How do I/you/we rate whisky? With something so subjective as taste and preference, it really is up to you. Here, we could develop a scoring system and there are a few different versions of those out in the blogosphere, whether it’s a composite score out of a hundred, marked across different criteria, or just a … Continue reading Triple Tipple: Speyburn – Bradan Orach, 10yo & 15yo
The Swedish distillers at Mackmyra have quite the roster of whiskies available with a core range and a fairly prolific set of limited editions releases. The key element to each release is flavour, with the core “Signature” range focussing on their house style, the “Seasons” range focussing on (evidently) seasonal influences and different cask finishes, … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Mackmyra – Ten Years
Tradition. It's a strong word. It also has lots of implications. It can divide opinion too. "Why not move with the times?" vs "Why fix something that isn't broken?" Campaigning for the stance of sticking with tradition is Tamdhu distillery. Tucked away in Knockando, Speyside, the distillery has been producing whisky since 1898 and has … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Tamdhu – 10 Years Old
The story of the Glencadam distillery is an interesting one, with its origins going back to 1825. As with many Scotch distilleries, the site has been opened and closed several times, and has seen its ownership change hands several times, with groups and independent businesses along the way. The site was converted into army barracks … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Glencadam – 10 Years Old
Following hot on the heels [in whisky terms] of a successful rebrand and release of a new core range of whiskies last year, this summer sees the launch of a new trio of single malts by the GlenAllachie. The new range of age statement whiskies has each had a different cask finish in their final … Continue reading Tasting Notes: GlenAllachie – Port Wood Finish (10 Years Old)
The whisky world is one that has traditionally been shrouded in mystery, machismo and grandeur. All too often are people put off by some the snobby connotations or the fact that it has its own language. One of the most widely recognised and revered names in that whisky world, and particularly, the Scotch whisky world … Continue reading Aerstone: Sea Cask or Land Cask?
There are several outlets of The Whisky Shop in the UK, and each one that I've visited has offered a great environment to sample and peruse many a malt. The shelves are full of big brands and small heroes all of which are brightly packaged, shelved by theme and fighting for your attention. One whisky … Continue reading Tasting Notes: The Whisky Shop – The Secret Highland 10yo