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…

Review : Ardbeg An Oa

Moving East to the Scottish Isles, taking a small break from my stint with Bourbons, I got my hands on more comfortable grounds, a smoky one this! The ‘An Oa’ , pronouned “An oh” is another one of Ardbegs now staple expressions that was introduced in 2009. Inspired after the rocky peninsular off the south…

Review : Knob Creek 9 Years Kentucky Straight Bourbon

The Knob Creek fever continues with yet another expression from the Beams! This one’s a 9 YO, something a bit out of the ordinary for a Bourbon, with not many aged for this long!  The Knob Creek 9 Straight Bourbon whiskey was first introduced in 1992, however the expression was forced to go through a…

Review : Michter’s US 1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

As I continue my drive into the world of Bourbon, for this review I swerved by one of the oldest distilleries in the US, one with history that goes all the way back until 1753. Unfortunately the Shenk’s distillery as like many, traded through several hands, changed names, and shut shop from time to time. …

Review : Knob Creek Rye Straight Whiskey

With much of my late teens and early adult-life spent in India, I’ve been “over exposed” to Scotch or spirits with a Scottish influence, so much so that it does and has largely polarized my choice of tastings. Bourbon wasn’t naturally the liquor of choice, until over a decade and a half when American influences…

Review : Ledaig 10

Some Scottish expressions adorn very unorthodox pronunciations, few that are alien, influenced from Scottish lineages and ancient lore. Pronunciations that hard-core enthusiasts almost swear by, a defining factor that immediately validates your becoming of as a whisky wizard or malt maniac – like it really should matter!  Nevertheless, I do see meaning in taking the…

Review : Limeburners Single Malt Whisky Peated

A few hours up North of Perth and you are welcomed with a plethora of contours on the otherwise desert like landscape that much of WA holds. The white sands of Lancelin, or the jagged tooth like limestone structures of the Pinnacles looking upto the skies, pockets of farmlands in and around countryside towns, the…

Review : Arran 10 YO Single Malt Whisky

My rendezvous this week was with an expression whose distillery had reopened its doors in 1995, but had traits that spanned over a century, being one of the unfortunate many who fell victim to the times due to poor management and unconducive market dynamics. An Island distillery, the Arran has proximities to Campbeltown and the…

Review : Benriach Curiositas Peated 10 YO Single Malt

When you sip on your regular Speyside tuple, which may perhaps be a Balvenie, a Glenlivet, or maybe a Macallan, your senses are swamped with a wave of fruity, floral notes, some better, some worse. But what you might find unorthodox is a Speyside expression that has an abundance in peat for an expression that…

Review : Limeburners American Oak Single Malt Whisky

A four hour drive down south from Perth brought the opportunity to acquaint myself and the family with some of Western Australia’s rich history – the whaling station, the Brig Amity replica amongst the few while also playing tourist, crossing out a few “must watch” spots that Albany had to offer. And it was during…

Review : Edradour Caledonia Selection 12 YO Single Malt

One of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, the Edradour is situated in Pitlochry, central to the highlands. The distillery is both unique and traditional for a host of things, in the sense that it houses a rather small cast iron mash tun that is over a century old, a Morton refrigerator, possibly the last of…

Review : Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Whisky

In a matter of seconds, I had placed an online ‘click and collect’ order for the Coffey malt, knowing availability was thin, I didn’t want to let the opportunity go. It was heavenly bliss that in a matter of seconds was reduced to a glee; not a bad thing but just the dissapointment since I…

Review : Writer’s Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey

Think Irish and you are immediately taken to crowded pubs, euphonic songs, loud banter, alcohol over counter tops, thick accents, thick, long, brown-grey beards and beer fattened bellies! And it was these very joyous moments at the local watering hole between playwriters, poets and storytellers that gave inpiration to the distillers at the Walsh Whiskey…

Review : Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18 YO

The Glenmorangie 18 is one of those bottlings that have long been seen as a treasure at the end of the rainbow, slipping through my fingers or somehow taking less precedence for a variety of reasons. The local Dan’s and a few other stores, never seemed to have stock of it for a while now…

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…