Review : Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold

This winter was a rather unusual one, one where we welcomed our first warm Christmas! And not that it gets mighty cold in India, but it wouldn’t be unusual for one to experience late single digit temperatures on some winter nights. Nevertheless, my point being that winter is a season you would generally tend to…

Review : Johnnie Walker Green Label

It’s been over a month since I’ve set foot here and much of my time goes ‘walk about’- trying to gather a fair understanding of the terrain, the names of streets, places and faces! Job hunting too is very much on the agenda, which means endless facetime with my 6 inch rectangular friend (I meant…

Review : Jamesons Caskmates ‘Stout Edition’

Necessity and curiosity together form the breeding grounds for innovative ideas and though an invention might not necessarily be the need; a free, boundary pushing thought process is the ‘new normal’ in an ever changing market. Whisky isn’t any different either, needing to dynamically conform to the vast customer base, ensuring existing and potentially new…

Review : Haig Club Single Grain Whisky

Connor McGregor, Dennis Rodman, Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, Ludacris, George Clooney and Adam Levine aren’t names you’d usually come across put together, let alone on a whisky blog. And weird as it may sound , these folks do have quite a bit in common – they all own (read ‘in partnership’) their very own liquor brands. And I’m…

Review : Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey

Little did one know that a game of hunting fowl and a round of alcohol among good friends would help craft the name for this unorthodox sounding whiskey…. The 19th century had two parallel tales, one a distiller- Jason Rippey who immigrated to the United States from Tyrone, Ireland, only to settle in Kentucky and…

Review : Twenty Third St. Distillery Hybrid Whisky

Twelve hours, two boarding passes, a couple of turbulent bumps, but otherwise an enjoyable flight was our journey into the unknown. As we stepped out of the airport we were greeted with a rather cold breeze, quite unorthodox considering October brought with it the season of spring. The Southern Hemisphere was welcoming – quiet, peaceful…

Review : Johnnie Walker Island Green

A mid 2016 release inspired by the more popular 15 YO Green Label, this NAS expression – The Island Green, was introduced exclusively at Duty Free outlets adorning a similar styling as it’s well placed blended malt sibling. With the preference amongst consumers shifting more towards Malts and blends being their first point of entry,…

Review : Chivas Regal’s Chivas Brother’s Blend

The Chivas Distilleries hadn’t strayed much with their bottle designs when it came to profiling their whisky portfolio. They did however leverage color to visually distinguish between the various bottlings and much of these colorings to me have been carefully picked such that it aligns closely with their branding – regal, high stature and luxurious….

Review #50 : Chivas Regal 18 Years Old

This post, the 65th, happened to coincide with my 50th whisky review which now meant I needed to open something a bit out of the mundane (based on our recent poll this had to be a blended whisky). The month of August too had several highlights which gave all the more reason that I pick…

Review : Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select

Pot stills, column stills and triple distillation would in all likelihood fire up a few dozen neurons leaving you imagining yourself pouring either an Irish or some Lowland Scottish blend into your favorite tumbler. But given a few moments, you drift pass your imagination and realize that what you’ve come to fathom wasn’t really true,…

Review : Monkey Shoulder

Whisky blends form around 90% of sales globally and blends in general would cause one to think of a mix of grain and malt whiskies. A sliver perhaps… but still a genre in itself, there are these that they call vatted malts, more commonly known as malt blends – blended whisky with zero grain presence…

Review : Gentleman Jack

Introduced in the year 1988 – over a century since the distillery last introduced an expression to their existing portfolio; the Gentleman Jack was poised to sit a notch higher than the Old No. 7 giving customers an opportunity to experience something more premier and upscale. These first generation bottles were initially sold exclusively within the United…

Review : Glenfiddich Select Oak – Cask Collection

Ever wondered why Glenfiddich and the lesser known Grants adopted the trademark triangular shaped form, one which has undergone little to no change since its inception in 1961? The design and much of its persona was the brainchild of master designer Hans Schleger; and the inspiration…malt whisky trinity – water, air and malted barley without…

The ‘Two W’ face-off – the Great Whisky debate!

In life there are many things grey that just doesn’t conform to things black and white. And whisky isn’t a stranger to this too, there’s the: Bourbon vs Tennessee debate – simple, straightforward but still unsettling! Whisky vs Whisk’e’y  – this one doesn’t seem to be going anywhere! Whisky Origin – Ireland or Scotland?! –…

Review : Scottish Leader ‘Original’

Realising that consumers nowadays are becoming more and more cognizant of the multitude of genres, brands and expressions, several distilleries/distributors are willing to experiment with brands that might not necessarily come with celeb status, but nevertheless have a proven track record back home. Unfortunately, many of these lay bullied into obscurity as larger, more popular…

Review : Jim Beam Original

Over 220 plus years of bourbon history started by the son of a German immigrant all began at the ‘Old Tub’ family distillery, now better known as the Jim Beam distillery. Passed from one generation to another, a total of seven, and very much still a family owned business, this rebranding took place after prohibition….

That disease called ‘Alcoholism’

A faint recurrent beep in the background unhinged the man while he lay in deep slumber and as his eyes opened against their will, the blur of green lines and the underlying fatigue quietly pulled him back into unconsciousness. A faint pull on the cheeks, what seemed like a gentle smile was accompanied by a slight…

Review : Glengoyne 10 Years

This cusp of a whisky – partly Highland for its distillery and Lowland for its warehouses is one of the few that are still very much family owned. And it is this fact that allows the Glengoyne (meaning ‘valley of the wild geese’) to stay true to their traditions, those that have been passed from…

Review : The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill American Oak 16 Years

It is said that upwards of 60% of a whisky’s flavor comes from the wood that houses it. Which would mean a lot of its viscosity, feel, balance and smoothness would be defined by this very relationship. And let’s not forget those felt on the palate- the degree of spice, the influence of sherry, the…

Review : Amrut Amalgam

Indian whisky has spent much of its time in the shadows of obscurity, battling a dysfunctional, highly aberrant whisky production system, lacking quality control and an absence of any such handbook of sorts. The good news however is and there are a handful of distillers (more like a pinch really!) that are doing a great…