When it comes to scotch whiskies, heritage is an important driver in ensuring quality of a distillery's product. Strathisla distillery in Keith is no exception to this and boats to be the oldest operational distillery in the Highlands of Scotland. The distillery is also home to the Chivas Regal whisky blends which are probably far … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Strathisla – 12 Years Old
Tasted as part of the recent Dram Team subscription package, this whiskey is actually only readily available as a travel retail bottling from Tullamore DEW - or “Tully” as their fans more often refer to it. What this “Special Reserve” contains is a blended batch of pot still, malt and grain whiskies that have been … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Tullamore DEW – Special Reserve 12 Years Old
Today sees Glen Moray distillery celebrate its 120th birthday, because on 13th September 1897 the little distillery based in Elgin made its first batch of new-make spirit. In order to join in on the celebrations, I've taken my two Dram Team miniatures and have done a side-by-side comparison of their cracking Elgin Heritage releases. 12 … Continue reading Happy Birthday Glen Moray!
Riddle me this: I have a Viking soul and Victorian history. I am old, new and 12 years old all at once. What am I? You could forgive Highland Park for resting on its laurels. They are one of the most successful whisky brands around--their bottles have always stood out on bar and store … Continue reading Highland Park 12: New Outside, Same Inside?
Two weeks ago (June 2017) I saw a tweet recommending that people (with deep enough pockets) should snap up bottles of Old Pulteney's 21 years old expression as it was due to be discontinued. Whilst distilleries are often changing up their releases, the 21yo has been a staple Old Pulteney release for some time and, … Continue reading Farewell to Old Pulteney 17yo and 21yo
Crafted at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Redbreast is recognised worldwide as the flag bearer of Irish pot still whiskey. The 12 years old expression is the brand's staple release and the distinctive squat green bottle with its red and gold packaging can be seen adorning the shelves of any well stocked pub, bar … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Redbreast – 12 Years Old
Hailing from Wick, making it one of the most northern of all Scottish mainland distilleries, the Old Pulteney is an interesting whisky in terms of both taste and character and it offers a distinctive experience. The packaging of this fine malt perfectly captures its persona and mystique with the marine imagery and the bottle itself … Continue reading Tasting Notes: Old Pulteney – 12 Years Old