Review : Upshot Whiskey

Australian whiskies have always been inspired by their Scottish brethren; but laws governing the art of making whisky have not been as tight or rigid. The use of malted barley in their mash bill over other cereals isn’t as restrictive down under as is with Scotch and this so called freedom allows distillers to try…

Review : Tamdhu 15 Year Old

Situated along the River Spey, the Tamdhu distillery was founded in 1897 as a joint venture between several distilleries such as John Walker, John Dewar, William Sanderson, William Grant and a few others with the intention of   supplementing some of their blends. But as was with several distilleries at the time, the balance between demand…

Review : John Walker & Sons XR 21

Nestled in a wooden enclave for a minimum of twenty one years, building character from the lure of American and European influences, this Scottish blend is born off a rich, five star heritage, that continues to evolve even after over two centuries of history.  Backed by a global appeal that is second to none, the…

Review : Hibiki Japanese Harmony Master’s Select

Hibiki over the years have introduced several NAS bottlings as a replacement to some of their well established aged statements, largely owing to a reduction in existing reserves. The Master’s Select being one, was one of their earlier releases, introduced at Travel Retail sometime towards the end of 2015 just after their Harmony release. Both…

Review : Compass Box The Story of the Spaniard

I hadn’t made my monthly stops for a while now due to covid restrictions with most of my existing reserves depleting, some just fumes. This led to a less than regular run to the local liquor store, with the desire to pick up something unusual though not necessarily unique. And what caught my eye was…

Review : Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky

The Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt is a tribute to Japan’s whisky God, Masataka Takesuru who helped build the distillery and much of the Japanese whisky landscape we know of today. This pure malt, aka vatted malt or modern day ‘blended malt’ is a marriage of pot stilled malts from its Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. The…

Whisky – Rice, Millet and space…

Whisky is an art they say – colours, shades and greys. Each stroke of the brush, thoughtfully selected colours, and an assortment of shades carefully fused on the palette elaborating a unique spectrum, exemplifying the final outcome on the white canvas frame. Perfecting this concoction takes sweat, blood and time, one that has evolved through…

Review : Laphroaig Quarter Cask

A fraction of the size of a standard cask, the Quarter Cask adds gold, literally, to the whisky that is housed in the cask, owing to the larger wood to whisky interaction. This unorthodox maturation technique was almost forgotten; but rekindled by the folks at Laphroaig in the hopes of introducing another poster boy, who…

Review : Copper Dog

A name quite distinct, that it hardly resonates with whisky or anything closely related to it…or does it? The Copper Dog is a sneaky little contraption, born out of humanity’s oldest emotion – greed. The Copper Dog is a copper tube that is soldered with a coin on one end and a cork to seal…

Review : Glenfiddich Small Batch Reserve 18 YO

This independently owned distillery with a history that dates back to 1887 needs no formal introduction at all! Chances are the distilllery’s whisky has ‘set foot’ on most palates – amateur and enthusiast alike which is why it finds its place strongly rooted as one of the best selling whiskies in the world. This 18…

Review : Archie Rose Rye Malt

Isolation week four and counting… Essential shopping has become a breath of fresh air, especially when you are limited to the four corners of your home. And this weeks drive to Costco brought a welcome change, a local beaut from a Sydney based distillery built in 2014, the first after over a century. The whisky…

Review : Ardbeg Uigeadail

An islay great and a commoner for those who love their concoction peaty is the Ardbeg distillery, an establishment with over 200 years of whisky history to its name. A white washed building with the ‘Ardbeg’ name tag boldly painted across, the distillery sits comfortably along the southern coast off the Isle of Islay, where…

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…