Review : Chivas XV aka ‘The 15’

Blended whiskies more often than not, have aligned themselves to years of mediocrity, not really being as experimental as their malty counterparts. There’s now been a huge realisation to adapt and imbibe techniques that were considered quite unorthodox until recently. Johnnie Walker was one of those to take this walk with their Blender’s Batch, moving…

Review : Macallan 12 YO Double Cask ‘Limited Edition’

In a parallel universe where there are many peat greats oozing a unison of brine, smoke and seaweed there are the equally populous sherry stalwarts, whose highlights are a glorious fusion of rum, raisins and dried fruits, one such wonder being the house of Macallan. This ‘limited edition’ is one of many 12 YO expressions…

Review : Singleton Spey Cascade

Single Malts have always been dwarfed by their Blended brethren, laying in the shadows cast by the latter’s massive sales figures. Diageo might have this all figured out with their illustrious blended kingpin – Johnnie Walker, but replicating this success story in the Malt realm hasn’t been that easy. This playing field has been long…

Review : Laphroaig Select

The Select is one of Laphroaig’s many NAS whiskies – an expression with a name very generic. I am unsure if the meaning is aligned to the ‘Select Oak‘ expressions of the Macallan and Glenfiddich, which literally means nothing, since all whiskies are carefully ‘selected’ before being blended and not just these. Honestly, I wouldn’t…

Review : Compass Box The Peat Monster

The whisky world is nothing short of a mystery, a vast expanse of knowledge, process and tradition hidden under the garb of trade secrets and cut throat competition. Information divulged is usually very bare bone with much left to one’s own imagination. The exception to this being an independent bottler – The Compass Box, born…

Review : Spey River Single Malt

An ambiguous name with an almost absent electronic footprint- nothing more than scanty bits of information spread across the vast expanses of the web. Their official website also seems pretty mum and mute, giving references but nothing specific. And with every passing mouse click information gets all the more muddled and blurred, a certain enigma…

Review : Aberlour 12 Years ‘Double Cask Maturation’

Burn : Noun, Origin : Old English – “a small stream”. The crackling of the river Lour as it flows unmindfully through water trails built over centuries. Ripples haphazardly bouncing off each other, brushing against the green foliage on the banks, tumbling over round rocks, smoothened by years of soft abrasion. The soft spring water…

Review : Oban 14 Years

Nested in the Western Highlands, is this humble distillery that has its roots planted well before whisky became legalized in Scotland. And with all that history and culture you would imagine it to be very main stream and commercial. But on the contrary, the distillery is quite modest in size, housing some of the smallest…

Review : Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Johnnie Walker isn’t really a brand that needs an introduction; the rectangular bottling, the angled labelling, even more so the century plus old iconic ‘Striding Man’ have been hallmarks for a whisky that spawned out of very humble beginnings. With a repertoire of peat, smoke and sherry, packaged up nicely, fairly affordable and consistent from…

Review : Teeling Whiskey Single Malt

The third and final sibling in Teeling’s premium range of NAS whiskies is the Single Malt expression introduced not so long ago. The malt in fact, is a fusion of whiskies young and some old, dated as far back as 1991. So essentially what you get is this odd combination of double distilled older whiskies…

Review : Benromach Organic Single Malt Whisky

A modern distillery with a pre modern twist – one where manual labour and much of the work from alpha to omega is all handcrafted. Here pressure and temperature gauges can’t be traced, computers and hi-tech machinery that automate much of the distillation process seem just a memory. An era highly relient on chalk, paper…

Review : Starward Wine Cask Single Malt Whisky

Airplanes, hangars, and the hustle of the city life doesn’t always relate to the art of distilling whisky. And in the land where Tasmania has traditionally garnered most of spirit splendidness, Melbourne at first glance would easily slip into the shadows of the underdog, especially if you weren’t familiar with the whisky demographics. Starward began…

Review : Laphroaig 10 Years

A canvas, pitch black with a plethora of dim neon white lights and the brush of ivory hue extending from one corner to the other. Swords, all green pointed in a multitude of directions with glass crystal shards scattered across and a cloud of earie mist hovering silently outwardly over this plane of dark fluid-metal….

Review : Bruichladdich The Laddie Eight

Islay whiskies have a charm about themselves, be it the cold sea breeze or the near silence that surrounds you only to be broken by water brushing against the shore. To the avid scotch enthusiast the region’s produce is considered to be scotch-epitome; home to mighty peat monsters like the Octomore series humbling even the…

Review : Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey

The month started on a high with the ‘Green Spot’ bringing an entourage of depth and flavour to the playing field. And considering we’re midway through the month and St. Patrick’s Day is pretty much around the corner, it only made sense that I too embrace March as the Irish month of malt. Open curtains…

Review : Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

‘Single Pot stills’ are a novelty known exclusively to be Irish- over eighty percent of whiskey in the 1800s being produced this way. However, by the mid 20th century only a handful were left standing – thanks to a plague of taxes, revolutions, the two world wars and a decade of prohibition. The Scots may…

Malt mania or Blended Bliss – The Malt vs Blend face off!

Conversations with friends do at times broach the subject I fancy most – whisky, and on such moments I do tend to be a bit of a snobbish geek endlessly talking about the spirit or some interesting fact specific to the expression we would be sipping on – I wouldn’t be surprised if some of…

Review : Chivas Regal Mizunara

Oriental spirits have become quite the novelty over the last few years with demand outweighing supply causing retail prices to cross into unchartered territory for what a similar aged spirit ought to be. And with this new found fame, critics and distillers around the globe came knocking in the hopes of better comprehending the art…

Review : Hellyers Road ’12 Years Original’ Single Malt Whisky

Rewind a few years and quiz me on my knowledge of Tasmania and in all likelihood my scope would have been limited to Australia and the notorious Tasmanian Devil. The latter, thanks to Looney Toons’ short tempered, gnarly animated character – ‘Taz”! Over time however, this island state of Australia has garnered much more popularity…

Review : Chita Single Grain Whisky

Third year in a row and January turns out to be yet again the month for the Japanese. Now it’s not like I had it planned on purpose, but I must admit that when I bought this whisky last month, I felt I’d rather open it for later and January seemed the better fit considering…