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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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…