we begin the month with an expression from Suntory’s highest distillery, the Hakushu. Established in 1973 and comfortably nestled in the forests at the foothills of Mount Kaikomagatake, this ‘forest distillery‘ lies at a height of 700 metres above sea level, blessed with a unique micro…