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…

Review : Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

Johnnie Walker isn’t a stranger to the whisky enthusiast nor the amateur, irregular whisky sipper. The unmistakable bottling, the striding gentleman and the 24 degree labeling are all hallmarks of a brand that has pretty much stood tall, fending off most if not all competitors in terms of both sales and popularity. In the long…

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 : Johnnie Walker Double Black

Great whisky does not have to be top dollar; and to amass a number worthy fan following doesn’t require it to be a single malt either- The Johnnie Walker Black Label. This blended scotch has successfully captured the Highlands and the West Coast with decent complexity without really drilling a hole in your pocket, and…

Review : Glengoyne 12 Years Old

A Highland whisky with a Lowland stroke – standing tall, the Glengoyne 12 Year Old. This distillery is borderline Highland almost brushing shoulders with the virtual boundary that separates it from the calmer, more temperate Lowlands. While much of the fermentation and distillation is all up north, the warehouses where the young spirit is matured…

Review : 100 Pipers Blended Scotch Whisky

The sound of bagpipes as it cut through the cold, dark, intense and hostile air; the myriad of black polished boots clickety clacking against the earth in unison. White socks, kilts, sporrans, bagpipes – a hundred that marched leading the militia towards war; a piece of history that has inspired and made its way into…

Whisk’?’y – Fun Facts!

From time to time, I get asked a few queries regarding whiskies and everything around it and so I thought it best to take some time out and pen some content around these queries themselves! I’m hoping you find this pleasant and insightful!  *fingers crossed*  1. Whisk’?’y  -To ‘e’ or not to ‘e’ ?! To start with,…

Review : 100 Pipers 12 Years Old

A friend of mine had recently travelled to the US on business, and had got me a bottle of Bushmills 10 YO for my review. While making a trip nearby, he thought of handing over the bottle instead of me having to do the travel. I had recently changed jobs and the meet turned out…

Review : The Glenmorangie Original

It’s surprising how the mind and the many plethora of human senses  perceive an event that takes you back a few decades. In this specific instance, it was the scent of dust as it gets lifted off the earth with every drop of rain hitting the arid, seared soil. So much did this sound of…

Review : Johnnie Walker Black Label

If you were to overhear the word ‘scotch’ in a conversation; chances are the first bottle to flash by your mind would be in all likelihood the infamous Johnny Walker Black label. Better yet, observe the liquor counters at the Indian Duty free stores and chances are you’d see more than a few Johnny’s being…

Review : Glenfiddich 12 years

The Scottish Speyside is insanely famous for their whiskies and is home to the greatest number of distilleries as of any other region in Scotland. Glenfiddich is no stranger to this region and is by far the most selling single malt whisky in the world. In Gaelic, the term means ‘Valley of the deer’ and…

Review : Teacher’s 50

The Teacher’s brand being almost omnipresent in India amongst the foreign liquors, made sense for it to launch this whisky onto Indian shores to celebrate the countries’  glorious 50th year of Independence. Be it the proportion of malt to grain, or the summation of the many whiskies that made this blend, this sibling from the…

Tete-a-Tete : The world and Australia | Part 1

Whether enjoyed as a cocktail, or used as a constituent in cooking, sipped as a digestive in a fine ‘n dine restaurant, or while sitting in front of a warm fireplace, whisky enjoys a sort of cult status that very few spirits can even come close to. Be it in sunshine yellow or dark blood,…

Review : Teacher’s Origin

The Teachers brand has been existent in the Indian Subcontinent for quite some time and popular too! Not only was it the first international-level scotch blend that was introduced in India, it also held the coveted title of the most popular premium brand available for quite a while. Teachers in India are popular for bringing…

Review : Vat 69

Vat 69 has had its share on the silver screen be it in a few vintage Bollywood movies or in a sitcom or two. This fella is home to a blend of 40 different (grain and malted) whiskies and has a history which dates back till 1863. Although being a premium whisky here in India,…

Review : Amrut Fusion

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to brush shoulders with the Amrut Fusion. This relatively young player made an introduction in Glasgow in the year 2004. Coming from the Indian Subcontinent, it had faced stiff competition as most whisky connoisseurs felt Indian whisky to be inferior. A series of blind tasting events changed all that,…

Review : Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve

Today was a special day and probably a beginning of a new journey in my otherwise systematic, mundane and repetitive lifestyle. I got myself a date with a beauty who dressed herself in coppery gold. My previous standoffs have been quite fast and speedy, fast come fast go; not a hint of seriousness. But this…