Review : Limeburners Port Cask Single Malt Whisky

Stocked up with a few samples from my visit to the Great Southern Distilling company, the New Year brought the opportunity to revisit and possibly sample some of them. Part of the Limeburner’s core range is the Port Cask, an expression from the Albany based Western Australian distillery. The expression is aged in a combination…

Review : Balvenie The Creation of a Classic

Working as a book keeper at the Mortlach distillery, William  Grant dreamt of much larger aspirations. Dreams that led him to purchase a plot near the Balvenie castle in 1886; a deed that laid the foundation to the distillery and gave it its name. Work however began much later, taking a total of 15 months…

Review : Amrut Amalgam Peated

Five years on after my review of the Amrut Amalgam, I got the opportunity to get acquainted with the half brother, The Peated. This expression isn’t a new kid on the block but one who made the rounds towards the end of 2018, a short while after its older sibling. This vatted malt has very…

Review : Indri Single Malt Whisky

The year 2022 had got me dwelling in a broader range of world whiskies than ever before, most of which have either been more local or more ethnically inclined, this week being an extension to the latter, exploring another whisky from the Indian Subcontinent. The Indri was 2021s foray both locally and internationally from the Picadilly…

Review : St George’s Lot 21 Single Malt Whiskey

My recent visit to San Francisco had me follow up on a list of local distilleries penned by my brother, one being the St. George’s Distillery. At first, I was a bit apprehensive as I didnt want to try the typical American staple – Bourbon, seemed more of a cliche. However my brother turned my…

Review : Royal Ranthambore Heritage Collection

My recent one week stint at Bangalore gave me the chance to get my hands on a few local whiskies, some of which aren’t either available in Australia, are scarce and rare or just costs dearer. Roaring its way into the month of October is a whisky that has both aesthetics and a name that…

Review : Compass Box Orchard House

Blends might not always get their fair share of chest thumping or ogles but stumble across a Compass Box and it gets some of the most amourous and provocative looks. And why not, a distillery that is transparent like no other, with expressions that not only provides an experience but also good quality spirits that…

Review : Highland Park Spirit of the Bear

Highland Park’s rich Viking embodiment shows how the distillery has embraced the heritage in branding, spirit and bottling. I simply adore the intricate and detailed art that caresses the glass canvas, coupled with the spectrum of golden hues that bounce off its contours. A recent overseas travel got me spoilt for choice and it was…

Review : Glenmorangie Elementa 14 YO Single Malt

The Glenmorangie had recently introduced a travel exclusive, a 14 year old that takes a lot of similarities from the Glenfiddich 14. Inspiration or emulation, it did catch my eye and found a comfortable spot on this month’s review. Retaining all the contours that is indisputably Glenmorangie, the bottles comes bathed in a pronounced orange…

Review : Aberfeldy 16 YO

This weeks review was intended to test the wintery, wet July – yes, it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere with a dram that could possibly warm the inners with the potential to cuddle the soul. Part of the “Last Great Malt” series and introduced towards the latter half of 2015 is the Aberfeldy 16 YO,…

Review : Paul John Nirvana

Having recently tried the Amrut Rajigala, I was scouting for an almost equivalent expression by the next big Indian Distillery that had made itself a name – Paul John. Enter Nirvana; a bit of a rarity this one is, knowing that once I moved it to my cart and went through with the purchase, there…

Review : Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair

July brings with it a review that is very much Islay; spawning thoughts of peat, smoke, cigarette ash and leather? Unfortunately this strays from normalcy, sans most of the peaty influences, but also adorning a name that looks daunting to pronounce – Stiuireadair ! Pronounced as “Stew-rah-dur” (Thx to the internet), meaning “Helmsman” in Gaelic,…

Review : Lark Brandy & Ex-Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky

The second review for the month, is one that’s a bit closer to home, though a few sips (*skips*) to the right and a hop to the south, Tasmania. A local expression, from the distillery that re-spawned the art of distilling whisky after a very long hiatus – The Lark Distillery. My last brush was…

Review : Amrut Rajigala Review

This month’s review treads on familiar territory, within the realms of the Indian Subcontinent with this one diving into an expression from Amrut distilleries, the Rajigala. The whisky falls under their base category though from a price point there isn’t a large variation from other standard expressions from the distillery. The name Rajigala translates to…

Review : Royal Salute Diamond Tribute

A blend that is omnipresent and held with equally high regard, regal not only by name but also by heritage, The Royal Salute is the upper crust from the Chivas Brothers branding. Introduced in June 1953 to honour the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II; the Diamond Tribute was released in June 2013 and is an…

Review : Amrut Neidhal ‘Single Malts of India’

Infuse one of the world’s largest whisky consuming countries with high disposable income and a limited availability of true single malts. And you’ve a playground that though competitive has great potential. This conduit allows distilleries to take advantage of the Indian market, one that is still very nascent,  amateur and far from ripe, a hot…

Review : Kamet Single Malt Whisky

The Indian market over the last decade seems to have experienced an evolution; where consumers are more cognizant and appreciative of both quality and processes that go into concocting whisky and distillers themselves readily acknowledge this change in demand dynamics with a penchancy to push their brands aggressively into a market with great open potential….

Review : Redbreast 15 YO Pot Still Whiskey

The Redbreast 15 is a bit of a leprechaun, rather difficult to get hold off at the local liqour stores – either out of stock, logistic issues due to Covid or pretty much close to being run out. This month I was rather fortunate, browsing online revealed the lil’ bloke was available and that too…

Review : Lark Distillery’s Chinotto Cask Release Single Malt Whisky

Australia’s Shark Tooth Island of Tasmania was centre stage where Aussie brew was first brewed! The first record of immigrants flocking to the shores of the island were in the early 1800s and with that was also the introduction of rich heritage, cultures and traditions. At the time it wasn’t uncommon for many to brew…

Review : Redbreast 12 YO Single Pot Still Whiskey

The Redbreast is an ever popular, award winning whiskey and for reasons unknown have slipped through my palms many a time. But it was a combo offer along with its older 15 YO sibling that got me reacquainted with this Irish tuple. The Redbreast like many prominent Irish whiskies carries with it a very long…